Category Archive for: Sustainability

Urban farming insights from Vancouver

The EPIC Sustainable Living Expo also featured several interesting talks. For instance, Chris Thoreau, an urban farmer from Vancouver who brings his food as a food pedaler by bike to his customers, talked about the exciting topic “Urban Farming in Vancouver”. In fact, as 80% of the Canadian population is lives in cities, growing food in the cities is an important step…

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Many ingredients for a sustainable lifestyle

Here in Vancouver, sustainability is not just a catch-phrase but has become an integral part of people’s daily lives. Therefore, I already visited the three-day EPIC Sustainable Living Expo in the impressive Vancouver Convention Centre on its first day to gain a diverse insight into the various facets of a sustainable lifestyle. During this weekend, more than…

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BC’s controversial energy topics: Fracking, tar sands, pipelines and tankers

Last weekend, I have attended an Earth Day panel discussion at the Vancouver Public Library where British Columbia’s most controversial energy topics were discussed. As BC is situated between Alberta’s dirty tar sands in the North and the energy-hungry United States in the South, the negative effects of possible pipeline leaks, tanker accidents and other…

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Urban Mobility of the Future

We’re living in an urban age: 50% of the planet’s population today live in cities, consume 75% of energy and produce 80% of CO2 emissions. In 40 years, even 70% of the planet’s population are expected to live in cities. Due to this rapid growth and the innovative strength of urban areas, it will be decided in our…

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The Energy Future is 100% Renewable!

Last week was filled with good news as the IPCC released its Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation für erfreuliche Nachrichten: A share of 80% renewable energy in the global energy mix is possible until 2050 if politics provides investment and attractive subsidies. In concrete terms, annual investments of 1% of global GDP…

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Three Ways to a Sustainable Economic Recovery

There were some interesting insights from a recent workshop SERI on “Macro-economic effects of sustainable energy consumption“. Based on Austria’s climate and energy targets for 2020, the effects of three central measures on the economy, environment and society were examined. It became clear that a massive, holistic effort is necessary and possible! Investment in renewable energy, increase…

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Electromobility – Interview and thoughts

Recently, I have visited the launch event of the new Austrian Sustainable Mobility association at the Natural History Museum Vienna where it was possible to take a look at electric cars, bicycles and motorbikes. Moreover, I had the opportunity to interview Craig Davis from TESLA MOTORS about his company’s electric sports car, its contribution in…

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Austrian climate policy in crisis

Last week, I’ve visited a conference called “Climate in crisis – Last exit Copenhagen?” in Vienna which showed that not only the climate is in crisis but especially also Austrian climate policy. Not only is Austria the only EU15 country not to achieve its Kyoto target, but it also fails with respect to a clear…

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