Remember the whole "going green" thing? What happened to it? Did it die out or are their still some "tree troopers" on the ground keeping the dream alive? sjenner13/Thinkstock Green tech is still alive and well -- at least according to the marketing messages of self-proclaimed green companies. But are technology manufacturers actually adhering to green tech practices or just talking about them? Has the green tech fad morphed from a short-term trend to a long-term way of doing business? Throughout the past decade, the term green tech has been applied to everything from high-yield copy paper to solar powered cars and zero-waste factories. Business and technology sites like Forbes and CNET devote entire channels to green technology news, and there's no shortage of information to report. The Green Electronics Council maintains a registry of "greener" electronics manufacturers for product categories including computers, TVs and office equipment, listing companies that meet certain … [Read more...] about What happened to the green tech fad?
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The concept of "clean tech" is a response to the projected population growth on the planet, which is estimated to be 2.3 billion people by the 2050. The theory is that clean tech companies, which address environmental sustainability as part of their overall business strategy for profitability, will be the model that successful companies will have to use in order address the increasing demand for food, clothing, shelter and other scarce resources that will only increase as incomes rise across the globe.Where "green tech" evolved in the 1970s from government controls intended to mitigate the effects of manufacturing and agricultural pollutants on the environment, "clean tech" is built into the business model from the very beginning. Green tech has traditionally always seen as an expensive, but required, drain on a company's profits. Clean tech is built into the business strategy as an acknowledgement that resource scarcity and pollution exist and must be addressed when planning … [Read more...] about How is Clean Tech Different From Green Tech
The People’s Committee of southern Long An province has granted an investment licence for the establishment of a green environment technology park in Tan Lap commune, Thu Thua district. Invested by the Vietnam Waste Solution, Inc. (VWS), the park will cover about 1,760 hectares with a total investment of 450 million USD and the capacity to treat 40,000 tonnes of waste per day. The project will be carried out in three phases, with the first spanning from 2015 to 2020 and focusing on daily solid waste treatment in Ho Chi Minh City and Long An province, which will then be expanded to key southern economic zones and their vicinities after 2020. From 2020-2025, the project will continue to build and develop waste treatment and recycling areas as well environmental technology research and training. After 2025, the company will complete the construction of waste treatment and residential areas for workers and experts. Speaking at the licence granting ceremony on September 12, … [Read more...] about Green tech park to shape up in Long An province
The Green Tech City in Hanoi will feature sustainable design, stormwater management and green energy technology Another green city is planned for Asia. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill will design the master plan for Green Tech City in Hanoi, Vietnam. The district will utilize advanced technology to improve the sustainability of the area. The master plan covers an area of 145 hectares, encompassing two villages, to meet the future needs of over 20,000 residents. In addition to incorporating the local traditions and character of the area, it also creates a sustainable green landscape corridor and smart infrastructure to reduce energy consumption. The green corridor will feature low-rise residential neighborhoods to balance the high rise buildings of the skyline. The development will be truly mixed use, featuring cultural amenities, retail, residential, office, education, healthcare and other public facilities. A key geographic feature of the development is the serious of networked … [Read more...] about SOM to Develop Green Tech City in Vietnam
Apple said Friday it was rejoining a program to certify its products as environmentally friendly after a controversy that could have dented sales of its popular gadgets. Apple senior vice president Bob Mansfield said that the company listened to "customers who were disappointed" by the action to delist from the registry. "I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT," he said in a letter posted on the company website. "It's important to know that our commitment to protecting the environment has never changed, and today it is as strong as ever. Apple makes the most environmentally responsible products in our industry. In fact, our engineering teams have worked incredibly hard over the years to make our products even more environmentally friendly." In dropping out last month from the registry, Apple offered no explanation but speculation centered around its use of batteries on some MacBooks which are glued into the frame … [Read more...] about Apple rejoins green tech program after spat