Elevator pitch: 4 inspiring starts

Elevator pitch: 4 inspiring starts

Elevator pitch: 4 inspiring starts

You know you have to impress within seconds with your elevator pitch. How do you make an elevator pitch that grabs the attention of your Interlocutor?

Elevator pitch

With these 4 different openings, you are definitely attracting the attention of your investor or potential business partner.
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BotBrik: from plastic bottles to building blocks

BotBrik: from plastic bottles to building blocks

Let’s re-use plastic bottles

The founders of the BotBrik Ecological Project, would like you to draw attention to their new patented circular economy plastic bottle design that transforms empty plastic bottles into interlocking bricks.

BotBriks can be used to rebuild the country after natural disasters strike, such as, earthquakes, floods and typhoons, where safe drinking water and building materials are needed.

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CSP will power Dubai

CSP will power Dubai

The Clean Energy Strategy 2050 plan consists of five main pillars that include Infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills.

CSP – Concentrated Solar Power – will power Dubai. Finally.

The Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will allocate a 200-megawatt concentrated solar power project in June 2017.

Almost $17 billion will be invested to expand the current Solar Park. Read More

PEF: European life cycle standard

PEF European life cycle standard

The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) project was initiated with the aim of developing a harmonized European methodology for Environmental Footprint (EF) studies that can accommodate a broader suite of relevant environmental performance criteria using a life-cycle approach.

PEF, the Product Environmental Footprint is a multi-criteria measure of the environmental performance of a good or service throughout its life cycle.

PEF is the European standard to reduce the footprint of materials and services. Read More

The Arctic is melting fast!

The Arctic is melting fast!

The associated enhanced release of oceanic heat has reduced winter sea-ice formation at a rate now comparable to losses from atmospheric thermodynamic forcing

The Arctic is melting fast. Climate change overwhelms the region and this means an atmospheric force. 

Scientists of the University of Alaska published a study in science with the header: ‘Greater role for Atlantic inflows on sea-ice loss in the Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean’. Read More

Geopolymer concrete is Cement-free

Geopolymer concrete is Cement-free

In the Netherlands, the utilization of Geopoolymer is recommended by the CUR committee as one of the 7 high potentials actions towards the Dutch initiatives on further lowering the CO2 footprint of concrete.

Geopolymer concrete is Cement-free. This Geopolymer product is a more sustainable alternative for ordinary cement based concrete.

It uses a mixture of industrial by-products such as ashes, produced during the manufacturing of steel.

Therefore geopolymer concrete preserves natural resources, produces less CO2 and allows us to use by-products to develop a sustainable construction material. 

It’s a beautiful product which can be used to build for environmentally friendly buildings. Read More

Chicago Buildings Switch to Renewables

Chicago is getting green

Leading in alternative energies supports the kind of sustainable economic development and cost savings for our homeowners and businesses that we need.” – Mayor Emanuel

More than 900 government buildings in Chicago will shift their electricity use to “100% renewable energy” by 2025 under an ambitious mayoral plan that contrasts sharply with President Donald Trump’s retreat on environmental issues.

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3 breakthroughs reduce our CO2 emissions

breakthroughs carbon footprint

Three scientific breakthroughs will enable us to quickly reduce these emissions according to venture investor Bill Joy.

It can not be missed: we have to combat our CO2 emissions to stop climate change.

Breakthroughs

We have some news: Three scientific breakthroughs will enable us to quickly reduce these emissions according to venture investor Bill Joy. A pre-publication – including an update of the companies he mentions. Read More

Record high CO2 increase

Record high CO2 increase

Even if we stopped all our greenhouse gas emissions today. It’s not only atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide that we have to worry about, but also oceanic levels as well.

New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), showed that CO2 levels jumped by three parts per million in both 2015 and 2016 and now rest at about 405 parts per million.

Throughout the last decade, the average rate of increase has been around 2.3 parts per million per year. Read More

HAUT, circular building Amsterdam

Haut wooden residential tower in Amsterdam

The wooden tower will be 73 meters high, containing 55 apartments of different sizes

Haut will be the new landmark in Amsterdam. The 21-storey residential building by the River Amstel in Amsterdam, is a serious contender to become the tallest timber tower in the world.

The new standard is created in exclusive comfort in one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam.

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Synlight huge artificial Sun Power generator

Synlight artificial solar power

Synlight will be used to develop new alternative energy sources

Synlight is the largest collection of film projector spotlights ever assembled in one room, and scientists in Germany are turning them all on at once in the pursuit of efficient and renewable energy. 

  • 149 high-performance Xenon short-arc lamps simulate natural solar radiation
  • Independent of weather conditions, the simulator will bring faster progress to solar fuel manufacturing

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Glittering Silver Pipe Desalinates Water

Glittering Silver Pipe Desalinates Water

The Pipe artist location: Vancouver, Canada

This glittering silver Pipe desalinates 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water per year.

This beautiful tube is called “the Pipe” and composed of solar panels that provide 10,000 MWh of power each year to pump seawater through an electromagnetic filtration process. Read More

SolarWatt modular battery system

SolarWatt modular battery system

An uncomplicated dismantling of the entire battery also allows SOLARWATT to recycle more than 80% of the product at the end of its life.

SolarWatt, settled in Berlin Germany, has been presented an modular battery storage system with two basic components, each the size of a shoebox.

The modular system is suitable for any number of different applications. From home storage up to industrial use. 

The SolarWatt storage system seems to be the first modular system that flexibility adapts to customer requirements.

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LO3 energy blockchain technology

LO3 energy blockchain technology

LO3 is involved in the Booklyn micro-grid project in New York, part of their reshaping the power vision project and in Germany.

LO3 is one of the successful StartUps building new business with blockchain technology.

LO3, based in New York, says the business models of utilities are being ‘shaking apart’ by the changes in technology and the arrival of the we-economy.  Read More

Lima Peru area destroyed by flooding

Lima Peru area destroyed by flooding

Floods and mudslides have affected parts of Lima. Civil defence authorities in Peru say that flooding has affected over 90,000 people in the northern region

Heavy rain in Peru over the last 3 days has caused landslides and flooding in 3 regions of the country according to Peru’s National Civil Defense Institute, INDECI.

Eight people have been reported killed in Lima, the capital, with 8,400 homes destroyed by the flooding.

Some southern and central parts of the capital have gone six days without drinking water. Read More

EU Climate Leaders 2017

EU Climate Leaders 2017

This climate leader board allows citizens to hold their governments accountable for the positions they take on the EU’s largest climate tool to implement the Paris Agreement.

Towards the Effort Sharing Regulation – a legislation to regulate the European CO2 reduction between 2021 and 2030 – Carbon Market Watch published a ranking of the climate leaders.

Sweden is committed to the most stringent law.

The European member states are negotiating the Effort Sharing Regulation, a European environment legislation which regulates the emission reduction in Europe for the period 2021 to 2030. This concerns the emissions not covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme EU ETS.

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High ambition countries

High ambition countries

IRENA will enable the sharing of expertise, exchange of best practices, and development of innovative approaches to accelerate power sector transformation through integrating higher shares of renewable energy in energy supply and energy use and improving energy efficiency.

These high ambition countries are collaborating to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future. 

China, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates, agreed to work together to establish an Energy Transition Coalition in the course of this year.

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Coming up: BetterWorldConstructions

BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

BetterWorldConstructions aims to close the loop of low carbon construction chains. Therefore we organize a workshop named ‘The Future of Building Circular’ in the Netherlands, April 20, 2017. 

We invited the networks of clients, architects and suppliers in the bio-composite materials construction chain, circular construction and low-carbon concrete industries in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Read More

Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Renewable energy now accounts for 24% of global power generation and 16% of primary energy supply. To achieve decarbonisation, the report states that, by 2050, renewables should be 80% of power generation and 65% of total primary energy supply.

Irena (International Renewable Energy Agency) concluded in a new study that is possible to produce CO2-free global energy in 2060. According to Irena, by 2050 it would by possible to decrease emissions by 70%.

From a press release by IRENA

‘(…) Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, launched on the occasion of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, presents the case that increased deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in G20 countries and globally can achieve the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature rise to no more than two-degrees Celsius, avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change.

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Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

During three years of research involving thousands of experiments, the CUNY chemical engineers achieved both goals by intercalating (inserting) copper into a kind of manganese dioxide known as birnessite that had been modified with the metal bismuth.

Cuny researchers developed a new battery which is able to charge thousands of times and will save a lot of energy at low costs.

The researchers were able to achieve both goals in a single battery.

They reached the “magic number” of $ 100 per kilowatt hour for energy, according to Bright.

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Breeam Awards for most sustainable buildings

Breeam Awards for most sustainable buildingsThe Breeam Awards 2017 – the international award for exceptional sustainable places and projects around the world – have been awarded to beautiful, sustainable buildings.

The high performing winners contribute to high sustainability performance coupled with commitment and vision to creating and maintaining healthy, productive places.

For the first year, the Breeam partnered with GRESB to introduce new award categories for socially responsible investment based on the use of BREEAM and GRESB. Read More

Port Amsterdam coal free

Port Amsterdam coal free

In the transition period, storage and transportation of fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene will grow. International cargo flows remain important als long as societies still can not fully rely on green alternatives.

Coal free in 2030. That is one of the ambitions of the Port of Amsterdam.

And the Port of Amsterdam has more ambitions: it aims to become the battery of the city by producing and storing more renewable energy and heat for the city.

The next five years, the port will transform to the center of cities heat and sustainable electricity.
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Threat to the climate? – Our brains!

Threat to the climate? - Our brains!

We install LED lights in our house and then we step with a clear conscience in the aircraft for a holiday in Thailand.

Our brains and hearts are the biggest obstacles towards more sustainability. Technology is not the issue.

That concludes Scientias in an interview with the Norwegian psychologist Per Espen Stoknes. Read More

Recyclable Rubber saves billions

Recyclable Rubber Is Possible

This Rubber House is named for its use of recycled rubber conveyor belts screwed onto the exterior of the home to serve as roof and cladding material.

PhD Laurens Polgar has created recyclable rubber.

Until now, rubber was only reusable as low grade product, for example used as pegs or paving stones.

By using a different system, Polgar has made rubber that is completely recyclable to new rubber, while maintaining all its properties.

Polgar won with his invention the Benelux finals of the prestigious Falling Walls Lab and is allowed to participate in the European final in Berlin. Read More

More rain, less snow on Arctic

More rain, less snow on Arctic

According to climate researchers, more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. Moreover, oceans are getting hotter, and they’re also losing oxygen

According to climate researchers in the Netherlands, at the end of this century more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. It was already known that, due to global warming, up to 60% more precipitation would fall in the Arctic.

The researchers now argue that it mainly involves rain, while scientists always presuppose the precipitation would be snow. Read More