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Going Green 101: How to Make Your Business More Sustainable

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How to Make Your Business More Sustainable

As society is becoming more and more eco-conscious, businesses all over the world are recognizing the need to be more environmentally friendly. Some of them are trying to minimize the negative impact their respective industries have by limiting their carbon footprint, among other things. Here is a list of steps that you could take to make your business more eco-friendly.

1.      Devise a concrete plan

In order to make your business more sustainable, it’s wise to have a comprehensive plan first. By jotting down your ideas, you will have a clear picture of how your “newly green” business would operate. Then, you’ll be able to review the plan and revise any weak points and think of more feasible solutions. You may not be able to implement all changes at once. Therefore, it’s advisable to make a list which you then order according to priority. Even making small changes at first is a great first step in fighting for this cause. Later on, you can introduce more changes as it becomes possible.

2.      Educate the employees on eco-friendliness

Once you have a concrete plan regarding how you’ll transform the business to be more eco-friendly, it’s time to educate your employees on the topic. Since they are an integral part of the company, your plan won’t work unless you have them on board. Apart from informing them about the changes in the way your business operates, you should also encourage them to translate eco-friendly behavior to their home life as well. For example, you could tell them about the importance of recycling and how it helps the planet. Additionally, you could offer remote work to the employees who travel to work by car, which would result in less commute and subsequently reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you need the employees to work on site, you could encourage them to take public transport instead of commuting by car.

3.      Decrease the amount of waste

Improper waste management leads to air and water pollution, and contributes to climate change. Putting measures in place to reduce the amount of waste is essential for sustainability. First of all, you should make sure that you order the exact amount of supplies that you’re going to need for production whenever possible. Since producing waste can’t be fully avoided, you could also improve your waste management. Sorting waste so that it can be recycled is one great solution. In addition to that, you can install waste chutes in front of the office building or construction site, depending on what kind of business you run. Garbage chutes are good for the environment as they contribute to less air pollution.

4.      Use sustainable materials

Using sustainable materials when running a business is a huge step in the right direction when aiming to be more environmentally friendly. If your company makes products, using natural and recycled materials is essential. For example, artificial fibers, such as polyester, nylon aren’t biodegradable, which can have devastating consequences on the environment. What is more, when these fabrics are washed in the washing machine, they release toxins into the waters, thus harming aquatic life. Even some natural fabrics can cause harm to the environment. For example, cotton is usually treated with pesticides which can be hazardous as they contaminate air, water, and soil. For that reason, choosing organic cotton is a far better option, since in that case such harmful substances aren’t used. Therefore, natural fibers, such as wool, organic cotton, and recycled materials are a more eco-friendly option.

5.      Digitalize your business

Digitalizing your business can be the perfect option, as not only will it help your business be more sustainable, but it comes with other perks as well. Digitalization increases productivity, improves customer service, and allows for more advanced data collection. When it comes to the environmental impact, by keeping documents on the computer, you wouldn’t have to use as much paper as you normally would. Also, since the data would be digital, it allows for quicker and more accurate analysis. Analyzing data this way would enable you to calculate the amount of supplies you require, and in turn, reduce waste.

6.      Conduct meetings virtually

Apart from making working from home an option, another way to be more sustainable is by conducting meetings virtually, through a video conferencing platform, such as Zoom. On the other hand, if you find that face-to-face meetings are unavoidable, you can schedule them either during the working hours, or as soon as the shift is over, while the employees are still at the premises. Both of these options would reduce the overall commute.

Wrapping up

All in all, there is a number of steps a business needs to take in order to be eco-friendly. These steps include reducing waste, using sustainable materials, incorporating digitization, introducing remote work and virtual meetings, and so on. All of these steps can help lessen the negative effects businesses and people in general have on the environment.

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Horwin's integrated intelligent chassis platform makes world debut

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Horwin's integrated intelligent chassis platform makes world debut

The launch of the platform marks the two-wheeled industry’s entry into the era of intelligent manufacturing

Horwin, a new pure electric motorcycle brand recently launched by HORWIN INC, has released the first two-wheel integrated intelligent chassis platform globally alongside its IP figure of humanoid robot.

According to data from Statista, the global motorcycle market was valued at US$124.387 billion in 2019 with sales having grown to their highest in recent years. Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the market still exceeded US$100 billion in 2020 and 2021. Given this scenario, Horwin is targeting the pure electric motorcycle segment to capitalize on the development trends of both the motorcycle market and the new energy sector.

“The new brand aims to redefine the electric motorcycle, and to this end, the company has developed a modular platform similar to the ‘Super Matrix'”, said Liu Ping, COO of Horwin. “With scalable internal modules, the platform allows users to freely scale the body, human-machine interaction and function kits according to their travel scenarios and usage so that they can put together different models based on their own needs with the purchase of just one ‘Super Matrix’ platform”.

With intelligent technologies, Horwin’s two-wheel integrated intelligent chassis platform features high integration of the electric drive, battery and electric control systems, an intelligently controlled domain control system and modular design, enabling the development of new pure electric motorcycles that meet the expectations of users based on user scenarios.

Horwin integrates all future-oriented key technologies of two-wheeled offerings, including electrification, intelligence and connectivity into an integrated intelligent chassis in addition to using serial interfaces for functional expansion, lowering the threshold for manufacturing while helping existing industry players optimize the manufacturing process and efficiency.

During the launch event, Horwin also unveiled a bionic robot IP named MR.Y. Horwin’s goal, is to build a proprietary intelligent robot that can help people in real life, including serving as a shopping guide, walking the dog, picking up children and taking care of the elderly.

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Brown Living aims to make plastic-free living a reality

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Brown Living aims to make plastic-free living a reality

In a resolute effort to curb plastic pollution, India has imposed a ban on single-use plastic products from July 1, 2022, a move that synchronizes with Plastic Free July, an influential global campaign empowering people to cut down on plastic and make the planet more sustainable.

A breakthrough in this direction is Brown Living, India’s first and only plastic-free marketplace that consciously curates an array of everyday sustainable products – from apparel to home accessories, self-care and wellness – supporting sustainable, vegan, chemical-free and zero-waste lifestyles. Launched in 2019, Brown Living is the brainchild of Chaitsi Ahuja, a marketer and earth advocate, who has been living a plastic-free life for the past 5 years. Chaitsi, Founder and CEO of Brown Living, states, “Going plastic-free is a journey. It won’t happen overnight. I started with ‘use what you have first’ to ensure nothing goes to waste.”

Her mission to create awareness about conscious consumption is amplified by environmentalist and film producer Pragya Kapoor. “All of us have a role to play in conserving the earth and I believe we must make sustainable and kinder choices every day,says Pragya, Business Partner and Investor at Brown Living.

Every year, India alone produces 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste, of which 43% is single-use plastic. By 2050, global use of plastic could emit upto 56 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, aggravating the climate crisis. These alarming numbers require immediate action. Pragya adds, “If we stop single-use plastics completely, we would be able to delay the effects of climate change by a few years and also start managing our waste much better, reducing global temperatures, improving air quality and living conditions.”

At Brown Living, each product is made in India and selected through The Brown Lens, a proprietary framework that evaluates its environmental impact, fair trade, ethical sourcing and production. All orders are packaged and shipped plastic-free in biodegradable, plastic-free and recycled containers and shipped in 100% post-consumer boxes with plastic-free paper tapes. A share of profits is directed towards tree plantation drives. Labels and artisans who respect the people and planet feature exclusively on this platform. Till date, the aggregator hosts over 300 sellers with over 10,000 products from across India, with 72% women entrepreneurs.

Brown Living’s vision is to shift mindsets, make sustainable living mainstream and bust the myth that zero-plastic lifestyle is expensive or niche. “A lot of options for affordable plastic-free products are easily accessible now. Even if you go back to the traditional ways of shopping from kirana stores or buy produce by weight, in small batches, you will have fresher, healthier products both for you as well as the planet, while supporting local businesses. So, it’s an absolute win-win and completely guilt-free, Chaitsi adds.

Commenting on the plastic ban, she says, “The ban should have a tax-on-the-polluter component where manufacturers are held accountable for responsibly recovering and recycling the plastic they have put out in the market so far and changing packaging materials to be environment-friendly. Government funding and subsidies for companies producing biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastics could also prove to be a game-changer at the grassroot level.”

Overall, Chaitsi is optimistic about living plastic-free but added, “We need a systemic shift in our consumption habits, ask questions before we buy, and drastically reduce the amount of single-use plastic that we already create, consume and discard each year, while also finding intelligent ways to repurpose the plastic that already exists.”

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Sustainable Tech Company Greenko signs MoU with IIT Hyderabad to set up School of Sustainable Science & Technology

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Sustainable Tech Company Greenko signs MoU with IIT Hyderabad to set up School of Sustainable Science & Technology
  • Induct students for MTech and PhD programs from June 2023
  • Accelerate R&D and contextualize education & skills for sustainable development
  • GSSST to evolve as Knowledge & Human Resource powerhouse for driving decarbonization & sustainable development

Greenko, India’s leading energy transition and industrial decarbonization solutions company, and IIT Hyderabad signed an MoU to launch India’s first dedicated school for sustainable science and technology.

The Greenko School of Sustainable Science and Technology (GSSST) aims to plug the rising research, education, and skills gaps caused by the imperatives of sustainable development. The school will be advancing knowledge in these key thrust areas:

  • Climate change mitigation
  • AI and space technology
  • Energy transition and industrial transformation
  • Circular and regenerative economy
  • ZeroC processes, fuels, materials, and products
  • Industrial ecology and net zero clusters

GSSST will open towards the end of this year and, by June 2023, will induct students for MTech and Ph.D. in sustainable science and technology, followed by BTech programs. The experience gained at GSSST will be replicated at other IITs, engineering colleges, and later at polytechnics and schools.

This joint initiative demonstrates the national educational establishment’s endorsement of Greenko’s pioneering initiative to accelerate R&D and contextualize education and skills for sustainable development. Greenko is working in consultation with the Ministry of Education, AICTE, NCERT, and NCVET to ensure GSSST both conforms to and advances learning in sustainable science and technology.

Congratulating IIT Hyderabad on the occasion, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, India cannot just be a consuming nation. We must innovate and establish our own models for achieving self-sufficiency as well as for furthering global welfare. In the 21st century, technology is available to ease our job, and NEP 2020 has given us the liberty to take advantage of local language with available technology.”

The Minister added:India is going to play a leading role in the fourth industrial revolution and IIT Hyderabad will play a major role in building brand India globally and in carving out a better and prosperous future, especially during the AmritKaal. We have to fulfil the Prime Minister’s vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anil Chalamalasetty, Founder, CEO & MD, Greenko Group, said, “The Government of India, under the leadership of Honorable PM Narendra Modi, has positioned India as a leader globally in climate change mitigation and energy transition as set out in the Paris Climate Accords. The commitment to build the technologies and skills in India for our country to attain leadership in sustainability and energy transition led to this opportunity with IITH. I would also like to thank Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Honorable Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.”

Mr Chalamalasetty added: “Greenko is honored to partner with IITH, a reputed institute, and focus on reconfiguring existing global energy transition technologies to improve efficiencies, economics, and employment in emerging economies. GSSST aims to be the knowledge and human resource powerhouse for driving decarbonization and sustainable development, and will pursue twinning arrangements with globally reputed research and educational institutes.”

About Greenko Group

Greenko Group is one of the world’s largest energy transition and decarbonization solutions companies. Greenko has an installed renewable energy capacity of ~7.5 GW across wind, solar and hydro capacities and more than ~10 GW of projects under development.

Greenko has invested over US$7.5 billion; with equity of more than US$2.5 billion and has raised global green bonds of over US$5.0 billion over the last 10 years. Today, Greenko produces 18 BUs (1~1.5%) of India’s total energy production.

Greenko is building an intelligent, lowest cost energy cloud storage platform of 50 GWh capacity to be commissioned by 2025 and expanding to 100 GWh by 2027 along with green hydrogen production systems of 10 GW capacity by 2030.

Greenko is majority owned by two of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds: the Government Investment Corporation (GIC) of Singapore and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) of Abu Dhabi, UAE, along with Orix Corporation, Japan, and the Founders Anil Chalamalasetty & Mahesh Kolli.

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