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Mobile phone industry seeks to clean up actReuters, 9 April 2009 - Mobile phone equipment makers are taking steps to clean up their act and tackle a goal of powering nearly 120,000 base stations in developing countries by cleaner energy sources by 2012, players in the industry say.

Businesses Need to Move CSR Beyond Headquarters, Report, 8 April 2009 - The number of companies joining a U.N. corporate responsibility initiative grew 30 percent last year. Nearly 1,500 global businesses signed on to the United Nations Global Compact in 2008, signaling the growing interest of businesses that want to align their practices with the initiative's environmental, social and governance principles.

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Business Delivers A Blueprint for a Pathway to a Low-carbon Economy

Geneva, 7 April 2009 - The WBCSD's new publication, "Towards a Low Carbon Economy", aims to share business experience in technology development and deployment, finance and carbon markets, cooperative sectoral approaches and adaptation and proposes policy recommendations for a future agreement.
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The Business Contribution to the Climate Change Debate

Bonn, 2 April 2009 - The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is organizing a side event during the Bonn Climate Change talks on the Business Contribution to the Climate Change Debate and the challenges to reducing emissions in the building sector.
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Business Can Help Build Tomorrow's Low-carbon Economy Today - STATEMENT TO THE G20 LEADERS

London, 31 March 2009 - Leaders of the G20 governments meet in London this week. Their common aspiration is to set the world on a pathway of sustainable and widespread economic growth. While the discussions will be complex, one thing is crystal clear: we must revive growth in the world economy.
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"Energy for All" Aims to Reach 100 Million People

Singapore, 30 March 2009 - "Energy for All" (E4ALL) aims to bring business, NGOs and governments together in a bid to increase access to energy in the Asia Pacific region. The WBCSD joins the Steering Committee, which will guide strategic input to operations and sustainability of the initiative.
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Public Trust in Business, Europe's Lead in Green Technologies Dropping, Says WBCSD President

Brussels, 27 March 2009 - At the closing plenary of the 2009 European Business Summit in Brussels, WBCSD President Bjorn Stigson said that Europe's lead in green technologies was under threat from China and the US. “China and the US are picking up speed very substantially. Europe is probably not moving forward with the same speed as the US and China,” he said.
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New Version of Global Water Tool Out Now!

Geneva, 27 March 2009 - The WBCSD has updated its Global Water Tool with more recent water datasets, due to its successful uptake since its launch in August 2007, as well as the increasing media attention around managing corporate water use.
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Istanbul Shows That Water Is Everybody's Business

Geneva, 26 March 2009 - The huge amount of attention given to water issues at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul this past week highlights the importance of finding water solutions to the critical challenges ahead, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development said today.
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Ricoh and Taisei Join Eco-Patent Commons, DuPont Contributes Additional Eco-friendly Patents

Geneva, 23 March 2009 - Ricoh Company, Ltd., a global leader in office solutions, and Taisei Corporation, a leading engineering construction company, have joined the Eco-Patent Commons, a first-of-a-kind business effort coordinated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to help the environment by pledging environmentally beneficial patents to the public domain.
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Link Water, Energy and Climate in Global Talks, Business Urges

Istanbul, 19 March 2009 - Business leaders from some of the world's biggest companies today called for water, energy and climate change to be linked in global negotiations, such as the international climate talks due to culminate in Copenhagen in December.
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Business Calls on Istanbul Forum to Raise Political Profile of Water

Geneva, 12 March 2009 - The 5th World Water Forum to be held in Istanbul is an opportunity to raise significantly the political profile of water and highlight its interconnection with other global challenges including climate change, food, energy and the current financial crisis.
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Putting Energy into a Global Agreement

UNFCCC News, 3 March 2009 - Energy, and our access to it, is at the core of the lives we live. Without it, we tend to do poorly; with it, societies prosper and grow, and become ever more reliant on an abundant energy supply. Energy is the single largest requirement for economic expansion, fuelling growth and social development.
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Markets and Ecosystems

Geneva, 23 February 2009 - All businesses – all economic activities – depend on ecosystem services. Thus it is in the interests of business in general and companies in particular to help maintain and enhance those services. Market-based instruments can achieve some environmental objectives for less economic cost than conventional approaches.
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Turning Sustainable Solutions into Reality

Geneva, 11 February 2009 - In this interview, WBCSD President Bjorn Stigson argues that one of the main impacts of the financial crisis is a stronger drive towards efficiency by business. He sees fossil fuels continuing to play a major role over the decades to come but stresses that new technologies will be key to reducing carbon emissions. He also cites the crucial need for a clear public policy framework to reduce these emissions. A growing global population, constraints on resources and the need to limit CO2 emissions, he says, urgently reinforce the need for sustainable solutions today that must last for decades to come .
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India Must be Part of the Climate Solution, Says WBCSD

New Dehli, 9 February 2009 - The transition to a low-carbon economy would create opportunities for business, but first the dialogue between governments and business would need to be strengthened, the WBCSD's President, Björn Stigson, told the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit on Saturday.
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Low-carbon Economy an Opportunity for Business, Says WBCSD

New Dehli, 5 February 2009 - “The necessary shift to a low-carbon economy is an opportunity for business, not only in developed countries but also Indian companies,” the WBCSD’s President, Björn Stigson, told the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit today.
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Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products Guide and Resource Kit now Available in Chinese

Geneva, 4 February 2009 - China is a major player in the global forest products markets, both as a producer and consumer. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, China's market for industrial timber, pulp and paper is the second largest after that of the US and is growing faster. Although China has relatively limited forest resources of its own, increases in the consumption of wood and paper products are driven by its very large population and rapid economic development.
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