One Person’s Waste Is Another’s Gold Medal

iPad to Gold? ThinkPad to Silver? Huawei to Bronze? That is the hope of the Japanese Olympic committee, taking waste electronics and transforming them into the one of sports ultimate prizes. The country has long been a leader in the area of material recovery with advanced extended producer responsibility policies and an early focus on engaging consumers in collection schemes. As an island wi…

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衣食住行 – New Innovation in China’s Basic Needs

Globally, China is often portrayed as the bad guy when it comes to environmental degradation and harm. While this is not without substance, and in many areas China is lacking far behind the world leaders, a growing public consciousness and the identification of opportunity is leading innovators to tackle the problems with business solutions. In this post, we outline areas of development and innova…

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Labor Displacement and Industry 4.0 in China

Talk of robots replacing labor is everywhere, and a quick search will bring up a host of articles proclaiming our “jobs are at risk” or “the robotic revolution” is upon us. Over the last couple of months we at Collective have been conducting research into the future of labor in China and understanding robotics and automation has been a key area of interest. Throughout this period we have found…

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Event Insights: Scaling Sustainability Through Tech

Attempting to provide solutions to China's sustainability challenges can often require a unique approach; particularly when a series of environmental, social and economic systems are involved. Yet increasingly, innovators are building technologies which present creative and tangible solutions to issues like air quality and pollution, food safety and equitable economic opportunities. As the size an…

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Sustainable Tech: Healthcare

Tech is becoming a part of all aspects of life and sustainability is no exception to this. In this piece, in the run up to our Beyond Business As Usual Forum, we present the future of healthcare and how there is a growing opportunity for tech to be leveraged to provide for a growing, more expectant urban population. While China has made great strides to improve the quality of life for its 1.5 b…

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Sustainable Tech: Food and Agriculture

Tech is becoming a part of all aspects of life and sustainability is no exception to this. In this piece, in the run up to our Beyond Business As Usual Forum, we present the future of food in China and how tech can be leveraged to help provide for a growing, more expectant urban population. Over the past 30 years, China has experienced rapid levels of urbanisation and increased individual a…

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The Growing Opportunity for Sustainable Tech

With the size of environmental, social, and economic challenges growing at a scale, and scope that can outstrip the limits set by governments, Mother Nature, and society, the role of technology is going to play an increasingly more important function. It will become the medium by which we measure system performance, analyze resource levels, identify efficiencies, curb consumption, and influence st…

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Urban Mobility in China: Air Travel

Air travel is fast becoming the most popular form of international travel, and the industry in China is no exception to this. Commercial flying in the world’s second largest economy has had an immense amount of investment over the past decade, and it is the fastest growing passenger air market in the world. With the expectation that 300 million more people will move to cities over the next twenty…

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Food and Sustainability in China

In February , Rich Brubaker gave two presentations to DOW Agriculture leadership and sustainability teams on the sustainability and the future of food in China. As one of the largest firms in the food & agricultural sector, and one whose products extend throughout the food & agricultural value chain, Rich covered a wide range of important issues that are not only being faced by Chin…

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Urban Mobility in China: Cars

China now has as many automotive drivers as the entire population of the United States and it has rapidly become the largest car market in the world. This has been driven by the greater purchasing power of China’s growing middle class, which has been afforded the luxury of private travel for the first time. Less than thirty years ago, Chinese citizens were forbidden to buy cars but in the mid-1980…

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