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10 US states count universities as their largest private employer

While Walmart is America’s biggest private employer in 22 states, employing some 1.5 million people in all 50 states (versus Amazon’s 500,000+ workers), 10 states count universities as their largest private employer. These are: University of Hawaii University of California University of New Mexico University of Nebraska University of Iowa University of Wisconsin University of Michigan University of[…]

2019 Climate change mitigation, energy mix and organic agriculture trends

The world needs to commit to a virtual target of 1.4C warming above pre-industrial levels to achieve a 2C goal. Concentrations of CO2 are now 46% greater than the levels in the atmosphere before the industrial revolution. According to UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world needs to spend US$2.4 trillion every year until 2035 to[…]

Science commercialization is still marginal in Africa, despite uptick in cross-border research networks

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to double in population by 2050, which translates into a growing demand for quality youth formation in Africa. This trend equally translates into a greater need of the professor corps as well as science commercialization specialists. Currently, Africa counts some 8 scientists/engineers per 100,000 people compared to some 15, 250 and 400 in Brazil, Europe[…]

So far, just a handful of nations really work on national digital health strategy

Hungarian Dr. Bertalan Meskó — aka The Medical Futurist — and his team have been our big inspiration around all things digital health. Here is a summary of their latest take on the state of national digital health strategies around the world. Public expenditure on health and long-term care in OECD countries is set to increase from around[…]

R&S Quantum invited to attend the Global Chemical Leasing Award 2018

R&S Quantum invited to Vienna to attend the Global Chemical Leasing Award 2018

R&S Quantum works in the field of innovative solutions. One of our focus areas is environmental and resource efficient issues as part of a larger effort of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The company’s areas of activity are related to such SDGs as “responsible consumption”, “preservation of ecosystems”, “clean water” among others. For us, chemical leasing has become another[…]

Latest IEA and OECD reports paint a shaky global picture of energy efficiency and primary resource management for decades to come

The latest International Energy Agency report on energy efficiency sets out a vision for 2040 with 60% more building space and 20% more people, and double global GDP while using only marginally more energy than today and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 12%. Whereas, the handling of materials will make up to 50 gigatonnes of carbon[…]

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Out of 212 private equity firms investing in 27 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, 27 fund education, 26 energy projects

212 private equity firms with 298 offices are physically based across 27 sub-Saharan African countries, according to consultancy Asoko Insight and Africa Capital Digest, a research firm. Among them, 10 largest firms, defined by funds under management, have over $1 billion each. They are: Actis African Capital Alliance African Infrastructure Investment Managers Brait Development Partners International[…]

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2 H 2018. Here’s what trends in Energy, Ecology, Skills and Finance discussions globally

ENERGY Increasing Resilience in Energy Systems: E-mobility, decentralized generation and outdated infrastructure are putting unprecedented pressure on energy systems, while increased connectivity and complexity are raising the exposure to cyberattacks and cascade failure. International Energy Agency’s The Future of Petrochemicals: The Future of Petrochemicals: Towards a more Sustainable Supply of Plastics and Fertilizers. This new report[…]

World’s multilateral development banks are still to set clear energy access targets, and collectively track energy access finance and its outcomes

1 bn people around the world lack access to electricity, and some 3 bn still rely on polluting solid fuels — like wood or charcoal — for cooking. The International Energy Agency maintains that, to achieve universal electricity access by 2030, off-grid and mini-grid solutions would have to account for over 2/3 of additional electricity supply investment. World’s multilateral[…]

R&S Quantum CEO Oleh Martychenko (in the middle) and Business Development Executive Svitlana Shchegel (second from the right) with Sergey Medvedev, Social Innovation Berlin (right) and Christian Heymann, SpeiseGut - Community Supported Agriculture (second from the left) with his Berlin-based assistant (left)

R&S Quantum took part in the Ideas Festival and Sustainable Development Lab in Odessa

During the summertime, R&S Quantum Team took active part in the international events to share our experience, present technologies and develop new partnerships. We would like to express special thanks the Ideas Festival organizers: Impact Hub Odessa and The Aspen Institute Kyiv for the great networking opportunities. The festival united the efforts of experts and leaders[…]