The European Sustainable Development Week happens each year for a week between the end of may and the beginning of june. This event acts as a general call for to encourage sustainable projects but also as a reminder that we should all do our part to help better the environment. Here are 10 essential tips to help you change bad habits into sustainable ones in your own homes. Doing your bit for the environment with smaller actions around the house is just as important!
We all know that cars aren’t exactly kind to the environment, which is why it’s normally the first place we look to change when we’re trying to make our lifestyle a little bit greener.
For most of us, the answer to more environmentally friendly travel seems easy –swap your old petrol-guzzler for a sleek hybrid model.
Your instincts tell you to go for a Prius, the ones all the celebs in LA drive. It’s bound to be greener than a bog-standard Vauxhall Corsa, right?
New isn’t always greener
In less than three years, India sees three-fold rise in solar power generation capacity, currently at 10,000+ megawatts
In 2014, India’s solar power generation capacity was 3,000 megawatts (MW). In less than three years, this figure has risen three-fold and India now boasts of an installed capacity to churn out 10,000 MW of solar energy.
Two ingenious Indian brothers, Arun and Anoop George, decided to ditch conventionality and embrace atypicality – On a micro level to power homes with sustainable energy, and on a macro level to achieve their goal of eliminating ‘energy poverty’. Goodbye rooftop solar panels, hello wind power! In their start-up called Avant Garde Innovations, these two brothers have begun working on leveraging wind energy to generate power, resulting in the development of a ceiling-fan-sized, residential wind turbine that they aim to launch in the second quarter of 2017. The turbine is expected to be priced at approximately USD 750.
Thousands of taxis to be replaced by electric cars – Beijing’s attempt at combating rising pollution levels
Another one of Beijing’s commendable attempts at tackling its persistent pollution problem – Approximately 70,000 petrol-fuelled taxis in China’s capital to be slowly replaced with electric vehicles. Also, new taxis on roads must be electric, say reports.
Tsavo, an extremely dry region in Kenya, faces severe water scarcity due to sparse rain. The large variety of wild animals living in the Tsavo West National Park are facing the music too – elephants, antelopes and many more. Apart from just realizing their plight, someone actually doing something about it is the very concerned Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua. Seeing how the extreme drought conditions of Kenya leave the animals without any water, a compassionate Mwalua has vowed never to let the animals go thirsty and therefore drives long distances every day in a big water delivery truck to fill up the empty waterholes.
Being eco-friendly in everyday life can be a tough job. No matter if you drive a car, get your geek on with a laptop with low power consumption or only wear clothes made of natural fiber produced and harvested with the utmost respect to the environment, you’ll encounter not only a ton of products that were made using eco-unfriendly methods but further tons that conceal their true nature, often lying about their origins. If only things were as simple as they are in the digital world. Or are they? Digital products, no matter if they are songs, pictures, or games you can play at Euro Palace, have no direct impact on the environment (that’s why a digital invoice is better than a printed one), yet the servers they are stored on can often have quite a significant carbon footprint. Luckily, most web hosting companies, including the one hosting the servers for Euro Palace, have committed to reducing their contribution to global warming significantly over the years. Soon, we’ll be able to play Euro Palace games knowing that we do the right thing for our world by supporting the global use of renewable energy. Being eco-friendly and doing the right thing today is still not the easiest thing to do due to the lack of transparency of the supply chain.
Subject to implementation of the plans announced in India’s 2017 Union Budget, pretty much all railway stations in the country will soon be powered by solar.
In the Union Budget speech made on February 01, 2017 by India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, it was announced that the 7,000 railway stations will run on solar power very soon, across India. This is in line with the Indian Railways’ mission to implement solar power capacity to the tune of 1,000 megawatts (MW).
Great news for inhabitants of Stockholm: The warmth of their homes could come from a simple (and sometimes wasteful) activity people indulge in everyday – Browsing the internet.
To achieve its green objective of becoming free from fossil fuels by 2040, Stockholm is aiming to source 10% of its needed heat from data centers. Therefore, in collaboration with numerous partners, Stockholm is looking to aid several large data centers to go there, then harness and channel the heat generated from these centers’ servers into a local district heating system.
Starting April 1 2017, the taxing system for new cars in the UK will change. Many drivers looking to buy a new car will observe that they are going to pay more than they expect to.
The new system of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is expected to lead to an easier, more streamlined system. However, many low-emission vehicles will also be subject to the tax even if they are already insured.