Next Steps for US Hydrogen Convergence

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The only real hydrogen convergence success in the United States has occurred in the area of material handling. Both large and small businesses have been quick to invest in hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts because they can operate longer than battery powered ones and refuel faster. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, this means that …

Home Hydrogen Stations are a Waste of Time

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is collecting information on how best to promote an “H-Prize” for a home hydrogen filling station. Unfortunately, the DOE is not the only organization that talks about home hydrogen filling stations as if they were the holy grail of hydrogen convergence (i.e. a lot of very serious do). For those …

Are Sustainability Challenges Different in America?

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Given the importance that members of the World Economic Forum accorded to sustainability and free markets, you would think that a more sustainable future is right around the corner. However, you can’t visit news sites like the Huffington Post without seeing a story, which talks about the challenges associated with achieving sustainability. And most of …

Eco-labels as Strategic Uncertainty

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If you read Jon Entine’s story called “Ecolabels – The wild west of labeling,” you will see that eco-labeling is in the current state of chaos. There are far too many competing standards organizations with far too many agendas. And a lot of very serious people will say why worry. For those tasked with supporting …

Keystone Pipeline as Strategic Uncertainty

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The State Department released its report on the environmental impact of the Keystone Pipeline to the public. Based on the non-findings of the report, a lot of very serious people believe that the issue of building of the Keystone Pipeline is simply an issue of jobs. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, the Keystone Pipeline …

How much should America worry about Exports?

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A lot of very serious people think that America can reverse its lagging competitiveness by focusing on increasing the amount of physical exports. In fact, this notion that America’s economic well-being is tied to the current account balance may be the dinosaur mindset at work. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you have to be …

Population Ageing is thing to watch in Global Risk 2013

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Every year, the World Economic Forum releases a report like Global Risk 2013, which documents results from surveys conducted at its regional meetings. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, this represents the best insurance against black swan events. The reason is that the Global Risk reports turn up emerging trends, which can lead to events …

Regaining the Holiday Spirit after Friday’s School Shooting

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Generally speaking, this time of year is filled with thoughts about quality time spent with friends and family. However, Friday’s Newtown school shooting shattered the harmony that has been building since Thanksgiving. Unlike some on the fringes of mainstream media, we at the ebTDesign Forum think that you and your peers should fight as hard …

Peak Oil’s contribution to Global Warming

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There is a big debate going on in America about the arrival of “peak oil” and its eventual impact. Some will say that peak oil has already arrived while others say that America is going through an oil-producing renaissance. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, the most under reported part of this debate is that …

Has the term Sustainability become a Hindrance?

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A lot of very serious people have a problem even defining what sustainability really is. Some see sustainability as simply another marketing program designed to engender goodwill from the stakeholders. Unfortunately, this may create a hindrance for those tasked with supporting sustainability because your more cynical stakeholders may question the sincerity of anything that you …