- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
Distinguished Engineer & Chief Technology Officer - Big Green Innovations, IBM Corporation, USA
Dr. Peter Williams is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM's Big
Green Innovations incubator, whose role is to create
environmentally focused businesses for IBM. He is responsible
for assembling, maintaining and developing the portfolio of
businesses included, and technologies used. His particular
focus areas have been PV technologies; developing green house gas
reduction solutions and services; and most intensively, water
management solutions, covering entire water resources (for example
entire rivers or aquifers), utility infrastructures, and enterprise
water management. As such, he has had a major role in
developing IBM's water management solution framework and a number
of specific areas of intellectual property within that. He
has also been heavily involved in creating the intellectual
foundation for IBM's "Smarter Planet" initiative, with particular
reference to urban integration, and disaster management,
Dr. Williams holds the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer, and is also a visiting lecturer on Environmental Informatics at Stanford University. By background, he is a management consultant with well over 20 years' experience of bringing technology and business issues together to develop novel solutions and business models. He holds or co-holds, or has pending, 8 US patents. A native of the UK, he has lived in California since 1999, and is married with three children. His PhD was awarded by the School of Management at the University of Bath, England, in 1986.