EU Materials Passport Platform ready for testing

EU Materials Passport Platform ready for testing

The passport intents to decrease the loss of materials value after being used in buildings by reusing them at the same level of quality.

A new tool for materials banking across Europe, the Materials Passports Platform prototype, is live. 

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.

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Vegetarian to reduce your footprint?

Vegetarian to reduce your footprint?Is a vegetarian way of consuming really reducing your footprint? Researchers concluded that a plant-based diet is the most effective way to contribute to the climate issue.

They listed four actions that could result in substantial decreases in an individual’s carbon footprint:

  1. eating a plant-based diet
  2. avoiding air travel
  3. living car free
  4. having smaller families

For example, living car-free saves about 2.4 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, while eating a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year. Read More

UN Climate Center GCECA located in the Netherlands

UN Climate Center GCECA located in the Netherlands

Climate Adaption best practices

The United Nations Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), which is opening in the Netherlands, will be based in Rotterdam and Groningen.

The international knowledge center will advise countries, companies and organizations on how to deal with climate change. Read More

Actiam investigates Carbon emissions funds

Actiam investigates Carbon emissions fundsActiam has made an overview of the carbon footprint of all its investment funds.

Last year, the asset manager has achieved a 2.25 percent carbon reduction. 

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Coastal cleanup worldwide success

Coastal cleanup worldwide success

Hundreds of volenteers are cleaning the Foss coast Rye, Massachusetts

Coastal Cleanup 2017

Last coastal cleanup on September 16 was an amazing success.

This 32nd annual international action looks back on more than 6,000 events in 100 countries around the world.

Hundreds of thousands of people joined to clean the coastal area. Read More

Masterclass Closing Circularity Cycles

Masterclass Closing Circularity Cycles

Green Urbanism? Holistic Principles to Transform Cities for Sustainability

Masterclass Carbon Reduction and Closing Urban Circularity Cycles. 

Do you want more grip on the consequences of Carbon reduction in the built environment?

And do you want to recognize the sense and nonsense in material cycles? 

Join the masterclass about Green Urbanism and the holistic principles to transform Cities for sustainability.

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Circular insulation materials for a better future

Circular insulation materials for a better future

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

BioBased Material 20% Better Insulation

To decrease our energy and water consumption, we should pay more attention to a better insulation of our houses, offices and community buildings.

Of course we know all the classic insulation materials. But using BioBased insulation materials do have a lot of advantages: Read More

BetterWorldConstructions

green architecture

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.

Proven advantages:

  • 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

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Avantium buys Liquid Light

Avantium buys Liquid Light

It can reduce the CO2 footprint of consumer products

Avantium has bought the American company Liquid Light Inc.

Liquid Light has developed the process technology by which chemical building blocks can be produced from CO2. Read More

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

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).

Paris agreement

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.

Last year it was ratified by 193 countries.

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12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017

12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017

Startup Events understands how important live events can be to the success of your startup.

12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017 for you.

Startups try to attend as many events as possible, but not all the events can be compared to each other in their scope and efficiency.

We are sharing the list of the biggest startup events in 2017, choose those ones that you would like to attend and go ahead!

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Climate Change Quiz

Climate Change Quiz

Please mail us your score.

Quiz

Do you understand global warming? This quiz from the Guardian is a real challenge. What do you know about climate change? 

According to a new analysis, which country has the most ambitious pledge at COP21? In this Quiz, you will find the answers. Please share in your network. Read More

SeaFarm – sustainable food production

SeaFarm - sustainable food production

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.”

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EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

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

Zurich nr 1 sustainable cities

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top 100 2016

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top100 2016

Zurich leads the list of the Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index 2016 top 100. Second in the 2016 list is Singapore.

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

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Crucial minerals are running out fast

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

Climate greatest risk to world’s economy

Climate biggest risk world economy, World Economic Forum reports

geopolitical instability is exposing businesses to cancelled projects, revoked licenses, interrupted production, damaged assets and restricted movement of funds across borders.

Failure of tackling climate change is the biggest risk to the global economy.

This is the conclusion of the World Economic Forum in its Global Risk Report 2016.

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Construction industry saves 3.2% CO₂

Construction industry saves 3.2% CO₂

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

Sea Level nearly doubles

Sea Level Rising nearly doubles

Antarctica has the potential to contribute more than a meter of sea-level rise by 2100 and more than15 meters by 2500

By the end of this century, the sea level nearly doubles: The sea would rise twice as high as predicted so far.

This is what researchers Robert DeConto and David Pollard reported in Nature. Read More

Paris signed, what’s next?

Paris COP21 agreement

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.

The Paris COP21 agreements have been signed by 160 countries. 

This many signatures in one day have been a record for an international UN document.

The treaty aims to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, which gives it a symbolic boost.

This is needed because the last few months, climate changing has again assert worldwide. Read More

Self-audit tool to assess your circular strategy

With this self-audit tool to assess your circular strategy, your business will be prepared for a new way of organizing a healty future

From Iconomy to the WEconomy with this self-audit tool for businesses and industries

Audit your circular strategy here. WEconomics developed a self-audit tool to assess the circular strategy of your company. 

After completing the survey, organizations will get instant results and recommendations enabling them to improve the way they handle sustainability. Read More

Tomorrow, EarthHour

EarthHour, tomorrow night

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.

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How Companies Can Benefit from the Circular Economy

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

Research Report Smart Cities

Delft - Research Report Smart Cities 2015 - 2050

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.

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