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21 Oct Industry 4.0, Urban Development and German International Development Cooperation

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2016
Industry 4.0 has high potential to positively impact the economic development of cities in developing countries and emerging economies. It can help to promote a green urban economy and contribute to sustainable development. However, the success of its potential benefits is also dependent on the appropriate economic and urban framework conditions being in place.
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21 Oct Measuring the use of natural resources and its impacts (20 pages) German French English

Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW)
2012
Natural resources are essential for all life – and they are finite. The growing consumption of resources per capita and the rapid growth of the world population are increasing the pressure on the Earth’s ecosystem and could become a burden for future generations. Must we limit our consumption? Or can we combat the scarcity of natural resources through technological advances and greater efficiency alone? It is up to society to decide how it wants to use natural resources. It must however quantify and measure the use of natural resources and the problems associated therewith, for example by means of indicators. In this brochure “Measuring the use of natural resources and its impacts” current methods and indicators for the four natural resource categories materials, land area, energy and water are presented and – as an example of how they are used – applied to the production of one kilogram each of the metals copper, lithium, neodymium and platinum. The spectrum of users today extends from individuals (for example in purchase decisions) and companies (for example in improving production processes) to nations or international communities of states (for example in political decisions as to whether to promote new technologies). The “100-year GWP” for example found practical application in Swiss legislation13 on the taxing of fuels.
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21 Oct The Future of Manufacturing in Ireland – Interim Report

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2013
The report consists of a summary of papers drawn from fuller working papers, prepared by the Manufacturing Standing Committee, based on extensive consultations with interested stakeholders and reviews of national and international data and statistics. Taken in the global context the Manufacturing Sector in Ireland is facing serious challenges.  The trend of decline in manufacturing jobs will continue in the absence of major new initiatives to implement key related policies.  The report identifies 9 key policies/strategies that emerged from the study of the major Manufacturing clusters in Ireland. The examination of 7 major industrial clusters leads to the inclusion under each cluster of respective relevant policy/strategy requirements.
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21 Oct Biotechnological energy conversion in Germany

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2012
Germany has committed to pulling out of nuclear power completely by 2022 and switching to renewable energy for a proportion of its energy supply. Alongside solar and wind power, biomass energy will play a key role in this changeover, since more than two thirds of all renewable energy currently being supplied comes from biomass, which is the main energy carrier for renewable heating and fuel. Biotechnological energy conversion is a process that enables biomass to be converted into storable energy.
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21 Oct Innovative courage

Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV)
2011
Based on a conference the report states four recommendations for Denmark to follow in order to be able to commercialise innovative ideas. Denmark needs political leadership and responsibility, leadership in businesses, leadership in education and incitements to promote innovative ideas created by the single employee.
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21 Oct Research-based Counselling – Collaboration between Universities, Authorities and Private Businesses

Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV)
2013
In this report, ATV points out the need for and the development potential in research-based counselling of authorities, especially with regard to innovation. The main objective is to improve the connection between science, authorities, politicians and private businesses in order to secure growth and employment to the benefit of society.
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21 Oct Smart Maintenance for Smart Factories – Driving Industrie 4.0 through smart maintenance

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2015
With Industrie 4.0, Germany is on the brink of a new industrial age in which smart factories – the intelligent factories of the future – will occupy a central role. In order to realise this vision, it will also be necessary to ensure that smart factories benefit from smart maintenance that is equipped to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Smart maintenance will help to secure jobs in industry, manage the complexity within smart factories and drive Industrie 4.0 by acting as an engine of innovation and a source of knowledge.
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21 Oct Prioritising Investment in National Infrastructure

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2015
Tom Brick, Executive Director (IAE)- 2015 Paper presented at the Dublin Economics Workshop 2015.Recommended the preparation of a 20 year Framework Plan, more rigorous prioritisation process and need to learn from past mistakes.
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21 Oct Statement: How Germany Can Become the Leading Provider of Electric Mobility

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2010
Anybody wanting to carry electric mobility in Germany forward on a sustainable basis should mainly invest in research and development in order to create marketable components and systems as well as the corresponding infrastructure. Consumption incentives in the way of the so-called environmental premium alone do not suffice to achieve the ambitious goals that the federal government pursues, i.e. the “National Development Plan for Electric Mobility.”
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21 Oct Smart Cities – German High Technology for the City of the Future

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2011
Worldwide urbanization is a crucial challenge of the 21st century. More people are living in regional agglomerations than in rural regions for the first time since 2007; they will add up to 60% in 2030. The stronger the concentration, the more cities and agglomerations will depend on networked technologies. “Smart” technologies offer answers to various requirement areas in this context. Germany has good opportunities to establish itself as a leading provider of innovative package solutions. The statement of the German Academy of Science and Engineering on hand presents which framework conditions have to be created on the part of policy making so as to utilize the potential.
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