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Sustainability : Using Bubbles To Fight Plastic Pollution

Sustainability : Using Bubbles To Fight Plastic Pollution

A fast-growing Amsterdam-based start-up, The Great Bubble Barrier, as the name suggests has created a barrier that used bubbles to stop plastic waste from entering and to remove plastic from waterways.   Most Plastic Travels Via Rivers And Canals  Each year, up to 80 per cent of the 8 million tons of plastic reaching the ocean first flow along rivers…

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Sustainability-In-Tech : The Impact Of Lithium Mining

Sustainability-In-Tech : The Impact Of Lithium Mining

With our devices using lithium-ion batteries and with Electronic Vehicles (EVs) currently dependent on lithium for their rechargeable batteries we look at the environmental impact of lithium mining, and what the possible alternatives could be.  Lithium  Lithium is a naturally occurring element found ionic minerals like petalite, lepidolite, and spodumene, and is a soft, silvery-white alkali metal sometimes referred to…

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Sustainability-In-Tech : Switch Off ‘Vampire’ Devices And Save An Average Of £147 Per Year

Switch Off 'Vampire' Devices And Save An Average Of £147 Per Year

New research by British Gas (Centrica) has revealed that UK households could save an average of £147 per year on their electricity bills by switching off their ‘vampire electronics’.  What Are Vampire Devices?  So-called ‘vampire devices’ are those household electronic devices, plugged into the mains, that continue to drain power when left on standby. These include remote-ready devices with…

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Sustainability : Key ESG and Sustainability Business Trends

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and particularly sustainability are now key to many business spending decisions. Here we look at some of the current key trends.  Ten Trends  1. Putting sustainability at the heart of the business. This is now much more than just an attractive concept. The need to tackle global warming, meet net-zero targets, appeal to…

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Sustainability: Using Microalgae To Destroy Microplastics

Using Microalgae To Destroy Microplastics

With plastic disintegrating into microplastic particles, polluting the seas and harming wildlife, scientists are asking: could microalgae be the answer tackling the microplastic problem?  Microplastics  Ranging from 1 nanometre (nm) to less than 5 micrometres (mm), non-biodegradable microplastic particles are either primary or secondary fragments of plastic pollution that find their way into the sea and other waterways. Primary…

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Sustainability : High Tech Algae Farms That Take Carbon From The Air

High Tech Algae Farms That Take Carbon From The Air

Nature-based carbon capture and storage company Brilliant Planet uses ‘microalgae’, grown in open-air natural seawater pond-based, high-tech systems on coastal desert land to remove carbon from the air.  Permanently Capturing And Storing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide  The company says that its method of using technology and science-led, pond-based algae-growing systems can deliver an affordable method of permanently and quantifiably sequestering carbon…

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Sustainability : Tenfold Expansion In EV Chargepoints By 2030 Announced

Tenfold Expansion In EV Chargepoints By 2030 Announced

The UK government’s Department for Transport has announced that it will soon be unveiling new plans for the tenfold expansion in the number of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargepoints in the UK by 2030.  Support To Create 300,000 Public EV chargepoints  The Department for Transport has announced that its new plans, backed by £1.6 billion, under the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, will…

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Sustainability : Microsoft Data Centre Heating Homes And Businesses

Sustainability : Microsoft Data Centre Heating Homes And Businesses

Microsoft is building a new data centre region in Finland that will use the clean heat from its server cooling processes to heat local homes and businesses.  Microsoft and Fortum  The project, which will see Microsoft working in collaboration with local state-owned utility provider Fortum Corporation, requires Microsoft to build a new data centre region in the Helsinki metropolitan area of Finland. …

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Sustainability : How Hypermiling Techniques and Tools Can Save Fuel (and Money)

Sustainability : How Hypermiling Techniques and Tools Can Save Fuel (and Money)

In this insight we look at how hypermiling techniques and tools can help reduce fuel costs and help the environment.  What Is Hypermiling?  Hypermiling is driving (or flying) a vehicle with techniques that maximise fuel efficiency. Hypermiling enables car drivers, for example, to drive more economically, saving costly fuel and helping the environment. Hypermiling can help drivers to exceed…

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Sustainability : Gravity-Powered Electric Battery Train

Sustainability : Gravity-Powered Electric Battery Train

The newly developed ‘Infinity Train’ in Australia uses gravitational energy to fully recharge its battery-electric systems on its outward journey so that no additional charging is required for the return trip.  Gravitational Energy?  Gravitational Energy is the potential energy associated with the gravitational field, which is released when the objects fall towards each other. An example is hydro energy (used in hydro-electric…

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