News and updates from the continent

Collaboration will drive smart city success

Collaboration will drive smart city success

Jun 25, 2013

Stakeholder collaboration can maximise the benefits generated by deploying smart technologies for public and private facilities in urban environments. The discussion will help policy makers, building owners and technology vendors better understand how working together can grow investment in smart technologies to expand economic development and sustainability. A...

BT shares open source approach

BT shares open source approach

Jun 25, 2013

BT’s chief executive, Ian Livingston, has launched BT’s Net Good programme, unveiling the company’s new carbon abatement methodology. The new methodology, reviewed, refined and endorsed by The Carbon Trust and Camanoe Associates (researchers from MIT), will help BT to achieve its 2020 goal to help customers reduce carbon emissions by at least three times the...

SMEs critical in cleantech sector

SMEs critical in cleantech sector

Jun 25, 2013

“In most countries, SMEs represent a majority of the cleantech industry and are significant drivers of energy innovation and contributors to overall economic growth through employment,” says Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. However, the funds involved in research and development of new technology could constrain SMEs....

Collaboration eases sustainability reporting

Collaboration eases sustainability reporting

Jun 25, 2013

While the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) mandates that all listed companies must adopt the practices and guidelines outlined by the King III report, non-listed companies are increasingly reaping the benefits of sustainability reporting in their annual reports by being more transparent to stakeholders. Sustainability reporting generally refers to all the...

IBM presents recommendations for Lagos

IBM presents recommendations for Lagos

Jun 25, 2013

A team of IBM experts completing a month-long pro-bono consulting assignment has presented recommendations to Nigeria’s Lagos State Government to ensure that private traffic and public transportation flows more efficiently in Lagos – Africa’s most populous city. Working with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, the agency...