The new BAMB Materials Passports platform will fill a gap in the marketplace by providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ to describe Circular Economy value across the building cycle, especially for using and re-using components and materials, and reducing generation of waste.
Since the industrial revolution, we use cheap energy sources and special materials such as high strength concrete, carbon and mineral wool. The downside is an increasing use of fossil fuels and scarce earth materials, global warming and increasing environmental pollution. It is generally recognized that, in order to reverse this trend, we need to develop a circular economy.
Circular isolation materials can safely be composted or reused at a high quality level. Better for a healthy living and for our environment.
The circular economy aims to maximize the reuse of products and commodities and the prevention of value destruction.
Contrary to our current linear system, which transforms raw materials into products destroyed at the end of their lifespan. Read More
BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development
BetterWorldSolutions intents to start a new platform BetterWorldConstructions connecting regional and national networks of sustainable builders.
The focus will be on CO2-reductions in the construction sector.
Low Carbon Constructions
We have chosen to change Circular Infrastructure into Low Carbon Constructions. Why? Because there are a lot of advantages to transform our build environment using biobased building materials, low carbon concrete, recycled products to a completely circular economy.
millions of tons of emissions
it prevents the shortage of raw materials
the good air quality (indoor and outdoor) improves health
100% recycling possible so its completely circular
Between the years 1986 and 2006, Toronto experienced not one but eight storms of the magnitude that had been predicted to occur no more than once in a quarter-century. The Finch Avenue Washout was the capper, a one-in-100-years storm for which the city’s infrastructure was woefully under-designed.
The Netherlands is to host a new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCEA), set up by the Dutch and Japanese governments in collaboration with the UN environment programme (UNEP).
The centre will advise countries, businesses and organizations on how to adapt their practices to comply with the Paris climate change agreement, which comprises measures designed to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.
The University Wageningen concluded that recent cultivation research has led to a reduction of costs of more than 50%. Sustainable seaweed cultivation is necessary to develop new production and market chains!
Let’s introduce to you the SeaFarm: It’s one of the solutions to secure food, feed, green chemistry and energy in the near future.
As per United Nations:
“The world population is predicted to grow to 8.3 billion in 2030 and to 9.1 billion in 2050. By 2030, food demand is predicted to increase by 50% (70% by 2050). The main challenge facing the agricultural sector is not so much growing 70% more food in 40 years, but making 70% more food available on the plate.”
EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030 recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the European energy storage market
This Roadmap and recommendations aim to describe the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. It also gives recommendations on which development will be required to meet the needs. Read More
The third place, which isn’t bad at all, is for Stockholm.
The new ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index explores the three demands of social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s major cities. Read More
Miners use their bare hands to filter out precious minerals using a sluice. These countries can be compensated of we agree on international quotas for minerals
Critical minerals are running out too fast: there should be quotas
Last week, Theo Henckens has been promoted on this worrying thesis. “We need a kind of international agreement on minerals.”
Molybdenum is a mineral that is essential in the production of high-grade stainless steels. But within 80 years Earth will be running out of molybdenum, like many other major minerals. By the end of this century there will be a shortage, unless the reuse of molybdenum will be drastically increased. Read More
Previously, the standard was “the more fuel you burn, the harder you work. Nowadays, this attitude has changed into a sport to reduce as much as possible, according to the certified construction companies
Construction companies, which are certified for the CO₂-Performance policy, achieve 3.2% CO₂ reductions per year.
Remarkable, while the national trend is that CO₂ emissions are increasing. Thais was reported by a new Dutch research team. Read More
At the North Pole, the temperature is so high that the mass of sea ice is much smaller than normal. In many places, the Greenland ice is covered with a layer of water. Fortunately, the United States and China are the major drivers behind the Paris agreement.
EarthHour has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories to act for a sustainable future.
Tomorrow is EarthHour 2016. Share it and shine a light on climate action. As millions around the world unite for our planet, you too can share what you believe in. Our future starts today. EarthHour is on Saturday, 19 March 2016 8:30 p.m. local time.
Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work – in your own way. A simple event can be just turning off all non-essential lights from 8.30pm – 9:30 pm.
The circular economy represents a viable alternative to this detrimental “linear” model. Rather than going from “cradle to grave,” this new development pathway promotes ‘cradle to cradle‘.
In this type of economy, company growth is no longer reliant on the use of scarce resources.
Instead, it is achieved through the use of disruptive technology and business models that are based on longevity, renewability, reuse, repair, upgrade, refurbishment, capacity sharing, and dematerialization. Read More
Smart urban design requires an integrated look at the city as a complex of material flows and living environment, which exposes the connections between sources, functions, infrastructure and users.
This Research Report ‘Smart Cities’ has been published by the University Delft. The researchers consider Smart Cities as a way of working on a future-proof city, cleverly making use of people, resources and systems.
In this Delft Smart City research project, students examined the possible impact of recent developments under the heading ‘Smart City’ for Delft.