(UPDATE) Transforming Agbogbloshie: From Toxic Dump Into Model Recycling Center - The Pollution BlogThe Pollution Blog UPDATE: June 2015 It has been eight months since Pure Earth opened the e-waste recycling center with automated wire-stripping units. We have been assessing what is working and what is not, as we enter the next phase of the project. Lessons learned: While the automated wire strippers currently installed work well for larger cables, they cannot process the fine bundles of electrical cables, which continue to be burned. Our project team will be on site, working with partner organizations, Greater Accra Scrap Dealers Association and Green Advocacy Ghana, to install, test and train workers in the recycling center on this new technology. The project remains on schedule and within budget. The next phase the project will be determined after research into the effectiveness of the recycling center, and input from the local recyclers and partner NGOs. On October 9, Agbogbloshie, Ghana – the second largest e-waste processing area in West Africa – got something new. Learn more:
Business ethics and corporate social responsibility - Anglo American | Anglo American case studies, videos, social media and information Anglo American is one of the world”s leading mining companies. It is a UK public limited company and operates on a global scale. Anglo American operates mainly in the primary sector of the world economy. This, as the name suggests, covers industries involved in the first stage of economic activity, such as mining and agriculture. Anglo American operates throughout the world. As a primary producer, Anglo American plays an important role in the world economy. Anglo American produces five main types of raw material. Mining operations can have a big impact on the environment and on the societies where they work. Like all businesses, mining companies are under increasing scrutiny from pressure groups as well as the general public. This case study shows how Anglo American seeks to make ethical choices in its business practice.
100 | Sustainia - Building the World of Tomorrow Sustainia100 2016 This is the year of ‘Systemic Opportunity’! Now in its fifth year, the Sustainia100 has tracked more than 4,500 solutions to date from all over the world. This year’s edition features solutions deployed in 188 countries, and more than half come from small and mid-sized enterprises. Showcasing everything from health solutions that tackle climate change, to renewable energy products that alleviate gender inequality, this year’s publication presents 100 solutions that respond to interconnected global challenges and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Solutions you must know about! Celebrating the TOP10 sustainability solutions and project of 2015. Be inspired! Get inspired by real solutions! The 2015 Sustainia100 study features 100 new stories from the forefront of sustainability innovation. The Sustainia100 is a FREE publication! SUSTAINIA100 is an annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world. Be Inspired!
The Evolver Network | Building Community For the New Planetary Culture recyclingtechnologies.co.uk Could China's 'green fence' prompt a global recycling innovation? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian China sent shock waves through the global recycling market this year when it announced it would no longer be accepting poorly sorted or dirty shipments of recyclable waste from foreign exporters. It's estimated that more than 800,000 tonnes of recyclables or scrap have been rejected since February via Operation Green Fence, China's first major campaign to enforce its stringent waste quality legislation. This has caused chaos at some ports, where Chinese customs officials conducting rigorous checks have suspended the import licences of 247 companies. As western exporters scramble to ensure the commercial viability of this dynamic market, worth $5bn (£3.2bn) annually in plastic scrap alone, will this new crackdown prompt a wave of sustainable recycling innovation in the west? China controls a large portion of the recycling market, importing about 70% of the world's 500m tonnes of electronic waste and 12m tonnes of plastic waste each year.
Environment - LIFE: About LIFE LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation The LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation (EC) No 1293/2013 was published in the Official Journal L 347/185 of 20 December 2013. The Regulation establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the next funding period, 2014–2020. View: LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013 (languages available: BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV) The LIFE programme will contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the 7th Union Environmental Action Programme and other relevant EU environment and climate strategies and plans. The ‘Environment’ strand of the new programme covers three priority areas: environment and resource efficiency; nature and biodiversity; and environmental governance and information. The History of LIFE During its first phase (LIFE I), which ran from 1992 to 1995, LIFE had a number of components:
UK firm takes the cloud to chillier climes with Swedish data centre | Technology A British private equity firm is following Facebook into the Swedish sub-Arctic, building a data centre aiming to tap the growing demand for energy-hungry computing capacity in the cloud. Hydro66, a data centre provider financed by Black Green Capital, is launching a new facility 70 miles from the Arctic circle in Boden, with the aim of housing high-powered computing equipment for corporate IT customers in Europe. With 800 million people “within 50 milliseconds” of the site, its investors claim they will attract corporations seeking to house their data at low cost and with a small carbon footprint, thanks to Scandinavia’s sub-zero temperatures, cheap hydroelectric power and fast fibre-optic network. The new facility will be a tenth the size of Facebook’s, but that has tens of thousands of servers packed together in long aisles, where natural cooling can save a significant amount of power. Black Green Capital said its team has an established background of data centre operators in Europe.
How gadget makers aren't helping our e-waste problem Chances are high that you'll be getting or giving new electronics this holiday season: an iPhone upgrade for mum perhaps, or maybe a new Windows 8 ultrabook. Device upgrades have become increasingly frequent for many of us. Unfortunately, too many people give virtually no thought to what becomes of all these discarded gadgets. And neither are most device manufacturers. Some 41.5 million tons of electronic waste was generated in 2011, and that number is expected to rise to 93.5 million by 2016, according to the research firm MarketsandMarkets. Oh sure, many companies have green initiatives. In the past, computers were designed to be relatively easy to disassemble, like HP'stowers and older versions of the Mac Mini. As mobile gadgets exploded we became a culture that abandoned its gear regularly, on a massive scale. Electronics include a host of environmentally deleterious chemicals like mercury, cadmium, lead, phosphors, arsenic, and beryllium. But that's only part of the equation.
Environment: What should we do about plastic waste? New Green Paper opens EU-wide reflection European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 March 2013 Environment: What should we do about plastic waste? Plastic has become an unavoidable material in our modern world. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “Managing plastic waste is a major challenge in terms of environmental protection, but it's also a huge opportunity for resource efficiency. Once in the environment, particularly in the marine environment, plastic waste can persist for hundreds of years. Plastic is often perceived as a cheap and disposable material in our "throw-away" society, and recycling rates are low. The Green Paper underlines the key role that plastic plays in many industrial processes and applications, and the potential economic gains of higher recycling rates. The particular challenges posed by plastic waste are not specifically addressed in EU waste legislation at present. Next steps The consultation, which includes 26 questions, will last until the beginning of June 2013. Background
Basel Convention Home Page (PHOTOS) Transforming Agbogbloshie: From Toxic E-Waste Dump Into Model Recycling Center | The Pollution Blog On October 9, Agbogbloshie, Ghana – one of the world’s largest e-waste dumpsites – got something new. The sense of excitement grew when residents saw a group of about a dozen men carrying a towering sign through town before planting it in the ground and raising it up in a Herculean effort, with six men on each side pushing and pulling. The 20-foot tall sign announced the launch of a pilot project – the opening of a new e-waste recycling facility that could transform the way recyclers work in one of the worst polluted places on earth. “Everyone is talking about how this is just the beginning,” said Kira Traore, the program director for Africa at Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth. “I think we are seeing a real commitment to changing the e-waste recycling industry.” Stripping e-waste can save lives by reducing the vast amount of toxic fumes that are released by burning, poisoning thousands (an estimated 250,000 people are at risk) and contaminating the community’s land, water and food.
Eco-innovation The Call CIP-EIP-ECO-INNOVATION-2013 will close on 05 September 2013 at 17:00:00 , Brussels local time. Proposals received after this deadline will not be evaluated. Got a great business project that could make Europe greener but don't know how to get it off the ground? The 2013 Eco-innovation call for proposals may be for you! The European Commission grants up to 50% co-funding to finance green ideas: the total budget available for the 2013 Call is almost 31.6 Million Euros. Calls are open to all legal persons... This call is open to all legal persons that are based in eligible countries but the priority will be given to Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Eligibility Although priority will be given to SMEs* and private beneficiaries, the calls for proposals are open to all legal persons located in one of the following countries: Also see Article 4 of the CIP legal base . What will be funded? Submission of your proposal is only possible online. Go to the application pack
Recast of the WEEE Directive - Environment Additional tools Waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as computers, TV-sets, fridges and cell phones is one the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, with some 9 million tonnes generated in 2005, and expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020. WEEE is a complex mixture of materials and components that because of their hazardous content, and if not properly managed, can cause major environmental and health problems. Moreover, the production of modern electronics requires the use of scarce and expensive resources (e.g. around 10% of total gold worldwide is used for their production). To improve the environmental management of WEEE and to contribute to a circular economy and enhance resource efficiency the improvement of collection, treatment and recycling of electronics at the end of their life is essential. The first WEEE Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC) entered into force in February 2003.