LONDON, Aug. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — On August 22, Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation and strategy consultancy, issued its Food & Drink 2023 report. Yili’s brand value surged to US$12.4 billion, making a 17% increase compared to the previous year. Yili has retained the top spot for four consecutive years, showcasing its robust growth potential.
As highlighted by Brand Finance, Yili, a global dairy giant, has earned a world-renowned reputation with its focus on quality, innovation and social responsibility. The consultancy underscored that, “Yili has fostered strong customer loyalty in its local market by consistently delivering products of exceptional quality and perceived health benefits. This has contributed to strong domestic sales growth, while the brand’s global presence has also propelled its overseas revenue.”
“Dual-engine” for fast-paced growth
Yili’s “dual-engine” strategy — one that features both innovation and digitization — has greatly contributed to its brand value growth. Yili has set up a three-tiered R&D platform that includes the open innovation platform, group innovation center and BU-level application innovation platform. Running 15 R&D and innovation centers across the globe, Yili has been relentlessly pursuing whole industrial chain innovation collaboration that extends from pastures to end products.
Yili has continued its efforts aimed at meeting consumers’ diverse demands for healthier food. In 2023, Yili has led the industry by launching multiple functional dairy products that help boost people’s immune systems or control their blood-sugar levels. SATINE active lactoferrin organic pure milk, for example, is a newly launched star product that was created after 3 years of R&D, drastically improving the lactoferrin retention rate from 10% to over 90%. The new product has played a pioneering role in the industry by creating an entirely new category of immune-boosting dairy products.
Yili has also been stepping up its supply-chain digital transformation. Toward the upstream, it has developed a series of world-leading smart farms that operate without human intervention throughout their processes. Toward the midstream, it has launched numerous smart factories featuring enhanced production and management efficiency. And toward the downstream, Yili has adopted a digital consumer operation approach that covers both online and offline consumption, reaching all types of consumer scenarios and spanning the entire product life cycle.
By putting digital technology into comprehensive application, Yili has step-by-step effected digital and intelligent upgrading throughout the entire operations chain, covering various functions including R&D, manufacturing, supply chains and marketing.
Realizing the company’s social value
In April 2022, Yili became the first Chinese food company to release its peak carbon emission and carbon neutrality targets as well as a roadmap which includes a long-term pledge to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the industrial chain by 2050. Since then, Yili has gradually rolled out its carbon reduction plans and worked together with partners throughout the industrial chain to curb energy consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.
Last year, a focus on reducing water footprints opened a new chapter for Yili’s sustainability journey. In March 2023, Yili led China’s food industry by obtaining the international water footprint verification both at the product and organizational levels. It also became China’s first company to join the UN Water Action Agenda.
As the world’s most valuable dairy brand, Yili is committed to achieving not only its own commercial success but also the sustainable development of the entire dairy industry. In pursuit of its dream of “World Integrally Sharing Health”, Yili will continue to enhance its global partnerships, innovation and digitalization to further improve its product and service quality.
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Caption: Yili tops the Most Valuable Dairy Brands 2023 ranking.
Ghana launches USD 550 billion Energy Transition and Investment Plan for achieving net-zero emissions, creating 400,000 jobs by 2060
President Nana Akufo-Addo unveils country’s roadmap for green growth and decarbonizing key economic sectors developed by Government of Ghana and SEforALL
NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, launched the country’s new Energy Transition and Investment Plan yesterday during a Global Africa Business Initiative event in New York.
The plan marks Ghana’s commitment to fighting climate change and fostering economic development in tandem. It details a credible pathway for how Ghana can achieve net-zero energy-related carbon emissions by 2060 through the deployment of low-carbon solutions across key sectors of its economy, including oil and gas, industry, transport, cooking, and power.
Ghana’s government intends to use the plan as its main tool to engage the international community and investors for support with its energy transition. All measures suggested in the plan represent a USD 550 billion opportunity for the international community to invest in sustainable development in Ghana. If the plan is achieved in full, it would generate 400,000 net jobs within Ghana’s economy.
The country’s existing Energy Transition Framework previously set a target of net zero by 2070, but this new plan shows Ghana has increased its ambition and is targeting net zero by 2060.
Various sectoral changes and technologies are proposed in the plan. Four main decarbonization technologies – renewables, low-carbon hydrogen, battery electric vehicles and clean cookstoves – would cover over 90 percent of the targeted abatement by 2060.
Without pursuing the plan, under a business-as-usual scenario, Ghana’s emissions are expected to rise from 28 Mt CO2e in 2021 to over 140 Mt in 2050, with the bulk of emissions growth coming from transport, driven by population growth, GDP per capita growth, and vehicle ownership.
By implementing this plan, Ghana and its partners can instead bring the country’s energy-sector-related carbon emissions to net zero, while demonstrating that action against climate change does not need to come at the expense of economic development.
The Energy Transition and Investment Plan was developed by the Government of Ghana with technical support from Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
“This pioneering Energy Transition and Investment Plan maps out Ghana’s journey to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 based on the latest data and evidence, ensuring that as our economy thrives, it does so in harmony with the environment. This plan is a testament to our dedication to fostering green industries, nurturing the evolution of cutting-edge low-carbon technologies, and propelling our nation towards a sustainable industrial revolution while giving equal growth opportunities to men and women.”
-His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana
“Ghana’s commitment to a just and equitable energy transition has translated to an ambitious plan that builds a case for low-carbon and energy-efficient solutions across Ghana’s entire energy system. These solutions present a tremendous opportunity for partners and investors from around the world to contribute to climate action and sustainable development in Ghana.”
–Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Co-Chair of UN-Energy
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World Investment Forum to incentivize global investment in sustainable development
ABU DHABI, UAE, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing sustainability as the defining challenge of our time, the upcoming UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF), to be held from 16 to 20 October 2023 in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, will serve as the perfect opportunity to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable economy, particularly for developing countries.
The 8th edition of the Forum, to be anchored on the overall theme of “Investing in Sustainable Development,” will bring together heads of state and ministers, CEOs of largest global companies, and other investment stakeholders from various countries to formulate policies and strategies that will address key and emerging investment-development challenges through a series of local and international forums and conferences.
Over 7,000 investment stakeholders from 160 countries will be participating in the 8th edition of WIF at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The UAE hosting WIF this year coincides with the country’s declaration of the year 2023 as the “Year of Sustainability,” which will encourage nationwide commitment to sustainable practices and innovative solutions to help address environmental issues on a global scale.
His Excellency Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, reaffirmed the country’s dedication to sustainability, saying that “the UAE is committed to playing a leading role in the global transition to a more sustainable future. We believe that WIF 2023 will provide a unique platform for international leaders to come together to mobilize the necessary investments to make this transition a reality.”
His Excellency Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) said: “Hosting WIF 2023 reflects Abu Dhabi’s approach and commitment to sustainable socio-economic development, which is based on strong beliefs and a long history of the wise use of resources. We will be working closely with all partners to ensure that the Forum’s conversations generate innovative ideas and solutions to create a more sustainable future for all.”
Some of the sustainability sessions include “Delivering Public Sector Investment for Sustainable Development” in partnership with ACCA; “Alignment of Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure with the Paris Agreement” with Middlesex University Dubai; and “Accelerating Green Investments in Tourism for Sustainable Development” with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Anhui Targets Rapid Expansion into a Leading Smart and Green Manufacturing Hub
HEFEI, China, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — As the global spotlight turns to the 2023 World Manufacturing Convention, the economic pulse of a nation’s strength remains deeply rooted in its manufacturing capabilities. Highlighting this, the Anhui Provincial Department of Economy and Information Technology unveiled the ‘Anhui Manufacturing Development Report’. This comprehensive document chronicles Anhui’s strategic steps and milestones in bolstering its manufacturing prowess.
In a strategic move to harness the nation’s prime economic opportunities, Anhui Province has integrated itself into the burgeoning Yangtze River Delta, aiming for top-tier development in the central region and capitalizing on the Yangtze River Economic Belt’s potential. Anchored by their ‘Three Places, One Zone‘ strategy, Anhui is steering its economy towards modern industrialization, with a concentrated effort on sophisticated, eco-friendly manufacturing. This pivot to green and intelligent manufacturing is paying off. Anhui, once known for its nascent industries, now boasts a manufacturing added value surpassing one trillion yuan. The province’s advancements in quality manufacturing cement its place among the nation’s leaders. This economic evolution has elevated Anhui’s stature from ‘mid-tier volume with a lower per capita’ to a ‘front-runner in total volume with a respectable per capita’.
Spotting the profound technological and industrial transformations on the horizon, Anhui Province is positioning itself at the forefront of the next industrial wave. By actively promoting the swift evolution of ten emerging sectors, the province has crafted an industrial landscape valued in the trillions. To illustrate this growth, last year alone, 15 industries in the region posted revenues that exceeded 100 billion yuan each.
On the business landscape, Anhui’s strategy is both diversified and targeted. The province champions its seasoned businesses, kindles the rise of startups, and actively courts significant industry players. Central to this strategy, Anhui has fine-tuned a robust framework aimed at supporting businesses at every stage of their growth journey. In tandem, the province is shaping a collaborative environment where businesses, be it large corporates or small startups, can thrive and intersect. The fruits of this deliberate approach are clear: businesses in Anhui are not only more vibrant but are also carving a stronger competitive edge in the market.
From the perspective of technological content and quality benefits, Anhui is doubling down on enterprise-led innovation. The manufacturing sector is witnessing a wave of fresh, innovative outputs. Concurrently, the province is ramping up its capacity to deliver top-tier products and services. As a testament to these efforts, ‘Made in Anhui‘ products are quickly becoming household names both nationally and internationally.
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