Antonio Pasolini

Antonio Pasolini
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist currently based in Berlin who writes about clean energy, green living and sustainability. He also works as a translator (Portuguese-English) and promotes animal rights and veganism in his spare time. He is the proud guardian of a dog called Dylan, who was rescued from a public shelter in Spain. Pasolini recently launched a book of short stories in Portuguese called Ponto de Fuga.

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6 years 2 months ago

Information technology use is growing fast in Kenya. To make the most of it, the Eastern African country has moved to tap into technology to improve services by 2030 and tackle endemic corruption that plagues the country. As part of this plan, Kenya has counted on help from IBM, who put its social responsibility arm to work on this plan.

The Kenyan government recently launched an open data portal that provides essential information on government services, income and expenditure to increase transparency and promote best practices. IBM assigned a team of 12 employees from its Corporate Services...

6 years 2 months ago

Natural products company Tom’s of Maine decided to embrace wholeheartedly the democratic ethos of the social media age. It has invited the public to help it make a decision as to which organizations should be getting financial support from its 50 States for Good initiative, which has arrived at its third edition. Each one of them will receive $20,000 as well and a single $50,000 award.

Voting started yesterday through a dedicated website and will run through September 13. All types of sustainable projects are on the...

6 years 2 months ago

A new initiative by German automaker BMW and the Guggenheim Foundation kicked off today in New York City. The BMW Guggenheim Lab, described as a mobile laboratory, will travel to nine major cities worldwide over six years.

The project is a multidisciplinary affair involving urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, alternative energy, and sustainability. The...

6 years 2 months ago

A new paper published by the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development examines how governments, donors and businesses can work together to provide poor communities with sustainable energy supplies.

The paper focuses on PERMER (Project for Renewable Energy in Rural Markets), an Argentinean program that has successfully delivered basic electricity access to remote, rural...

6 years 5 months ago

Anyone who follows news on new solar technology is probably aware that conversion efficiency, that is, the amount of solar light, that actually becomes electricity, is the top challenge for this industry. Currently the top conversion rate is around 18% which means there’s definitely room for much more efficiency.

In a recent interview, Hypersolar’s CEO Tim Young said what we should be looking for “disruptive technologies”, which are technologies that represent game-changing breakthroughs, not traditional technologies that may not be economically viable over the long term without...

6 years 6 months ago

The idea of turning windows into solar cells in not exactly new. It is, in many ways, an ideal solution. It can be seamlessly integrated into the architecture of a building and generate power at the same time, making the most of a larger solar harvesting area in the case of tall, vertical buildings. It’s a win-win situation.

But the technology is not ready yet, even though one company called New Energy is developing its trademark Solar Window and making considerable progress with it.

This week...

6 years 6 months ago

Good news from the wind industry front. According to the latest figures released by the American Wind Energy Association, America’s wind power industry grew by 15% in 2010 and provided 26% of all new electric generating capacity in the United States. With the 5,116 MW added last year, U.S. wind installations now stand at 40,181 MW, enough to supply electricity for over 10 million American homes.

“The American wind industry is delivering, despite competing with energy sectors that have permanent government subsidies in place,” said Denise Bode, AWEA'...

6 years 6 months ago

As the expected environmental benefits of biofuel made from food crops such as corn, rapeseed and wheat have not materialized, the race is on to find a competitive second generation of biofuels whose raw material is wood, grasses and non-edible parts of plants, which do not compete with food crops and forest coverage.

Brazil, a world leader in sugar cane ethanol, has been investing  in cellulosic ethanol research, focusing on bagasse, the residue of sugar cane.

More research is also taking...

6 years 6 months ago

Ontario in Canada has big plans for renewable energy and a new contract signed by a group of companies last week signals the region is working seriously towards energy sustainability.

The deal in question involves a contract to supply and support a 5 MW ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system, composed of 20,410 modules. It was signed between Alderville First Nation, a First Nations community within Southeastern Ontario established in 1837, and Silfab Ontario, a...

6 years 6 months ago

The aviation industry has a significant impact (2%) on the global carbon footprint and it’s looking for ways to mitigate it with alternative fuels.

One of the latest news from this industry is that Honeywell successfully powered an Interjet Airbus A320-214 during a flight between Mexico City and Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas with its Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced using the company’s UOP process technology. The fuel does not requires any aircraft or...