Communication for Sustainable Development

Asia’s biggest funding opportunity for sustainable solutions offers up to S$1m and more for clean energy & circular economy solutions

Singapore—The Liveability Challenge on 10th January launched a global call for innovative clean energy and circular economy solutions for cities in the tropics, dangling Asia’s biggest prize for sustainability solutions with up to S$1 million in project development funds, as well as exclusive crowdfunding campaigns and mentorship opportunities up for grabs. The global call for submissions will close on 5 April 2019, 11:59pm (GMT+8) Singapore time.

The need for transformative action has never been greater. Humanity only has 12 years to curb its carbon emissions and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius—or risk an irreversible climate crisis, according to the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Sustainability from Sanctions? The Eurasian Development Bank and Infrastructure Projects in Russia’s Arctic

Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) announced it will be financing infrastructure projects in Russia that were previously turned down by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The news follows yet another dismissal by the EBRD of a Russian complaint during the bank’s annual conference last month, citing the temporary suspension of funds for Russian projects in light of international sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis. From the perspective of Arctic environmental and social sustainability, these developments are worrying because the EDB still lack the clear implementation frameworks deployed by the EBRD and other western lenders to international best practice standards. Nevertheless, they also represent an opportunity for the EDB to flesh out a sustainability framework of their own, with the potential to further reduce environmental and social risks of infrastructure projects across the Russian Arctic.

Affordable Housing: the issue makes its come back on the European Agenda

What can be done to avoid evictions? How can a city provide housing to the most vulnerable groups and to the young talented people? Can low-carbon housing be affordable?
Barcelona , Dupnitsa and Poznan have developed interesting initiatives to work towards “Housing for All”, looking at the social, environmental and physical aspects of housing policies.

In an excellent article on the meaning of affordable housing,Laura Colini wrote the following: “If affordable housing simply means that adequate housing should be accessible and affordable to all, -and primarily to those at risk of becoming or already less well off- its meaning remains not universally shared in public policies all over Europe… the statistics on Affordability of housing by Eurostat from November 2015 are reporting for 2014 that 11.4 % share of the EU-28 population lived in households that spent 40% or more of their “equivalised disposable income” on housing.”

Efficient small micro-CHP generators are coming !

Micro combined heat and power or micro-CHP or mCHP is an extension of the idea of cogeneration to the single/multi family home or small office building in the range of up to 50 kW.

As it turns out, most homes already have half of a miniaturized power plant. Electricity is just a part of our daily energy consumption - we also need heat to keep us warm. We need thermal energy to heat our homes, hot water and food. And so, in the US, more than 60 million homes are heated by natural gas and there are 100 million gas boilers installed in European homes.

Now, technologies are becoming available to complete the rest of the miniaturized power plant. This is called micro-combined heat and power (CHP). Micro-CHP generates both electricity and heat simultaneously at the size of a home. The heat meets the demand for space heating and hot water, while the electricity provides power for home appliances.

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