• On BMW smart energy strategies
BMW recently convened a group of transportation, electric vehicle (EV) and energy thought leaders in Silicon Valley to participate in a dialogue with their senior executives about sustainability, energy and mobility services.
greenbiz.com: Christine Hertzog – how-bmw-driving-smart-energy-strategies
BMW’s guiding view is that sustainability along the entire value chain is inseparable from their corporate self-image. The company has been systematically reducing energy use in facilities through energy-efficient materials, products, and processes; and in vehicles through use of regenerative energy technologies.
• On green burglary
Is it ok for an unauthorized person to pick up your recyclables? Do you give your recyclables to scavengers when they come begging, or do you put them off?
greencrusador.com: Author – what-is-green-burglary-what-can-we-do-about-it/
Residential neighborhoods have become targets for recyclables by “Green Burglars” when placed beside the house or at curb side. Once the recyclables are placed in a recycle container provided by a designated recycle collector, the contents becomes the property of the designated recycle collector.
• On Carbon Barometer
A quick look at the aims and benefits of the Bombay Stock Exchange Carbonex.
Times of India: Ahona Ghosh – bse-carbonex
The index is supported by the British high commission and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a UK-based non-profit organisation is the data partner for BSE. It includes all constituents of a BSE Benchmark Index, which is currently the BSE 100.
• On Behavioural Science increasing Energy Efficiency
How consumer behaviour to different sales tactics can provide an insight on effective communication on the benefits of Energy Efficiency (EE) and raise awareness to attract more customers.
greenconduct.com: Sam Shrank – behavioral-science-can-increase-energy-efficiency-adoption/
For all the surveys demonstrating consumers’ stated interest in reducing energy consumption and spend, EE is rarely top of mind. Utilities struggle to get consumers to pay attention. If the customer won’t come to them, perhaps it is time for utilities to go to their customers. By combining EE measures with offerings that have higher intrinsic appeal and shifting marketing focus from saving energy to the benefits of the other measure, utilizing a concept known as goal substitution, utilities can attract more customers.
• On using algae for power and shade
Germany to use living algae for power and shade in a sustainable building, which would also feature the world’s first bio-reactor façade.
ecomagination.com: Ysabel Yates – zero-energy-building-uses-living-algae-for-power-and-shade
The bioreactor facade is made up of glass panels that act like giant Petri dishes to grow the algae. The algae can then power the building by both capturing solar thermal heat and creating biomass that is harvested for energy.
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