SDR partners in an overview. Click to increase the picture
A roadmap was developed to ensure a climate neutral industry. International companies in the Netherlands and Belgium will collaborate in order to achieve the Paris targets of 80 to 95% CO2 reduction by 2050.
Therefore, eleven multinationals signed the Smart Delta Resources (SDR) partnership.
They 11 will develop business cases for the exchange of residual and material flows and through industrial transition. The focus of the partnership is reducing CO2 emissions and creating a circular economy, without losing sight of the original objectives.
Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.
Today New Zealand has joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic. Minister Sage signed a pledge showing New Zealand’s commitment to the global CleanSeas campaign at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. More than 40 other countries have already signed up.
“Turtles and other wildlife are being killed by litter in our oceans. Also the issue of microplastic in our oceans and its effect on the food chain is a concern for all species and is a potential risk to human health. New Zealand is proud to be joining this campaign to stop this from happening,” Ms Sage said.
A Polysilicon shortage probably is causing problems for the solar panel industry. Producers of solar panels expect high costs and lower margins due to an unexpected shortage of raw materials.
Last months, the price of pure metallurgical silicon, the most important raw material for solar cells, rose by 35%. According to news agency Bloomberg, the price rose after officials in China closed several factories. Read More
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
Every day, 600 trucks full of garbage arrive. Sometimes they transport special waste, such as out of date fire extinguishers, waste from hospitals, old refrigerators or electricity cables. Two people are fulltime disassembling extinguishers.
‘Waste is great! “Susanna van der Heide calls from the Waste and Energy Company (AEB) in Amsterdam.
AEB transformed from a company for waste incineration into a commodity and energy company.
New products, including energy are made out of bags full of garbage and other waste.
Baltasar Garzón and Polly Higgins are proclaiming that a fifth international crime should be added to these very serious violations of international law: Ecocide
Should destruction of the earth be recognized as a crime against humanity? Polly Higgins thinks so, and presents herself as a lawyer of the earth.
Polly Higgens leads the global campaign for making Ecocide the 5th Crime Against Peace at the United Nations’ International Criminal Court. Why? It will put eco-criminal CEOs, politicians an investors into jail. That’s big!
The approach of circular economy is: make – use – maintain/ reuse/ remanufacture/ recycle. Waste should be seen as source of valuable resources. Products should be repaired, remanufactured and reused. A genius idea in times when resources get scarce – be it oil, water or different metals and when the world has to face a growing population. It is estimated that 9.2 billion people will live on earth in 2050 (UN).
The world in 2050: That world is a fair, high-tech and sustainable one – with advances that mean food for all, a reformed capitalism, and a circular economy.
But the road getting there will not be easy.
The more I look at the two sides – the environment and the economy – the more convinced I become that the way forward is to fully integrate resource efficiency into the way we live and do business in the world.
We know why a circular economy is a good idea. At the moment the world is still locked into a linear production chain that is resource intensive. We obtain resources and then discard them as waste.
You find a trace of cans, bottles, packs, plastic carrier bags and packaging for fast food along popular hiking paths and even in the middle of the forest.
A safe and harmonious society is a clean society, says Sander van Walsum. Every day he picks up litter and cleans roads and parks for the society! A self made volunteer that can’t stand the increasing mess in the community.
Along the way I pick all sorts of rubbish. Most of it are packaging materials and plastic bags.
Nevertheless, progress to EU waste targets is mixed. Achieving the EU’s long-term objective of establishing a circular economy will require far-reaching technological, behavioral and organizational changes. Read More
It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach.
Since 2015, Unilever is reusing all regular waste from more than 240 factories in 67 countries worldwide. This saves the company 200 million USD.
Unilever- multinational food and non-food – reports that they are the first industrial group of this size, avoiding landfill on this scale. It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach. Read More