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Three Keys to Successful Industrial Policy in Developing Countries

Amanda Janoo on the three major obstacles that must be overcome in order to make industrial policy in developing countries more successful.***In recent years, we have seen the reemergence of industrial policy, which can broadly be understood as the...

Posted February 4, 2016    

Exploring Climate Change From a Gender Perspective

Virginie Le Masson argues that paying that attention to gender differences matters***People’s Climate March, New York, 21 September 2014. Photo: istock/Andy ParkerWhat does gender have to do with climate change? It’s a question I often hear when...

Posted January 20, 2016    

Solar Photovoltaic Panels: The Other Side of the Story

By Laura Gil MartínezSolar photovoltaic (PV) panels have now reached a stage of rapid dissemination and global commercialization. Relatively small and robust, they only need exposure to sunlight in order to produce electricity. Since the 1990s, when...

Posted November 23, 2015    

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