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Good Business: Yiyuan Environmental Group

“Toilets consume a lot of water, so I had the idea of producing a small, daily-use product that preserves scarce water and can be part of a water-saving revolution.” Since setting out with this idea back in 2007, Chen Chunhong has faced numerous...

Posted April 2, 2014    

Interview with LI Yong, new Director General of UNIDO

“To achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development, all of UNIDO’s tools will be used” – LI YongPhoto: Eva Manasieva/UNIDOSince taking office in June this year, you have travelled to all the regions of the world to meet with...

Posted February 10, 2014    

Good Business: Karton Chernozemie

According to a recent report by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), more than 48 million metric tons of municipal solid waste was generated in the Russian Federation in 2010, 95% of which was sent for disposal, mostly in...

Posted December 14, 2013    

China's Factory Owners Look for Energy Savings

Factory bosses in China are looking at ways to cut costs through greater energy efficiency. A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek reports that for decades after China started trading with the United States in 1979, most factory managers...

Posted December 7, 2013    

Sustainable Production: New Wine in Old Bottles

***Good wine bottling must meet high expectations. The need for long storage life, UV-resistance and gas tightness continue to make glass wine bottle the wine market’s most popular transportation and storage container. Yet the processes of producing...

Posted July 8, 2013    

Energy Innovation in China, or Lack Thereof

Alpbach News interview with Robert D. Atkinson, head of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think-tank in Washington D.C., USA.***Alpbach News: Dr. Atkinson, you have been working under three US administrations: Clinton, George W....

Posted June 5, 2013    

"Barefoot" Solar Energy Engineers

The Barefoot College in western India is training illiterate or semi-literate women from all over the world to be solar engineers. UNIDO's Making It magazine investigates how this form of South-South cooperation is making renewable energy technology...

Posted March 12, 2013    

The Water-Food-Energy Nexus

SABMiller’s Andy Wales on how to manage the inevitable trade-offs between scarce resources.***By 2050, demand for resources is set to increase significantly as the global population grows to nine billion and becomes more prosperous. Global economic...

Posted February 7, 2013    

Climate Concerns Rise in the East

A new study from the Carbon Trust reveals a divide between Generation Y’s attitude to carbon reduction in the East and West. The study, which questioned over 2,500 young people aged 18-25, across five continents in Brazil, China, South Africa, the...

Posted November 23, 2012    

Is Latin America and the Caribbean turning on to energy efficiency?

This week two different conferences adddressing energy efficiency are being held: one in Quito, Ecuador, and the other in Mexico City.In Quito, there are four events to promote energy efficiency in the productive sectors of Latin American and the...

Posted September 26, 2012    

Can increased energy access levels go hand-in-hand with lowering our climate emissions?

"Rio +20 is occurring as we enter a phase of planetary emergency - we've recently surpassed 400 ppm in the Arctic, biodiversity loss is occurring at an exponential pace and global warming is magnifying global abnormal weather conditions. The...

Posted June 21, 2012    

Interview: Jeremy Rifkin’s new world vision

What role should UNIDO play in the third industrial revolution?Given the situation the world is facing right now, if there were no UNIDO, we’d have to invent it immediately. Whatever relevance it had in the past, pales in comparison with the...

Posted April 5, 2012