Expert Insights

Industry practitioners and analysts report on trending issues and technologies.

From Wind to Waste: Microsoft’s Evolving Green Power

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How Has UPS’s Reporting Changed Under GRI G4?

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How Flexible Working Saved Dell $12 Million

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Energy Efficiency Q&A with AT&T’s John Schinter

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ISO 14001 Q&A

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Supreme Court GHG Ruling Q&A

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SolarCity Acquisition Q&A

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Renewable Energy Q&A with Unilever’s Jessica Sobel

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Carbon Standards Q&A

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Cooling Water Intake Rule Q&A

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Indoor Air Quality Q&A

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Carbon Reduction Q&A with Exelon’s Bill Brady

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Gas Gen-Set Q&A

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Sustainable Agriculture Q&A

Several “green” agricultural technologies have emerged as potential methods for increasing yields, according to a new Lux Research report. These methods include: Biopesticides, No-till farming and Biochar. Not all of these technologies represent financial opportunities, however. We asked Sara Olson of Lux Research what advantages these tools offer to agriculture businesses – and what disadvantages will limit adoption.


Sustainable Manufacturing Q&A

IDC Manufacturing Insights recently published its predictions for worldwide manufacturing in 2014. These predictions have a number of implications for manufacturers’ sustainability. We spoke with IDC’s Kimberly Knickle to draw out some sustainability trends for the year.


Smart Building Synergy: Building and Enterprise Energy Management

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Electric Boats and Underwater Vehicles

IDTechEx expects global sales of marine electric vehicles, including hybrids and pure electrics, to rise from 73,000 in 2013 to 118,000 in 2024, and from $2.6 billion to $7.3 billion. This market includes leisure, light industrial and military craft, both for inland waterways and seagoing, as well as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), non-military small submarines and underwater electric sea scooters for divers. Average ex-factory prices vary hugely from $25 million hybrid super yachts and $5 million for the most expensive submarine or AUV, to $50 for a diver’s sea scooter.


WEEE Recast Q&A

The EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive requires producers of electronic equipment to take responsibility for product end-of-life by financing collection and recycling. The aim is to stop electrical items being incinerated or landfilled.
In 2012 the EU passed an updated directive, called the WEEE recast, which makes several changes to the original regulations. But because of the EU’s process of transposing bloc-wide directives into national law, many of the changes have yet to be felt. Howard Stimpson explains what manufacturers and other companies should be looking out for.


Microgrids: North American and World Markets

Overview Until recently, the vast majority of microgrids coming online, whether grid-connected or off-grid, have been pilot projects or research and development experiments. Today the industry is moving into the next phase of project development, focusing on how to develop projects on fully commercial terms. It appears that the main technology components have made significant Read More »


RoHS Q&A

Overview The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, which restricts the use of certain chemicals in electrical and electronic goods, has already had a profound effect on manufacturers of computers, appliances and other common products. But the RoHS landscape is still changing. In 2011, the EU passed a new version of the directive, Read More »