Sustainability & Resource Productivity


Style that’s sustainable: A new fast-fashion formula

– Stylish, affordable clothing has been a hit with shoppers. Now companies are trying to reduce its social and environmental costs.

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The circular economy: Moving from theory to practice

– A special collection of articles about the transition taking place as companies use circular-economy concepts to capture more... value from resources and to provide customers with better experiences.

Unlocking Industrial Resource Productivity

– This e-book examines five core beliefs to increase profits through energy, material, and water efficiency.

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Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets

– Commodity prices, though off recent peaks, still reflect emerging-market demand, a challenging geology, innovative technology,... and improved resource productivity.

Versnellen van de energietransitie: kostbaar of kansrijk?

– Het is mogelijk om in Nederland de CO2 reductie te bereiken die is afgesproken in de klimaatdoelstellingen van EU2050,... met economische groei.

Accelerating the energy transition: cost or opportunity?

– Transforming the Netherlands' energy system could provide a boost to the economy while lowering greenhouse-gas emissions in line... with European goals.

The new economics of energy storage

– Energy storage can make money right now. Finding the opportunities requires digging into real-world data.

Rolling along: Bicycles, mobility, and the future of cities

– In an interview, Jay Walder of Motivate discusses how new services and technology are changing how city residents are getting... around.

Public space and public values

– Copenhagen-based architect Helle Søholt discusses why residents of cities are the center of her urban-planning projects.

Five things Bill Gates gets right on energy

– And one I’m not so sure about.

Sustaining sustainability: What institutional investors should do next on ESG

– Mainstream institutions have made progress integrating environmental, social, and governance factors into their investing, but... they still have far to go. Six ideas can take them to the next level.

Breaking the mold: How Crossrail’s Innovate 18 program works

– A major project in London figures out how to get new ideas flowing.

Renewable energy: Evolution, not revolution

– Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are growing rapidly, but the world will also continue to rely on fossil fuel for decades to... come.

The next generation of infrastructure

– Sustainable projects will add trillions to the world’s infrastructure costs. Our report finds that private-sector investors... must look at new ways to fill the gap.

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