Solar set to grow in MENA region

By the end of the decade, up to 37 gigawatts of renewable energy is to come on line in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, while the region’s total investments in renewables may reach $50 billion by 2020. Underpinning these projections are government initiatives with significant visions for long-term growth. For example:

  • Saudi Arabia has committed US$109 billion to the development of 41gigawatts of solar energy as part of a broader plan to deploy 54 gigawatts of clean energy...

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EU Circular Economy Package: Axed

The European Commission’s decision to axe the circular economy package was confirmed recently, despite objections by EU Parliament and national environment ministers. Legal procedures to officially bin the legislation should be completed in the coming months. The circular economy package included a 70% recycling or reuse target for municipal waste by 2030, and to ban recyclable materials such as plastics, paper, metals, glass and biodegradable waste to landfill by 2025. FEAD vice-president Peter Kurth: “The...

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Record hot weather in 2014 is “clear evidence” of climate change, experts say

Figures recently released by the Met Office revealed that 2014 was the UK’s hottest since records began. Although only provisional, the figures for the whole year suggest last year was the warmest in records dating back to 1910. A report by the Press Association dated 5th January 2015, said experts were interpreting the figures as "clear evidence" of the impact of man-made climate change. 2014 did not see any record-breaking months anywhere in the UK, but the figures show it was the hottest year on record across every...

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Understanding Carbon Footprint

With rising awareness of global warming and effects of emissions on the environment, corporates and individuals alike are rising to tackle environmental issues. Carbon footprinting, the first step to reduce carbon emissions, is the total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly or indirectly by an individual, organization, event or product. The main reason for calculating a carbon footprint is to inform decisions on how to reduce the climate change impact of a company, service or product. Carbon footprints are measured...

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Plasma Gasification: The future of waste treatment?

Plasma gasification technology is rapidly developing and could be an excellent method to divert MSW from landfill and produce valuable by-products. Plasma gasification is an emerging technology which can process landfill waste to extract commodity recyclables and convert carbon-based materials into fuels. It can form an integral component in a system to achieve zero-waste and produce renewable fuels, whilst caring for the environment. Plasma arc processing has been used for years to treat hazardous waste, such as...

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Plastics Oceans

Study: World dumps 8.8 million tons of plastics into oceans Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source. That's the equivalent of five grocery bags full of plastic debris dotting each foot of coastline around the world, said study lead author Jenna Jambeck, an environment engineering professor at the University of Georgia. And if the biggest polluters, mostly developing...

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