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"On Artificial Intelligence, trust is a must, not a nice to have. With these landmark rules, the EU is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure AI can be trusted..."

Europe fit for the Digital Age

Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence

"For instance, Christine Lagarde has been raising expectations that the ECB will take concrete action against climate change when completing the ECB’s strategy review."

The ECB needs political guidance on secondary objectives

While EU Treaties clearly stipulate that the European Central Bank “shall support the general objectives of the European Union”, politicians cannot simply stand by, hoping that it will use its discretionary power to act on them

"Findings of the survey of nearly 700 listed firms in 14 countries from 2015 to 2019 were unveiled on the day US President Joe Biden launches a virtual climate summit."

Most major companies failing climate targets: study

Fewer than one in four of the world’s largest companies are on track to meet basic climate change targets, according to a new study

“The cost of inaction keeps mounting. The United States isn’t waiting.”

Biden doubles US emissions cut target as summit lifts climate hopes

President Joe Biden on Thursday (22 April) doubled US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada at a summit in making new commitments that bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change

“I am delighted to hear that energy efficiency is well represented in the drafts of the member states’ Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRP). As I emphasised to ministers, this must remain in the final plans across the EU.”

Brussels urges 27 to ‘make the most’ of energy efficiency funds

The European commissioner for energy, Kadri Simson, said on Thursday (22 April) that member states should take advantage of the European Union’s historic €1.8 trillion budget and recovery fund to invest in energy efficiency

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Industrial waste makes up at least 50% of global waste.

Analyses

How AI can solve manufacturing’s waste problem

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Earth Day inspires many consumers to examine their recycling, composting and consumption. That’s all good, but it isn’t where the heart of the waste problem lies

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"The EU Taxonomy is a robust, science-based transparency tool for companies and investors. It creates a common language that investors can use when investing in projects and economic activities that have a substantial positive impact on the climate and the environment."

Europe

Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Commission takes further steps to channel money towards sustainable activities

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"Sulfur hexafluoride is 23,500 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas."

World

We need to replace the world’s most potent greenhouse gas

Thursday, April 22, 2021

On World Earth Day, as our fellow citizens of the world pledge to undertake a brilliant array of earth-restoring actions, from trash hacking to “plogging” (picking up litter while jogging), it’s time to fix our sights once more on a hidden climate threat

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"The world has made important strides toward energy transition in the past decade."

Analyses

5 key lessons for energy transition from COVID-19 recovery

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The COVID-19 recovery efforts offer five lessons to accelerate the energy transition in the next decade

The global conversation around artificial intelligence is largely dominated by opinions on how governments should eliminate all possible risks associated with this disruptive technology.

Analyses

AI rules must help increase public trust

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

EU regulation on artificial intelligence must be designed to increase user trust, while unlocking innovation

Yet recently, despite the EU’s new global human rights sanctions regime, Germany’s commitment toward defending human rights, whether behind closed doors or openly, has been waning.

Europe

Germany’s Ambiguity Toward Human Rights Weakens Europe

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

As she nears the end of her last term as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel should revert to toughening the EU’s stance on human rights. Making them subservient to trade and economic ties discredits the EU

"Batteries are an ideal solution for shorter/medium-range applications (such as for buses within a city) but they are less practical for long-haul transport and heavy duty applications."

Analyses

Sustainable transport can’t just depend on batteries

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

When we try to envision what our future world will be like, we picture cleaner, quieter, emission-free streets and transport corridors

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"It is clear that there is no country or company manager in Europe at the moment that does not support the development of a trustworthy and innovative AI ecosystem, which promotes a human-centric approach and that primarily services people, increasing their well-being."

Europe

Artificial intelligence: Commission must think small first

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The European Commission will this week present its proposal on Artificial Intelligence (AI), seen as a step toward a new regulatory framework

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"Technology as a service has the potential to generate significant growth opportunities for any industry."

Analyses

Embracing technology as a service will fuel the circular economy

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Offering as-a-service requires the overhaul of a company’s business and digital transformation strategy but yields significant benefits for all

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"Transitioning to a green economy could create 18 million jobs."

Europe

How can we ensure a just transition to the green economy?

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The global shift to a green economy could create 18 million jobs, with the potential to provide high-quality employment and livelihoods around the world

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“Some plastics are intrinsically toxic, while others have toxic additives that can leach into the environment, including during recycling operations.”

Europe

Stop exporting plastic waste out of Europe, EU lawmakers say

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Thirty-one lawmakers in the European Parliament have signed a manifesto calling for the end of plastic waste exports outside Europe and the facilitation of intra-EU shipment procedures to promote a genuine circular economy within the EU

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"China’s challenge to the United States isn’t a problem in itself. Danger arises in how power is exercised."

World

The case for an ’economic NATO’ to clip provocative China’s wings

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

What’s to be done about China now that it is becoming a geo-political problem? Its goal of global primacy not only poses a threat to others but eventually to itself

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EU Actually

EU climate law agreement: Council did not give in

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

Last night, the negotiators of the European Parliament and Council reached a provisional political agreement on the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050 and a collective net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990

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Brussels urges 27 to ‘make the most’ of energy efficiency funds

Brussels urges 27 to ‘make the most’ of energy efficiency funds

The European commissioner for energy, Kadri Simson, said on Thursday (22 April) that member states should take advantage of the European Union’s historic €1.8 trillion budget and recovery fund to invest in energy efficiency

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Li Shufu is pulling the strings at Volvo, Mercedes and Lotus

Li Shufu is pulling the strings at Volvo, Mercedes and Lotus

Will carmaker Volvo get a stock exchange listing in Stockholm, or may be in Amsterdam, as Bloomberg news agency claims?

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