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.

Read More

Port of Amsterdam relies on fossils

Port of Amsterdam relies on fossils

Why anticipate? The world will not change that fast.

The Amsterdam Port Authority is taking big risks. The harbor still relies entirely on fossils.

As soon as it turns out that the Port Authority were sleeping, the municipality has to pay all the costs. 

Drs. Rens van Tilburg, an economist and member of the Sustainable Finance Lab Utrecht University, has warned the City of Amsterdam.  Read More

By 2025 Norway all-electric

By 2025 Norway all-electric

This ferry the ‘Ampere’ is the first full electric Norwegian ferry. A study has shown that 127 of the 180 ferries could be driven using battery power or a hybrid propulsion system and still remain profitable.

Norway goes for all-electric cars by 2025. The country will ban all petrol cars.

The Progressive Party is well advanced in negotiations with coalition partners to reach agreement on it.

This news was reported by the big Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. Read More

Wind Power Hub North Sea

Wind Power Hub North Sea

TenneT’s thinking is based on an island with a modular structure, with each module covering approximately 6 km². This is big enough to provide space for connecting roughly 30 GW of offshore wind capacity. The island will be expandable by adding one or two modules of 6 km² each

An Energy Hub in the middle of the North Sea? Tennet launched a vision building an island as a hub, for wind power in the middle of the North Sea which will provide all neighboring countries green energy.

By connecting wind farms with a total capacity of over 30 gigawatts, the efficiency and costs will benefit the participating countries.

This plan was presented by TenneT last week. TenneT is the national high-voltage grid operator in the Netherlands and in a part of Germany. Read More

Help, we face monsoons: rivers are rising fast

Help, we face monsoons: rivers are rising fast

The next days, the water level in the rivers Rhine, Waal and IJssel, will reach maybe the highest level ever in summer times

Will we keep our feet dry? Rivers are rising fast!

Since May 31th, it’s awfully raining in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. It looks like the monsoons we know from South East Asia. 

The next days, the water level in the rivers Rhine, Waal and IJssel, will reach maybe the highest level ever in summer times. A water level of more than 14 meters above sea level is not usual for this time of year. Read More

EU Grid for renewables

EU Grid

Interconnections are necessary to ensure the continued security of supply in the European electricity market and to secure the the supply of renewable electricity between European Countries.

The EU (European) Grid for renewables is connecting more and more countries. At this moment an interconnector is build from the Netherlands to Germany.

The Dutch Grid company TenneT uses a new proprietary ‘Wintrack Mast’. This ‘Wintrack Mast’ has a much smaller electromagnetic field than conventional masts and – because of its sleek design – it fits better in the living environment. Read More

Power Storage in Ammonia

Liquid Ammonia as battery

If this large-scale storage of renewable energy in liquid ammonia succeeds, communities can cover long low wind and solar energy periods

Is liquid Ammonia the solution for energy storage?

Big energy company Nuon, together with the Technical University Delft started a pilot project in which renewable energy will be stored in liquid ammonia. Read More

European Circular Economy Is Growing Fast

circular economy, reuse, recycle, remanufacture, eco-design, EU, Netherlands, UK

Resource productivity in the EU grew by 20% between 2000 and 2011. And another 30% is expected by 2030, resulting in an additional 2 million jobs.

The circular economy in Europe is growing fast. Products are remanufactured, reused, repaired and recycled.

Closing the Loop – from waste to raw materials.

It’s great to see how many materials are saved and how many jobs this circular economy is creating. Both the Netherlands and the UK are leading in the continent.

The benefits are clear: more jobs and a healthier environment.

Read More

Dutch experts provide drainage refugee camp in South Sudan

dutch water experts, floods, refugees, infra, climate change, VN,

Residents of flooded protection site for people displaced by violence cross waist-high water as

More than fifty thousand people in a swampy area of ​​seventy acres that is totally flooding during the rainy season total.

That is the residence of refugees in the civil war-torn South Sudan Bentiu town.

A team of hydraulic engineers, has been working to improve the drainage of this refugee camp. Read More

EU smart water management market will double in 2018

Water leakage detection, monitoring, sustainable infra, climate change

City water leaks wasting millions of tax dollars

The Europe smart water management market is expected to grow from $1.73 billion in 2013 to $3.46 billion in 2018 at CAGR of 14.9% for the period 2013 to 2018.

The market is primarily driven by advancement in technology in the region and smart meter compliances.


Read More

The Netherlands gets climate proof

Netherlands, climate proof

1500 kilometers of dikes will be increased, broadened and/or strengthened

The Dutch government is assigning 20,000 million euro (25,784 million USD) to save the Netherlands against sea and especially river flooding. According to the Dutch Delta program, every citizen will be protected against climate change. This plan lowers the risk for flooding to 1 per 100,000 years.

Read More

Dutch scientists teleport data

Scientists in the Netherlands (TU Delft) have moved a step closer to overriding one of Albert Einstein’s most famous objections to the implications of quantum mechanics, which he described as ‘spooky action at a distance.’

Data teleporting by the TU Delft

Data teleporting by the TU Delft

In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, Read More

Man-made Lowlands; A future for ancient dykes in the Netherlands

Thousands of kilometers of dikes protect the Dutch from floading

Thousands of kilometers of dikes protect the Dutch from floading

Two third of the Dutch live below sealevel. And because we want to keep our feet dry, we have a lot of dykes.

  • in the reclamation of peatland and marshlan
  • as coastal embankments
  • to enclose polders and flank rivers

But how do we treat them correctly?

Read More