What kind of biofuel will soon fill up London’s double-deckers? How can we help reduce electronics waste? And, what might Germany’s ecological modernisation look like?
This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories.
This prefab Escape Pod rotates to catch the sun’s rays
UK-based firm Podmakers designed and crafted the Escape Pod, a cedar shingle-clad prefabricated unit. The spherical unit takes inspiration from nature, from its round organic shape to the extensive use of timber inside and out. Designed to meet local UK planning laws, the pod is elevated half a meter off the ground and can be rotated to optimise natural light.
— inhabitat (@inhabitat) November 21, 2017
Finnish packaging design company Sulapac wins circular economy startup award
Two Finnish women have come up with a compelling solution that will help cosmetics buyers to reduce their contribution to the plastics problem—a 100% biodegradable cosmetic packaging. Their startup Sulapac was recognised for its efforts with the Green Alley Award 2017, a European startup prize focused on the circular economy.
Sulapac was picked as the winner of the 2017 @GreenAlleyAward. Read more @goodnewsfinland https://t.co/CcUtDnlYUG #ecofriendly #biodegradable #packaging #innovation #LUXEPACK_SHOW #SCSummits #SustainableBeautyAwards
— Sulapac (@sulapac) November 16, 2017
RECs help small companies enter the renewables market
Renewable energy certificates (RECs) are becoming an increasingly popular way for companies of a variety of sizes to reduce their carbon footprints. RECs also help companies support the production of renewable energy and meet or exceed their corporate-sustainability goals.
— Zesty Earth News (@zesty_earth) November 21, 2017
London buses swap out diesel for a coffee-based biofuel
UK startup bio-bean, Shell, and Argent Energy have teamed up to fill London’s double-deckers with an innovative new java-based fuel. Bio-bean has already brewed up 6,000 litres of the high-octane joe, an amount able to power one city bus for an entire year.
We’re so excited to finally launch our coffee biodiesel project! Thanks to bio-bean, @Shell and Argent Energy, your #coffee is now helping fuel London buses! Visit https://t.co/6GY5bVEpuB to find out more. #makethefuture #London pic.twitter.com/xMBrHzxfpH
— bio-bean® (@bio_bean_UK) November 20, 2017
Reduce, reuse, reboot: why electronic recycling must up its game
With global e-waste projected to hit 50m tonnes next year, consumers need to put pressure on technology firms to make their products more repairable.
Reduce, reuse, reboot: why electronic recycling must up its game https://t.co/KTTOQPhcn9
— The Guardian (@guardian) November 20, 2017
The rustic exterior of this abandoned barn hides a surprising space to get away from it all
This neglected old barn in Norway will soon host visitors from all around the world, thanks to a recent makeover helmed by architecture studio OPA Form. The renovation project is part of firm’s strategy called “the barns they are a-changing”, which relates to the efforts in repurposing derelict buildings scattered across the Norwegian west coast.
— inhabitat (@inhabitat) November 22, 2017
International Solar Alliance to offer guarantee for solar projects
The International Solar Alliance is planning to launch a pilot program to promote the implementation of solar power projects across the world. It plans to provide financial guarantees to project developers in order to promote investments.
— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) November 21, 2017
This restaurant in London has a gorgeous living wall that purifies air and absorbs noise
Nando’s Putney Kitchen restaurant in London has a daylit greenhouse at its heart with a beautiful living wall made of terracotta cells. Architecture studio Fusion DNA designed this verdant structure which has several functions—it absorbs the noise produced by the customers, as well as volatile organic pollutants in order to improve indoor air quality.
— Treebox Ltd (@verticalgrowers) November 23, 2017
An agenda for Germany’s ecological modernisation
No matter which parties will eventually form a coalition, Germany’s next government will continue with an agenda of ecological modernisation, writes Arne Jungjohann. Based on exploratory coalition talks, he explains how such an agenda could look like.
— EURACTIV Politics (@eaPolitics) November 22, 2017
World’s first circular-economy business park mimics nature to achieve sustainability
The Triango sustainable business park in Paris, designed by RAU Architects, SeARCH, and karres + brands, embraces the idea of a circular economy using inspiration from nature. The idea behind the proposal is to create facilities that can behave dynamically throughout their period of use and to use materials that can be used over and over again in the future.
— inhabitat (@inhabitat) November 20, 2017