The Impact of Architecture on the Environment

In 1987, the World Commission on the Environment and Development defined sustainability as a process of meeting the present needs without compromising future generations and their needs. This definition can be expounded into three main aspects on which sustainability rests – ecology, economy, and society. Ecological aspect refers to our …

More Americans Are Working From Home — And It’s Better for the Environment

There’s no doubting the transformative power of technology. Advances in tech have led to new and improved entertainment experiences, from allowing us to stream our favorite shows on-demand to immersing us in virtual worlds. They’re changing how we earn a living by making it easier to work remotely, and now, …

EU Lawmakers Back More Ambitious Renewables, Energy Saving Goals

European lawmakers approved draft measures on Wednesday to reform the power market and reduce energy consumption that envisage more ambitious climate goals, setting the stage for tough talks with reluctant EU member states. Under the plan backed by the European Parliament, renewable energy would account for at least 35 percent …

Domestic Appliances Guzzle Far More Energy than Advertised – EU Survey

TVs, dishwashers and fridge freezers have been found to guzzle up to twice as much energy as advertised on their energy labels, in a wide-ranging EU product survey. When tested under real-world conditions, the €400,000, 18-month investigation found widespread overshooting of the goods’ colour-coded A-G energy classes, due to the …

Home Energy Storage Batteries Lose to Grid-Connected Solar on Environmental Impact

Energy storage allows excess power collected by solar panels to be stored for later use, addressing the intermittent nature of solar power. It’s a concept that has already won over policymakers, electric utilities, and some automakers. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has moved to consolidate the automaker and his SolarCity company …

Siemens Cuts CO2 Emissions by 20 Percent

One year after the launch of its decarbonization program, Siemens is already making significant advances in reducing its carbon footprint. The company was able to cut its CO2 emissions from 2.2 million tons in fiscal 2014 to 1.7 million tons in fiscal 2016. A major portion of the carbon dioxide …

Renewables Continue to Grow in the EU, but Member States Need to Step up...

The EU Member States have lowered their energy consumption in recent years, despite a slight increase in 2015. At the same time, they use more and more renewable energy. Overall, the 28 Member States are collectively well on their way to meeting their 2020 targets on renewables, energy efficiency and …