Gaia news | 17.12.2013

One billion dollar climate partnership on track

Indonesia and Norway formed a transformational partnership in 2010 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and peatland degradation in Indonesia. The partnership consists of Norway’s offer of one billion dollars to be paid against verified results, Indonesia’s commitment to cut its emissions, and regular review of progress by Gaia. The results so far suggest that significant greenhouse gas cuts are possible but require leadership, technical capacity and commitment to innovative solutions.

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Gaia news | 12.12.2013

How will Finland succeed in a significantly warmer world?

The average global temperature may rise 4 degrees by the end of the century, if greenhouse gas emissions keep growing at current rate. In Finland, it would bring about a 6-degree temperature rise by 2100. If this is the case, global warming will threaten Finland’s prosperity, food provision and services and may cause social unrest, says a report produced by The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and Gaia Consulting.

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Gaia news | 10.12.2013

Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development engages the entire Finnish society

Gaia has worked with the Finnish Ministry of the Environment in preparing a new national Commitment to Sustainable Development, which was launched on December 3rd. The commitment enables the Finnish government and administration, along with Finnish companies, organizations, political and academic communities and individuals to make their own pledges to promote sustainable development.

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Gaia news | 26.11.2013

Cleantech startups need corporate collaboration

Lahti Corporate Cleantech Venture Day brought together over 200 corporate, investor and small and medium enterprise representatives to discuss the role of corporations in cleantech business. Gaia’s report ordered by LADEC for the conference participants analyzes how corporations can boost cleantech innovations and cleantech startups. A win-win situation is possible.

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Gaia news | 31.10.2013

The future and well-being of Finland lies in sustainable growth

Finnish Government Report on the Future, a unique effort to examine Finland’s future challenges and prospects, has been published. The report focuses on well-being through sustainable growth within a time-frame that extends to 2030. The Government Report on the Future is submitted to the Finnish Parliament once during each electoral period.

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Gaia news | 07.10.2013

Domestic fuels to boost the Finnish economy (in Finnish)

Kotimaisten polttoaineiden käyttöä lisäämällä voidaan luoda työpaikkoja ja kasvattaa taloutta. Kivihiilen korvaaminen suomalaisella polttoaineella tarkoittaa kunta- ja aluetaloudelle useiden miljoonien eurojen vuosittaisia lisätuloja.

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Gaia news | 02.10.2013

Gaia Biorefiner screens the sustainability of new bio-based products

Gaia Consulting launched today the Gaia Biorefiner, a service that screens the environmental sustainability of bioeconomy innovations, business ideas and investment opportunities. The service was launched at the leading European bioeconomy event, the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy, EFIB 2013, at Brussels. The Gaia Biorefiner has been piloted with the Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC. The service aims to become the globally most relevant method for assessing the sustainability of biomass-based value chains.

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Gaia news | 26.09.2013

Industrial symbioses open new export opportunities for Finnish companies (in Finnish)

Suomalaiset yritykset voivat päästä kansainvälisille markkinoille yhdistämällä osaamistaan yksittäisiä teknologia- tai palveluratkaisuja laajemmiksi konsepteiksi eli teollisiksi symbiooseiksi. Ne mahdollistavat materiaalien, energian, veden ja tuotannon sivuvirtojen kustannustehokkaan ja ekologisen ainekierron ja synnyttävät uutta liiketoimintaa. Näitä mahdollisuuksia tarkastellaan Sitran tilaamassa ja Gaian tekemässä globaalissa markkinakatsauksessa.

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Gaia news | 02.09.2013

Baltic Sea Deserves Better Protection

In 2007, all Baltic Sea countries joined Baltic Sea Action Plan (BASP) to achieve a healthy marine environment. The results are disappointing: all countries are behind agreed schedules despite of the urgency, political commitment and applicable skills. WWF has now released a report on BASP implementation based on analysis made by Gaia.

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Gaia news | 29.08.2013

Gaia turns 20, sustainability journey continues

Gaia celebrates its 20th birthday in 2013. The past two decades have been a successful journey: Gaia has helped numerous corporations, international organizations as well as private and public institutions around the world to operate in a more sustainable and more responsible way. In short, Gaia has helped its clients to make the world cleaner and safer.

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Gaia news | 27.08.2013

Gaia and partners to provide much needed information on climate finance

Gaia has partnered with the Overseas Development Institute to look closely at climate finance. Tracking climate finance flows will help patch significant knowledge gaps, monitor climate finance more efficiently as well as mobilize and direct funding. The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and will be completed by November 2013.

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Gaia news | 21.08.2013

Nature has value – decision-makers need to know how much

The Nordic countries are looking for tools for valuating their ecosystems and natural capital to help make sustainable decisions in the future. Gaia and the Institute for European Environmental Policy reviewed the most prominent international approaches for valuating natural capital. The report Natural Capital in a Nordic Context – Status and Challenges in the Decade of Biodiversity was commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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Gaia news | 28.05.2013

Business development develops Tanzania

Sustainable Charcoal business is a hot topic in Tanzania. Turning agricultural waste to an environmentally sustainable source of energy can slow deforestation and become a socially sustainable source of income.

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Gaia news | 29.04.2013

Finland to set an example in sustainable mining

Finland is one of the leading mining countries in Europe. Now, Finland wants to move a step further and become the leading sustainable mining country in the world. “Action Plan for Development of Sustainable Extractive Industries” was published on April 29th 2013.

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Gaia news | 25.04.2013

Industrial symbiosis promoting business and cost savings (in Finnish)

Teollisissa symbiooseissa yhden yrityksen jätettä tai hyödyntämättömiä raaka-aineiden sivuvirtoja kierrätetään eteenpäin toiselle yritykselle, joka käyttää niitä oman tuotantonsa raaka-aineena. Prosessissa syntyy uutta liiketoimintaa, se tehostaa yritysten materiaaliresurssien käyttöä ja säästää rahaa, kun jäte ei päädy kaatopaikalle.

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Gaia news | 12.04.2013

Engineering industry to collaborate with ICT (in Finnish)

Suomen koneteollisuuden tulevaisuus vaatii uusien, käyttäjälähtöisten lisäarvopalvelujen ja niitä tukevien ohjelmistoratkaisujen kehittämistä. Tätä varten on tehostettava ekosysteemiä, jossa kone-, ohjelmisto- ja automaatioteollisuus toimivat yhteistyössä.

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Gaia news | 08.02.2013

Dovre and Gaia to collaborate on renewable energy projects

Dovre Group has signed a collaboration agreement with Gaia. The collaboration is part of Dovre Group’s introduction of a new service offering for actors involved in renewable energy projects. Initial focus is on projects in bio-renewables.

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