How Cities Are Using Nature to Keep Heatwaves at Bay

The more the planet warms, the more cities are finding they need new ways to keep urban temperatures down and protect their residents. Heatwaves are already by far the deadliest weather-related disasters in Europe; 140,000 deaths associated with 83 heatwaves have been recorded since the beginning of this century. Today, …

UNEP Start-Up Challenge Winners Show How Business Can Build Back Better From COVID-19

The 2020 winners of a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) start-up initiative are demonstrating business solutions that will help Asia build back better and greener after the COVID-19 pandemic. The nine entrepreneurs selected by the 2020 Asia-Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge are advancing green businesses in the categories of low-carbon energy, …

Can Electricity Decarbonize the Energy Sector?

The energy sector currently accounts for two-thirds of global carbon emissions; Expedited progress on energy efficiency and low-carbon sources in the energy mix is required to achieve deep decarbonization; As the demand to “electrify everything” grows, the carbon footprint associated with every step of the electricity generation process must be …

Trees in the City – Plaudits for Sustainable Urban Forestry Trailblazers

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation announced the first cities to be recognized under the Tree Cities of the World programme, designed to help create more resilient and sustainable cities. Among the first-movers were capital cities such as Ljubljana, Quito, Paris, Yerevan, …

Toward Congress Anniversary – the 50th International Hvac&R Congress and Exhibition

In 1969 and 1970, in three republicas’ centres of the former Yugoslavia, three conventions were held about the same area of expertise. The common denominator of those professionals’ seminars in Zagreb, Ljubljana and Belgrade was air conditioning. The Belgrade seminar, on the initiative of Djakovic, PhD, president of the SMEITS …

New Standards for Air Conditioners and Refrigerators Set to Tackle Climate Change

Growing demand for air conditioning units and refrigerators is threatening to accelerate global warming, but new guidelines could help reduce emissions by setting clear performance standards for new appliances. The new model guidelines for room air conditioners and refrigerators provide a  tool for developing and emerging economies on laws and …