What is the EU doing to circularise resources and redefine the notion of waste? Can the building industry break its concrete addiction? And, could the EU propose a 25% ‘climate quota’ in its new long-term budget.
This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories.
Raise a toast! New beers made from leftover bread help to cut food waste
Rather than discarding unused bread, retailers are sending it off to be turned into beer.
— Guild of Fine Food (@guildoffinefood) May 3, 2018
Denmark Reconsiders Electric Car Subsidies
Denmark may be open to financial incentives to buy electric cars after seeing a dramatic drop in sales of non-polluting vehicles, according to Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
Meanwhile in Denmark: Annual electric vehicle sales tank from 5000 to 700 after tax subsidy ended in 2015 https://t.co/DshSgTfJap
— Jani Tarvainen (@velmu) May 2, 2018
Energy supplier Centrica to trial blockchain technology
Energy company Centrica has launched new trials to examine how blockchain technology can assist with multi-party peer-to-peer energy trading for 200 businesses and residential participants in Cornwall.
Centrica to launch a local energy market trial later this year using blockchain technology https://t.co/6guWb4JNDV
— Cornwall Insight (@CornwallInsight) April 30, 2018
Greece Kicks Off $3.6 Billion Program for Solar, Wind Projects
Greece is preparing to auction 2.6 gigawatts of solar and wind projects to attract investment and beef up the Mediterranean country’s clean-energy credentials. From now on renewable energy production and prices will be determined by competitive tender process, said Energy Minister George Stathakis. The move should encourage investments in renewable energy of 2.5 billion to 3 billion euros, especially in wind.
Greece—launches $3.6 billion auction for solar, wind projects—2.6 gigawatts—reflects shift in renewables markets to auctions from feed-in-tariffs—Greece has legally binding clean energy target: 18% of energy from renewables by 2020 https://t.co/C3qopFwA4o @business
— Sara Laughter (@GreenAwakening) May 2, 2018
Soil-free farming start-up prepares for first harvest
Airponix technology uses a nutrient rich fog instead of soil to grow vegetables, like potatoes, promising yields up to 50 times higher than commercial growers.
If this works at scale, could a UK start up feed the world and slash agriculture's carbon and water footprint? https://t.co/k2H5ifCQd1
— James Murray (@James_BG) May 1, 2018
Behind Europe’s quest to scale industrial symbiosis
The EU is putting considerable resources behind efforts to circularise resources and redefine the notion of waste.
— Elaine Hsieh (@elaineishere) May 3, 2018
UN climate secretariat launches first annual report
The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat released its first ever annual report this week, outlining key achievements made by the Secretariat in 2017 and highlighting the work needed in 2018.
The @UNFCCC secretariat yesterday marked the opening round of international climate talks with the publication of its first ever annual report, in a bid to highlight the achievements countries have made in attempting to tackle #climaterisks https://t.co/EuYjyn3ZuM
— CDSB (@CDSBglobal) May 2, 2018
Strong climate action will help combat European urban air crisis
New research published this week in The Lancet Planetary Health reveals a promising path towards clean, healthy air: strong climate change policy, writes Dr. Melissa C. Lott.
Throughout many cities in Europe, levels of air pollutants are regularly higher than the standards set by the European Union. https://t.co/uglSVyPLog
— EURACTIV Health (@eaHealthEU) May 2, 2018
9.EU proposes 25% climate quota in new long-term budget
The clean energy transition and other initiatives to decarbonise Europe’s economy will represent 25% of EU spending under a seven-year EU budget plan put forward by the European Commission on Wednesday.
— Frédéric Simon (@FredSimonEU) May 2, 2018
Concrete is a disaster for our planet: can the building industry break its addiction?
Do we need to re-evaluate our concrete habit? Production of cement is disastrous for our biosphere, while the degradation of many concrete buildings has some construction experts predicting a colossal headache in the future.
— CNN International (@cnni) May 3, 2018