Buildings, biggest opportunity reducing carbon

Low CO2 opportunities for Buildings (2)

CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes by 2050 WorldWide

Buildings are the biggest opportunity to reduce carbon for cities. A study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that, if implemented globally, energy efficiency measures in the building sector could deliver CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes (Gt) by 2050, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent below the business-as-usual scenario. 

Most of these technologies are commercially available today and many of them deliver positive financial returns within relatively short payback periods. 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

Water reuse is becoming increasingly important for modern societies

Wastewater is becoming one of the world's greatest sustainable resources

Wastewater is becoming one of the world’s greatest sustainable resources

Water reuse is becoming increasingly important for modern societies. Especially those based in arid regions. Examples include well-known sites such as Water Factory 21 in California’s Orange County Water District and the NEWater project in Singapore. Scientists and engineers are increasingly concerned about emerging contaminants in wastewater treatment plant effluent.  Read More

Sustainable and Renewable products based on Soy Beans

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Shoe made of soy beans and chicken feathers

The rising price of petroleum and increasing concerns about the environmental impact of chemical cleaners and strippers has sparked an interest in biobased solvents. Methyl soyate, a methyl ester derived from soybean oil, is the key ingredient in an eco-friendly mix. This low-cost, readily biodegradable alternative could replace some of the 460 million pounds of traditional chlorinated and petroleum solvents. 
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Biogas system transfers soil into gas and electricity for African farmers

 

Plastic Biogas system Sim Gas Holland

The first 1,55 installations are operational in Tanzania and Kenya. By the end of 2014 that must be 5,000.
SimGas starts trial runs in Rwanda and India. Within 5 years they expect to deliver in 10 African and Asian countries.

Like many subtropical regions, farmers in the Sub-Saharan – Africa – depend primarily on wood for energy. 

Biogas is particularly well suited to meet household energy needs in Sub-Saharan Africa, while simultaneously improving both soil conditions and household sanitation. 

 

These systems will spark a revolution in the biogas business in (sub)tropical regions by providing unique, off-the-shelf biogas solutions.

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Nature vs Plastic. Plastic wins

This video is about an island in the ocean at 2000 km from any other coast line. Nobody lives, only birds. Still … Shocking what plastic can do to wildlife!

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You will not believe your eyes. Read More

Regenerating plastic grows back after damage

A recently published paper in Science today details how to create regenerating plastic objects that can self-repair damage that stretches more than an inch across. An object can be damaged over and over and still repair itself without seriously compromising its strength.

In the video, Professor Scott White discusses the research Read More

10 tips for building a green community

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We need a green community

At the World Green Economy Summit (WGES), experts discussed the tips for building a green economy.

 

  1. Use emotions. “It doesn’t have to be passive,” said Iannelli. “It is our only tool to actually get others convinced.”
  2. Make sure it is challenging best practices and embracing change. This allows innovation because it allows new practices to penetrate to businesses. Read More