As the planet continues to warm, the twin challenges of diminishing water supply and growing energy demand will intensify. But water and energy are inextricably linked. For instance, nearly a fifth of California’s energy goes toward water-related activities, while more than a tenth of the state’s electricity comes from hydropower. As society tries to adapt to one challenge, it needs to ensure it doesn’t worsen the other.
Circle Economy, an Amsterdam-based social enterprise, with support from eBay Foundation, will launch Circle Lab, an online platform that utilises the power of the crowd to solve universal challenges with circular solutions. Circle Economy aims to mobilise a “global community of circular economy experts”, innovative entrepreneurs, forward-thinking businesses, citizens, cities and governments through Circle Lab.
The world must reach net-zero emissions by 2050 to avoid the worst effects of climate change. This is no easy feat, but one clear solution could lie in industry emissions.
Globally, industry emissions are responsible for 27% of our CO2 emissions, second only to the power sector. Four materials are responsible for up to 60% of these industry emissions – steel, cement, chemicals and aluminum – reaching a total of 7.1 Gt CO2 per year.
We’re running a short online sustainability survey to understand how lockdown has affected people’s habits, hobbies and daily routines. We want to identify how we can embrace any positive changes that could help to benefit the environment as well as our communities. The information provided in this survey will help us move forwards, to create a greener, healthier borough – rather than simply going ‘back to normal’.