Environmentally friendly electric cars: the pedestrian’s enemy? | Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars | The Guardian

They are symbols of environmental friendliness, but electric cars could be making environments increasingly unfriendly to pedestrians. Inaudible engines and obstructive charging systems are putting people with disabilities or pushchairs at risk, according to road safety campaigners who say that pedestrians are paying a hidden price for the green revolution.
Dave Taylor, a resident in the London Borough of Ealing, contacted the Observer after reading an article on charging electric vehicles. “My photo of the car with the charging cable across the pavement highlights a very real issue that is not being addressed,” he says.
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Kochi Metro To Adopt Circular Economy To Reduce Building Construction Cost

In a bid to promote sustainable development, Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has decided to adopt circular economy principles. With this new approach, KMRL aims at reducing the cost of building construction.
According to the plan, KMRL will begin the initiative by using recycled items as building materials. This will reduce dependence on virgin materials for less important areas. Apart from this, KMRL is also considering minimising environmental impacts from transportation.
Cochin Shipyard’s electric boats to get Siemens’ hi-tech maritime solutions.
“Through adopting circular economy, KMRL can work on the concept of reduce, reuse, redesign and regenerate,” Hindu BusinessLine quoted KMRL Managing Director Alkesh Kumar Sharma as saying.
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Lidl Ireland & NI Launch First Island-Wide Supermarket Circular Economy Strategy

Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland have announced it is set to become the first large nationwide supermarket to establish a circular economy strategy, helping to ‘fuel its logistics chain using food waste from its 209 stores on the island’.  In the Republic, Lidl said it is building on its longstanding partnership with Trim-based Food Surplus Management (FSM), who will collect the retailer’s food waste and customer’s recycling deposits directly from their stores and three regional distribution centres across the region.
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Circular Economy in data centre: Interreg grants additional 1.245m Euros

European international research project Circular Economy in the Data Centre Industry (CEDaCI) was granted an additional 1.245m Euros to extend its work into three more European countries in March. The project added Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg to its geographical scope, in addition to the original countries France, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands.
Scope of project
CEDaCI has a particular focus on the recovery of Critical Raw Materials, 30 elements identified by the EU as in short or politically unstable supply. With some predicted to run out in decades, the environmental risk associated with them is high. So too is the human risk, as some are mined in conflict zones, and this is something the project is keen to explore and quantify. However, the project also looks at water usage, toxicity waste and carbon emissions as part of the lifecycle analysis.
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“New European Bauhaus” to help Europe move to a circular economy

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has announced plans to create a new Bauhaus modelled on the influential design school as part of the European Union’s €750 billion coronavirus recovery plan. Speaking in her inaugural State of the Union address to the European parliament, Von der Leyen outlined her plan to create a “new European Bauhaus” to kickstart a cultural and sustainable movement in the European Union. “We will set up a new European Bauhaus – a co-creation space where architects, artists, students, engineers, designers work together,” she said.

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Circular Economy should help to save organics in soil – says the European Parliament

The European Compost Network welcomes the positive vote of the ENVI Committee on its own initiative report on the New Circular Economy Action Plan. The ECN supports the report’s recommendations help agriculture farmers to replace mineral fertilizers with organic soil improvers such as compost and digestate and save organics in soil.
“We have to create a level playing field” said MEP Jan Huitema Rapporteur of the ENVI Committee “or we even have to give a plus to secondary raw materials so to reward their use”. The circular economy is not only a key model to protect the environment and reduce pollution of air, water and soil. It also allows countries to be less dependent on imports of raw materials and it reduces the huge greenhouse gas emissions associated with their mining and shipping.
An own-initiative report of the European Parliament is not legally binding but is a very useful indicator of the European Parliament’s priorities and concerns and it contains official calls on the European Commission to take action. In February (08/02), the European Parliament Plenary will vote on the report adopted last week by the ENVI Committee.
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