Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 07, 2015

Los Angeles, CA – January 7, 2015 – Infocast, the leading business intelligence and networking events producer in the advanced manufacturing industry, has announced the 2nd Lightweighting Summit, scheduled on March 3-5, 2015 in Detroit, MI, the hub of automotive innovation.

Lightweighting is leading the way and the auto industry is making advances in production to meet ambitious 2025 CAFE fuel economy targets. With weight-cutting production models now on the market, manufacturers and suppliers are dealing with this shift as the focus of OEM designers and engineers are already moving beyond the body-in-white structural materials to other key parts of the vehicle. For this change to be successful, greater collaboration is needed from players across the automotive supply chain.

Infocast has launched the second Lightweighting Summit to provide a forum to discuss the opportunities as well as the issues that need to be addressed in order to get a jump on the CAFE fuel standards. Speakers from General Motors, BASF, U.S. Department of Energy, Center for Automotive Research, Ricardo, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Piper Jaffray, Autodesk, Lotus Engineering, GM Ventures and more will be on-hand to discuss the hottest topics in lightweighting including: updates on CAFE implementation, DOE assistance in tech innovation, cutting-edge case studies in application development and strategic M&A and financial insights.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with major OEM designers, chief engineers, industry experts and capital providers to discuss regulatory drivers, target-setting, materials, processes, joining tools and design strategies. Attendees will get the most up-to-date details from the most knowledgeable industry leaders regarding lightweighting advancements in the auto industry.

For more information, to register, or to join as a sponsor, visit the event website at http:// infocastinc.com/lightweighting-summit or contact Infocast at 818-888-4444.

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2009 year, no one can say worldwide Financial Whether the crisis has bottomed out, in an extremely severe economic situation, as the leading export-oriented economy characteristics of economic regions, Dalian Development Zone, has withstood the test of early September this year, the economy has been showing a steady rise of the social good situation. On this basis, the Development Zone has paid attention to implementation and seek practical results, as at the end of this year’s 10, 31 industrialization projects started on schedule, the actual foreign investment 740 million U.S. dollars in place, all of the area in Dalian (city) County ranked first .

Break the economic indicators showed a warming trend
Last year by the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis triggered by the global financial crisis on the world economy is becoming more profound, to the Dalian Development Zone has also brought more hit. Affected industrial production, export orders decreased processing enterprises, projects into the area, slower injection.

In the harsh economic situation, in 2009, the development zone actively respond to the challenges of the financial crisis, of pressure as the driving force of the crisis into opportunity, pay close attention to key, go all out to increase security to protect people’s livelihood and maintaining stability . Current economic indicators show the region pick up the trend. Intel and other key projects as planned, a number of large-scale enterprises started to order the 5% to 10% of the rate of increase in staff induction and for a time appeared to resume tightening labor conditions. Industrial electricity, water, gas consumption increased steadily.

31 major projects Grasp investment work to ensure the project affects growth. As of the end of this year’s 10, has 31 industrial projects started on schedule, pay close attention to foreign capital in place. Established the 100 leading cadres 100 key enterprise system, improve project introduction?? Building?? Production?? Later managed one-stop service system so that attract foreign capital increased steadily in the face of adversity.

52 billion investment Accelerate the pace of infrastructure to ensure growth stimulating investment. Far zone has been completed infrastructure and public services invested 5.2 billion throughout the year more than the financial capital invested 6 billion yuan. Currently the first batch of Liaoning coastal economic zone into six industrial park in the Harbor Industrial Zone Dagushan supporting the four areas is nearing completion.

6 support policies Support policies introduced in order to optimize the environment and sustain economic growth. System has made a “financial crisis response policy catalog” and introduced “promote the development of modern service industry Interim Provisions” and six support policy, issued a “discount capital industry project management practices” and other four reform measures, a one-time MC discount and reduction of expenses for enterprise funds nearly 200 million yuan.

110 teachers Promote the development of social undertakings, in order to strengthen the growth of people’s livelihood security. Improved Calf Ridge Park, Sports Park, open to the public. Start a prestigious project in the open recruitment of teachers on the basis of 55, and then recruit 55 graduates to enrich teachers. Start the integration of urban and rural social and health services pilot project. Increased employment and reemployment efforts.

Results before the end of the 33 foreign investment projects will be stationed
Crisis moves to achieve results in practical work, 1 October 2009, the development zone in place the total number of 740 million U.S. dollars of foreign capital, the city ranked first. 78 newly approved projects (including the replenishment of the item 37), from the point of view into the capital structure, industrial projects accounted for 96% of the total amount into the capital, the situation is better utilization of foreign capital. Mitsubishi Heavy

Forklift, Borg Warner, Se-jin industry, the East to help ship machines, FAW big new customer Energy Bus, Fu Jia Dahua, and other key industrial projects in 31 starts; Toshiba TV , Ryobi Die Casting orders than the same period last year more than 1 times, Nidec orders fell 30 percent from the year rose to 80% over the same period last year; 1 to 10 months, the region of newly employed 6285 people to achieve to complete the whole Indicators of 114.27 percent; re-employment of 3214 people, complete index of 100.44 percent; stable employment 3574 people, complete index of 129.96 percent; 36 business leaders to complete the target of 102.86%.

End of the year will be stationed in 33 foreign investment projects, 15 capital projects within the contract or the floor, ensure the completion of municipal government issued two billion U.S. dollars of foreign capital actually in place, the introduction of outside capital five billion yuan in Dalian and strive to work for 60 billion task.

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Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) January 05, 2015

The Climate Trust, a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in climate solutions, with a reduction of 1.9 million tons of greenhouse gases to its name, announced its second annual prediction list of 10 carbon market trends to watch in 2015.

The trends, which range from increased climate change adaptation measures at the state and city-level to new protocols for agriculture and forestry, were identified by The Climate Trust based on interactions with their diverse group of working partners—government, utilities, project developers and large businesses.

“We’re excited to once again look at the overall market with fresh eyes and identify areas of potential movement and growth,” said Dick Kempka, vice president of business development for The Climate Trust.

1. Allowance and offset demand will increase in 2015. The second compliance period for California’s cap-and-trade system began the first of this year. Distributors of transportation fuel and natural gas have officially joined the ranks of other capped, covered entities, and with the addition of these fuel distributors, the emission cap immediately more than doubles in size. As a result, The Trust predicts that cost containment mechanisms such as offsets and banking will become much more significant components of the cap-and-trade system. A recent whitepaper estimates the current market value at $ 2 billion annually, and anticipates that this will increase to $ 4 billion in 2015. To date, the California market has largely been viewed as an operational success, however, some have suggested the system has not yet experienced stresses that could result from drastic and unplanned energy use spikes—escalations triggered by weather events such as drought, hot summers, and cold winters. The Trust believes that the introduction of transportation fuels under the cap, coupled with allowance uncertainty and shortage of offsets, are likely to increase the demand for both allowances and offsets in 2015.

2. ARB will add new protocols for agriculture and forestry. California Air Resources Board (ARB) is on the verge of approving the new compliance offset protocol for rice cultivation projects. While land in Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories is not currently eligible for ARB compliance offset projects, The Trust finds it likely that portions of Alaska will soon be eligible to participate in the forestry cap-and-trade program. Additionally, we anticipate nutrient management will be the next methodology type to be adopted as a compliance offset protocol in the agriculture sector, with the process of being adopted commencing in 2015. An avoided grasslands conversion protocol is likely to follow suit.

“The rice protocol allows U.S. rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in California’s carbon market, providing a new source of revenue for growers while contributing to the state’s clean air goals. More importantly, it sets the stage for the ARB to develop an offset protocol focused on nutrient use efficiency which would apply to practically any crop grown in the United States,” said Robert Parkhurst, Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Markets Director for Environmental Defense Fund.

3. Dramatic growth in conservation finance. Developments in the green bond arena will continue to advance the scope of these instruments used to finance climate change solutions, while meeting fixed income yield and risk requirements. Green bonds that fund projects or assets with climate benefits experienced exceptional growth in 2014 with $ 35 billion issued; triple the 2013 figure. According to Sean Kidney, CEO of Climate Bonds Initiative, the market is expected to reach $ 100 billion in 2015 and to treble again by 2018. Odin Knudsen, President and CEO for Real Options International, cautions that as the market expands there will also be a threat of greenwashing. Independent due diligence of green and climate bonds must be strengthened if the market is to prosper and fulfill its promise. Despite this, agencies, governments, municipalities and corporates are seeing the enormous opportunity that green bond finance offers to accelerate mitigation and adaptation efforts in our changing climate. An article in EMEA Finance confirms that there is a “shortage of supply and too much demand. An ordinary vanilla bond which is green as a bonus feature is an unbeatable proposition for investors who have publically expressed the importance of addressing climate change.”

4. Increased focus on post-2020 market. It was just a few short years ago that observers questioned whether carbon markets would continue beyond the end of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012. Carbon markets have not only managed to survive, but slowly expanded, with longer term prospects for carbon suggesting that markets will continue to grow. Gov. Brown of California recently indicated that the state would announce plans to extend its market to 2030. Thus far, much of the activity has been at the state level, but in a post-2020 world, experts are predicting a shift. “… carbon pricing is going to have to start at the national level, rather than be cascaded from the top down. Many nations are pursuing such an agenda, including a number of emerging economies such as China, South Korea, South Africa and Kazakhstan,” notes David Hone, Chief Climate Change Advisor for Royal Dutch Shell. Even in countries where carbon pricing has struggled to gain a foothold, such as Australia, there is a strong belief of its inevitably. In fact, 80% of Australian businesses noted in a recent survey that adopting post-2020 carbon reduction commitments is key to maintaining relationships with trading partners. The shift in leadership back towards the national level is an encouraging sign for increasing the rate at which global carbon emissions are reduced.

5. Increased public sentiment and political will around impacts of climate change. Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate, illustrates the growing sense that after dragging our feet on climate mitigation policy for over 25 years, our time is up, and the consequences for inaction are larger than ever. This sentiment is reiterated in a recent report by co-chairs of the high-profile Risky Business Project, Economic Risks of Climate Change in the US; and paired with the onslaught of recent climate studies and media coverage, people are starting to take notice. Further, research out of University of Michigan shows that a majority of voters from both sides of the aisle favor a carbon tax if the revenues are neutral or dedicated to renewable energy programs. In the U.S., the EPA is seeking to reduce emissions from coal plants through section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China also pledged to reduce carbon emissions after years of stalemate. The Trust anticipates that momentum will continue to build with further political action and increased public sentiment around climate change, leading up to the 2015 international climate talks in Paris.

6. Increased adaptation measures at the state and city-level, addressing climate change. The necessity of adaptation measures may seem obvious to folks in green-conscious cities like Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, but perhaps not in other parts of the U.S. Frequently occurring weather disturbances such as heat waves and floods, and a prolonged drought in California—coupled with heightened awareness of fossil fuel-related pollution—will prompt cities and states to focus increasingly on carbon reduction mechanisms. Mechanisms could include options such as carbon markets, incentives, or taxes. In response to extreme weather, California and other states will increase adaptation mobilization, and look for innovative climate change solutions in land, water, energy, and other natural resources.

7. West coast states move forward cautiously on policy. In 2015, the Oregon legislature will determine whether to extend the state’s Clean Fuels Program, which requires certain levels of low-carbon fuels in the state’s transportation fuels supply. Given the outcome of the November elections, which gave the legislature a climate-friendly majority, it is likely the program will be approved—though not without backlash from fossil fuel interests, which will undoubtedly challenge the program on legal grounds. A similar program will be designed in Washington over the coming year as part of a suite of policies proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee. The discussion of a carbon tax in Oregon will heat up again in 2015 following the results of a state-commissioned study by the Northwest Economic Research Center. It is likely one or more carbon tax proposals will surface in the upcoming legislative session, though passage this year is uncertain as both Oregon and Washington consider alignment of a regional structure.

8. Increased executive action on climate change. With little hope that Congress will pass legislation to price carbon pollution, the Obama Administration will focus on executive action directly through federal agencies. This trend began in 2014, highlighted by EPA regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants through the Clean Air Act. On the heels of this announcement, the U.S. and China jointly announced new greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. To meet these new targets—emissions 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025—further action will be needed. Meeting these new goals will likely require focusing on reducing potent, short-lived greenhouse gases like methane; the EPA is soon expected to release more stringent methane emission standards for the oil and gas industry. The USDA will also increase its focus on potent greenhouse gases, by providing additional public dollars to spur the development of agricultural digesters and reduce the nitrous oxide emissions associated with over-application of fertilizers.

9. ARB will clarify regulatory compliance to meet market needs. After invalidating a very small portion of credits from the Clean Harbor facility’s destruction of ozone depleting substances, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) will take a more measured, predictable and cautious approach to policing the offset market in 2015. ARB has used this invalidation to demonstrate to environmental groups that it is rigorously and closely monitoring the integrity of the offset market. To contain costs, ARB knows it must also enable a functional offset market. ARB will begin by clarifying how environmental violations must be directly related to projects, not downstream, in particular for forestry and livestock projects. With a clearer understanding of which potential violations could be grounds for an invalidation based on health, safety or environmental infractions, the perceived risk of invalidation will be reduced. Next year will be less about demonstrating rigorous oversight of the offset market and more about establishing a functional market that can bring high-quality offsets to scale.

10. Subnational jurisdictions will continue to act on addressing emissions. While national commitments have been few and far between the last several years, subnational jurisdictions have been active in designing and implementing carbon pricing systems. In Canada and the United States, policy actions to comprehensively price carbon have come from provincial and state governments. We anticipate that this trend will continue globally, as demonstrated by California advising seven Chinese cities/provinces on implementing a pilot system that will cover a population of 256 million. Heading into 2015, The Trust expects that states will increasingly examine and consider measures to address emissions from politically sensitive activities such as fracking and oil and gas pipeline construction.

“In 2014, many of our predictions rang true, including the role of Big Data through the commencement of Field to Market’s agricultural data collection and the publication of USDA’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report,” said Sean Penrith, executive director for The Climate Trust. “The Trust also helped facilitate the first-ever purchase of carbon offsets from the avoided conversion of at-risk grasslands, building momentum for future domestic agricultural offset deals.” Penrith added his appreciation for continued support from the USDA through their Regional Conservation Partnership Program and their newly designated Regional Climate Hubs.

London, UK (PRWEB UK) 8 January 2015

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) announced today the results of a new survey which analyses how video collaboration solutions are being used in business today. The global study, commissioned by Polycom and conducted by Quocirca, LTD, found more than 90 percent of those who regularly use video to collaborate are experiencing higher productivity, better teamwork, financial savings and reduced travel expenses. Over 80 percent directly link their fiscal savings to making faster business decisions and improving employee work/life balance.

Although the survey uncovered the many benefits of using video collaboration, barriers to broad adoption still exist. The survey found more than 50 percent of people who regularly use video rarely or never need IT to help them place a call, reinforcing the ease of use with today’s solutions. One of every two people surveyed also suggested that having more access to video would increase use. Very few organisations have broadly rolled out video to desktop and mobile users and typically have limited availability of video to the larger conference rooms.

“The value of most networking technologies tends to increase disproportionally the greater the numbers of individuals connected,” said Rob Bamforth, research and analysis house, Quocirca. “Video conferencing is no exception. Moreover, increasing usage also generates more familiarity and comfort with the whole experience. Encouraging a culture of video adoption would therefore seem to benefit both the individual and the organisation.”

Forty-five percent of end users surveyed frequently use their mobile devices, such as tablets, laptops and mobile phones, to join a video conference, and 35 percent of digital natives—workers who are 25 years or younger and will define the future of work—use video frequently and from anywhere. These numbers are expected to grow as the amount of mobile devices increases and organisations continue to offer more flexible working arrangements.

“The way people work is changing. Mobility, BYOD, social and collaboration solutions like video conferencing combined with the desire to reduce real estate costs are causing businesses around the world to rethink the traditional office setting,” said Jim Kruger, Chief Marketing Officer, Polycom. “We’re seeing the measurable impact video collaboration is having, but with just a fraction of organisations around the globe using video regularly, the results of this survey illustrate its potential in any work environment and across every industry.”

Real-life examples of how video adoption is benefitting organisations include the NHS in Lancashire and Cumbria which has implemented telehealth video services, developed in partnership with Polycom reseller Imerja, in areas such as stroke care, speech and language therapy, renal home care and cancer care. Across this region and beyond in the UK, that translates into lifesaving technologies being delivered directly into homes, resulting in improved outcomes and quality of life for patients, and cost savings running into the millions. With HD Video quality, normalising behaviors, patients feel comfortable and instantly at ease during consultation with their health practitioner. In addition, patients are able to easily connect at the touch of a button from the comfort of their own home. Results have shown the solution helps to dramatically reduce the need for hospital visits for patients, and allows a larger network of doctors to collaborate without the restrictions of schedule and travel.

Video collaboration is driving measureable results for organisations across regions and industries, and the Polycom – Quocirca survey validates video collaboration can boost productivity and fiscal savings. Specific findings for EMEA include:

More than 90% of EMEA companies surveyed access meetings through room based solutions
Already 45% of EMEA companies are using a mobile video solution
Nearly 66% use virtual meeting rooms to connect—highest usage v’s those surveyed in North America and APAC
EMEA are pretty tech savvy with only 37% needing IT support on between 1% – 25% of video calls – though the number one reason for not using the technology was still ease of use
Travel cost savings is still the number one benefit for video use in EMEA with 98% citing it as medium to high priority
71% of those surveyed in EMEA citied an increase in the use of video in day to day business

To learn more about how your company can build a culture of collaboration, please visit: http://community.polycom.com/t5/The-View/Building-a-Video-Culture-Starts-with-Understanding-the-Impact/ba-p/69104

About Polycom

Polycom helps organisations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit http://www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn more.

For further information please contact


Sarah Lloyd / Sonal Bisht

EMEA Communications

Sarah(dot)Lloyd(at)polycom(dot)com / Sonal(dot)Bisht(at)polycom(dot)com

Catalysis PR – for Polycom

Rachael Tomaney


+44 (0) 20 7759 2026

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

© 2015 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Notes to the Editor:

Objective (from Quocirca): This report is intended to help existing video users understand how their video culture compares with others and what they could do to boost adoption and thus gain more value from video, based on six key adoption criteria that define a spectrum of video culture maturity. Those who have yet to invest in video can also see what they should do from the outset to create a stronger culture of video adoption and therefore maximise its value to the organisation.

How the Survey was Conducted:

800 online customer surveys were conducted
Companies in 80 countries were interviewed
8 in-depth interviews were conducted
Survey was broken into primary groupings including:
— Geographical region

– Vertical industry including

o Government

o Healthcare

o Education

o Financial

o Manufacturing

o Technology

o Professional Services

o Other (unclassified)

– Company size

– Respondent job/responsibility

About Quocirca: Quocirca is a research and analysis company with a primary focus on the European market. Quocirca produces free to market content aimed at IT decision makers and those who influence them in businesses of all sizes and public sector organisations. Much of the content Quocirca produces is based on its own primary research.

For this primary research, Quocirca has native language telephone interviewing capabilities across Europe and is also able to cover North America and the Asia Pacific region. Research is conducted one-to-one with individuals in target job roles to ensure the right questions are being asked of the right people. Comparative results are reported by geography, industry, size of business, job role and other parameters as required.

The research is sponsored by a broad spectrum of IT vendors, service providers and channel organisations. However, all Quocirca content is written from an independent standpoint and addresses the issues with regard to the use of IT within the context of an organisation, rather than specific products. Therefore, Quocirca’s advice is free from vendor bias and is based purely on the insight gained through research, combined with the broad knowledge and analytical capabilities of Quocirca’s analysts who focus on the “big picture.”

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