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100 days to go until Seoul 2024 Homeless World Cup

With 100 days to go until the first Homeless World Cup to be held in Asia, Big Issue Korea and the Seoul 2024 Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced today that former Korea Republic footballer Lee Keun-Ho will take up the role of Chairman ahead of the Seoul 2024 Homeless World Cup in September. Lee Keun-Ho who has played 84 times for his country and scored at the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, will lead the LOC with their preparations and delivery of the much-loved tournament, an 8-day festival of football, culture and celebration for Seoul, Korea and the rest of the world. 64 teams from 49 countries will take part in the 19th edition of the Homeless World Cup at Hanyang University, Seoul in September (Saturday 21st September – Saturday 28th September). Over 500 players who have experienced homelessness will represent their country on the global stage, competing to be crowned Women’s and Men’s Homeless World Cup Champions. Lee Keun-Ho, a two-time AFC Champions League winner with Ulsan Hyundai finished his playing career with K-League outfit Daegu in 2023. Keun-Ho, also had spells with Incheon United in Korea as well as with J1 League sides Jubilo Iwata and Gamba Osaka in Japan having made his international debut for Korea Republic in 2007. Thanks to his leading attitude both on and off the pitch and his charity activities whilst playing and now in retirement, Lee was nominated for the 2020 FIFPro Merit Awards for his social work. The Asian Footballer of the year in 2012 is also the co-president of the Korea Pro-Footballers Association (KPFA). The Seoul 2024 Homeless World Cup is the first tournament since this year’s release (March 29th) of Netflix’s The Beautiful Game, which introduced the Homeless World Cup and the tournament’s global impact to a worldwide audience. Commenting on his appointment as Chairman of the Seoul 2024 LOC, Lee Keun-Ho, said: “Since retiring in 2023, I have continued my role as co-president at the KPFA and I’m thoroughly enjoying being part of the commentary team for Coupang Play. Being able to play a part in activities like this since my playing days has been a valuable and rewarding experience. I’m excited and honoured to be working as the Chairman of the Seoul 2024 LOC, alongside Big Issue Korea and the Homeless World Cup Foundation ahead of the tournament’s debut in Asia in September. Seoul and Korea will be a wonderful and grateful host to more than 500 inspirational players coming from all over the globe to compete across 8-days at Hanyang University, representing their country on the biggest stage in a world-class competition. Homelessness often carries a negative perception amongst the public, the Homeless World Cup has been changing this viewpoint worldwide since 2003, by using the universal language of football. By hosting this prestigious tournament, we will use football as a common interest to many across Korea and the world, raising awareness of the importance of housing rights, calling for change, and to expand social empathy around the global issue of homelessness. Seoul and Korea can’t wait to welcome the world in September.” Welcoming the announcement, Homeless World Cup President and co-founder, Mel Young said: “As we mark the 100 days to go milestone to the Seoul 2024 Homeless World Cup, being played in South Korea’s capital and for the first time in Asia, the announcement of Lee Keun-Ho as Chairman of the Seoul 2024 LOC is a dynamic and welcome appointment by Big Issue Korea and local organisers. Lee has played football at the highest level, winning major trophies and representing his country for many years. He is a born leader and his attitude and performances throughout his career has led to several well-deserved accolades. However, he has carried on and implemented this can-do attitude away from the pitch as well, supporting those who need it the most, most recently offering his support to those affected by the 2019 Gangwon Province wildfires and the Covid-19 outbreak. Having played at the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil for his country, we have no doubt that Lee will bring a huge amount of experience from his career to support preparations ahead of the Seoul 2024 Homeless World Cup, offering expertise and value to the Seoul 2024 LOC and Big Issue Korea but also the Homeless World Cup Federation.” From the beaches in Rio to under the lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Homeless World Cup has been played in some exceptional cities and venues globally since 2003 to bring awareness and understanding to this global issue – homelessness. Mexico are the current reigning Women’s Homeless World Cup champions, and Chile won the Men’s Homeless World Cup at last year’s tournament in Sacramento, California. With 100 days to go, the 64 teams taking part in the Seoul 2024 Homeless World Cup will be eagerly looking ahead to September and their chance for glory, telling their story and representing their nation on the global stage.

Liebherr Transforms Port Liberty STS cranes

Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. is pleased to announce the conclusion of a major upgrade project at Port Liberty (formerly Global Container Terminals) in New York. We have increased the lift height and extended the boom tip on three of the four Liebherr ship to shore container cranes (STS) at the port, with work on the fourth crane being completed in the coming weeks. Liebherr’s cameras were on hand to record the process and the dramatic footage is now available on Liebherr Maritime’s social media channels. Liebherr’s team of expert engineers increased the lift height of the STS cranes by 8.6 m and extended the outreach by 5 m. This substantial enhancement enables the cranes to efficiently handle larger vessels and allows Port Liberty to offer an improved service to their customers. Thanks to Liebherr’s innovative jacking system, the entire lift height extension can be completed in several weeks. The patented system, uses the crane’s end carriage as a stable base for jacking, eliminating the need for additional equipment. The process is exceptionally quick and efficient, ensuring minimal disruption to terminal operations. Liebherr Transform is the dedicated upgrade and modification service designed to make cranes stronger, faster, smarter, greener, and ultimately better. By employing cutting-edge technology, Liebherr Transform helps ports and terminals around the world boost productivity, reduce equipment downtime, and achieve faster turnarounds.

Siemens and BASF collaborate on driving circular economy

Siemens Smart Infrastructure and BASF have today announced the first electrical safety product to include components made from biomass-balanced plastics. Used across industrial and infrastructure applications, Siemens SIRIUS 3RV2 circuit breaker is now being manufactured using Ultramid® BMBcertTM and Ultradur® BMBcertTM from BASF, where fossil feedstock at the beginning of the value chain is replaced by biomethane derived from renewable sources such as agricultural waste. Both materials offer the same quality and performance as conventional plastics. The material changeover in the SIRIUS 3RV2 circuit breaker production will reduce the emission of carbon dioxide equivalents by ~270 tons per year1. Customers using these products contribute to a circular economy towards a more sustainable future. The move supports Siemens´ sustainability goals in the areas of decarbonization and resource efficiency, outlined within its DEGREE framework, with the company following a 1.5°C science-based decarbonization target, including a 90 percent reduction target for scope 1 and 2 until 2030, and the application of a Robust Eco Design for 100 percent of relevant product families by 2030. In the coming months, Siemens plans to expand the use of sustainable materials across the broader SIRIUS industrial controls portfolio. In addition to product design and features, as well as manufacturing and supply processes, the choice of materials plays a major role in further reducing carbon emissions and conserving natural resources. The SIRIUS 3RV2 circuit breaker meets the strict criteria of the recently introduced Siemens EcoTech label, designed to give customers a comprehensive insight into product performance across selected environmental criteria. In addition to most of the product housing and functional parts being made from biomass-balanced plastic, the product also offers lower power consumption over its lifetime compared to its predecessor. “With our products, we help customers to improve asset performance, availability, and reliability, through resource-efficient and circular products which optimize energy use, production, and supply chains throughout their entire lifecycle. In BASF, we have found a strong partner that supports us with its innovations in the field of sustainable plastics,” said Andreas Matthé, CEO of Electrical Products at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. By increasingly relying on renewable and recycled raw materials for the manufacture of its products, BASF is committed to make its contribution to the circular economy and de-fossilization. This is achieved through a process that gradually replaces fossil raw materials with bio-based and recycled feedstock. According to the mass balance approach, renewable or recycled raw materials are introduced into production at the beginning of the complex BASF value chains. If customers decide in favor of a certified product from such a value chain, BASF feeds sustainable raw materials into ongoing BASF Verbund production. "The mass balance approach is a game-changing solution that enables the gradual replacement of fossil raw materials in sometimes complex production processes. The advantages of this approach are obvious, and the greater the demand for alternative products, the higher the proportion of alternative raw materials in the production network. This aligns with our goal of achieving a circular economy and net zero operations as soon as possible,” explains Martin Jung, President BASF Performance Materials. “In addition, the special thing about this project is that the SIRIUS 3RV2 circuit breaker is also used in our BASF production plants. This circuit breaker not only protects the motors but also increases their efficiency and reliability, making a double contribution to our sustainability objectives.” With the mass balance approach, various alternative raw materials, such as biomethane, bio-naphtha or pyrolysis oil, can be integrated into the value chain. The bio-naphtha and biomethane used by BASF are certified as sustainable according to established systems such as ISCC PLUS and REDcert. The SIRIUS 3RV2 circuit breaker is a proof for resource-efficient plastics production and a milestone on BASF’s #ourplasticsjourney. “The use of such an innovative material in an important safety component, without compromising its safety functionality and performance, is a unique achievement for Siemens,” underlines Andreas Matthé. Circuit breakers are used in factories and buildings around the world and protect machines or electrical cables in the event of faults such as short circuits. They help prevent major damage, for example from fires. The SIRIUS 3RV2 circuit breaker, using sustainable plastic components, will be presented for the first time on Booth E3, Hall 11 at the ACHEMA trade fair in Frankfurt, June 10-14, 2024. Here, you can also find out more about Siemens EcoTech. ### 1) The calculation of Product Carbon Footprint of materials is according to TfS Methodology and compares the CO2 reduction of the BASF Biomass Balanced product vs the conventional BASF product.