Impact Economics

 

For most businesses, having positive social and environmental impact isn’t high up on the list of priorities. But change is coming! Here we take a look at innovative economic approaches with proven, positive, sustainable impact.

Greenwashing in Online Fashion: Consumers are Being Deceived by Sustainability Claims

A new comprehensive database supports consumers in their search for sustainable products. Only 14 per cent of products with sustainability labels meet the research team's high credibility criteria.

Climate Pledges by Companies are not Ambitious Enough

Since the Paris Climate Conference, hundreds of companies have published ‘Net Zero Pledges’ in which they show how they intend to contribute to climate protection. But they are all not far-reaching enough, as the Climate Pledge Rating shows.

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Digital Reset – New Report Calls for Fundamental Realignment of Digital Technologies

Digitalization, as it currently stands, exacerbates ecological and social crises. But digital technologies also offer the opportunity to put all sectors on a sustainable course. The report "Digital Reset" by TU Berlin and the Einstein Center Digital Future, shows how this can be achieved.

Can Decommissioned Mines Become Green Power Generators?

A new report supports the idea that underground mines can be transformed into energy storage facilities, adding the possibility of on-demand, carbon-free power to energy grids. Written by Sarah Derouin of AUG's Eos Magazine

DIBIChain: Putting a Product’s Entire Life Cycle on the Blockchain

A life cycle assessment reveals a product's ecological impact from before it is produced, through its use, and until its disposal. The DIBIChain is designed to make this process easier and more transparent.

Virtual Power Plants and Peer-to-Peer Trading Can Take Small Producers to the Next Level

Digital technologies are providing even small mini-grid developers with the tools to act like the big guys.

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RESET Interviews: How to Make Sustainable Digitisation a Reality

What the experts saying about digitisation and sustainability? RESET asked them to find out.

The New Transparent Open Source Model Tackling Learned Biases in AI

Until now, the development of AI-based technologies for recognising text and speech has been in the hands of large technology companies. BLOOM aims to make this more transparent.

Will a New Algorithm Rating the Sustainability of Our Food Change Consumer and Producer Behaviour?

When it comes to your weekly shopping, which products are the most sustainable? A new project ranks 57,000 popular food items.