Author Archive

A circular economy

| March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Is prosperity dependent on resource consumption? Two separate reports are saying no, and instead proposing a new model of industrial organisation that decouples economic growth from resource consumption, and which has the potential to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars in savings. ‘A Global Redesign: Shaping the Circular Economy‘ – a report from UK think […]

Filed Under: Waste = Opportunity

Desertec takes first steps

| December 12, 2011 | 1 Comments

The Guardian: The first phase of the ambitious ‘Desertec’ project, which aims to generate enough solar and wind energy from the deserts of North Africa to meet 15% of Europe’s energy needs, is set to get underway early next year with construction of a 50MW solar farm in the deserts of Morocco. Desertec is a […]

Filed Under: Look to Nature

Matching waste to want

| September 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Fast Co. Design: Companies spend a fortune sending waste materials to landfill – an estimated US$22 billion per year according to the US EPA – but a new endeavour aims to act as an online go-between, matching businesses creating waste streams with businesses who wanted to reuse materials. RecycleMatch entrepreneurs Brooke Betts Farrell and Chad Farrell […]

Filed Under: Waste = Opportunity

Change fonts, save ink

| September 9, 2010 | 1 Comments

The Economist: Saving money on office supplies such as toner and ink could be as simple as changing fonts, The Economist reports. The difference in ink usage between Arial and Century Gothic fonts might seem insignificant to the naked eye, but a 2009 study found that switching from the heavier Arial to thinner-lined Century Gothic […]

Filed Under: Waste = Opportunity

Waste = resources

| July 31, 2010 | 0 Comments

With waste an effective dead-zone of profit, one company’s waste can be another company’s resource stream. Wastivity is essentially an industrial trash and treasure, where producers of waste can cost effectively find buyers in order to avoid waste to landfill. Buyers, in turn, can drastically reduce their direct procurement costs by purchasing ‘waste’ as an input […]

The dawn of the sixth wave

| July 11, 2010 | 1 Comments

Global investment firm Allianz Global Investors has released a report suggesting the recent financial crisis could herald the start of the sixth Kondratiev wave – a wave in which the key is a increase in resource and energy productivity. The report describes a structural change in economy called “Eco-Trends”, and argues that growth will be […]

Filed Under: Uncategorized

Energy efficiency saves IBM millions

| July 5, 2010 | 0 Comments Energy conservation efforts at IBM facilities around the world have exceeded even the company’s expectations, delivering nearly US$27 million in energy savings in 2009, representing around 5.4% of the company’s total energy use. The savings flowed from the 1900 or so energy conservation projects implemented at IBM’s 270 facilities around the world, which enabled […]

Filed Under: Waste = Opportunity

Waste whey to electricity

| June 29, 2010 | 1 Comments

The Economist: Cheese might seem an unlikely candidate as the next big thing in renewable energy, but a Greek researcher has discovered a way to generate electricity from one of the major waste products of cheese manufacture – whey. Whey constitutes around 70% of the volume of milk and is an often costly by-product of […]

Filed Under: Waste = Opportunity

Community solar

| June 9, 2010 | 2 Comments

Grist: A city in Washington State has found a way around the problem that stops most people from installing solar panels on their houses – cost. Ellensburg is launching its own community solar ‘garden’. Rather than cough up the estimated US$30,000 to install their own solar panels, residents are being asked to pay what they […]

Filed Under: Uncategorized

Bacterial sewage treatment

| May 16, 2010 | 1 Comments

New Scientist: A newly-discovered type of bacterium that converts ammonium into nitrogen and methane could drastically reduce the amount of energy needed to process sewage. Researchers from the Delft University of Technology have developed a technique using this new bacterium that by-passes one of the most energy-intensive processes in sewage treatment. In conventional sewage treatment, […]

Filed Under: Look to Nature