Eco-concrete as alternative cement recipes

Cement production has to drastically reduce its environmental footprint. Empa researchers are, therefore working on alternative cement recipes that cause significantly fewer emissions or can even bind the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. It is the most widely used product in the world. Cement is indispensable yet its reputation has become quite tainted in the course Read more about Eco-concrete as alternative cement recipes[…]

How to convert abundant methane gas into more useful synthesis gas

Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), National Institute for Materials Science, Kochi University of Technology, Shizuoka University, and Kyushu University developed a catalyst to convert abundant methane gas into more useful synthesis gas. Unlike conventional catalysts, this catalyst operates at much lower temperatures by using light, thus saving a tremendous amount of Read more about How to convert abundant methane gas into more useful synthesis gas[…]

Putting energy efficiency first is a key objective of the Energy Union

Energy savings are an efficient way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and thereby contribute to the EU’s action against climate change. They also help Europeans to save money on their energy bills. The European Commission adopted three recommendations to help Member States to transpose and implement the amending Directive on Energy Efficiency. They are particularly Read more about Putting energy efficiency first is a key objective of the Energy Union[…]

In 2017, CO2 emissions in the EU estimated to have increased compared with 2016

Eurostat estimates that in 2017 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased by 1.8% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous year. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. They are influenced by factors such as climate conditions, Read more about In 2017, CO2 emissions in the EU estimated to have increased compared with 2016[…]

Smart Cities and Communities

Specific Challenge: The COP21 Paris Agreement recognises the role of cities and calls on them to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. The EU is committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Sustainable Development Goal 11 (“Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”). Many forward-looking cities have set Read more about Smart Cities and Communities[…]