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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.....





Although 84% of New Zealand’s electricity is generated by renewable sources, worldwide this number is much lower at 26%. However, the International Energy Agency (IEA) found that global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years. This growth is expected to be driven by the lowering cost of solar energy. Read more.....







As awareness around the importance of sustainability grows, we are hearing more and more about the circular economy. This article sets out 3 principles of the circular economy, and covers design for reduced emissions, reduced energy use in production along with longer life cycle and regenerative agriculture. Also, there are examples given and discussion around why and how it would work toward the circular economic goal. Read more.....







With every set of societal and economic changes there come new opportunities! This article discusses 5 new job descriptions that are becoming more sought after as the concept of sustainability is being taken on board by government and corporations alike. It is not so much that these jobs are totally new, but more that they are positions that mandate a holistic view around resources and how to best conserve them. Read more.....








An important part of the circular economy is the ability to verify two-way flows of resources for transparency and accounting reasons. Previously accounting for and verifying these flows could be costly and difficult, but with the advent of blockchain the tasks are easier to manage. Several large companies are now experimenting with blockchain as part of their circular economy and sustainability initiatives. Read more....






Never heard of carbontech before? Well that might be about to change. Carbontech refers to carbon capture and use (CCU), whereby CO2 is pulled out of the air and used to create a product. Its potential range of uses is breathtakingly wide and comprehensive. For example, it can be used to create building materials, plastic, fuels, food and textiles and with the right incentives, could be another way of potentially locking up emissions (especially if injected into concrete). Read more.....








Could we be close to having sustainable, continuously rechargeable batteries that power our lives? Read more.....















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