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Debunking the myths surrounding sustainabilityThe Irish Times via LN Publisher, 7 May 2009 - One environmental buzzword that seems to be well-known and misunderstood in almost equal measure is sustainability. In the morass of eco-complexity, you would think we could all at least agree on what being sustainable means? Then again, perhaps not.

Researchers eye better use for biomass than ethanolReuters, 7 May 2009 - Using switchgrass and other biomass to power electric cars is three times more efficient and more environmentally friendly than using ethanol to power traditional gasoline cars, U.S. scientists have found.

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WBCSD's Stigson Discusses Potential for Energy Efficiency to Solve Climate, Energy Issues

E&E TV, 5 May 2009 - In this interview given to E&E TV, WBCSD president Björn Stigson explains how government and industry can work together to expand and promote energy efficiency. He also discusses the prospects for climate legislation in the United States.
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Building Sector Must Change to Meet Global Energy Targets, New Study Finds

Geneva, 27 April 2009 - New modeling by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) shows how energy use in buildings can be cut by 60 percent by 2050 – essential to meeting global climate change targets – but this will require immediate action to transform the building sector. This is the central message of the report from the WBCSD's four-year, $15 million Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) research project, the most rigorous study ever conducted on the subject
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Business Action for Water – Assessment of the Fifth World Water Forum held in Istanbul in March 2009

Geneva, 23 April 2009 - “Water is a very important issue for business. Without water, there is no business. Without business, there can be no employment, no economy, and no well-being for people or society” said Jack Moss, a spokesperson for Business Action for Water at the Fifth World Water Forum's concluding session. “From our business perspective we are encouraged by the conclusions we draw from our experiences and achievements at the Fifth World Water Forum.”
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WBCSD Annual Review 2008 - What a way to run the world

Geneva, 16 April 2009 - "What a way to run the world" is the title of the WBCSD's Annual Review 2008. The theme was chosen almost a year ago, well before the financial meltdown proved just how badly the world was being run. As WBCSD's Chairman, Samuel DiPiazza Jr. points out: "economic crises must remind us that sustainable development is not just about environmental or social issues but also about sound economic development."
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Climate Change Cannot be Solved by Isolation

Washington D.C., 8 April 2009 - About 100 energy and climate experts including senior business executives from business, key policy-makers, and representatives from NGOs met in Washington D.C. to discuss the national and international policies needed to decarbonize the electricity utilities sector.
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Business Delivers A Blueprint for a Pathway to a Low-carbon Economy

Geneva, 7 April 2009 - The WBCSD's new publication, "Towards a Low Carbon Economy", aims to share business experience in technology development and deployment, finance and carbon markets, cooperative sectoral approaches and adaptation and proposes policy recommendations for a future agreement.
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The Business Contribution to the Climate Change Debate

Bonn, 2 April 2009 - The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is organizing a side event during the Bonn Climate Change talks on the Business Contribution to the Climate Change Debate and the challenges to reducing emissions in the building sector.
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Business Can Help Build Tomorrow's Low-carbon Economy Today - STATEMENT TO THE G20 LEADERS

London, 31 March 2009 - Leaders of the G20 governments meet in London this week. Their common aspiration is to set the world on a pathway of sustainable and widespread economic growth. While the discussions will be complex, one thing is crystal clear: we must revive growth in the world economy.
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"Energy for All" Aims to Reach 100 Million People

Singapore, 30 March 2009 - "Energy for All" (E4ALL) aims to bring business, NGOs and governments together in a bid to increase access to energy in the Asia Pacific region. The WBCSD joins the Steering Committee, which will guide strategic input to operations and sustainability of the initiative.
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Public Trust in Business, Europe's Lead in Green Technologies Dropping, Says WBCSD President

Brussels, 27 March 2009 - At the closing plenary of the 2009 European Business Summit in Brussels, WBCSD President Bjorn Stigson said that Europe's lead in green technologies was under threat from China and the US. “China and the US are picking up speed very substantially. Europe is probably not moving forward with the same speed as the US and China,” he said.
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New Version of Global Water Tool Out Now!

Geneva, 27 March 2009 - The WBCSD has updated its Global Water Tool with more recent water datasets, due to its successful uptake since its launch in August 2007, as well as the increasing media attention around managing corporate water use.
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Istanbul Shows That Water Is Everybody's Business

Geneva, 26 March 2009 - The huge amount of attention given to water issues at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul this past week highlights the importance of finding water solutions to the critical challenges ahead, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development said today.
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Ricoh and Taisei Join Eco-Patent Commons, DuPont Contributes Additional Eco-friendly Patents

Geneva, 23 March 2009 - Ricoh Company, Ltd., a global leader in office solutions, and Taisei Corporation, a leading engineering construction company, have joined the Eco-Patent Commons, a first-of-a-kind business effort coordinated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to help the environment by pledging environmentally beneficial patents to the public domain.
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Link Water, Energy and Climate in Global Talks, Business Urges

Istanbul, 19 March 2009 - Business leaders from some of the world's biggest companies today called for water, energy and climate change to be linked in global negotiations, such as the international climate talks due to culminate in Copenhagen in December.
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Business Calls on Istanbul Forum to Raise Political Profile of Water

Geneva, 12 March 2009 - The 5th World Water Forum to be held in Istanbul is an opportunity to raise significantly the political profile of water and highlight its interconnection with other global challenges including climate change, food, energy and the current financial crisis.
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