Sustainability is everywhere, at least many of us do agree now it should be embedded within industry activities and so on. But a field which is almost unexplored and underdeveloped at the moment is the greenness of services we use every day. Software, cloud services and applications do not have green standards or labels.
Plastics are bad for the envirnment, we all know that. One of the things hardly ever thought of though, but also harmful, are the toxic dyes used for the plastics.
Are you a talented writer? Do you have a passion for sustainability? And are you well informed about sustainability initiatives in your area? Then, you might just be the Reporter we are looking for!
In Forssa region there is one of the most advanced industrial symbioses formed around circular economy in Finland. Forssa is a charming and lively town of 17 500 inhabitants, that offers high quality and comprehensive services.
ING Commercial Banking has researched the challenges of moving from a linear to a circular economy for the financial sector. In the report ‘Rethinking banking in a circular economy’ they outline the most important principles and factors that are the foundation of the circle economy and the impact on financing activities.
Built in World War II, the Energy Bunker is a former anti aircraft structure. During the war, it also offered shelter for thousands of refugees. The bunker was damaged and run down in the aftermath of the war and as a ruin it was not touched for almost sixty years.
Kalundborg, is next to its historical centre, famous for having the world’s first large-scale Industrial Symbiosis. Already in the 1972, the first real symbiosis project was launched; delivery of excess gas from the refinery to the gypsum board plan built by Saint-Gobain Gypoc. Many in Kalundborg feel that waste comes totally at the end of a resource’s life cyle
Buurman (neighbour) reclaims waste building materials from local partners; construction sights, musea, exhibitions and festivals. These materials are sold in the DIY building market to consumers, professionals, carpenters and artists.
At the Industrial Symbioses Park in Kalundborg companies use a lot of water for their production process. Companies, like Novozymes and NovoNordisk, use high quality water from a nearby lake. Within Symbiosis companies and the municipality are developing innovative ways to use that water in a smarter way, like using algae in a greenhouse!
Working together to capitalise on opportunities in the circular economy
nanoCure GbR is a German company working with high-performance coatings and additives with a nanotechnology background. With this technology, they have created several products that can be applied as coatings on materials with incredible features.
During the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015, Place to B offers not only a place to stay, but also a coworking space, a program of events and a “News Fab Lab” about climate and solutions for the ecological transition.
Beyond COP21, Place to B is above all a movement fuelled by all those who want to convey the message in a different way.
Fairphone is a company founded in the Netherlands that wants to improve the conditions around sourcing, production, distribution and recycling of electronics. The first Fairphone came to life by selling 5000 phones in a crowd funding campaign. The Fairphone 2 is to be expected in 2015.
As a low-lying delta city with Europe's largest international port, Rotterdam takes its responsibility seriously in creating a sustainable city, region and Europe. By linking sustainable ambitions to a strong economy, Rotterdam will become the most sustainable world port city.
GDF Suez is one of the largest energy companies in Europe, that both produces and supplies energy. Combating climate change is high on their priority list, and building their new headquarters in a sustainable way is right op their alley.
" Polus in Latin means the pivot, the point around which something turns, and for me BIOPOLUS is a real turning point. It turns the fossil based economy into a bio-based one.
In Kalundborg, Denmark is the worlds first fully functional industrial symbioses. Is a place where the by-product or waste of one factory has become a valuable resource of another factory. In doing so, there is an economic benefit for the different companies and a widespread environmental benefit for the surrounding region. This great example of a circular economy has been developed organically over the course of several decades.