Opinion on Sustainability in Middle East and Africa

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Banking reform: addressing the sustainability of banking business models

The financial crisis has highlighted the fragility of banking business models which are based on high levels of risk and low reserves. In the aftermath of the crisis, many banks are aiming to demonstrate that sustainability is making its way onto their agendas. However, there is currently little evidence that this is indeed the case.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010
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Low-temperature, low-pressure systems could take waste heat recovery into the mainstream

A growing number of eco-awards are being won by process heat recovery systems. The Aqua-Society, for example, won the 2010 German Sustainability Award for its production of electricity from low-pressure waste steam at temperatures as low as 70 degrees Celsius. While such capabilities could help popularize the technology, it remains to be seen whether it can match the success of wind and solar.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jun 2010
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UAE stepping into the 'green zone'

The global drive to improve the environmental profile of energy production continues, and the UAE has the potential to be a leader in this area, partly due to its natural geographical advantages. While no immediate changes can be expected, it is likely that nuclear and renewable power will play a significantly greater role in the federation's energy production activities over the longer term.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010
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SAP: continuing its sustainability drive

German software developer SAP has announced plans to acquire TechniData, a key player in the burgeoning 'sustainability software' segment. As interest in this niche area grows, new companies will be formed to exploit opportunities, while existing companies will look to expand their portfolios through acquisitions and new product development.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

IOCs: facing difficult strategic choices

International oil companies (IOCs) are facing increasingly difficult challenges in the pursuit of sustainable development. Threatened by mounting pressure from shareholders and environmental groups, and restrained by limited access to high potential areas in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, IOCs must address these concerns while still offering value to their investors.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2010
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Logistics firms must find a balance between sustainability and efficiency

Sustainability measures will have a significant impact on shipping and transport companies' services and costs. However, the extent of this impact and the cost implications therein are unknown. Companies must take a more proactive approach in assessing these potential ramifications, as shippers and end consumers alike will ultimately demand this of all transportation providers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
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HP demonstrates collaboration across multiple business units with new Shell partnership

HP is to work with Shell to develop a wireless sensing system for use on land. Despite coming to the market late and in the face of stiff competition, HP claims its technology will deliver a major competitive advantage to Shell. By bringing several disparate business units together to deliver the product, HP hopes to be able to deflect past criticism of its slow integration of Enterprise Services.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2010
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Adoption of home energy management systems restricted by cost and control issues

While home energy management systems are a useful way of reducing energy use, with benefits for consumers and utilities alike, the adoption of this technology is likely to be hampered by a number of factors including concerns over privacy and a lack of return on investment. As a result, uptake is likely to be optional and driven by sophisticated users and utilities struggling to meet peak demands.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2009
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Volatility in global commodities markets drives spend in risk management IT

Analysts expect that increased volatility in commodities markets globally will drive spend in risk management IT. However, commodities present their own unique characteristics that must be observed, making it fundamental for IT vendors looking to capitalize on the opportunity to have a full understanding and appreciation of the underlying physical market and of their potential client's business.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2008

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