“Solutions to some of our intractable global challenges could be found in 2.5 billion empowered, young and urban shoppers. These are the “aspirationals”, and the way they are uniting style and social status with sustainability values represents both an opportunity for business and a lever for change. Aspirational consumers love shopping, but they also want to be socially and environmentally responsible and they respond to brands that take initiatives in this direction.
Aspirationals are redefining modern consumption, unlocking the market for sustainable products and services, and propelling the economy forward through new business models.”
In IHS’s Emerging PV Markets Attractiveness Index, South Africa scored 66 out of 100 for the fourth quarter of 2013, 17 points ahead of any of the competitors. 2014-01-24_South_Africa_Figure. “South Africa has consolidated …
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The IHS Index ranks the attractiveness of PV markets in emerging countries for investors, developers, and manufacturers across four key areas: macroeconomic climate, potential market size, project profitability and pipeline maturity. As can be seen in the table below, South Africa ranked well in each of the four categories.
Thailand and Turkey round out the top three, closely followed by Romania and Mexico, all of whom are receiving focus from investors interested in their growing markets. Berg points to Thailand’s adder scheme as one of the key points of interest for investors in that country, and Turkey’s soaring power demand and prices, established PV incentives, and relatively low country risk as critical for investors.
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Here are the people working to make cities better, more sustainable places.
Innovating cities – ““The movement to build, support, and sustain livable cities worldwide is well underway, with individuals all over the globe and across numerous industries committed to leading the charge,” the reports says. “Today, we’re calling out, and congratulating, those who are doing the most important and aggressive work here.”
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These 10 global cities are ahead of the rest when it comes to finding innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions, improve mass transit and boost energ
“Here are the top 10:
- Bogota, Colombia – Urban Transporation
- Copenhagen – Carbon Measurement & Planning
- Melbourne – Energy Efficient Built Environment
- Mexico City – Air quality
- San Francisco – Zero Waste Mexico City – Air Quality
- Munich – Green Energy
- New York City – Adaptation and Resilience
- Rio de Janeiro – Sustainable CommBogota, Colombia- Urban Transportation Program
- Singapore – Intelligent City Infrastructure
- Tokyo – Finance and Economic Development
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The Enevo ONe Collect is a solution that lets authorities know exactly which containers need emptying on their route.
smart sustainable – “Enevo shows how data collection can vastly improve both the performan”ce and efficiency of businesses providing social services
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Nigeria Seeks Japan’s Support for Power, Infrastructure Development – AllAfrica.com
“For African countries, including Nigeria, to achieve a sustainable growth, it is imperative that agriculture be developed across the value chain.
Nigeria – Japan, infrastructure development
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