Most Competitive Economies 2010: Where Growth Thrives

Where Growth Thrives

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By Mark Scott

Where Growth Thrives

As the global economy struggles back from the worst recession in decades, which countries are best placed to profit from the recovery? In its 2010 World Competitiveness Yearbook, the IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, sheds some light on that question. By crunching economic, financial, and social statistics from 58 countries worldwide, IMD breaks down the results into four categories: economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency, and infrastructure. Nations are then ranked within those categories for everything from the quality of their research and development to the liquidity of their capital markets to the domestic penetration of high-speed Internet broadband. This year, IMD also added a “debt stress test” that identified which countries have the highest debt levels relative to GDP and will need the most years to pay off those obligations.

Click on to see which countries have finished in the top 10 of the 2010 IMD rankings as the world’s most competitive countries, as well as a selection of lower-ranked countries of interest.

The US still in the game, however, its position is number 3 in the world. Singapore and Hongkong lead the world’s most competitive economies.


HP Waste-to Energy Ecosystem


Manure waste-to-energy ecosystem design

This could potentially add another source of income for farmers. NY Times has the story of cow manure conversion to clean fuel, energy that can supply power to tech companies. 

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Al Gore’s 7 Reasons why Sustainability is Good Business

Al Gore made his business case to sustainability when speaking at the SAP Sapphire conference in Orlando. 

The seven reasons why sustainability makes good business sense, according to Al Gore:

  1. Pollution is waste and the result of inefficiencies. The message: Polluting companies are inefficient.
  2. Sustainability enhances brand reputation.
  3. There are long-term returns in being sustainable. At some point, stakeholders will hit companies with short-term focus.
  4. Customers and partners are demanding sustainable business practices.
  5. Carbon tracking will be integrated into business processes as regulators require it across the globe.
  6. Sustainability can boost employee morale and attract the next generation of customers.
  7. Tackling a topic such as innovation leads to new innovations.

[via Smart Planet]

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Sustainability as a Core Business Strategy


Sustainability as a core of business strategy. At the core, is about using less stuff.


EPA issues rules on biggest carbon polluters

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Starting next year, the EPA would require large power utilities, manufacturers, and oil refiners to get permits to operate or prove they’re using the latest green technology to cut emissions when building new capacity.

[via Reuters]

EPA Dings Pep Boys $5M

Pep Boys agrees to pay $5 million in civil penalties for violating the Clean Air Act for importing and selling engines, vehicles from China that don’t meet environmental requirements.

As part of the agreement, Pep Boys is required to export or destroy over 1,300 non-compliant vehicles and engines, and to mitigate the adverse environmental effects of equipment already sold to consumers. The EPA estimates the environmental impact at 620 tons of excess hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions, and more than 6,520 tons of excess carbon monoxide emissions.

[via Environmental Leader]

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Clean Energy: What Google is Doing?

This is what Dan Reicher (director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google) said about their doing in the clean energy sphere. “This is where energy technology (ET) meets IT (information technology).” He’s talking about their product, Google meter, which gives people the power to control their electricity use at home.

You can watch the rest here.

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