Will you sign the petition? If we speak up now, we can make sure this recovery package isn’t funnelled to giant corporations and major polluters – but instead goes towards building a better future for ourselves and our grandchildren.
A natural food preservative spray and a smart tech solution to zero-waste shopping: two winners in this year’s EU Social Innovation Competition on going to market and the growing demand for new ideas.
Less than 1.2% of all water on earth is available for human use, and the UN projects a 40% shortfall in meeting demand for global water by 2030. More efficient use of water is critical to addressing this shortfall, as well as mitigating the impact of increasing droughts and floods resulting from climate change. Companies play a central role in how water is used, especially in industrial, agricultural, and food industries.
One of the world’s largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, announced Saturday it aims to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to try and curb man-made climate change. Although the kingdom will aim to reduce emissions within its own borders, there is no indication Saudi Arabia will slow down investments in oil and gas or relinquish sway over energy markets by moving away from the production of fossil fuels. Energy exports form the backbone of Saudi Arabia’s economy, despite efforts to diversify revenue as the world increasingly looks to transition away from reliance on fossil fuels. The country is forecast to make $150 billion in revenue this year from oil alone.
Those new high-performance windows or that efficient boiler might look like a smart way to achieve energy targets but sometimes the most sustainable technologies are not well suited to a new building or a retrofit.
This year’s International E-Waste Day (#ewasteday), taking place on 14 October, will focus on the crucial part each of us, as consumers and as citizens, has in making circularity a reality for e-products. According to the UN, in 2021 each person on the planet will produce on average 7.6 kg of e-waste, meaning that a massive 57.4 million tonnes will be generated worldwide. Only 17.4 per cent of this electronic waste containing a mixture of harmful substances and precious materials will be recorded as being properly collected, treated and recycled. Many initiatives are undertaken to tackle this growing concern, but none of them can be fully effective without the active role and correct education of consumers.