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

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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87 multinationals RE100 member

87 multinationals RE100-member

“IKEA Group investments into wind and solar energy generation contribute to the shift to a low carbon economy, and from a business perspective, help to secure our future as we become energy independent.” – Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group

87 of the world’s leading companies are now members of RE100.

Together they have a creating demand for around 107 Terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity – around the same amount of power consumed by the United Arab Emirates or The Netherlands. Read More

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil Search Yemen Field Flare

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

Ford recycled over 65% wastewater

Ford recycled over 65% wastewaterIn 2000, Ford launched it’s Global Water Conservation Initiative. Global manufacturing facilities were ordered to decrease their water use.

The multinational succeeded. Since 2000, Ford saved more than 10.5 billion gallons of water – a 62.4% reduction.

Per vehicle, water use has decreased nearly 45 percent from 2000 to 2009. 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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Lego saved 7,000 Tons packaging

Lego saved 7,000 Tons packaging

Lego was built on plastic. Now the Danish toy company is investing millions into getting rid of it.

Lego’s mission is to gain a positive impact in the world. With a successful strategy, the Danish company already saved 7,000 tons of packaging materials.

This was said by Tim Brooks, vice president environmental responsibility. Read More

100 Smart Cities in India

100 Smart Cities in India

India is interested in innovative solutions, that are preserving the environment and are preventing disasters because of climate change.

India intends to invest in cities in order to make them future proof. The next five years, the Indian government wants to create a hundred smart cities throughout the country.

The government is interested in innovations in the sectors water, waste management and mobility, in order to keep the cities smart, liveable and accessible for the increasing population. Read More

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

Keith – Solar Footprint

Keith - Solar Footprint

Keith sayd that he had long been skeptical about the solar hype. ‘I was wrong’.

The solar hype is getting real. For a long time, Harvard professor David Keith was skeptical about solar energy. But now he admitted he was wrong.

Keith: “Solar energy is very cheap and it can change the future of the global energy supply within a decade.”

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Insights with the Smart Energy Connector

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When something is wrong with an energy meter, the SEC shows this in an alarm screen and you will get an automatic email

The Smart Energy Connector (SEC) is a very easy and sophisticated energy registration system for businesses. This plug&play system gives insights where, how much and how much energy is being used at any moment. Read More

Dutch Tides Power Station Operational

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Dutch engineers want to optimize these turbines and supply the station with more turbines. Enough for two thousand households

Last week. the tidal power station in the Dutch Eastern Scheldt commissioned.

From now, five water turbines supply power to the grid.

The turbines are generating enough electricity for over one thousand households.  Read More

The circular, green, future in 2050

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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.

In a circular economy, almost nothing is wasted. Read More

Morocco: already 32% energy yield with the local integration CSP solar plant Noor1

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Ouarzazate solar plant will create enough electricity to power a million homes

Morocco – The installation of the Noor1, the giant CSP (Concentrated Solar Plant) will be completed in November 2015.

“The aim of local integration was 30%, but today we reached 32%,” revealed Carlos Ledesma, project director at Acciona Noor1, October 17 2015.

Noor 1, will go live next month.

Acciona (Spain), delivers the turnkey plant, one of the largest in the world. Read More

Leonardo DiCaprio donates $15m beating environmental issues

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Leonardo DiCaprio at the UN: ‘Climate change is not hysteria – it’s a fact’

Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation is going to set $15 million in donations to environmental groups including Amazon Watch, Save the Elephants, Tree People and the World Wildlife Fund. Read More

Thermal energy storage saves 90% heat

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The first Ecovat Thermo Energy Storage Tank almost ready for use

The Dutch startup Ecovat is making the energy supply in the built environment sustainable, by creating a large thermal storage tank that is able to store high temperature heat (to around 90 degrees C) over a longer period (> 6 months) with a loss of energy in this period of less than 10%.

Dr. Ir. J van Berkel (TU/e) has confirmed this in a desk research. (Report “Ecovat Thermodynamics”, March 20th, 2014).  Read More

8 tips using solar panels

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Now the world has a ‘Green’ Pope

In addition to the traditional use of solar panels there are more inventive ways.

Think of solar panels on heritage or on parking lots.

And even the pope loves solar power.

We hope to inspire you with these examples. Read More

Green Living Streets in Belgium: cars out, carpet in

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The idea is simple: create a car-free street for two months and let the people decide what to do with the space

For a period of two months, 25 streets in Ghent (Belgium) are transformed to the perfect play ground for kids.

The streets are closed to traffic.

The asphalt is covered with a green carpet. Neighbors made scattered tables and benches with wooden pallets. Street Live is returning, and even the opponents are turning – slowly.

Nowadays the traffic is too dangerous and parents are too afraid to let the children play outside.

In this Living Street, kids can play outside again.

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Small sized Concentrating Solar Power system from Israel

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Aura distributed CSP with solar tower technology

Aora Solar is exploring distributed Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) with solar tower technology.

The small, modular power station offers a new way of solar thermal technology to be supplied at the village level. Read More

10 steps for industries to reduce your carbon footprint

Water footprint, reuse, recycle, waste water, wastewater, climate change, industry, measure, 6 steps‘Climate Change’ is hot this year.

  • During the climate summit in New York hundreds of initiatives were announced to tackle carbon emissions
  • And the G7 world power nations agreed on increasing global warming with maximum 1 degrees Celsius comparing with 1990.

But all the agreements need the support of businesses and industries. So: What can your business or industry do to reduce your carbon footprint?  Read More

Now it is time to buy solar panels

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20% of the sun’s energy is transmitted to solar power

Solar panels are getting better and cheaper, but that’s no reason to wait any longer with the purchase.

The current situation is very favorable for consumers and businesses. And it is unlikely to get even better. Read More