The Working Methods of the von der Leyen Commission: Striving for more at home and in the world

The Working Methods of the von der Leyen Commission: Striving for more at home and in the world. On December 4, 2019, the von der Leyen Commission revealed its working methods which will be the basis for the new College to deliver on the President’s Agenda for Europe during the next five years. They put collegiality, transparency and efficiency first. … More The Working Methods of the von der Leyen Commission: Striving for more at home and in the world

Covestro – CO2 Innovation in the limelight

Covestro – CO2 Innovation in the limelight – CO2 instead of crude oil: A new method for the use of carbon dioxide as a raw material ranks among the year’s best innovations in Germany. This helped a team from the materials manufacturer Covestro and RWTH Aachen to make it to the final round of the renowned German President’s Award for Innovation in Science and Technology, which was presented on November 25, 2019 evening at a Gala in Berlin by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The new technologies make CO2 usable in plastics production and thereby reduces fossil resources like petroleum. … More Covestro – CO2 Innovation in the limelight

In 2017, 7.1 % of enterprises active in Switzerland were new businesses

In 2017, 7.1 % of enterprises active in Switzerland were new businesses.
In 2017, 555 626 enterprises were engaged in a commercial economic activity in Switzerland. Of these, 39 303 (7.1 % of the total) were started from scratch during that year. New businesses have to fight for their survival. … More In 2017, 7.1 % of enterprises active in Switzerland were new businesses

Built-in expiry date – Planned obsolescence

By guest author Karin Weinmann from Empa Whether mobile phone or automatic toilets – electronic devices are becoming increasingly complex. And, who has not heard stories of devices that fail precisely after the warranty has expired? According to Empa researcher Peter Jacob, however, the shorter lifespan is not a malicious “planned obsolescence”, but is mainly … More Built-in expiry date – Planned obsolescence

A path to responsible Trims Manufacturing

A path to responsible Trims Manufacturing – Many of the products used by brands in the production of outdoor consumer goods contain trims — also known as accessories — that are highly chemically intensive to our natural world. These trims comprise the finishing components to backpacks and apparel: plastic buckles, metal snaps, grommets, zipper pullers and cord locks. Without trims, the end user would not possess the ability to secure a strap or zip up their jacket. … More A path to responsible Trims Manufacturing