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Water

When pondering on the complexities of sustainable development, sometimes we fail to include a priority index. Should climate change or pollution from microplastics rank first? Is i...

50 years of Environment

World Environment Day is turning 50 years old. It was established by the United Nations on June 5th, 1972, at the first Conference on the Human Environment, which opened at that ti...

A Global Roadmap for an Inclusive Circular Economy

On the occasion of Stockholm+50 - a major environmental event taking place on 2–3 June 2022, following on from the original UN Conference on the Human Environment that took place i...

Against Batman Syndrome: Circularity Requires Collaboration

When we think about what it will take to transform our global economy, it is easy to suffer from one of two thought distortions. The first is an overwhelming sense of existential d...

Fashion is Out of Fashion

Fashion is a bizarre subject. The terms stems from the Latin facere (do, make) and through Old French façon to Middle English fashion, and in its multiple senses means manner, appe...

Biodiversity, the great challenge of 2022. What are the lessons for politics and businesses?

In 2021, we've been looking hard at the financial and industrial revolution related to decarbonization. Not a day goes by that we don't talk about taxonomy, carbon disclosure, ener...

We need timber to build on the momentum of COP26

Cut through the political noise and we can see that COP26 was a symbolic moment for the built environment. Reducing whole building-lifecycle emissions is now firmly established as ...

Unreal Estate: a New Way of Building

Our buildings are immobile goods. Silent behemoths, slowly changing over the years. Every so often, they are torn down. More frequently, they are renovated, to limit their decay. M...

Climate change: why activists are putting a premium on insurers

Small talk needs a new conversation starter. As weather events batter people, property and productivity from sea to rising sea, the physical reality of the connection between weath...

Foooood! Eating is a political act

Every time we lift our fork to our mouth, we do so with blind faith toward the products we have on our plate. The hygiene of food supply chains is ever more guaranteed by stringent...

A new Eu policy for sustainable product

The EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan 2020 strives to bring about a green transition of the European economy. It looks at the entire life cycle of products and their materials, fro...

Metropolis 2052. The future belongs to circular cities

Forced to watch it from balconies and windows, a city, to those who have experienced urban lockdown, appeared as an unknown and largely misunderstood object. In the frenzy of produ...

World Environment Day: conservation is no longer enough, it’s time for restoration

The year 2021 started with some news that mostly went unnoticed, as, after all, did many other things in a pandemic-dominated year-long news cycle. A study published in Nature esti...

The Invisible Thread. Textile and Outdoor Industry towards Circularity

The textile industry makes a significant contribution to the global economy, with over 430 million workers worldwide. A thriving market in constant growth. But while the volume of ...

Hydrogen Future

The Clean Hydrogen industry can avoid 82 million-ton CO2 emissions per year in the EU and create 140,000-170,000 jobs: a vital contribution to the European Green Deal.Carbon Neutra...

RenewAfrica, the public-private partnership for renewable energy in Africa

The Agenda 2030 makes it clear: in order to achieve a fair and sustainable development, it is necessary to build alliances that see public and private stakeholders collaborating to...

Going Full Throttle with Biofuels

Along with the construction and manufacturing sectors, transport is still a top priority for decarbonisation strategies. According to the World Resource institute’s data for 2020, ...

Smart City Live 2020: what cities should do in the new normal scenario?

Covid-19 has turned everything inside out. In cities, too. The pandemic has left an indelible mark on the outlook of the urban coat and is forcing city officials to rethink urban d...

Circular Economy for Food: Value Connections Amongst Food, Humankind, and the Planet

Those dealing with macro scenarios know these numbers all too well: in 2050, in order to feed 9.1 billion people, food availability will have to increase by about 70% (benchmarked ...

Energy poverty in Africa: the time to act is now

It is called energy poverty, and it is considered one of the most limiting conditions for human development. The difficulty of individuals and families in accessing reliable energy...