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Technologies from Continental make hybrid sports cars more environmentally friendly and safer

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High-performance turbocharger for 1.5-liter three-cylinder combustion engine of the BMW i8 Recuperation-capable brake system specially for use in hybrid and electric vehicles 31-meter heating and coolant lines Direct tire pressure Monitoring Turbocharger technology improves efficiency and also protects the environment The high-performance turbocharger of the 1.5-liter three-cylinder combustion engine for the rear wheel drive of the BMW i8 comes from the Continental technology corporation. The combination of direct injection with hig... Read More »

ArcelorMittal steel in the largest oil discovery of recent years

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The Kashagan offshore oilfield in Kazakhstan faces extreme weather conditions, including sea ice and temperatures ranging from -35°C to 40°C, and is believed to have recoverable reserves of around 13 billion barrels of crude oil. Discovered in the 1990s, the Kashagan oilfield is located deep below Kazakhstan’s territorial waters in the Caspian Sea. Extracting the oil requires several tens of kilometres of tubes made of highly specialised, high-tech steels, which few steel producers in the world are able to produce. ArcelorMittal was selec... Read More »

Cleaner and more sustainable public transport as of this year

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Emission-free buses All GVB traffic must be emission-free by 2025. The first emission-free buses will start operating during the coming three years. Also, a study will be launched to determine how to clean up the city's public ferry services. By 2019, the GVB aims to operate 50 electric vehicles to achieve at least 700,000 emission-free kilometres on Amsterdam’s network each year. The company will also generate electricity through solar panels on its own buildings. A preliminary study has indicated that the GVB has enough space to install 2,... Read More »

GfK: Three quarters of consumers say brands have to be environmentally responsible

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Close to two thirds feel guilty when they do something that is not environmentally friendly. The same number claims to only buy products and services that appeal to their beliefs, values or ideals. With the 45th World Earth Day happening this week, GfK has published survey findings showing how important environmental values are to people internationally. This is in sharp contrast to the few who disagree with these statements. Only six percent feel that brands do not have to be environmentally responsible, 14 percent do not feel guilty wh... Read More »

Accor: PLANET 21: an approach based on continuous progress

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HIGHLIGHTS IN 2014: Water: - 5.6% in water consumption since 2011 (owned and managed hotels) Zoom: Accor, which serves 56 million breakfasts a year on average, embarked on a new collaborative venture with Bridor, leader in bakery and pastry products, to reduce the environmental footprint of the baguettes and croissants it produces. Improvements in the manufacturing process have enabled the company to reduce its electricity and water consumption by 10% and 30% respectively in three years. The life cycle analysis of these products carrie... Read More »

Truu Salon to participate in Aveda’s Appointments for Clean Water Global Hair Cut-a-Thon to support Earth Month

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Fort Lauderdale, FL  - Truu Salon will participate in a 24-Hour Global Cut-A-Thon on Monday, April 13, 2015. Truu Salon encourages all to bring a guest to the event to help Aveda reach to goal of $6.5 million. Aveda stylists in salons worldwide will volunteer their time to offer haircuts and beauty services in return for a donation to Earth Month, a simple and beautiful way for their guests to actively care for the environment. Haircuts or Blowdrys will be $25 each. In addition, Truu Salon is having an Earth Month raffle with cash prizes of ... Read More »

Bank of Scotland: Oil & Gas sector powering through choppy waters

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A survey of a broad cross section of UK oil & gas companies, carried out for Bank of Scotland’s fourth annual oil and gas report reveals 92% of companies are planning to grow over the next two years. Of the 101 companies questioned, 73 expect headcount to increase with only nine expecting a reduction. Two fifths (39%) acknowledged that the fall in oil prices had delayed planned investment in growth but when the estimates of net gains and losses for jobs are summed, a total of just under 8000 roles are expected to be created over the next... Read More »

H&M is a detox winner according to Greenpeace

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Greenpeace states that “H&M’s action on toxic-free fashion puts it firmly at the head of the pack” and places H&M in the “Leaders Group”. Greenpeace also mentions that H&M is the first company to eliminate the hazardous chemicals PFCs from its products. The Detox Leaders are defined as “detox committed companies leading the industry towards a toxic-free future with credible timelines, concrete actions and on-the-ground implementation”. Read more about the Greenpeace Detox Catwalk and H&M’s work towards a toxic-free future. ... Read More »

Egypt and Siemens to massively increase power generation capacity

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Increase by up to one third of current generation capacity Agreement on 4.4 gigawatt (GW) Beni Suef power plant in Southern Egypt Building of 2 GW wind power generation capacity and wind rotor blade factory agreed Agreement signed for Siemens to develop concepts for a further 6.6 GW of combined cycle power plants and ten substations "Egypt needs a powerful and reliable energy system to support its long-term, sustainable economic development, and experienced partners who understand the specific challenges facing the country", said Joe K... Read More »

Boskalis to construct second artificial residential island in Panama

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The project involves constructing the second artificial island in the Pacific Ocean off the densely populated shoreline of Panama City. Nine hectares of land will be created by using approximately 600,000 cubic meters of rock to form a perimeter and filling it with 1.3 million cubic meters of sand. A bridge will be built to connect the second island to the first island. The client Compañía Insular Americana, S.A. is an affiliated company of Ocean Reef Island Inc for which Boskalis constructed the first artificial island. Boskalis will use... Read More »

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