August 2008 marks the relaunch of Green SupplyLine. The site debuted in 2005 mainly to provide news and information about RoHS and WEEE, the two EU environmental directives that were making life miserable for many in the industry.
Now that the pain is fading, we turn our attention to the opportunities in the high-growth cleantech and green engineering markets. Solar, wind, wave, hydrogen, geothermal, and other renewable energy technologies have been around for decades, but the pace of developments has never been faster and the investment activity never stronger. The impact cleantech will have on societies, will be transformative.
Green SupplyLine mission is to provide you with daily news and analysis on the technology and business of renewable energy, and the people, companies and investors that are driving the developments. Electronics is a major driver, both as a model for the structure of the cleantech industry - the complex university, venture capital, start-up and corporate relationships - and as the source for innovation - nanotechnology, materials, component and system design.
But there's more. We'll be looking at how established companies are changing their wasteful habits in product design by designing for recyclability and reuse. And we'll document how manufacturing, distribution, transport and logistics operations are redesigning processes to save fuel, time and money - all with positive consequences for the environment. It's a new day - economic and environmental factors are converging.
The site editor for the new Green SupplyLine is Gina Roos, a long-time reporter, writer and editor covering electronics as well as the site editor of the Green SupplyLine in its previous incarnation. In addition, Green SupplyLine will be tapping the talent pool of editors at EETimes for global coverage of cleantech.
And of course, we'll be counting on contributions from our readers.
Cleantech is being heralded as the industry that will determine the course of the 21st century. I agree. Green SupplyLine will be chronicling the developments day in and day out.