Energy Efficiency

FLOATING SUSTAINABILITY: THE CASE OF AQUATIC PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANTS

This innovative technology offers interesting advantages in term of space and optimization of aquatic resources Author: Luis Sánchez Torrente The search of energy solutions with no social and environmental impact is still one of the main challenges of the sustainable agenda. The field of renewable energies and their dizzying expansion over the last decades has implied great progresses in reducing ...[Read More]

ALIANZA SHIRE BRINGS ELECTRICITY TO THE REFUGEE CAMPS OF ETHIOPIA

The first Spanish public-private alliance for Humanitarian Action abroad. According to data provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), by the end of 2015 there were more than 65 million displaced persons around the world, forced to flee due to persecution, conflict, repression and natural disasters In this context, Allianza Shire emerged as a multi-actor alliance, creat...[Read More]

WHAT WE’VE LEARNT FROM THE DROUGHT

The city of Cape Town needs to develop innovative solutions to compensate for the decrease of water resources available in the city Author:  Dr Kevin Winter [i] Water consumers in Cape Town rely almost entirely on stored surface water for drinking and every other purpose. There are not many countries that are capable of achieving water quality to potable standards. The population of Cape Town has ...[Read More]

OPTIMIZING THE EXPLOITATION OF WATER RESOURCES IN MOROCCO

The Modernization Project for Irrigated Agriculture involves a significant improvement of the efficiency of the irrigation system destined to agriculture, contributing to the country’s resilience to climate change. Author: Yvan Castaigne Irrigated agriculture represents 45% of the value-added, 50% of the rural employment and 75% of the agricultural exportation of the country. In 2008, Morocco laun...[Read More]

SUPPLY OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY IN RURAL AREAS OF LATIN AMERICA

A study published by the itdUPM analyzes six relevant initiatives aimed to improve the energy distribution network in Latin America.  Author: itdUPM The itdUPM has recently published a study, commissioned by the Multilateral Development Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (FOMIN/BID) analyzing six initiatives of energy distribution networks in Latin America. These initiatives are designed ...[Read More]

THE EU COMMITMENTS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The EU has reaffirmed its commitment in the fight for sustainability through a document recently released. Author: Mélanie Romat The European Union has released last week a communication[1] explaining in details its commitments, policies and actions contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations. The 19 pages document establishes connec...[Read More]

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AGREEMENTS

The Environmental Performance Agreements allow establishing a compromise between three key actors in the fight for an eco-responsible society: citizen, government and business. Author: Yves Garenne The 21st century is somewhat unique since it brings to light several new elements regarding the environmental impact of our capitalist society. Science has confirmed the hypothesis that human activity h...[Read More]

FROM WOOD TO GAS, FROM DEFORESTATION TO CLEAN ENERGY

The implantation of a Biodigester in a community from North Argentina has allowed significant improvements in social and environmental aspects Authors: Civil Association Colonia Jaime [i] and National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) [ii] For more than 83 years, in the inner part of Santiago del Estero, in Argentina, we can find a community with unique characteristics called Colonia Jaime...[Read More]

THE ENERGY POVERTY WEEK

Knowing the incidence of Energy Poverty is essential to find a solution Author: José Luis López In 2012, more than 54 millions of Europeans, of which 4 millions living in Spain, have declared being unable to keep their house at a decent temperature in winter. And Spain was situated as the fourth European country with higher rate of affected people for this circumstance. The same year, 17% of Spani...[Read More]

Applications and advantages of Photocatalysis

Photocatalysis offers a concrete solution to one of the major problems our society has to face: environmental pollution. Author: Mélanie Romat [i] Photocatalysis, discovered more that 40 years ago, is recognized now as a process which allows to collaborate effectively against the atmospheric pollution problem present in big cities. WHAT IS PHOTOCATALYSIS? The photocatalytic process is based on the...[Read More]

Design for “scalability”

The study of scalability patterns is a fundamental issue to extend and guarantee the access to essential services. Authors: Carlos Mataix / Xosé Ramil [i] In the field of development, new words are regularly appearing and everybody starts to use them, creating endless debates and hundreds of articles and posts like this one. “Scalability” is one of them, and for now it is quite popular among profe...[Read More]

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