Zurich nr 1 sustainable cities

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top 100 2016

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top100 2016

Zurich leads the list of the Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index 2016 top 100. Second in the 2016 list is Singapore.

The third place, which isn’t bad at all, is for Stockholm. 

The new ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index explores the three demands of social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s major cities. Read More

Best Building of the Year

Best Building of the Year

Best Building of the Year 2015: The Interlace / Singapore / OMA / Ole Scheeren

What will be the world’s best building of the year 2016? An happiness center in Bhutan, a silo adjoining chapel in Chile or the Chanel shop in Amsterdam with its enchanting brick facade?

This week the nominees have been announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF), the largest architectural awards festival in the world. In November the award ceremony will be in Berlin. Read More

Dubai Plans $7.3 Billion Renewable Energy Tenders

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has announced a comprehensive plan to significantly increase investment in renewable energy projects.

Announcing its annual budget, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) stated that it will float tenders worth Dh 27 billion (US$7.35 billion) to set up renewable energy projects. The projects are expected to be commissioned through the independent power producers model.

The Authority did not give any details for the likely renewable energy projects that will be pursued. However, among the largest tenders would be for the next phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power park.

The first large phase of the solar park, with 200 MW capacity, is being constructed by ACWA Power-led consortium. Another tender for 800 MW capacity has attracted interest from global project developers, and the winner of this phase is expected to be announced soon.

DEWA plans to increase the total capacity of the solar park to 3 GW by 2030, so a number of tenders are expected to be issued. The Authority is expected to develop other renewable energy and clean energy projects.

Dubai has set a target to increase the share of renewable energy in its total energy mix to 7% by 2020. The medium-term and long-term targets for renewable energy share are 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.

The future of the world is urban

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From 1950 to 1980 the number of people living in favelas in Rio de Janeiro alone increased from about 170,000 to more than 600,000, and by the early 21st century it was estimated that there were as many as 1,000 favelas there.

Given the rate of change, our world will be a very different place by 2040. More and more people are moving to cities.

How will billions of city-dwellers access what they need without putting intolerable strains on the planet?

How can we plan now for more sustainable ways of life in a radically different world? 

In this post you will find six advices for megacities (a population in excess of 10 million people) Read More

Thousands of Londoners die by pollution

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Air pollution causes an estimated 32,000 premature deaths a year in Britain and between 157,000 and 319,000 people in London are exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels above EU limits

Yearly, nearly 9,500 Londoners have a premature death due to air pollution.

This has been established by the researchers at the prestigious King’s College London and reported by the British newspaper The Guardian last Wednesday. Read More

Save energy without anyone noticing

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The Sustainable Energy Test Site on the roof of the University Utrecht is one of the five Sustainable Roof Plans of the province of Utrecht

Ron Brenk is senior project manager building management.

Brenk coordinates the technical maintenance of the 10 buildings of the University of Utrecht. Read More

Green Living Streets in Belgium: cars out, carpet in

Living street, green city, sustainable, environment, footprint, CO2, emissions

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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Compost as a potent drought-fighting tool

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The green economy as an integrating framework for policies on material use

Compost is a perfect organic source which helps conserve water, according to the University of California.

For example: if governments add compost to sandy soil, the soil will hold more water, making urban water management easier at a sustainable way. Read More

How does California become drought resilient?

How does California become drought resilient?

During the rainy season Nov 2014 – March 2015, only a few drops fell

The long-term solution to more acute drought is to change the way California is managing surface water when it’s wet.

Take some of that surface water, when they have got a lot of rain or a lot of snow, and use it to recharge groundwater so it’s there for us in times of drought.

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Ellen MacArthur: We need to switch to the circular economy

Recycle, Reuse, circular economy, raw materials, sustainable infra, electronics, cradle to cradle, green city, remanufacturing

To reuse or recycle a material, we need to know where materials are located.

During her world tour sailing Ellen became aware how important good material management was.

At sea, good materials are the difference between life and death.

Ellen started to think about the use of raw materials in our world economy. 

Her circular economy based on the principles of cradle-to-cradlewas born.

 

 

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LED Street Lights Are Energy Savers

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High-intensity discharge lamps (HID lamps) work by the standard of electric driven release. HID lights make more effective lighting resembling the alike convention as the sun lightweight and are energy efficient

The benefits of converting to LED street lights are many:

Hydrea Thermpipe delivers energy from the sewer

sewage, waste water, heat recovery, green city, electricity, water, sustainable infra, CO2, Footprint,

This is a durable and efficient solution, which fits excellent in the pursuit of energy-neutral cities. Just 150 meters Hydrea can supply heat to 100 homes.

Sewage water is relatively warm. In stead of using fossil fuels to heat your building or home, Hydrea Thermpipe generates renewable energy, using the heat from waste water.

 

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Restoring Desert Grasslands USA

Desert, green, restoring, USA, Texas, grassland, perma culture, eco system, water, CO2Look at the amazing results Restoring Desert Grasslands in Texas. 

The key to this form of permaculture is: cooperating with each other and with nature for abundant living. Read More

Green / Blue Cities Of The Future

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Green, Blue Cities are Climate Proof

Worldwide, urban areas have to deal with climate change.  Consequences:  to much water, drought and not enough drinking water. It’s time for climate change adaptation. More water and flora (making the city greener) will make the city more resilient during periods of extreme rainfall or drought. Read More