Circulair ontwerpen, waar moet je aan denken?

Green inspiring architecture

Green inspired architects are developing amazing residential, commercial and cultural facilities which are zero-carbon, energy and water efficient. This is the new future.

Het schiet nog niet zo op met circulaire ontwerpen en bouwsels. We hebben in Nederland natuurlijk nog niet zoveel ervaring met het hergebruiken van materialen en nog een andere vraag komt op: hoe kom ik aan bouwmaterialen die ik in mijn ontwerp zou kunnen gebruiken?

Want soms moet je je ontwerp zelfs afstemmen op de materialen die je voorhanden hebt. Dus als je circulair wilt ontwerpen, waar moet je dan allemaal aan denken? Read More

BioBased Material 20% Better Insulation

To decrease our energy and water consumption, we should pay more attention to a better insulation of our houses, offices and community buildings.

Of course we know all the classic insulation materials. But using BioBased insulation materials do have a lot of advantages: Read More

BWConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

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BWConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

BetterWorldSolutions intents to start a new platform BWConstructions connecting regional and national networks of sustainable builders.

The focus will be on CO2-reductions in the construction sector.

Its foundations will be ready for build up after our meeting March 16 in the Netherlands.

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Avantium buys Liquid Light

Avantium buys Liquid Light

It can reduce the CO2 footprint of consumer products

Avantium has bought the American company Liquid Light Inc.

Liquid Light has developed the process technology by which chemical building blocks can be produced from CO2. Read More

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

Between the years 1986 and 2006, Toronto experienced not one but eight storms of the magnitude that had been predicted to occur no more than once in a quarter-century. The Finch Avenue Washout was the capper, a one-in-100-years storm for which the city’s infrastructure was woefully under-designed.

The Netherlands is to host a new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCEA), set up by the Dutch and Japanese governments in collaboration with the UN environment programme (UNEP).

Paris agreement

The centre will advise countries, businesses and organizations on how to adapt their practices to comply with the Paris climate change agreement, which comprises measures designed to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.

Last year it was ratified by 193 countries.

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12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017

12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017

Startup Events understands how important live events can be to the success of your startup.

12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017 for you.

Startups try to attend as many events as possible, but not all the events can be compared to each other in their scope and efficiency.

We are sharing the list of the biggest startup events in 2017, choose those ones that you would like to attend and go ahead!

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ECN captures CO2

ECN captures CO2

Watch the ECN video

ECN – a Dutch research on energy company – claims a breakthrough in CO2 removal technology.

The company is focussing on CO2 capturing and the reuse of CO2.

With the SEWGS technology (Sorption-Enhanced Water Gas Shift), in just one proces step, coal and gas plants, wil operate cheaper and more energy efficient.  Read More

SeaFarm – sustainable food production

SeaFarm - sustainable food production

The University Wageningen concluded that recent cultivation research has led to a reduction of costs of more than 50%. Sustainable seaweed cultivation is necessary to develop new production and market chains!

Let’s introduce to you the SeaFarm: It’s one of the solutions to secure food, feed, green chemistry and energy in the near future.

As per United Nations:

“The world population is predicted to grow to 8.3 billion in 2030 and to 9.1 billion in 2050. By 2030, food demand is predicted to increase by 50% (70% by 2050). The main challenge facing the agricultural sector is not so much growing 70% more food in 40 years, but making 70% more food available on the plate.”

We live at sea

Two third of the world population lives not more than 350 miles from the sea. Somewhat more than halve of the population lives at a maximum of 150 miles from the sea.

In 2050 – in order to feed, clothe, house and energize mankind – we need to have doubled agro production. The big question is ‘Is this possible?’ Yes it is. Which alternatives do we have?

  1. We can speed up deforestation, but then don’t bother about biodiversity, nature etc.
  2. Triple P? Yes, but then bring agriculture to the marine environment. This should be the start of developing sustainable seafarms, based on seaweeds and (shell)fish.

Advantages of a Seafarm

The developed SeaFarm concept and design is a solution to move food production of aquatic and non-aquatic cultures to the ocean surface. Benefits of such solution, comparing to “traditional” farming are:

  • No land reclamation
  • Minimizing losses due to pests “infection”
  • Minimizing or completely removing usage of pesticides
  • Organic food production is possible without costly and lengthy process of land preparation (“healing”)
  • Cultures are grown in controlled climate
  • Cultures are grown in vicinity of the consumers, cutting transportation COx pollution and costs and reducing road congestion
  • Inserting Oxygen into atmosphere by photo synthesis and reducing CO2
  • Minimal usage or no usage of fossil fuels or external energy sources
  • No new or “experimental” technology – only proven components are used
  • Short “pay-back” period – approx. 18 months for presented case.

This should be the start of developing sustainable seafarms, based on seaweeds and (shell)fish.

Seaweed opportunities

According to the University Wageningen, seaweeds-based seafarms produce:

  1. Proteins
  2. Pufas
  3. Carbohydrates
  4. Micronutrients
  5. Minerals (especially P)
  6. and Energy!

TripleP sustainable

Starting point for new developments is that it must be TripleP sustainable, since we cannot afford any longer to threaten the worlds ecosystems and its biodiversity, and since we have to meet human requirements such as food security, green chemistry and climate measures.

A futuristic view? We do have 40 years for realization! Seaweed-based sea farming is then an opportunity:

  • Food security >> proteins, micronutrients and lots of other valuable compounds
  • Green chemistry >> replacement of fossil resources together with land based plant resources
  • Energy if not otherwise
  • Production of fresh water if needed
  • No freshwater usage for plant production
  • Recycling of lost plant nutrients
  • Sequestering Green House Gasses

Off shore cultivation

Logistic, costs of infrastructure yield and planting mechanisms. The University Wageningen concluded that recent cultivation research has led to a reduction of costs of more than 50%. Sustainable seaweed cultivation is necessary to develop new production and market chains!

Link to the report from the University Wageningen (The Netherlands)

Why seafood is the new superfood

Seaweed is most commonly recognized as being the green wrapping around your sushi rolls, but it has so much more to offer your body and the planet than just sushi support. Seaweed is known as the ocean’s superfood and is one of the most sustainable, nutritious and cheapest foods we can grow. It’s an abundant source of minerals and has unique cleansing and detoxifying properties. Seaweed is an amazing, underutilized gift straight from the ocean.

SeaFarm - sustainable food production

Wakame is a wonderful seaweed for women in particular, because it’s been shown to significantly reduce bloating. It tastes a bit like spinach and is commonly used in seaweed salads. Soak it briefly first and keep in mind that it will expand about 20 times. When boiled with water, it provides a healing mineral-rich broth, one that you will find as a base for most miso soups.


Once you get over the slimy texture, you’ll find that seaweed has a lot to offer nutritionally and is easy to sneak into your diet in different forms. Sea vegetables are rich in trace minerals, iodine, iron and calcium. These minerals are essential for proper brain function, metabolism and maintenance of strong bones. They also have powerful electrolytes to help keep you hydrated, contain blood-purifying chlorophyll (remember, they’re still plants and require photosynthesis to develop) and polysaccharides, which detoxify your body from heavy metals and other toxic substances. They can also be great sources of protein, vitamin B-12 and omega-3 fatty acids. These properties definitely qualify seaweed as a superfood — one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.


One of the biggest factors contributing to climate change is the carbon-dioxide emissions produced from factory farming. More than a quarter of the CO2 released into the atmosphere is absorbed directly into the ocean. Seaweed, however, has the amazing ability to absorb dissolved nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon dioxide directly from the sea. It actually needs to absorb CO2 in order to grow, making it the ideal plant to assist with our threatened ecosystems.

We need seaweed to keep our oceans clean. Fortunately, it’s a resilient plant that reproduces quickly. Seaweed farms are becoming more popular and have the capacity to grow nutrient-dense food for both humans and animals. Seaweed also has the potential to be a source of biofuel and fertilizer for crops like corn and soy. As one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, it could nourish the entire planet while leaving a negative carbon footprint — you can think of seaweed as the culinary equivalent to an electric car.

Varieties of Seaweed

Seaweed has more than 10,000 species. It’s very easy to incorporate the most common and easiest species into your diet.


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EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030 recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the European energy storage market

This Roadmap and recommendations aim to describe the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. It also gives recommendations on which development will be required to meet the needs. Read More

Zurich nr 1 sustainable cities

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top 100 2016

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top100 2016

Zurich leads the list of the Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index 2016 top 100. Second in the 2016 list is Singapore.

The third place, which isn’t bad at all, is for Stockholm. 

The new ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index explores the three demands of social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s major cities. Read More

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Miners use their bare hands to filter out precious minerals using a sluice. These countries can be compensated of we agree on international quotas for minerals

Critical minerals are running out too fast: there should be quotas

Last week, Theo Henckens has been promoted on this worrying thesis. “We need a kind of international agreement on minerals.”

Molybdenum is a mineral that is essential in the production of high-grade stainless steels. But within 80 years Earth will be running out of molybdenum, like many other major minerals. By the end of this century there will be a shortage, unless the reuse of molybdenum will be drastically increased. Read More

Climate greatest risk to world’s economy

Climate biggest risk world economy, World Economic Forum reports

geopolitical instability is exposing businesses to cancelled projects, revoked licenses, interrupted production, damaged assets and restricted movement of funds across borders.

Failure of tackling climate change is the biggest risk to the global economy.

This is the conclusion of the World Economic Forum in its Global Risk Report 2016.

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Sea Level nearly doubles

Sea Level Rising nearly doubles

Antarctica has the potential to contribute more than a meter of sea-level rise by 2100 and more than15 meters by 2500

By the end of this century, the sea level nearly doubles: The sea would rise twice as high as predicted so far.

This is what researchers Robert DeConto and David Pollard reported in Nature. Read More

Paris signed, what’s next?

Paris COP21 agreement

At the North Pole, the temperature is so high that the mass of sea ice is much smaller than normal. In many places, the Greenland ice is covered with a layer of water. Fortunately, the United States and China are the major drivers behind the Paris agreement.

The Paris COP21 agreements have been signed by 160 countries. 

This many signatures in one day have been a record for an international UN document.

The treaty aims to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, which gives it a symbolic boost.

This is needed because the last few months, climate changing has again assert worldwide. Read More

Self-audit tool to assess your circular strategy

With this self-audit tool to assess your circular strategy, your business will be prepared for a new way of organizing a healty future

From Iconomy to the WEconomy with this self-audit tool for businesses and industries

Audit your circular strategy here. WEconomics developed a self-audit tool to assess the circular strategy of your company. 

After completing the survey, organizations will get instant results and recommendations enabling them to improve the way they handle sustainability. Read More

Tomorrow, EarthHour

EarthHour, tomorrow night

EarthHour has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories to act for a sustainable future.

Tomorrow is EarthHour 2016. Share it and shine a light on climate action. As millions around the world unite for our planet, you too can share what you believe in. Our future starts today. EarthHour is on Saturday, 19 March 2016 8:30 p.m. local time.

Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work – in your own way. A simple event can be just turning off all non-essential lights from 8.30pm – 9:30 pm.

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How Companies Can Benefit from the Circular Economy

The circular economy represents a viable alternative to this detrimental “linear” model. Rather than going from “cradle to grave,” this new development pathway promotes ‘cradle to cradle‘. 

In this type of economy, company growth is no longer reliant on the use of scarce resources.

Instead, it is achieved through the use of disruptive technology and business models that are based on longevity, renewability, reuse, repair, upgrade, refurbishment, capacity sharing, and dematerialization. Read More

Research Report Smart Cities

Delft - Research Report Smart Cities 2015 - 2050

Smart urban design requires an integrated look at the city as a complex of material flows and living environment, which exposes the connections between sources, functions, infrastructure and users.

This Research Report ‘Smart Cities’ has been published by the University Delft. The researchers consider Smart Cities as a way of working on a future-proof city, cleverly making use of people, resources and systems.

In this Delft Smart City research project, students examined the possible impact of recent developments under the heading ‘Smart City’ for Delft.

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Gates: We need an energy miracle

Gates: We need an energy miracle

The challenge we face is big, perhaps bigger than many people imagine. But so is the opportunity. If the world can find a source of cheap, clean energy, it will do more than halt climate change. It will transform the lives of millions of the poorest families.

Every year, Bill Gates writes a letter to students.

This year’s letter is about our climate and energy transition towards a renewable energy world.

In his letter, he notices that that all plans and existing techniques will not be sufficient enough to stop the global warming.

This year, Gates appeals to the students of today. Read More

The Banking System creates another World War

What is happening in the world? In what way is the banking system involved?

There are people guiding our life and we don’t even know it

Zeitgeist III states that the international banking system is responsible for wars, chaos and millions of poor people all around the world.

It’s a 2 hour video but it’s word seeing it.

It changes the way we should collaborate and create new money systems without interest and small community based.

Please share this movie.

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In this small tulip county, already 3.200 jobs in electric transportation

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in 2014, companies in the electric transportation sector accounted for 820 million euro.

In 2014, the number of employments in electric vehicles increased by 25% to 3,200 jobs in the Netherlands. 

Young entrepreneurs

Dutch companies in circular electric transport are doing a great job. National and international. Important, because they do not only contribute to our economy but they also are part of the solution to the global energy and climate issues. Read More

MultiNationals reduce 15% emissions


These multinationals are supporting the 1.5 degree global warming with ambitious carbon reduces

These multinationals have made a commitment to go 100% renewable. Update: 58 companies with 50 million MWh of renewable energy! And the list is growing fast.

Sijbesma, CEO Royal DSM in the Huffington Post: “Our children and their children will thank us for finally stepping up.” 

MultiNationals and carbon pricing

Royal DSM is applying an internal carbon price of €50 per ton CO2 equivalent when reviewing large investments. They call on business to do the same: it will make your business more future proof.
Facilitated by the World Economic Forum, around 80 CEOs voiced their support for a meaningful carbon price in the run-up to COP21. The current low oil price creates the right moment to introduce a price on carbon.

Read about the actions they are taking. Read More

Climate summit: the final

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Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a doubling of the US payments on climate aid from 430 to $ 860 million in 2020. With this gesture of goodwill the White House hopes for a possible signal from the developing countries.

Yesterday, the new concept agreement was finished. Just two hours later than promised.

  • It is 29 pages shorter than the previous one (43)
  • More than three quarters of the discussion have been resolved.
  • The choices are reduced from 200 to 40

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COP21 – 1.5 degrees? Only with CO2 storage and fossil-free by 2030


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1.5 degree is only feasible if we take CO2 from the air and store it underground. Alternatives to remain at 1.5 degree are no longer realistic.

While the political will is increased to limit the global warming at 1.5 degrees, scientists point on the technical challenge.

CO2 storage is needed and the world must be fossil free by 2030, say scientists.

At an event on the sidelines of the climate summit, focussing on CO2 emissions in 2015, scientists are warning 1.5 degrees warming will be difficult. Read More

5 questions about our climate

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COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action

Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.

Five questions about the climate issues. Read More