Environment

Foreseeing Wildfires with data

2020-12-23T11:44:21+02:00

Wildfires are a menace that gained much of public attention during recent years' summer seasons. Images of swaths of Australian bush ablaze in January and February 2020 caught public attention as brave firefighters were carrying koala bears from the inferno. The Australian fires were followed by an exceptionally disastrous fire-season in the Western United States. [...]

Foreseeing Wildfires with data2020-12-23T11:44:21+02:00

Renewable/compostable materials

2020-11-06T16:33:58+02:00

With consumer concern regarding plastic waste, fashion brands are attempting to reduce their environmental impact by moving to alternative materials. Mainstream fashion and beauty brands work to eliminate consumer packaging altogether in the quest to reduce their impact, and as only 9% of plastics are currently recycled, removing all but the most essential packaging seems [...]

Renewable/compostable materials2020-11-06T16:33:58+02:00

Waste valorisation technologies

2020-11-06T15:42:49+02:00

Closing the loop of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use or resources can bring benefits for both the environment and the economy. It is the case, for example of recycled nutrients from organic waste or by-products (bio-based materials such as food waste, used water and animal by-products such as manure) that can be returned [...]

Waste valorisation technologies2020-11-06T15:42:49+02:00

Data collection and analysis technologies

2020-11-06T15:20:23+02:00

The significant increase in scientific data that occurred in the past decade - such as NASA’s archive growth from some hundred Terabytes in 2000 to 32 Petabytes of climate observation data, as well as ECMWF’s climate archive of 220 Petabytes-- marked a change in the workflow of researchers and programmers. Largely the data responsible for [...]

Data collection and analysis technologies2020-11-06T15:20:23+02:00

Industry digitalization

2020-11-06T14:57:50+02:00

The ever-expanding platform of mobile connectivity, together with the emergence of 5G-enabled cyber-physical systems and advanced cellular IoT, are laying the foundation for the fourth industrial revolution that will transform the existing business structures and provide a basis for disruptive new business. Industry 4.0 arrives in time in a critical moment for climate action. IoT, [...]

Industry digitalization2020-11-06T14:57:50+02:00

Emissions measuring technologies

2020-11-06T15:08:32+02:00

The first step in design strategies for adaptation is to collect information. There are multiple methods of data collection, including many types of equipment, from tidal gauges to satellite remote sensors. There are also more ways of analysing and presenting this data using sophisticated computer graphics programs, known as geographic information systems (GIS). Technological innovation [...]

Emissions measuring technologies2020-11-06T15:08:32+02:00

Less-polluting vehicles

2020-11-05T14:40:59+02:00

It is the case of gas to liquids, for example, switching to alternative fuels. Electric and LPG offer separate fuel systems, but there are other options offering the potential to clean up the existing diesel. One example is the new synthetic gas to liquid (GTL) fuel developed by Shell, derived from natural gas. The use [...]

Less-polluting vehicles2020-11-05T14:40:59+02:00

Air quality monitoring technologies

2020-11-06T15:00:56+02:00

The growth of urban air pollution is one of the most serious indicators of the impact of global urbanization on the environment and human health. The rapid urbanization, with the associated economic and population growth, has led to increases in vehicle use, industrial activity and energy consumption that have raised urban air pollution to critical [...]

Air quality monitoring technologies2020-11-06T15:00:56+02:00

Energy efficiency technologies in municipal facilities: smart space buildings and efficiency in public lighting

2020-10-30T13:13:19+02:00

Traditionally, energy savings has been a driver for building management globally. Gradually, energy benefits are becoming secondary to operational efficiency and non-energy benefits such as occupancy analytics, air quality and worker productivity. In this sense, space utilization is becoming the significant differential metric particularly in the commercial building market. As employees increasingly work from home, [...]

Energy efficiency technologies in municipal facilities: smart space buildings and efficiency in public lighting2020-10-30T13:13:19+02:00

Technologies for provision of information, training and dissemination to citizens in the field of energy efficiency

2020-10-30T13:13:01+02:00

Citizen engagement is a complementary aspect of smart cities related to the support of greater engagement in an attempt to tap into the collective intelligence of cities as well as better understanding their daily acts and needs. Currently, a bigger priority in energy efficiency-oriented training and promotion activities is given to the implementation of modern [...]

Technologies for provision of information, training and dissemination to citizens in the field of energy efficiency2020-10-30T13:13:01+02:00