Environmental


sand

Sand: An important resource is becoming scarce

If you think of resource conservation, sand probably doesn't immediately come to mind. But these small granules are needed in every industry - be it for the production of glass, computer chips or concrete. Despite the many deposits in seas, rivers and deserts, sand is slowly becoming scarce. In addition, extraction causes ecological and social problems. It is therefore clear that we need to find...

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Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries

Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are real all-rounders used in a wide variety of products such as notebooks, smartphones and electric cars. In our blog article entitled Lithium Ion Batteries in Focus, we took a closer look at the technology involved. But what happens to them at the end of their use phase? Does future recycling entail problems for the environment, or can it spawn a new, strong business...

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Dubai

Dubai – From oil wealth to the world’s smallest CO2 footprint?

With the discovery of its oil reserves, the former fishing village of Dubai transformed into a metropolis of superlatives. Bigger, better, faster - that's the reigning motto. This desert city's new goal is to achieve the world's smallest carbon footprint. But are Dubai and environmental protection really compatible? In 2018, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was one of the countries with the world's highest CO2...

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Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology in Germany

Our cities are continuously growing and consuming ever more energy and resources. But at the same time, dense urban construction and shorter travel distances present an opportunity for more environmentally-friendly development. Urban ecology has therefore also become an important goal in Germany. By examining some exciting concepts from German towns and cities, we want to show you what changes in the use of mobility, energy,...

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Singapore’s Zero Waste Initiative

Singapore’s Zero Waste Initiative

On 1 July, Singapore took a further step on the way to becoming a zero waste society. Used electronic devices can now be dropped off at over three hundred collection points. This low-threshold service is supported by a voucher system designed to incentivise consumers to recycle by offering them rewards. But why is Singapore investing so much in its Zero Waste Initiative? Up until a...

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Reuse instead of recycle!

Reuse instead of recycle!

In decades gone by, the mantra used to be that waste must be recycled. But this is no longer true, because it has become plain to see that recycling is not enough to deal with our environmental problems. Instead, to handle raw materials sustainably, manufactured products need to be kept in service for as long as possible. Only a product which is not produced is...

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3d printing sustainable

3D Printing – a Chance for a Sustainable Future?

From prototype production through to ecological house building – 3D printing technology is no longer only used in industrial production. In future it will open up new opportunities for medical applications, food manufacturing and the re-use of recycled raw materials. This article looks into the fields of application for 3D printing that are gaining in significance and asks to what extent they can contribute to...

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Ecological Backpack shows consequences of consume

The Ecological Backpack

Every product carries an ecological backpack from manufacture through to disposal. It is filled with the weight of all materials consumed during the product’s entire lifetime. In view of the increasing global shortage of resources, a calculation model such as the ecological backpack is vital in terms of raising awareness of the use of resources. A certain quantity of raw materials is consumed at each...

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European data centres to be climate neutral by 2030

European data centres to be climate neutral by 2030

At the end of January 2021, important cloud providers, data centre operators and IT industry associations agreed a European “Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact”. The ambitious target: that, by 2030, all European data centres should operate sustainably – that is to say, to not increase the quantity of climate-damaging gases in the atmosphere. In doing so, they are complying with a demand made by the...

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A pack of lithium-ion cells of the 18650 format folded with a positive terminal up. Image with flare effect.

A Ray of Hope: Sodium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries currently dominate the market for energy storage. However, the Earth’s reserves of lithium are limited, scarce and expensive. Sodium-ion batteries would be cheaper and more sustainable, since sodium occurs in large quantities in nature and is much simpler to acquire than lithium. The technology already works, but it could be a while before it enters mass production. You find them in laptops, smartphones,...

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