In a market where devices seem to be getting ever bigger, more powerful and hungrier for energy, Dutch social enterprise Fairphone aims to do things differently. The company, created in 2013, takes a fundamentally different approach to smartphone manufacturing by minimising both the social and environmental effects across the full lifecycle of the device.
As the world moves towards a carbon neutral future, many different areas from industry to manufacturing are working to reduce their emissions. But scientists are beginning to look at a different area – houses – to work out if it’s possible to reduce emissions from Europe’s homes to zero by retrofitting on a mass scale. And the early signs are promising.
Ferrovial, a leading infrastructure operators and municipal services company, and EIT Climate-KIC partner, is collaborating with start-up ZenRobotics to incorporate AI and robotics into the company’s municipal solid waste plants.
In a new JRC-led article, leading global scientists bring existing environmental footprints into a single environmental footprint family that can be used to more accurately assess, and identify ways to ensure, local and planetary environmental sustainability.
This article gives an overview of developments relating to waste electrical and electronic equipment in the European Union (EU) and some EFTA countries; it draws exclusively on data collected within the framework of Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The high-ranking conference SMART CITY SOLUTIONS DIALOGUE offers renowned speakers. Short and compact, the speakers make you fit for the Smart City theme. In addition to the conference programme, cities meet with each other and with solution providers to share ideas in the Meetup area.
The Conference is jointly organized by the Petrochemistry Division of DGMK, the Division of Industrial Chemistry of the Società Chimica Italiana (SCI) and ÖGEW Österreichische Gesellschaft für Erdölwissenschaften.
The building sector is by far the largest consumer of raw materials and producer of human-made materials. From a sustainability and circularity point of view, the effects of this demand can among others be mitigated using biogenic resources, smart material design, enhanced durability, functionalization, reuse and recycling, and the use of side streams (“waste”). The conference addresses this challenge starting from a scientific approach: building materials science being a syncretic discipline hybridizing mineralogy, ceramics, solid-state physics, chemistry, metallurgy and biology.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls on the Commission to reflect in more depth on policy options that help both to reduce greenhouse gases and thus fight climate change and to maintain competitiveness.
EU-funded researchers have discovered new families of proteins and enzymes that will enable the development of novel plant-based biomaterials, potentially providing viable sustainable and renewable alternatives to plastics and other fossil-fuel-derived materials and chemicals.