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

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

3 breakthroughs reduce our CO2 emissions

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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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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

ArcelorMittal converts CO2 into bio-ethanol

ArcelorMittal

The CO2 recycling process should allow ArcelorMittal Belgium to produce 60 million liters of biofuel and reduce its carbon emissions. Annually!

ArcelorMittal, a major steel plant in Belgium, will capture CO2 and convert it into bio-ethanol.

Within two years, the new technology should be able to start.

The investment for the Steel Factory is about 80 million euro’s. Read More

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil industry increases gas flaring

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Flared gas is a bigger problem than thought. Contrary to what has been agreed with the oil industry, worldwide the industry flared not less, but more gas.

In 2015, about 147 billion cubic meters which is a CO2 footprint of around 350 million tonnes!

The world bank published the figures in a report. Globally, over 16,000 oil wells are flaring gas.

The amount of wasted gas corresponds to the gas consumption of the UK, Germany and Switzerland together. If the gas was burned in a power plant, it could supply the whole of Africa with electricity. Read More

COP climate resilience insights

COP climate pledges global warming

COP climate pledges global warming

COP 21 report overview

The historic Paris Agreement on climate change sets the course for a fundamental transformation of the global economy over the next decades.
The Agreement’s overarching goal of limiting global average temperature rise to “well below 2°C” will entail profound changes in the global energy system.

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20% of the world’s population will migrate by sea-level rise

Sea-level rising: populations at risk

Even if global warming is capped at 2C, 20% of the world’s population will have to migrate away from coasts swamped by rising oceans. 

Even if global warming is capped at governments’ target of 2C, 20% of the world’s population will be to migrate to higher area’s because of rising sea levels.

Countries like the Netherlands and Bangladesh and cities including New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Calcutta, Jakarta and Shanghai would all be submerged because of melting polar ice caps and sea-level rise. Read More

Kite Power reality by Roosegaarde

Kite Power reality by Roosegaarde

During reel-out, the kite is flying figure-eight maneuvers at high speed (70 to 90 km/h). This creates a high traction force (3.1 kN at 7 m/s wind speed) which is converted into electricity by the drum and the connected 20 kW generator.

Kite Power by harnessing high altitude wind next step in Dutch Icon project ‘Afsluitdijk’. 

Even NASA has started to work on airborne wind energy. This field is very new and has much room for innovation.

Flight testing with actual consistent measured power production is the next step.

That’s why art-innovator Daan Roosegaarde is going to install and light the kites at the Afsluitdijk in the Netherlands. Read More

Route Energy: 10 challenges

challenges

We have to rush to limit climate change and to seize the economic opportunities that the transition entails.
This WindWheel has released an architecture design for the wind turbine of the future

10 challenges we should overcome in order to transform successfully to a sustainable, strong and secure green energy economy.

Buildings, transport, industry, ICT, user behavior, energy storage, solar energy, wind energy, bio-energy, CO2 capture and more … Energy is one of the biggest changes in this century and has many aspects.

We present to you the ten important and urgent challenges, summarized by NERA. Read More

Norway climate neutral 2030

Norway plans carbon neutral by 2030

Lawmakers have voted for Norway, a major energy-producing nation, to become carbon-neutral by 2030, two decades ahead of schedule, as a result of the UN’s December 2015 climate accord.

Norway wants to become climate neutral by 2030. The Norwegan Parliament approved radical proposals to cut carbon emissions. This new Norwegan goal is set 20 years earlier than planned. 

Last tuesday night, the parliament voted for an accelerated programme of CO2 cuts and carbon trading to offset emissions from sectors such as Norway’s oil and gas industries, which are unlikely to be phased out in the near future.

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High Tech Pavilion built of residuals

High Tech Paviljoen built of rest materials

The hollow columns are designed to store rainwater.

To accelerate the Clean Tech Innovation, green architect GertJan Scholte has built a high tech pavilion of residuals in Amsterdam.

Building with bio-composites needs repetition – and therefore modular solutions – because the molds are expensive. 

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EU Grid for renewables

EU Grid

Interconnections are necessary to ensure the continued security of supply in the European electricity market and to secure the the supply of renewable electricity between European Countries.

The EU (European) Grid for renewables is connecting more and more countries. At this moment an interconnector is build from the Netherlands to Germany.

The Dutch Grid company TenneT uses a new proprietary ‘Wintrack Mast’. This ‘Wintrack Mast’ has a much smaller electromagnetic field than conventional masts and – because of its sleek design – it fits better in the living environment. Read More

Students chose nuclear

Students chose nuclear to save the world

Thinking small is big deal: DOE to push US manufacturing of small modular reactors

Students chose nuclear – University of California-Berkeley professor Rachel Slaybaugh summed up the buzz around nuclear technology innovation during a recent roundtable on advanced nuclear power: “Now is an exciting time to be in nuclear energy,” she said.

 

“Nobody told today’s students that nuclear innovation is supposed to be slow. They chose nuclear because they want to save the world.

Defining how the universities facilitate collaboration between students and industry will be key to our success.”

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5 Promising Technologies to make Fuel out of CO2

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EU Project Uses Sun to Turn Water and CO2 Into Jet Fuel

We were wondering which new process could make green energy out of CO2. So we searched on the internet and filtered 5 beautiful technologies for you.

Let’s stop the carbon and change the world into a green planet.

Take a look. Read More

Gas leak near Los Angeles: milieu disaster can go on for months

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The added mercaptan gas gives much health problems for local residents (headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness and coughing)

Since October 23, a gas leak near Los Angeles, loses 1.7 million cubic meters of methane daily!

The leak will continue until early March 2016.

This leak can be compared with the environmental disaster of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Read More

IKEA: € 1 billion additional investments for climate change measurements

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Light emitting diodes, better known as LEDs, run cool and use very little electricity. That’s a cost benefit that furniture giant Ikea promotes.

IKEA has decided to invest an extra € 1 billion to tackle climate change, including investments in renewable energy.

Since 2009 the company has € 1.5 billion invested in wind and solar energy.

“We have got a very good year,” according to IKEA Group President and CEO Peter Agnefjäll at the presentation of the Annual Review and Sustainability Report of the past year. “As a result we have been able to continue significant investments in sustainability, improving our product portfolio and more increasing the number of our stores.”

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Fossil industries wastes $ 2.2 million investments

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The United States is the greatest risk, CarbonTracker states, with a cost of $ 412 billion in stranded assets “unnecessary fossil projects in 2025.
Second in risk is Canada (220 billion). Than China (179 million), Russia (147 billion ) and Australia (US $ 103 billion).

The next decade fossil energy companies will lose possibly $ 2.2 trillion in investments, according CarbonTracker in a recent report.

The money will be lost in a low carbon future.

Global action on climate change and renewable energy investments will ensure the waste for fossil energy companies. Research was done at the current and future projects from oil, gas and coal companies until 2025. It concluded which projects would stop because of political actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to below two degrees global warming.

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Paris – Two CEOs stimulate international business climate action

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Monster greenhouse gas levels seen

Two Dutch CEO’s are firmly stimulating international companies to major climate action: Paul Polman (CEO Unilever) and Peter Bakker (president of the WBCSD) are leading the ‘Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi).

Already 86 large enterprises have signed the LCTPi. Read More