Google announces sustainability commitments for hardware
The firm aims for 100% of...
The US-based technology giant, Google, has announced its latest commitments to sustainability within its hardware operations.
The firm aims for 100% of its shipments going to or from customers to be carbon neutral by 2020.
The company is also focusing on recycling, with the target of ensuring 100% of Made by Google products to include recycled materials as of 2022.
Google also claims this will involve a “drive to maximize recycled content wherever possible.”
The firm has also committed to making “technology that puts people first and expands access to the benefits of technology.”
“Most of us can’t get through the day without a phone, tablet, computer or smart speaker,” stated Anna Meegan Head of Sustainability for Consumer Hardware at Google.
“My team at Google understands this well—we’ve been making consumer hardware (like Pixel phones and Google Home Minis) for just over three years now.”
“But building these devices and getting them into the hands of our customers takes a lot of resources, and disposing of our old electronics can create significant waste.”
Google claims sustainability is an “ongoing endeavour” that should span from the start, to the product development process, and across all its operations.
Black & Veatch’s clean tech initiative gains seven new members
Black & Veatch’s I...
IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator, the Black & Veatch-funded sustainable technology competition, has found seven new members.
Black & Veatch’s IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator has gained seven new technology startups. The programme is aimed at developing and adopting new sustainable infrastructure technology such as artificial intelligence, autonomous machinery, electric vehicles and energy management advancements.120 applicants applied to be part of the programme, which will grant the successful seven startups an equity award, a 75-day collaboration period with Black & Veatch and with supporters of the initiative, and a chance to demonstrate their work at a startup showcase in November.
The seven startups set to join IgniteX are:
•Aware Vehicles, Kansas City, MO, which employs drones to address construction challenges as well as innovative imaging solutions for structural health monitoring.
•Built Robotics, San Francisco, CA, which specialises in self-driving heavy equipment.
•ecoSPEARS, Altamone Springs, FL, which uses green technologies to extract and destroy PCBs, dioxins and other chlorinated contaminants from the environment.
•Electriphi, San Francisco, CA, which deploys a software platform for fleet and energy management that provides cost savings for a range of commercial electric vehicle fleets.
•Extensible Energy, Berkeley, CA, which specialises in cloud-based software that controls flexible loads to reduce demand and time-of-use energy charges in small-to-medium buildings.
•InfraLytiks, Urbandale, IA, which employes software featuring AI and machine learning based on images, complex data or text/financials.
•NovoNutrients, Sunnyvale, CA, which uses energy from hydrogen to transform waste carbon into protein and other high value products for the aquaculture and animal feed industries.
The initiative is funded by LaunchKC, a five-year-old grant competition for tech startups across the US. Over the past four years LaunchKC has contributed US$2mn in grants to 38 tech startups. LaunchKC is, in turn, funded by the Missouri Technology Corporation, the City of Kansas, Missouri and local corporate and philanthropic organisations.
Today, 34 of LaunchKC’s grant winners, or 90%, are still in business and progressing milestones for sustainability. The programme has produced jobs for 275 full-time employees, with a further 350 independent contractors above the FTE count, and $87.3mn in total investments and funding, an increase of 82% since the end-of-year 2018.
Black & Veatch is the largest engineering company in the Kansas City area, producing global innovations in engineering, construction and consulting services for energy, water, construction and consulting services. Its IgninteX Cleantech Accelerator is an opportunity for local entrepreneurial business to find opportunities and new technology developments within Kansas, with the intention of adding value to engineering service across the country.