BBOXX Is Delivering Off-Grid Energy To The Developing World

Chris Baker-Brian of BBOXX Although access to mobile phones, retail banking and internet connectivity has soared in the past decade across the developing world, it remains a frustrating reality that over a billion people – across the continent and the rest of the developed world – have no access to electricity. Less than a quarter of Kenyans, for example, have access to the national grid. Yet for BBOXX’s founders, the solution may lie outside traditional grid infrastructure. The next generation utility company provides solar power across the developing world, and aims…

How Predictive Maintenance Can Make You Feel Good About Your Next Beer

The next time you take a cold beer out of your fridge, think about Eduardo Esquival and how people like him are helping reduce your ecological footprint. “We want to deliver the best beer with the least environmental impact, and the best way to do that is to keep our vehicles running as efficiently as possible,” he says. Eduardo is a fleet manager at La Constancia, a company that has been delivering quality beer in El Salvador for over one hundred years. Today they are part of the AB InBev…

How IKEA Builds Sustainable Innovation Into Its Business Model To Improve Lives

Most people think of a discarded plastic bottle as waste. But at IKEA, it’s a resource. The IKEA brand has a set of commandments for doing business, and not wasting resources is one of them. For example, every year, about 100 billion plastic water bottles are used worldwide, but only 30 percent are recycled, the rest ending in landfills or polluting the ocean. The furniture giant is committed to proving that recycled plastic can be used in the large-scale production of household goods. One example is a new line of…

How Europe’s Biggest Transport Company Is Preparing For A Driverless Future

The days when a hitchhiker like Bobby McGee would thumb a diesel down and ride it all the way to New Orleans are numbered. That’s because trucks will soon be driverless, and the vehicles will be electric. The global trucking industry is facing a similar shift to the one shaping the autonomous, electric cars of the future. In the coming years, the trucks that carry between 70 and 75 percent of goods to local markets in the U.S. and Europe won’t run on fossil fuels and will move in road…