London Major Boris Johnson has placed a great focus on green projects in the capital.
The 2013 Low Carbon Prize offers the capital’s students the opportunity to win a share of £20,000 to turn their ideas into reality. This year, for the first time, 20 of the best runners up will be shortlisted for a chance to win a paid internship with leading industrial engineering firm Siemens, sponsors of the award.
Guest blog post by Matthew S. Erskine, U.S. Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentThe Seattle region is noted as one of our nation’s
hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship with world-class cleantech, health
sciences, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing clusters. It is home to the
headquarters of companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks and its regional
assets are fueling job growth.
This week, I traveled to Seattle to spotlight
Obama administration investments to advance these critical innovation clusters,
promote entrepreneurship and small business development and create the jobs and
industries of the future.
I met with the leaders of the Washington
Clean Energy Partnership, awardees of the i6 Green competition. This collaboration
between the Puget Sound Regional Council, South Seattle Community College,
Cleantech Open and the Innovate Washington Foundation will
work to foster collaboration between industry and institutions of higher
education to expand the clean energy cluster. This will spur the creation
of new jobs, companies and export opportunities in the market for energy
China pledged to loosen its one-child policy, allow more private investment in the state sector and expand farmers’ land rights, laying out economic reforms to sustain the nation’s growth.
Couples may have two children if either parent is an only child, according to the Communist Party policy decision published Friday by the official Xinhua News Agency. The document, covering 60 measures, fleshes out a communique issued Nov. 12 after a four-day party conclave in Beijing.
industry and public interest groups agree that online consumer privacy should
be strengthened, said Daniel Weitzner, NTIA’s Associate Administrator for
Policy. Speaking in Washington D.C. today, Weitzner said that public response
to the Commerce Department’s inquiry into online
privacy underscores the need to bolster privacy in a manner that
continues to ensure the Web remains a platform for innovation, jobs, and
said that the Commerce Department’s decision to address online privacy and
other Internet policy issues stems from the significant and growing social and
economic contributions that the Internet makes to our lives. For example,
domestic online transactions are currently estimated to total $3.5 trillion
annually, and digital commerce is a leading source of job growth.
“Preserving consumer trust is essential to the sustainability and continued
growth of the digital economy,” said Weitzner.
stakeholder feedback gained through the Commerce Department’s inquiry, Weitzner
outlined an approach that can promote innovation while increasing consumer
trust, including committing to baseline privacy principles and convening
stakeholders to develop voluntary but enforceable codes of conduct to implement
MONTREAL – Economies should implement structural and social reforms, and use the economic flux to invest in green energy to jumpstart growth, according to the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.