Category Archives: Sustainability

The Innovative Home: Sustainable, Smart, Mainstream

This piece looks at the future between now and 2030, and predicts that the greatest need for innovation is going to be in green and smart construction in both residential and commercial construction. The article offers specific examples of current and future innovations in this area, with the goal of not only a cleaner environment, but better architectural designs in the future. 

Why Sustainability is Your Next Big Innovation Opportunity

What’s the business case for sustainable innovation? That’s the question I’ve been asked most in my years working on sustainability and the main reason clients cite for not innovating around social and environmental responsibility. Well now we have the answer; the business case is $12 trillion.

Public Sector Innovation: moving innovation from the margins to mainstream

UNDP remains one of the few UN agencies that supports governments in setting up Public Sector Innovation Labs to experiment with new approaches to policy-making and that advises government partners on designing Open Innovation Prize Challenges.

United Nations will Recognize World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21

On April 20, 2017, 10:00 am (ET), I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the United Nations will read a UN resolution on the floor of the General Assembly to include World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, among the UN Days of Observance which includes Earth Day, Water Day, World Humanitarian Day.

To Innovate or Not? From Spurgeon to the Bloomberg Innovation Index

“Let the lion out of the cage”, a quote by Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), could apply to innovation… Ideas can be shackled. If an idea cannot be heard, explained, elaborated, even debated; it is at a disadvantage. Unable to move forward, it can’t be free and realize its potential. The free open flow of ideas leads ...

Steel plant to convert harmful byproducts into renewable energy

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Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 5.08.38 PMArcelorMittal — the world’s largest steel company — produced 93.1 million tons of steel in 2014, generating a problematic amount of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. But now, the company is launching a pilot scheme at their Ghent plant in partnership with bioengineering organization LanzaTech, which will convert this waste product into useful ethanol, using a microbe originally found in rabbits’ guts.

LanzaTech’s system captures carbon monoxide using a customized clostridium microbe and converts it into bioethanol, which can be sold to power cars and airplanes. The scheme is expected to cost EUR 87 million, but if successful the plant could eventually produce 47,000 tons of ethanol a year, and would potentially lead to the system being utilized in all of the company’s factories.

ArcelorMittal are not the first corporation to experiment with turning a polluting byproduct into a financial asset: we recently wrote about United Airline’s new biofuel made from household trash. Both schemes could benefit the companies financially, as well as the environment with its renewable energy alternatives. Construction is expected to begin in 2017. What other waste products could be transformed in this way?

Website: www.arcelormittal.com  (Via SpringWise)