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June 18, 2012 (via Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – LED (light-emitting diodes) street lighting can generate energy savings as high as 85%, an independent, global trial of the technology has found. The program also indicates that citizens of pilot cities prefer LED lighting, citing the social and environmental benefits.

The findings of LightSavers, an independent, two-and-a-half-year global pilot of LED lamps in 15 separate trials across 12 cities including New York, London, Kolkata and Sydney, are presented for the first time in a new report entitled, Lighting the Clean Revolution: The Rise of LED Street Lighting and What it Means for Cities:

The report explores the global market status and potential for LED technology and provides guidelines for policymakers and city light managers who want to scale-up and finance large LED retrofits. The report was launched as part of the Clean Revolution campaign at the Rio+20 UN Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum and produced by The Climate Group in partnership with Philips in support of the campaign’s argument that major energy savings can be achieved virtually overnight at relatively little cost.  Continue Reading >>

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June 18, 2012 (via Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – New ways to bring energy, light and water to the world´s rapidly expanding cities, and possibilities for small-scale farmers to emerge from poverty and feed the world´s growing population, emerged from the third day of the private sector track to the Rio + 20 summit.

By 2050, 75 per cent of the world population will live in urban areas, creating huge infrastructure and sustainability challenges. One of them is that a smaller part of the population will need to grow food for the rest, in a fashion that supports the environment and can cope with anticipated effects of climate change.
Organized by the UN Global Compact, the 15-18 June Corporate Sustainability Forum brings together close to 3,000 participants from the private sector, as well as educators, environmentalists and grassroots leaders. Results from the Forum will be reported to the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), also taking place in Rio de Janeiro. Continue Reading>>

June 18, 2012 (via RIO DE JANEIRO – China has made great progress on sustainable development despite difficulties along its development path, a senior UN official said here Friday.

As a developing country, China has gone through a more difficult development course than developed countries, said Sha Zukang, UN under-secretary-general for economic and social affairs, at an event on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Earth Summit).

Looking ahead, China will face many difficulties and obstacles. At present, China has more than 100 million people living below the poverty line, and China still has to work hard in emission reduction and environmental protection, he said.  Continue Reading >>


June 18, 2012 (via While the 3rd PrepCom negotiations continued until late in the night, I had the opportunity to chat with Bruno Berthon, the Global Managing Director for Accenture Sustainability Services, about the large private sector participation in Rio+20. I asked him why business was interested in being in Rio and what they would like to see come out of the negotiations. I also asked him why Accenture, in particular, was active in Rio and his views on the ‘emerging issue’ of biodiversity.  Continue Reading >>


June 15th, 2012 (via Rio De Janeiro — A transition to a green economy could lift millions of people out of poverty and transform the livelihoods of many of the 1.3 billion people earning just US$1.25 a day around the world, but only when supported by strong policies and public- and private-sector investments.

These are the findings of a new report, Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All, launched today at the Rio+20 summit by the Poverty-Environment Partnership (PEP), a network of bilateral aid agencies, development banks, UN agencies and international NGOs. The report finds that many developing and least developed countries are already pursuing a transition towards low-carbon, resource efficient economies.

Scaling-up current examples of the green economy in action – particularly in developing countries – has the potential to deliver a ‘triple bottom line’ of job-creating economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion, says the report.  Continue Reading >>

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June 15, 2012 (via Europe’s financial crisis should not be used as an excuse for inaction and underfunding of moves towards a more sustainable global economy, a senior Brazilian diplomat warned at the Rio+20 conference on Thursday as the UN talks suffered a disruption over money.

Negotiators from developing nations walked out of a core working group on the “green economy” because wealthy countries were refusing to include the transfer of money and technology that might achieve this goal. Continue Reading >>



June 14, 2012, LONDON & RIO DE JANEIRO – The World Green Summit (WGS), 20 June, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, is the largest business, finance and government forum during the high-level segment of Rio+20. With more than 500 CEOs, financiers and dignitaries, this inaugural event aims to be an annual high-level summit progressing sustainable development and the global green economy, by engaging business, finance, government and other leaders to find solutions for industries, cities, regions and nations.

Headline speakers include: Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group & Virgin Unite; Ted Turner, Chairman, United Nations Foundation; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark; Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and many more global leaders. Plenary sessions at WGS include: Sustainable Energy for All (in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and Sustainable Energy for All initiative); Sustainable Cities (in partnership with ICLEI); Rethinking the path towards sustainable development with finance and clean technology, and Green Icons- Building a Sustainable Future.

The World Green Summit is in partnership with the Government of Rio, and with TIME Magazine, Thomson Reuters and FT, as global media partners; CNBC as Global TV Partner; European Voice as exclusive EU Media Partners; Royal Philips Electronics, BMW Group, Pepsico, Schneider Electrics Industrial SAS, Grundfos, Itaipu Binacional, Inerjys, Accenture, Aviva Investors, and State of Green join as sponsors. In addition to this, WGS has partnered with the United Nations Foundation, Sustainable Energy for All, Regions of Climate Action (R20), Virgin Unite, Carbon War Room, Act NOW, Carbon Disclosure Project, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development and UNICA. Other media partners include 3BL Media, GreenBiz Group, REEEP, Green Futures, and REVOLVE Magazine.

Jens Nielsen, Chairman, World Green Summit said, “Rio +20 is about delivering actions, and that’s what we aim to do with business, finance and government.  Together, we will show that the global green economy is for real and it is happening now.” Michael Mathres, Director, World Green Summit said, “With no major global outcome predicted from governments during Rio+20, it is up to all sectors (private, public and third) to work together, and find solutions to build a sustainable future for all. The World Green Summit aims to do just that, by providing an annual global platform to showcase new major green deals, policies, projects, funds & technologies.”


  1. The World Green Summit is organised by World Climate Ltd and Climate Action. These two green media leaders specialise in producing world-class events, publications and web content. They have produced global, high-level events including the World Climate Summit (the largest business conference during the UNFCCC COP16 and COP17), the Climate Action Networking Reception (in partnership with UNEP)the Sustainable Innovation Expo (held exclusively at the annual Global Ministerial Environment Forum at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi) and the co-organisation of the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  2. During WGS, ACT Now will have a special workshop at the pavilion for 70 executives about “Boosting Energy Efficient Solutions Now” at 13.45 with EU Comissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard.

Organisers & Contact Information

MICHAEL MATHRES / Director and Co-Founder / +44 7427 30 77 30 /

PO CHAN / Communications Manager / +44 20 7871 0123/

ADAM NATHAN / Media Manager / +44 7532 085 270 /

Twitter: #wgsummit @wgsummit

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Green growth on G20, UN agendas

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June 14th, 2012 (via Greening the world economy and heading off economic disaster in Europe will be the focus of global forums to be attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Mexico and Brazil next week.

Ms Gillard will miss a week of federal parliament to attend the G20 leaders’ summit in the Mexican resort city of Los Cabos on June 18 and 19, and the United Nations conference on sustainable development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro the following three days.

The prime minister will tell her G20 colleagues of the need to put “growth and jobs first” in the face of global economic weakness.  “Austerity alone is not the right path,” she said in a speech in Brisbane this week.  Continue Reading>>

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June 14, 2012 (via Highways cutting through protected nature areas in Europe? Privatised forests and ugly houses in what was until now a common area of natural beauty? As long as the company building it pays to ‘protect’ other area in a remote place. This is what biodiversity offsets are about. Just one of the things the European Commission is proposing together with business under the name of green economy.

Twenty years after the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, governments will once again converge on Rio for the third UN Summit on Sustainable Development from the 20-22 June.

The agenda for Rio+20 is all about how to make the transition to a “green economy”. The international agreements signed up to in Rio are seen as old history now – new solutions are needed to tackle the growing environmental and social crises. The battleground in Rio will pitch the rich world (Northern country governments, other countries which see economic benefits from this such as Costa Rica and Brazil, big business, finance, big conservation NGOs and international institutions such as the World Bank) against a number of Southern countries and civil society, who fear that the proposals on the table are being used to legitimise a resource grab by the rich, threatening access to land, water and natural resources for the world’s poor.  Continue Reading >>


June 14, 2012 (via Saab is to be reborn as an electric car manufacturer focused on China under rescue plans drawn up by a Chinese-born entrepreneur.

One of Scandinavia’s best known industrial brands is being bought out of bankruptcy by National Electric Vehicle Sweden. Kai Johan Jiang, the chief executive and main owner of NEVS, said the purchase of Saab heralded a “new era” in the car industry. He added: “Marketing and sales will be global but initially we will focus on China. It’s there we see the biggest market for electric cars.”  Continue Reading >>


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