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SnippETS for 7 November 2019

November 6, 2019

 

 

Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter.

 

This week we review the important part ‘kids’ have to play in our low carbon future. From protests to telling governments and businesses we must do more, it’s important that they are listened to -  they aren’t just thinking about themselves but all of Earth’s residents.

 

Our future could involve living in low carbon cities. We look at the steps it will take to get there and feature some examples of what these could look like from a building and urban planning point of view.

 

Renewable energy is an essential part of a low carbon future, which is expected to expand by 50% in the next 5 years - a step in the right direction. Also, a circular economy is an important step to achieving emission reductions. The outlooks are promising and may present further employment and waste reduction opportunities, as reviewed this week.

 

It’s all about reducing carbon. In our final article we look at the wide range of products that can be made from carbon. There are many companies tackling ways to make building materials (including concrete) and protein-based food supplements from it, that could help reduce global CO2. It seems like there is nothing carbon can't be turned into!

 

Finally, just a reminder, as of 1 November we are now trading as Carbon EMS (Carbon & Energy Management Services), no longer Energy TS, to reflect our prioritised focus on driving down carbon emissions, alongside energy management.
 

 

 

Part of the power that young activists such as Greta Thunberg have over older generations is that they represent the future and elicit a sense of guilt in our failure to tackle climate change. Their complaints about inheriting a mess are legitimate. And they are not just pointing fingers and raging, but are calling for action from all generations. It is a message of unity, but also a message of ambition and urgency. In this article we examine three youth activists and their calls for immediate action. Read more.....

 

 

 

 

The youth are pleading for change, so what can we do? Here is an opportunity - create low carbon cities. Researchers have found that by investing in 16 specific low carbon measures we could cut global urban emissions by 90% by 2050 – a net present value of almost $24 Trillion. The areas that can be focused on are discussed, and sensible investment will allow massive gains. Central government will need to help get this going, but what an opportunity! Read more.....

 

 

 

 

 

Dubai and other Middle Eastern places are already showing us how to build low carbon areas and are pushing for a green revolution. One little settlement not far from Dubai is showing us how to be net zero, using tree cover, renewable energy, reflective paint to lessen the impacts of the sun’s rays, motion activated lighting, and reusing grey water amongst other ideas. They are still having to make changes, but it is showing the world that change is possible. Read more.....

 

 

 

 

 

And a new building in Singapore shows us more ways of changing cities for the better – it has gained international awards for its design to improve health and wellness. It is Singapore’s first net zero energy building. It hosts a suite of sustainable building features that are not only energy efficient and environmentally friendly, but also improve the comfort and wellness of its occupants. The six-storey building serves as a living laboratory to demonstrate and explore human-centric and integrated sustainable developments. Read more.....