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The Upside-Down World Of Sustainable Competitiveness

By Roy L Hales

What are the most important factors that make a nation thrive? What is more important: the welfare of a people or corporate interest? Will Donald Trump’s fossil fuelled America First policies plunge the world’s leading economy into mediocrity? Which nations are best poised to lead the world into a more sustainable future. These are a few of the questions that SolAbility’s 2017 guide to the upside-down world of Sustainable Competitiveness deals with.

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2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index Ranks Europe Foremost

By Roy L Hales

Though China and the United States lead the world when it comes to gross domestic output (GDP), the sustainable competitiveness model  uses another standard. SolAbility defines this on its’ website, “Sustainable competitiveness is the ability of a country to meet the needs and basic requirements of current generations while sustaining or growing the national and individual wealth into the future without depleting its natural, intellectual and social capital.”  The focus is not corporate wealth or political clout, but “dignifying standard of life for all citizens.” Thus the 2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranks Europe Foremost.

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Exploring the Walkable Streets Of Stockholm

By Roy L Hales

Stockholm is a leader in the movement to create more liveable cities. There are more bicycles than cars in many parts of the city. The  Medieval core has been given over to pedestrians and is virtually car-free. Instead of killing business, as many merchants feared, this has brought people to their doors. Streetfilms.org went exploring the walkable streets of Stockholm in the two videos below.

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Renewables Supplied 32.9% of the EU’s Electricity

By Roy L Hales

Aside from the cold winter of 2012, Europe’s electric consumption has been declining the past five years. A combination of milder winters, advances in  energy efficiency and some industry  relocations have brought the numbers down. It is against this background that the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) point to the marked growth of  wind and solar energy. According to their report Electricity in Europe 2014, renewables supplied 32.9% of the EU’s electricity.

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The EV Tipping Point Will Arrive Quickly

By Roy L Hales

Though the Netherland’s EV sales are picking up, Fastned’s co- founder & CEO Michiel Langezaal does think they will reach  the national goal of 200,000 electric cars on the road by 2020. According to Michiel this number includes not only fully electric cars, but also the Hybrids.There are still parts of the country that are beyond the reach of EVs with a 100 kilometers per charge range. Around 85% of the population do not have their own parking spaces.  Yet Fastned’s co- founder & CEO Michiel Langezaal says the EV tipping point will arrive quickly.
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