As the definition goes, sustainability is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Long story short, to be sustainable, something has to be good for the people, planet, and economically viable. Therefore sustainability doesn’t mean necessary less comfort or more expensive stuff, means paying more attention and being smarter, while transiting to a circular economy.
Reading Time: 5 minutes IKEA Democratic Design Days' focus has been on sustainability this year, and within the two-day event, IKEA has announced some great things in this area, some very exciting collaborations and a mega initiative of rethinking cities and living.
Reading Time: 1 minute Every Thursday I will publish on Facebook stats, tips and tricks related to sustainability and every Monday I will publish what you can do on that issue. Thursday because Gro Harlem Brundtland was born on this day, Monday because it starts the week. Why use less paper How to use less paper
In the last one hundred years, we cared so much about our prosperity and comfort in the short term, that we traded the safety of our home. For life to exist and progress we needed just the right amount of heat, energy, and stability for us. Now, we are 11 years away from being in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control due to global warming. Climate change is currently the world’s biggest threat facing humanity, according to both to United Nations and World Economic Forum and we are not moving fast enough. We have to drastically reduce GHG emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Last week, on the 25th of July, Romania’s President Mr Klaus Iohannis came and visited our house. Over 200 people (partners, professors, people who helped us and our team) were there to celebrate with us this special moment in the history of our project.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Global Youth Climate Network is an initiative launched by young World Bank Group staff on a voluntary basis but is not institutionalized within the World Bank Group. I was chosen to be one of the ambassadors coming from 58 countries and now I have to deliver at least 3 of the list, I would try ...
Today 54% of Earth’s 7 billion people are living in cities. Even though it is occupying just 2% of our planet’s terrain, it is responsible for 75% of worlds energy consumption, 80% of CO2 emissions and it is generating 80% of global GDP. In the next 30 years, urbanization combined with overall population growth will boost the number of inhabitants in cities by 2.5 billion. We have to start readdressing the way cities and human settlements are planned, designed, financed, developed, governed and managed. We need smart cities that are flexible, inclusive, safe and sustainable.
Romania, an East European country with a population of around 18 million people, member of European Union since 2007, has now 4 cities...
One week ago was the last day of World Urban Forum, the 9th edition. From Feb. 7 to 13th, leaders from across the globe...
As the closing ceremony of the 9th World Urban Forum ended, I can say it was one of the most interesting experiences in...
update: Read the Kuala Lumpur Declaration of World Urban Forum. Between 7 and 13th February, I will be attending world's most important forum...
80% of our life is spent indoor, buildings being critical for our health, safety, productivity and happiness. Billions of people are affected every day by the sick building syndrome. Housing is a person’s most significant investment, and generally, 75% of the total costs come from usage and maintenance of the house. In the EU, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions, polluting soil, water and air, while also generating a lot of waste. More than 25% of the resources involved in the process of building are thrown away. To create my dream homes, I have developed the CIP Diagram which concentrates on 3 pillars: Concept, Interactions, Product, this being a more holistic approach than just using sustainability standards as BREAM, LEED, LBC or others.
Energy is the world’s most important contributor to GHG emissions being responsible for 60% of CO2 emissions while also polluting the soil, water, and air. Today only 20% of global electricity production comes from renewable, and unfortunately, there are still over 1 billion people with no access to electricity. I believe that democratizing energy is the solution to world energy trilemma: energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability. My dream is creating access for everybody to free clean energy.
by Mihai Toader-Pasti, Cofounder @ energiaTa.org and Teodora Vasâlca-Cimpoi, Editor-in-Chief @ NewsEnergy.ro Romania today is facing various challenges on multiple domains, energy being...
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In the next 25 years, around 47% of today’s jobs will disappear, and 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. Technology will transform products, organizations: the way we design, make and build, use and maintain. Furthermore, it will change us: how we consume, produce or feel. Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Nanotechnology together with Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality will disrupt all industries, from health to accounting or space travel. Future of … is built today, based on our past.
With six out of every ten people on Earth expected to live in urban areas by 2030, urban mobility is key to the sustainable development of our cities. Mobility of people, goods, services is more challenging than ever before. When we talk about humans mobility we have to take into consideration: the time we waste, the price we pay, the pollution and emissions we generate and the safety of us and others. Traffic congestion is one of the biggest sources of stress, anger and anxiety. 1.3 million people are dying every year in car crashes. Petrol and diesel cars are killing us, more than 5.5 million people worldwide are dying prematurely every year as a result of air pollution. Furthermore, today cars are parked 95% of time occupying a lot of the urban space that could otherwise be returned to citizens or replaced with nature.
It is snowing in Bucharest for two days; there are -8’Celsius in the mid-day, the public infrastructure failed us, and schools...