Energy & Environment Archives

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Reforming the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

    Promoted content | Energy 07-04-2016

    Four essential priorities to put Europe back on the energy-efficiency track.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: EU agricultural emissions: On the table

    Agrifood 23-02-2016

    In 2012, agriculture was responsible for over 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. Meat production is a significant factor.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: The EU’s new Heating and Cooling Strategy

    Energy 16-02-2016

    The European Commission announced a Heating and Cooling Strategy aimed at reducing energy waste.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: The COP21 decisions at a glance

    Promoted content | Development Policy 17-12-2015

    On 12 December, world governments concluded a historic international agreement to fight global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Demography is a vehicle for development

    Promoted content | Development Policy 25-11-2015

    The Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016, Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change, was published on 6 November. It revealed that demographic trends had changed dramatically over the last 30 years.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: What’s the best way to destroy your house?

    Special Report | Promoted content | Sustainable Development 23-11-2015

    SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission's planned Circular Economy Package of waste and recycling laws will highlight the role of construction and demolition. But what is the best way to demolish a home and how can waste be turned into a resource that can be re-used?

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Not all SDGs were created equal

    Promoted content | Development Policy 19-10-2015

    The investment needed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in September varies greatly.

  • PKN ORLEN challenge: Heat Up Innovation contest

    Promoted content | Energy 06-10-2015

    PKN ORLEN challenge: Heat Up Innovation contest for waste heat recovery technologies that can operate with low-grade heat of about 115 to 120°C
    Conserving energy is an absolute necessity for all industries. It is no longer economically viable for manufacturing or processing plants to emit heat-laden exhaust into the atmosphere without first reclaiming a significant portion of that energy.
    PKN ORLEN has made optimal use of the high-grade waste heat sources in their refinery in Plock (Poland) to preheat combustion air, crude oil, and boiler feed water. However, the heat lost through the air coolers at the top of the K1 atmospheric crude distillation column still needs a solution. Pinch analysis has shown that with conventional technology no economic use of this low-grade heat (e.g. for further preheating the crude oil by heat from the process streams) is achievable within the refinery. A novel means to usefully capture a portion of this heat is required.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Financing climate change and development

    Promoted content | Development Policy 27-08-2015

    External development finance plays a key role in supporting developing countries in their transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable development pathway.

  • Copper’s Contribution to the EU’s Circular Economy

    Promoted content | Sustainable Development 06-02-2015

    Sustainability and climate change present increasing challenges for policy makers, businesses and society. Regulators are adopting policies intended to break the link between economic growth and the use of natural resources. Industries are making new products and systems that need less building block materials, but still satisfy customer expectations. Society, both businesses and citizens, need to be much more aware of the importance of returning end of life products back into recovery and recycling.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Green Climate Fund – where is the money?

    Promoted content | Development Policy 23-10-2014

    The Green Climate Fund, which is the UN’s main instrument to transfer money to developing countries, in order to assist them in countering climate change, was launched in 2009 with the aim of raising climate finance of $100 billion a year by 2020. A substantial amount is expected to be raised in the run-up to the 2015 climate summit in Paris.

  • How we eat at the global table

    Promoted content | Development Policy 31-01-2014

    The Netherlands, France and Switzerland are the three countries enjoying the planet’s cheapest, healthiest and most plentiful diets according to a new Oxfam ‘Good Enough to Eat’ index, while three African countries have the worst.