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

City bus on formic acid

Bus runs on Formic Acid

Formic Acid is produced by using electricity. Wind farms or solar panels supply the power that is needed for the production of Formic Acid, thus it is completely carbon neutral.

It is coming: A city bus which is fueled by formic acid. 

VDL and the Team Fast – a student team at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU / e) are developing the world’s first city bus that runs on formic acid. The bus is already operational.  Read More

Green power generation from Urine

Green electricity from Urine. Light reduces the risk in refugee camps

The “pee-power” will be a big advantage for refugee camps. Most of the refugees don’t have any electricity: that leads to unsafe situations. Light will reduces the risk of abuse.

University of Bristol researchers are testing a new way to generate energy: generating electricity from urine.

How does this technique work exactly and what are its benefits? Read More

G20 Summit: India and Saudi Arabia rejected world climate ambitions

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An atlas of pollution: the world in carbon dioxide emissions

The final declaration of the G20 summit in Antalya (Turkey) seems to be not an great start for the next climate summit in Paris. Especially India and Saudi Arabia will not cooperate. To limit the rise in global temperature to below two degrees Celsius, all countries must reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

India and Saudi Arabia have rejected an ambitious climate agreement at the next summit in Paris.

Even after twenty hours of negotiations, both countries refused to agree a passage which included periodic monitoring of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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This Solar Panel converts electricity even smarter

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The integrated electronics are easily to connect the solar hot water systems with panels that only supply electricity. Alius offers both variants.

The Dutch solar panels supplier AliusEnergy presented a solar panel that generates electricity as well as renewable heat. Smart inverters optimize the yield.

AliusEnergy supplies solar panels that will produce within the same module, both solar and renewable power. The pipes, used in the solar panel, have a module of 14 liters. Read More

Tool calculates amount of renewables from biomass

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Biomass power plants—in some cases, biorefineries—work much like a fossil fuel power plant. A plant-based product, such as wood scraps, trees, switchgrass, corn stover, hemp, sugarcane, corn, yard clippings or even garbage, is combusted to heat water into steam. That steam spins an electric turbine and electricity is created.

Six EU-countries have developed a calculation tool for suppliers of renewable energy from biomass.

The tool allows them to create an insight of the emission-savings if electricity and heat are conversed from biomass. Read More

Isn’t BioMass Sustainable For Renewable Energy?

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Encourage biomass is used as raw material for high-quality materials. Only burn remnants which can’t be used elsewere

3 scientists criticize the ecological benefits of bio-mass in the energy production. Bio-fuels doesn’t decrease Greenhouse gas emissions.

This is the conclusion in the vision document ‘Biofuel and wood as energy sources‘ (in Dutch) published today at the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Read More

Could the World be 100% Solar?

Could the World be 100% Solar?

40 minutes sun transmission to solar power can fulfill all human energy demands for a year

40 minutes sun transmission to solar power can fulfill all human energy demands for a year

The amount of solar energy that hits just 1 square mile of this planet over the course of a year, is equal to 4 million barrels of oil. 

The energy that hits the Earth in 40 minutes can fuel all of humanity’s energy needs for a year.

If more than a quarter of the electricity is generated directly by the sun, it will reduce the emission of 6 billion tons of CO2! That’s more than the entire emission of the U.S. in 2014.

So it should be possible to run this world 100% green power. Why not take a change?

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Does the world need a climate conference deal in Paris 2015?

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Arctic ice is dwindling, and tens of thousands of walruses have taken notice, “hauling out” on an Alaskan beach in numbers never seen before

Last week in New York many countries, continents, industries and organisaties responded with ambitious goals and initiatives but no firm pledges during the UN Climate Summit 2014. Remember the promise of China who wants to reduce its CO2 emissions. On the fringes, major corporations trading in agricultural commodities grown on former rainforest land joined governments in signing a declaration promising to halve net deforestation by 2020 and end it by 2030! Read More

Wind Technology Edge

Wind Power, new energy, sustainable climate solutions

Extol winds is amongst the first to achieve the stringent GL-2010 guidelines for it 1 MW ‘Ex-55’ model.

With the Climate Summit in our agenda, it’s great to sea that so many companies worldwide are involved in new energy technology. This is such a great company: Extol Wind. Extol is a leading manufacturer of megawatt wind turbine. With proprietary technology and integrated manufacturing, Extol is fast emerging as global company. 

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How does Natural Resources Conservation fit into to delivery of the SD model to the masses?

Sustainable world integrated SD Model

Sustainable solutions involve all: people, planet, profit.

Would applying 8 sustainability criteria as summarizes in three pillars look something like this for housing? 

UN Agencies have promoted at the Rio+20 summit areas and practices as models for sustainable development such as Biosphere Reserves.

Before discussing the SDG we should get a clearer idea about what it means to be a model including ‘best practices’. 

 


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Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?

 

Climate change, CO2 emission

An atlas of pollution: the world in carbon dioxide emissions

As heads of state from David Cameron to Barack Obama meet in New York for a UN climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon, expectations are high for bold commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

Climate Summit New York: ambitious goals and initiatives

Deforestation

Climate summit New York 2014 – 150 countries agreed to halve deforestation by 2020 and stop it completely in 2030

“The time for talking about climate change is over. Now it’s time for action.” That said UN chief Ban Ki-moon Tuesday in the UN building in New York at the start of a summit on the impact of climate change. And it worked.

World leaders on Tuesday urged ambitious action to combat climate change, but pledges remained well short of goals, with a year to go for an accord. 

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Actual report Greenhouse gas emissions. Need for changing?

Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO 2) from the atmosphere

Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO 2) from the atmosphere

Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer.

Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years. 

The US Environment Protection Agency reported that 65% of greenhouse gases are generated by combustion of fossil fuel. Of which, 45% is from coal, 35% is from oil, and 20% is from natural gas.

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New Energy needs a long term scope because climate change is a long-term issue

Top 100 U.S. Organizations Using Renewable Energy

Climate change is a long-term issue

Bill Gates and Jigar Shah started an excellent discussion – and good science should spark debate. But, when determining policies pertaining to emissions reductions – for the electricity or any other sector – the scope needs to be long term because climate change is a long-term issue. Read More

The Phoenix Towers part of China’s Eco-Cities

Phoenix Towers China

Three of the spheres between the planned Phoenix Towers will be themed restaurants. Courtesy Chetwoods Architects

As China struggles with it’s industrial emissions, the concept of a new eco-city is a possible model for it’s sustainable development.

Last year the academy of social science, launched the 2014 ecological city ‘the greenwork’, with technical solutions to get cities green. One of the sustainable solutions is ‘The Phoenix Towers’ in Wuhan.  Read More