Are we about to throw away $25 trillion in waste? The average car lies idle for 90% of the day. The average power drill is used for 30 minutes of its entire life. Landfill dumps are full. It is widely recognized that wasteful exploitation of the world’s resources is taking its toll on the environment, but it is less appreciated that the rate and nature of our consumption is choking economic growth. As much as $25 trillion could be at stake by 2050 unless we change the relationship between natural resources, customers and the market. Thanks to radical new business models and technologies, some companies are now growing by finding value in resources, assets and products that have, until now, been vastly underutilised. For forty years until the turn of the millennium, business got used to commodity prices decreasing as growth surged. As a result of wasteful practices, prices for metals like copper, iron, tin and nickel, have nearly doubled between 2000 and 2015. The circular economy is about more than recycling and managing landfill.
NAESCO || National Association of Energy Service Companies Southwest Power Pool Electric Energy Network - Keeping the Lights On What’s the difference between a circular and a linear economy? 1 mm This post is by Dustin Benton, who leads Green Alliance’s Resource Stewardship theme. Our economy has a basic structure: we dig things out of the ground, turn them into products that last from minutes to a few years at most, and then stick them back into the ground as landfill. This is hugely wasteful, of both resources and money. The BBC’s environment analyst Roger Harrabin, who chaired our event to launch the Circular Economy Task Force last night, posed a great question about the practicality of getting to a circular economy: how do you make a mobile phone which can be disassembled and remanufactured so it fits into a circular economy? A trend to design out repair This isn’t primarily a technical question. Apple’s newest products, the Macbook Air and Retina Macbook Pro take this to a new level. The crucial millimetre between repair and landfill But the new Nexus 7, a competitor to the iPad designed by Google, bucks this trend. “One millimeter. [Image courtesy of iFixit] Like this:
Energy Efficiency | State of Green Saving energy in buildings Buildings account for 40 per cent of the global energy consumption and nearly the same share of CO2 emissions.Consequently, reducing the energy consumption of buildings will be a key priority for any country or community striving to save money and reduce CO2 emissions. With today’s existing technologies, it is possible to reduce energy consumption in buildings by at least 50 per cent, and possibly as much as 80 per cent. These huge savings can be made quite easily with simple measures such as energy-efficient windows, insulation materials, heat regulators, ventilation systems and lighting,just to mention a few. Denmark has been a world leader in energy efficiency in buildings for decades and energy-efficient solutions are widely implemented in newly built and refurbished housing, offices and public institutions all over the country. Join the Future.
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