Energy Systems Engineering, Economics & Policy

How the art and science of delivery is changing

On April 10, 2013, in Energy & Environmental Policy, by Joe Nyangon

As the payoff from investment in advanced-analytics management and big data revolution becomes real, the art and science of delivery is on the upswing as institutions share knowledge, tools and experience in problem solving. For instance, public policy institutions are full of good ideas on how to solve complex social problems, improve STEM pedagogy and […]

New Yorkers save energy through smart IT

On July 21, 2012, in Economic Logic & Value, by Joe Nyangon

One of the most common conversations in the Midwest and Northeast this summer is the number and frequency of heat waves. Already data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the first six months of this year were the hottest in over a century. “The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during […]

Rebalancing the economics of greening

On January 15, 2012, in Economic Logic & Value, Project Management, by Joe Nyangon

Innovations such as the greening of supply chains and optimization of resource flow as a core business practice have been marketed as key drivers and benefits for environmental improvement. But vital questions remain: How do you market investment in the green economy as a key component for addressing energy security, green growth, climate change, and […]

The self-organising smarts of sustainable cities

On September 22, 2011, in Energy & Environmental Policy, Project Management, by Joe Nyangon

Steven Johnson opened Emergence, his searing 2001 book on how complex systems manifest from simple rules and are driven by bottom-up behaviour, with a fascinating rhetoric: “How does a lively neighbourhood evolve out of a disconnected association of shopkeepers, bartenders and real estate developers?” he asked. “How does a media event take on a life […]

Creep of taxation on employment

On May 12, 2011, in Economic Logic & Value, by Joe Nyangon

A recent report released by the OECD on May 11th 2011 details tax burden on employment paid by employers. The report shows that Germany and France have some of the highest employment tax regimes in OECD region. The country-specific taxing wages provides information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers and on income […]