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Wolfson College Sustainability & Conservation Research Hub | Wolfson

Wolfson invites you to join the first gathering of our community with interests, professional and amateur, in Sustainability and Conservation. All are welcome to this new Hub!  We want your ideas and your enthusiasm to set our agenda for the next year. 

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Eni, Versalis and COREPLA to work together on chemical recycling of mixed plastics

Italian firms Eni, Versalis and the COREPLA have signed an agreement to focus on non-mechanically recyclable mixed plastics.

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World is on track to generate 74 mn metric tonnes of e-waste annually by 2030: Report- Technology News, Firstpost

Various organisations across the world, including the United Nations, have spoken about growing e-waste and the problems associated with it.  According to the Global E-Waste Monitor 2020, global e-waste generation will reach 74 million metric tonnes (Mt) per year by 2030 – almost double the figures reported in 2014.  This, because of the increasing demand and consumption of electric and electronic goods, shorter lifecycles and limited repair options.  When battery-powered or plug-tethered devices such as laptops, smartphones and televisions become unusable, they are discarded. Such wastes constitute e-waste.  E-waste is also a source of plastic waste, which, if not recycled, can contribute to global warming.

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Designing sustainable plastic solutions – Competition to win funding for early-stage, human-centered design projects to reduce plastics

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £800,000 to fund early-stage, human-centred design projects to reduce the harm that plastics have on our environment and to therefore increase productivity and growth of the UK economy. This funding is from the Plastic Research and Innovation Fund.  
This competition aims to stimulate innovation in design to reduce persistent plastic waste from landfill or entering the environment.

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Harnessing heat and light to sustainably power the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, one of the most exciting and fastest expanding future technologies, stands poised to revolutionise how we interact with the world around us. Also known as the IoT, it represents a system of interrelated devices, machines, objects and more, able to seamlessly transmit data over a network without inter-human or human-computer interaction.  Applicable to a wide range of fields including industry, organisations and consumers, 27 billion IoT devices worth some €2 trillion are expected to be installed by 2025. But while this technology has tremendous future potential, it also highlights a need for compact, low-cost, lightweight and ecologically friendly energy sources.

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Salisbury Cathedral is fitted with 93 solar panels on its roof

Salisbury Cathedral has installed 93 solar panels on its roof in a bid to become carbon-neutral in the next decade.  The panels will provide 33,708 kilowatt hours of clean energy to Salisbury Cathedral and reduce its carbon footprint by 11,764kg per year. 
The installation of the panels, which will produce a total of 37kw of energy, is another step towards the cathedral’s aim of being carbon neutral by 2030.  The cathedral is considering other environmental initiatives include drought-proofing, using green tariff energy and installing LED lighting. The efforts form are part of a wider mission by the Church of England to offset its carbon emissions by the end of the decade.     

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2021 Chevy Corvette C8 gets more equipment sustainably for the same base price

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is one hell of a supercar. And now, Chevrolet is further sweetening the deal by introducing a host of new equipment without hiking base prices. Also new for 2021 are new paint colors and a sprinkling of new technology.  We are thrilled with the enthusiasm the mid-engine Corvette brought following its launch and are keeping it fresh with new content for the 2021 model,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer. “Our mission was to develop a new sports car, combining the successful attributes of Corvette with the performance and driving experience of mid-engine supercars.”

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Webinar: The future of clean and sustainable hydrogen in Europe by InformaConnect

On 8 July the European Commission launched its communications on the EU Energy System Integration Strategy and the EU Hydrogen Strategy. Alongside the Clean Hydrogen Alliance, these closely linked initiatives are designed to be instrumental in accelerating the transition to the energy system of…

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Balancing profit, purpose and public good

With new legislation for packaging coming down the track, Robbie Staniforth, Head of Policy at Ecosurety and a chartered resource and waste manager, discusses what changes are needed and whether they are best delivered through competition or central co-ordination.

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Post-COVID-19 Green Recovery Must Embrace Sustainable Aviation Fuels

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) emphasized the aviation industry’s commitment to its emissions reduction goals and called for the International Energy Agency (IEA) to prioritize investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help power aviation’s contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery.  IATA’s call comes on the eve of the IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit which will meet virtually to debate moves toward a low-carbon future. The IEA is well placed to promote SAF production with its stakeholders both in government and in the fuel industry.

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#IATA confirms post #COVID19 recovery must embrace sustainable aviation fuel

Post-COVID-19 Green Recovery Must Embrace Sustainable Aviation Fuels The International Air Transport Association (IATA) emphasized the aviation industry’s commitment to its emissions reduction goals and called for the International Energy Agency (IEA) to prioritize investment in sustainable…

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UN Live United Nations Web TV – 2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2020), 1st meeting

– Opening – Launching the decade of action at a time of crisis: Keeping the focus on the SDGs while combatting COVID-19 — The meeting of the high-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in 2020 will be held from…

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Artificial Intelligence: The Recycling Revolution

The evolution of artificial intelligence these past years has been dazzling. On the one hand, there is a permanent competition in the field of software to have leading algorithms, the most innovative and “deep” neural networks, and to see which one is the one more implemented and spread through…

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Trade multilateralism need to be sustained in post Covid world: Think-tank

Drawing from the historical role that multilateralism has played in fostering global peace and stability, Rohinton Medhora, President of Canada-based Centre for International Governance Innovation, said that “Not just the decline in the volume of trade, we need to understand how that undermined the…

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UN High-Level Forum, Charting pathways towards a sustainable recovery

Facing the devastating impacts of COVID-19, which is threatening decades of progress in improving people’s lives, countries are meeting at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development from 7 to 16 July to chart the best paths forward to a healthier, more…

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University of Khartoum & UNDP join forces on solar energy, Sudan peace efforts, sustainable development

Following years of collaboration, the University of Khartoum and UNDP Sudan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on a number of upcoming peace and development projects.  “Collaboration like this is essential to achieve Sudan’s development and peace goals,” said University Vice Chancellor Prof. Fadwa Abdelrahman Ali Taha. “We’re excited to start work immediately on new opportunities to deliver tangible, beneficial improvements to people’s lives.”

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‘Rising chance’ world will exceed the key 1.5°C global warming limit in the next five years

There is a ‘rising chance’ that the world will exceed the key 1.5°C (2.7°F) global warming limit set by the Paris Agreement in the next five years, scientists said.  The warning comes from the UK Met Office, who conducted a five-year climate assessment on behalf of the World Meteorological Organisation.  World leaders agreed in 2015 to keep warming this century under 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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UK Space Agency and ESA want innovative British companies to share ideas on how they can use 5G

After the coronavirus pandemic put most the UK in lockdown, with many having to remain indoors, the ‘vitally important’ logistics sector was put in the spotlight.
 
Now, the UK Space Agency, ESA and other government bodies want innovative firms to propose ways to use the latest technologies to make the industry more efficient. 

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Amazon secures six million gallons of sustainable fuel to lower air cargo emissions

Amazon has announced it has secured six million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Shell Aviation and produced by North American biodiesel producer World Energy. The fuel includes feedstock of inedible agricultural waste fats and oil and will be used for the air operations of the logistics and retail giant. The switch is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. Sarah Rhoads, Vice President of Amazon Global Air.

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Rebuilding to Last: How to design an inclusive, resilient and sustainable growth strategy beyond the Summer Statement?

Our latest report, commissioned from the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Building on the initial recovery measures announced by the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, this event will debate what an inclusive, resilient and sustainable growth strategy for the UK should look like after COVID19. As the UK recovers from the economic and social impacts of the pandemic, this event will look at the lessons learnt from past recoveries and will examine why and how the government can align its recovery plan with the UK’s net zero target and other environmental goals.

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Sweden transitioning to a circular economy

The Government has adopted a national strategy for a circular economy that sets out the direction and ambition for a long-term and sustainable transition of Swedish society. This is an important step towards Sweden becoming the world’s first fossil-free welfare nation.

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The Renewed Challenge: Sustaining a City’s Culture and Character

From London, Chuck Wolfe reports in with a prequel to his pending book with Tigran Haas, Sustaining a City’s Culture and Character: Principles and Best Practices. The book–which calls for a co-created, holistic understanding of place amid today’s pandemic-influenced, global/local blends–culminates a two-year project at the Centre for the Future of Places at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

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Government threatened with legal action over coronavirus recovery package

The UK Government is facing another court challenge over climate-wrecking policy decisions, with UK-based Plan B threatening legal action over the recent coronavirus recovery package, calling it a “new deal for polluters”.

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Sustainability

DACHSER is committed to sustainable corporate policies which this family-owned enterprise pursues with great commitment and consciousness of its responsibilities. As a central pillar of DACHSER’s corporate philosophy and value system, these policies provide orientation, identification and stability both within and without.

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Anders Wijkman represents EIT at the International Society for the Circular Economy Conference

Speaking online at the inaugural Conference of IS4CE – the International Society for Circular Economy – on 7 July 2020, Chair of the Governing Board at EIT Climate-KIC and Honorary President of Club of Rome, Anders Wijkman emphasised the important role of cities in the promotion of circularity as…

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In numbers: Tracking public attitudes to plastics during the pandemic

Several businesses have published new research to mark Plastic Free July, including Veolia and Amcor. Here, edie rounds up the key findings, which act as a snapshot of public opinion on plastics in the context of Covid-19.

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Interview With Chris Wellise: Chief Sustainability Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

There is steadily growing consensus that corporate sustainability is a business imperative. Audrey Choi of Morgan Stanley tells us: “In one meta-analysis, 88% of studies found that companies that adhered to social or environmental standards showed better operational performance, and 80% of studies showed a positive effect on stock price performance.

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DOT CELEBRATES AS PALAWAN RECLAIMS BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD CITATION The Department of Tourism (DOT) today celebrates the hailing of Palawan as it reclaims the Best Island in the World title by ren…

DOT CELEBRATES AS PALAWAN RECLAIMS BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD CITATIONThe Department of Tourism (DOT) today celebrates the hailing of Palawan as it…