A comprehensive sustainability assessment carried out by nova-Institute shows that first generation bioethanol is as advantageous as second generation bioethanol for a feasible climate strategy. The results clearly indicate that the systematic discrimination against first generation biofuels of the current Commission proposal is in no way founded on scientific evidence. It would be counterproductive to further lower the share of first generation fuels in the EU’s energy mix.
Risks and challenges aren’t the only effects climate change will have on companies. There’s good news too.
In India, plastic is a big problem. The country’s Central Pollution Control Board says more than 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste are generated daily. For Dr R Vasudevan however, the ample supply of plastic presents an opportunity.
Here’s a fun fact about Russia: it gets a fifth of its energy from hydropower. This might sound shocking for a country whose image is so tightly linked to oil and gas, but Russia has a lot of big rivers and it’s putting them to good use. Now, Moscow is moving into other renewables and, more interestingly, energy storage as well.
A new report found solar and wind accounted for a record 10 percent of electricity generation in March.
Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable and affordable at the same time. Passive House is not a brand name, but a tried and true construction concept that can be applied by anyone, anywhere.
What links Barcelona, Tampere and Dupnitsa? Not much, you might think. Barcelona is a global city with an international reputation for innovation, gastronomy and culture. Tampere is a medium sized city located in Finland, historically linked to the country’s industrial revolution. Dupnitsa is a small conurbation located in western Bulgaria sitting at the foot of the Balkans’ highest mountain. The answer? All three have recently been awarded the status of URBACT Good Practice city.
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded a direct solar desalination technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to heat salt water for membrane distillation. The technology could provide off-grid water treatment for some of the 1 billion people who lack access to clean water.
In President Trump’s speech on June 1 announcing that the US will pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
The UK prides itself on being an island nation in a world that is almost three-quarters oceans and seas. Packed full of potentially valuable resources, the ocean has long played a vital role in transport and fishing. But commercial exploitation has been slowed by the very real technical and non-technological challenges and the high costs that accompany them.