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Deep building renovation represents one of the single most critical
tools to massively lower Europe's CO2 emissions, create jobs in
the construction sector and improve the quality of the existing
built environment for the good of European citizens. BUILD UPON
is an innovative two year Horizon 2020 project, aimed at helping
European countries design and implement strong, long-term
national strategies for the renovation of their existing buildings.
CEDAC - Sustainable Agricultural Technical Support and Environmental Education in Kandal province, Cambodia, (AICA 3)
To promote sustainable agricultural techniques to encourage capacity development of human resources in the environmental education and to secure the environmental benefits. The Project also promotes primary education because of its importance as the basis of sustainable development and global environmental conservation.
CEDAC - Improving Soil Fertility and Water Holding Capacity to Increase Agricultural Productivity of Small Farmers in Kampong Chhnang Province
Improving the capacity of farmers to explore appropriate bio-char and bio-slurry compounds for application to the soil to obtain optimal soil conditioning for their circumstances, especially better soil fertility and higher water retention capacity.
The Swedish Government allocated SEK 6.2 billion for Local Investments Programmes (LIP) to support the process of change needed to achieve sustainable development. This is the largest investment in ecological sustainability to date in Sweden. As a result, over half of all municipalities in Sweden received LIP grants between 1998 and 2002. "Hammarby Sjöstadsverket tests new treatment methods" is one example of LIP.
Orbital Systems revolutionary shower system saves both water and energy and has attracted much attention internationally. In appearance, it looks like an ordinary shower, but instead of using 150 liters of water to make a ten minute shower it suffice with 5-7 liters. The water runs continuously in a loop.
Drying cabinets for clothes and textiles are very commonly used in Sweden since many years. In all preschools and in laundry rooms they are very popular for drying. The method of drying is with ventilated heat and has not changed much over the past 30 years and it uses large amounts of energy.
With an innovation from the small Malmo Company Knycer can both energy be saved and clothes shelf life be longer. Their secret for saving energy and also reducing wear and tear on the clothes is to use a dehumidification process instead of pure heat.
The sun is the Earth's biggest heat source but it can also give us electricity. In Jonkoping, we have since 2006 working to install solar cells and solar heat installations and today these are in operation on a dozen municipal facilities. Thanks early involvement the municipality could get a large portion of the solar cell support introduced in 2009, which ensures a strong continued expansion of solar power systems.
We have been instructed by the government to conduct a focus on innovation procurement in the field of environmental technology. It will take the form of innovation contests and towards the procuring parties. The competition will be conducted in stages. Identified needs for innovations in local government have been done. Based on these, participants call for the competition. A range of innovations are made and winners are selected. The winners get the opportunity to test their innovations in test beds and will then receive support to make business plans.
About one fifth of the world's energy consumption goes to heating and cooling which largely comes from fossil fuels. The need for new ideas that solve both environmental and economic challenges are great. Climatewell's solution is a solar-powered heat pump that goes by the name SolarChiller. According to the company, it can simultaneously achieve three completely different goals. The decreasing emission of carbon dioxide because the pump does not require any fossil fuel and partly need no electricity since it exclusively use renewable solar energy. Together, this technology helps to reduce the cost of both those who want to warm up and for those who want to cool down their property.
NLAB Solar develops solar cells to mimic nature's way of converting sunlight into energy. But instead of chlorophyll, titanium dioxide is used to convert solar energy to green energy. The goal is building facades completely covered with transparent solar cells that generate both electricity and protects against burning rays.
Luxembourg Development Cooperation's (LuxDev) most important foreign project in the tourism sector – the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, or LANITH – stands to revolutionise an industry that is vital to the future economic growth of one of Southeast Asia's poorest nations.
Set up in 2008 LANITH is helping to transform a sector that lags well behind that of neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia or Myanmar. In 2012 tourism in Laos earned US$500 million in export revenues – behind only mining and hydropower. Yet Cambodia earned US$3.5 billion for a similar number of tourists. On average, Laos earns just US$50 per visitor – the lowest in Asia.