July 2015

Designing Green Buildings with EDGE

Edge-Logo-Hi-Res-for-Web-ResizedEDGE is an innovation of IFC. It helps you to design green buildings in more than 100 countries.

EDGE encourages resource-efficient building growth by proving the business case for building green. Whether you are constructing homes or apartments, hotels or resorts, offices, retail, or health care buildings, EDGE empowers you to build sustainably.… read more »

E-Basura: Concerns, Opportunities are Inspiring Us

E-WastesThe amount of e-waste in worldwide circulation that is part of illegal trades, or which is unloaded straight into dumping grounds in impoverished countries, is unknown. The problem, however, exists. “If even just 10 or 20 percent of incoming devices don’t work, as some studies prove, considering the enormous amounts being transferred this would cause a considerable flow of toxic waste towards the receiving countries,” explains Jaco Huisman, the former coordinator of the STEP Initiative, a project by the United Nations University aimed at solving the problem of e-waste.… read more »

GreenOvation PressCon

GrrenOvation Press Conference in the Department of Trade and Industry office in Makati last July 15. In attendance were DTI Director Lydia Guevarra, Ms Pacita Juan of EchoStore and ASEC Bless Lantayona, Volker Steigerwald, Ed Canela and the GreenOvation Team and GIZ PR group. The group also extended the deadline for entry submission from July 31 to August 15, 2015.… read more »

Resource Efficiency

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In the future, living and housing spaces will become smaller and smaller. We have to learn how to make products for small space living. But this also goes for SMEs not only for the furniture makers, but for all who think that the spaces they occupy is limitless.… read more »

Smartphones and Development

iuRebecca Hartje* & Michael Hübler found that a significant and positive impact of smartphone and mobile phone ownership on households’ income. This impact is qualitatively robust across several robustness checks. They concluded that advanced mobile communication devices can support rural techno-economic development. Entitled “Are Smartphones Smart for Economic Development?” the paper also detailed the econometric methodology from the data gathered i household surveys in the rural Southeast Asian Mekong region at the beginning of the year 2013.… read more »