Blue boiler sticker, today it is mandatory in all cities of Italy and let's not imagine it is about who knows what, it is the name of the certification that some experts in the sector, recognized by our municipality of residence, can issue to us boiler owners. Stamp, therefore, ensures that everything is okay, it must be applied to the documents that accompany our system in order to be able to show our correctness at any time.
The estimates on emissions do not add up. National data differs by more than a gigatonne from the data collected by researchers. The gap was brought to light by an analysis carried out by the University of Leeds, UK. Meanwhile, the Chinese government is asking foreign embassies to stop all sorts of environmental monitoring.
Rio + 20, the summit for sustainability, has disappointed the expectations of many but while many are seized by pessimism, we highlight the words of the UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon, who during the opening of Rio +20 encouraged the United Nations to talk about the Sustainable Energy for All program.
Every day, in Italy, 75 hectares are at risk of overbuilding. The alarming data are reported in a dossier drawn up by the Italian Environment Fund and WWF: Stolen land, a journey to Italy that disappears. A chilling title that reports sad truths: the future is in danger, with this trend, in the next 20 years, in Italy, the surface area occupied by urban areas will grow by about 600.
Is there a dubious chemical plant in the city where you live? Citizens have the right to be informed and have their say about the work of the industry. It is for this and other reasons that the EU acts by amending a directive that involves about 10,000 establishments characterized by the presence of dangerous substances in sufficient quantities to cause a major accident hazard.
Water is also becoming a common good in Europe, access to water is a universal and fundamental right, as stated by a non-legislative resolution approved by the European Parliament. The text approved by the European Commission represents Parliament's contribution to safeguarding water resources.
This caterpillar lives in the Enchanted Garden Protecting local biodiversity is also the creation of a woodland habitat and an educational garden to make children understand the importance of this topic. The idea is sponsored by Ricoh Italia and took shape in Vimodrone (Mi) in the spaces of the nursery and primary school in Via Fiume.
Landslides, avalanches, floods… which are the municipalities most at risk? What about the safest regions? The hydrogeological risk results in landslides and other phenomena mainly due to soil erosion. 48.3 percent of this phenomenon affects the small municipalities of Italy, located in almost all regions.
Everyone knows that plants help nature and the environment, forests are the lungs of the world but not everyone imagines that simple bushes and ivy can be the salvation for inhabitants and cities. A new report published in the journal ACS Environmental Science and Technology has highlighted how trees and bushes can help reduce the levels of major air pollutants.
How does wastewater treatment work in Italy? Unfortunately, according to reports from the European Commission, they are not properly treated before being discharged in sensitive areas. There are over 143 cities on the Italian Peninsula that do not yet guarantee a suitable and non-polluting sewage system.
The prospects of an imminent end of fossil fuels pushes researchers in the direction of identifying alternative fuels, among these, one possibility is given by hydrogen, H2. This is how the concept of hydrogen economy was born, the set of strategies aimed at exploiting the use of this fuel.
Energy, space and time savings guide the purchase of household appliances Eco-friendly household appliances are liked because they save money. The average Italian confirms that he is attentive to environmental sustainability issues, but does not forget to do the math. For a green appliance he is willing to spend more, but up to a certain point and as long as it is really worth it.
The ICT industry can be greener and a driving force towards green for other sectors The world ICT industry is responsible for over 2 of global CO₂ emissions into the atmosphere, more than the aeronautical sector. Furthermore, the growth rate of the Information Communication Technology sector is decidedly higher than that of the other sectors.
The European Union is pressing in the field of clean energy, the goal is to reach 2020 by covering at least 20 of energy consumption from renewable sources, unfortunately there are some countries that have not yet adapted to the orders of Brussels; let's see what the European Union tells us and which countries are less inclined to renewable sources.
The funding of 202 new projects has been approved under the European Union Environment Fund. Life + is the European financial instrument dedicated to the environment and launched in 2007. The latest approved projects concern interventions aimed at protecting nature, improving environmental policies and implementing information and communication campaigns on environmental issues.
Behind an excellent coffee there is a sustainable supply chain Behind every cup of coffee there is a long chain of business processes that goes from production to product distribution, and a large number of people who govern these processes. Excellent coffee is obtained only if you pay attention to the entire supply chain, right from the start of the production chain.
Today sustainability is no longer a choice but a real necessity for businesses Sustainability as a necessary factor and not just as a choice is the mission of JEME (Junior Enterprise Milano Economia), the first junior enterprise founded in Italy, in 1998. JEME is a student association of the Bocconi University that operates as a real consulting company.
A lignite-fueled power plant in Germany German friends won't mind if we comment on this news. Electricity company RWE has announced the construction of a 2.2 GW lignite coal-fired power plant with 43 efficiency. The plant, which will be built in Grevenbroich-Neurath, near Cologne, will cost 2.6 billion euros, one of the largest investments ever made by RWE.
One of Holcim's production units in Italy Cement and sustainability: a possible combination? At Holcim, one of the world leaders in the production of cement and aggregates, they are convinced so. Green economy does not mean erasing the past with a stroke of the sponge, but rather triggering the mechanisms of a slow and virtuous change that finds its points of reference in the well-being of people and the protection of the environment.
Bio-degradable sandals and eco glasses by Gucci Sustainable fashion and luxury are possible, for the well-being of people and the protection of the environment. This goal is set by Gucci, one of the world's leading brands in the luxury sector that has been a symbol of Made in Italy excellence for over 90 years. "Gucci is cool, Gucci is graftmanship, Gucci is responsible" underlined Rossella Ravagli, Gucci's Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Manager at the recent Milan Corporate Social Responsibility Show.
There is a lot of talk about conscious consumption, ethical choices and healthy lifestyles, but every time I leave the house there is always a queue outside McDonald's. If until a short time ago sociologists defined ours as the "society of consumption", today we can speak of a society of waste: we don't have time to "consume" a device that we already consider waste.