Tag Archives: Sound Group China

Burning trash into power is not sustainable; China should learn from Denmark and move away from incineration

By JJY As we have seen in the Sound Group case, China has embarked on a vast program to deal with the MSW issue – burn’em all! As incineration reduces waste volume significantly thus requires much less land, China raised the target incineration rate of garbage to 35% in the nation under the 12th five-year […]

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Success Factors of Sound Group

By Dafu The Chinese name of Sound sounds very much similar to the now insolvent solar panel producer Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. Both of these corporations were funded by renowned academics in their respective fields. The critical success factor for Sound Group, in my opinion, lies in three areas: First of all, the success […]

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Food vs. Fuel – A Gray Issue

By Andrew S. In the case of Sound Group China, our class learned about several different alternatives related to municipal solid waste.  In the case of waste, the alternatives are relatively clear – you can let it accumulate, move it to a landfill, or incinerate it; the costs and benefits of these alternatives can be […]

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Sound Group China & Woolf Farming: A Few Common Themes

By JMK The two recent cases on Sound Group China and Woolf Farming & Processing yielded several insights regarding scaling businesses that face sustainability challenges. Although these cases differed in geography and protagonist motivations (e.g. Wen Yibo was actively looking to solve environmental challenges vs. Stuart Woolf’s view of the environmental movement as contributing to […]

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What is Waste?

By Christie Waste, as defined by the Oxford dictionary, is a “material that is not wanted; the unusable remains or byproducts of something.” However, as we’ve explored in IBEE, waste is subjective because another stakeholder may find value in what another views as waste. For example, we saw in Sound Group China how they took […]

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The Truth Behind the Lack of Bottle Deposit Programs

By Anonymous After reading about municipal waste for our Sound Group China case, I found myself considering more than ever how much waste we generate as a society. While my concerns spread across the topic as a whole, I grew specifically interested in the topic of bottle deposit laws and wondering why they aren’t more […]

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A Wasted Opportunity: The need to find new ways to align incentives between behavior and waste disposal cost

By David Snider The Sound Group China case identified the massive waste disposal challenges posed by the confluence of increasing affluence, urbanization and population growth in China. The country is faced with tradeoffs between fundamental impairment to the environment and increasingly higher costs of waste disposal. Complicating the strategic decisions for Sound Group’s composting business […]

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