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Moscow campaign to reduce water consumption wins international award

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A set of initiatives aimed to reduce water consumption in Moscow has won the bronze award in the category “Mobile Sites and Applications” in the category “Business/Government” at the 18th Annual International Business Awards, a part of esteemed Stevie Award program. The winners were selected by a panel of experts.

The campaign to reduce water consumption in Moscow is implemented by the Department of Information Technologies together with the Department of Housing and Communal Services.

“Our team is truly honoured to receive this prestigious award. Within just seven months since the campaign began, we have won two international awards: in May the project was recognized as one of the best smart services for city living at the international German Innovation Award, and now we have received a Stevie Award bronze. Our project is an answer to the question on how to reduce water consumption in the capital. We do not just convince the Muscovites in the necessity to spend less water, we made conscious water usage an easy and rewarding digital experience that nudges Muscovites into more sustainable daily choices, “- said Eduard Lysenko, Minister of the Government of Moscow, Head of the Department of Information Technologies of Moscow.

The winners were chosen by more than 260 experts from all over the world. This year over 3700 projects were submitted for the contest in such nominations as “Company of the Year”, “Mobile Sites and Applications”, “Best New Product or Service”, “Startup of the Year”, “Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program”, “Best Manager” and others. The competition also included several categories highlighting the response of organizations and individuals to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moscow submitted the following mos.ru project: an updated water meter reading service (water consumption graph, tips, emotional reinforcements), an interactive quiz on water saving, and an interactive presentation to support the initiatives.

According to the expert jury, the Moscow Department of Information Technology has developed a successful digital program aimed at encouraging residents to use water more rationally with the help of visual design, graphs and an interactive quiz.

Since 2012, Muscovites can submit water meter readings online via the service on mos.ru, and from 2021 it includes functions that help consume water more consciously. For example, users see the individual statistics of water consumption and can compare it to the city’s average indicators. If these figures decrease or vice versa, significantly increase, the service notifies users about this.

On mos.ru everyone can take an interactive quiz to check how they save water and learn how to use resources more responsibly.

To support this project, Moscow launched a campaign with elements of augmented reality “The value water” was held in the capital this spring. From February to April 2021, Muscovites received their unified utility bills with a special QR-code. When scanned by a mobile phone, the code activated an AR showing all the way that a water drop goes from a collecting tank to one’s tap. Users could participate in the water processing – they could launch the purification procedures, open pumps and taps. 

In May 2021, Moscow campaign to reduce water consumption was recognized as one of the best smart services for living in the city according to the German Innovation Award in the Smart living category.

In June 2021, a special project “Clean Water: How It Works” was launched on the mos.ru portal to continue the range of initiatives.

As a follow-up to the AR project, we launched “Clean Water: How We Produce It” project in June 2021. There, we collected the most important and useful information about water, how to save it and why. The project describes large-scale processes of water extraction and purification, and the path it takes before it enters the taps.

The International Business Awards is one of the most esteemed and reputed business awards program in the world. All people and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, large and small – are eligible to apply for it. In 2021, organizations from 63 countries applied.

The Stevie Awards are presented through eight programs, including the Asia Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East and North Africa Stevie Awards, the American Business Awards, the International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The Stevie Awards receive more than 12,000 entries annually from organizations in more than 70 countries.

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Standards & Digital Transformation – Good Governance in a Digital Age

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In celebration of World Standards Day 2021, celebrated on 14 October every year, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is pleased to announce the launch of a brochure, “Standards and Digital Transformation: Good Governance in the Digital Age”.

In the spirit of this year’s World Standards Day theme “Shared Vision for a Better World”, the brochure provides insights into the key drivers of the digital transformation and its implications for sustainable development, particularly people, prosperity and planet. Noting the rapid pace of change of the digital transformation, with the COVID-19 pandemic serving as an unanticipated accelerator, the brochure highlights the role of standards in digital transformation governance. It further considers the principles necessary for guiding the collaborative development of standards in the digital technology landscape to ensure that the technologies remain human-centered and aligned to the goals of sustainability.

This year’s World Standards Day theme highlights the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) representing a shared vision for peace and prosperity, for people and planet. Every SDG is a call for action, but we can only get there if we work together, and international standards offer practical solutions we can all stand behind.

This brochure is a summary of a publication set to be released in November 2021.

Download it here.

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AutoFlight presents V1500M – an autonomous passenger eVTOL aircraft

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Shaping the future of urban air mobility: The tech company AutoFlight shows an autonomous passenger eVTOL aircraft: the V1500M. It will change the face of personal air transportation. AutoFlight debuted its autonomous fixed-wing passenger electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (“eVTOL”) to the world at the China Airshow in Zhuhai.

With its sleek looks and innovative technology the V1500M doesn’t rely on runways and airports. It can vertically take-off and land anywhere anytime. Virtually any rooftop or flat surface becomes a vertiport. When it reaches a certain altitude, the power system turns on the dual prop pusher, so that V1500M is able to cruise at speeds of a fixed-wing airplane. And in low-altitude airspace, the all-electric design enables the aircraft to operate at a very low noise level. 

As the energy consumption in the fixed wing mode is much lower than in the multirotor mode the V1500M can fly much further than any pure multicoptor eVTOL.

Being able to fly without a pilot, the V1500M’s uses eight lifting motors to take off and land vertically like a multi-rotor aircraft, and fly as far as 250 km when carrying up to four passengers. At the moment, a safety pilot is still mandatory. Yet as technology advances and regulations become increasingly refined, that space can later be allocated to another passenger or extra luggage. 

“The V1500M is a milestone – not only for AutoFlight but also for the global development of the urban air mobility“, so Tian Yu, founder and CEO of AutoFlight. “Our company is committed to developing safe and reliable passenger eVTOL aircraft and helping to create a better mobility future.”

In terms of safety, AutoFlight with its rich experience in aircraft design, manufacturing and its dedication to make reliable flying cars, following aviation industry’s standards. The lifting rotor’s and prop pusher’s redundant power system guarantees that the aircraft could hover safely when two of the rotors malfunction. In case of one propeller failure, the other still ensures safe flight and landing. The V1500M also has an whole-aircraft parachute, which is designed to act as the last line of safety to protect passengers so they enjoy safe flying.

V1500M will accomplish its first flight in the near future. The goal is to certify the aircraft with the aviation authorities by 2024.

Tian Yu: “AutoFlight will keep contributing to the eVTOL industry. Through building safe, efficient, systematic R&D and AC processes, leveraging domestic and international resources and establishing partnerships across industries, AutoFlight strives to accelerate the practical implementation of eVTOLs in commercial applications and lead us into a better future with UAM.”  

With its tradition and the experience, AutoFlight aims to create cost-effective, safe, and reliable eVTOL

AutoFlight is one of the earliest tech companies in China to start making autonomous eVTOL, including large payload logistic and autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Logistic UAVs were introduced first. They have now accumulated over 10,000 hours of flight time and been tested in all kinds of extreme conditions.

AutoFlight owns proprietary intellectual property rights in key technologies such as flight control systems, electrical systems or other core components. They have obtained over 200 domestic and international patents for its self-developed modules including highly efficient electric motors, electronic control systems, and durable lightweight carbon-fiber composite materials. 

“Following our cargo-to-passenger-strategy we go ahead step-by-step but very straight forward“, says Tian Yu. 

V1500M’s Key Specifications
Aircraft length10.3 m
Wingspan12.8 m
Fuselage height3.1 m
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW)1500 kg
Typical seating 3 – 4 
Cruise speed200 km/h
Flight range (fully seated)250 km

About AutoFlight

AutoFlight is a global high-tech startup, born in China, specializing in developing and manufacturing autonomous aerial vehicles. AutoFlight’s mission is to provide safe and reliable aerial logistic systems and urban air mobility solutions for human society. By leveraging new technologies in aviation, new material, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, and 5G, AutoFlight actively drives development in eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) industry.

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Critical Decarbonization Technologies Need at Least “10x” Investment

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Breakthrough technologies such as hydrogen-based fuels, bioenergy and carbon-capture storage solutions are needed to hit the global goal of zero emissions by 2050.

To scale these technologies and take them to market, at least a tenfold increase in investment is needed, according to the How to Finance Industry Net-Zero report.

Released by the World Economic Forum and Oliver Wyman, the report outlines how to address the supply-and-demand-side gap and take these technologies to the next level.

Part of the Forum’s Financing the Transition to a Net-Zero Future Initiative, the report brings together input from over 50 financial institutions and the public sector. Their focus is on how to steer capital to breakthrough technologies and drive a more sustainable future.

Key findings:

· The innovative blending of capital supported by an enabling ecosystem is needed, where different sources of public and private capital are brought together in technology-specific financing blueprints. To do this effectively, mechanisms that activate collaboration among multiple stakeholders are necessary.

· Transformative business models are essential, where industry participants and capital providers work together to establish new contracts and ways of doing business to increase the probability of commercial success.

· Targeted public intervention is critical, focused on the design of incentive schemes rewarding early movers adopting innovative technological solutions and de-risking schemes to mitigate investment risks unique to these innovative solutions.

The challenge ahead is significant, but not insurmountable,” said Derek Baraldi, Head of Sustainable Finance and Investing, at the World Economic Forum. “If executed thoughtfully, the mobilization of finance to breakthrough technologies presents a tremendous investment opportunity. This study found that there is a real appetite from industry for thoughtful partnership and collaboration between private and public capital providers.”

“Organisations have announced ambitious pledges to finance the transition to net-zero but the progress made to date is not enough,” added Ted Moynihan, Managing Partner and Global Head of Industries, Oliver Wyman. “There is a huge gap in financing of early-stage decarbonization technologies, which will be absolutely critical to achieving our targets from 2030 to 2050. With more research breakthroughs coming, we are now in a vital moment to accelerate the mobilization of capital towards decarbonization technologies in hard-to-abate industries.”

By proposing an initial set of financing approaches and de-risking solutions, the report seeks to initiate an important discussion on how to rapidly accelerate the deployment of capital towards breakthrough technologies.

The report launched at the Mission Possible Partnership event Supercharging Industrial Decarbonisation. It brought together public and private sectors from shipping, aviation, and steel. The Mission Possible Partnership will share learnings across these critical industrial sectors and present sector-specific blueprints for industrial decarbonisation.

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