HBR: Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation

Cisco, for example, had traditionally regarded the used equipment it received as scrap and recycled it at a cost of about $8 million a year. Four years ago it tried to find uses for the equipment, mainly because 80% of the returns were in working condition. A value-recovery team at Cisco identified internal customers that included its customer service organization, which supports warranty claims and service contracts, and the labs that provide technical support, training, and product demonstrations. In 2005 Cisco designated the recycling group as a business unit, set clear objectives for it, and drew up a notional P&L account. As a result, the reuse of equipment rose from 5% in 2004 to 45% in 2008, and Cisco’s recycling costs fell by 40%. The unit has become a profit center that contributed $100 million to Cisco’s bottom line in 2008.

https://hbr.org/2009/09/why-sustainability-is-now-the-key-driver-of-innovation

Nice, published in 2009 though, wonder how their ideas have held up.

Engadget: White House fights climate change with data sharing

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Hack the planet!

The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) will give organizations access to troves of environmental information so they can make their own plans to counter climate change.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/22/white-house-fight-climate-change-data-sharing/

Joint Declaration on Harnessing the Data Revolution for Climate Resilience (state.gov)

  • Organizations involved:
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Future Earth
  • Google
  • Group on Earth Observations
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • World Bank
  • World Resources Institute

The $13.5 Trillion Paris Climate “Fund”

At the Paris Climate Conference, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The International Energy Agency evaluated the deal at $13.5 trillion.

From Bloomberg:

The global energy industry needs to invest $13.5 trillion through 2030 in efficiency measures and low-carbon technologies in order to meet climate-protection pledges by world leaders, the International Energy Agency said.
The expenditure, which includes deployment of nuclear, wind and solar power as well as carbon capture and storage, needs to average $840 billion every year from 2015, the IEA said Wednesday in a report. It said the growth in energy-related emissions “will slow to a relative crawl by 2030” if nations follow through with their pledges.

As of Tuesday, 154 countries representing 86 percent of global emissions had submitted their plans, Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate diplomat, told reporters at UN talks in Bonn.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-21/climate-pledges-need-13-5-trillion-investment-by-2030-iea-says