‘Urine could save the world’… The start-up turning pee into greener, cheaper fertilizer

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

A French start-up has unveiled a urine-based fertilizer to limit the use of chemical ones and make use of valuable nutrients lost when we flush. Toopi Organics claims the solution has many environmental benefits and is cheaper for farmers.

First commercial-scale sand battery goes online in Finland

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The first commercial-scale solution for sand battery energy storage has been built as part of Vatajankoski Oy’s district heating network. It is touted by Fingrid as the world’s first sand battery built for commercial use, and is involved in the Finnish TSO’s balancing power market.

This museum’s new facade is built from bricks made of city waste

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Waste from the city of Ghent, Belgium, is being turned into the building blocks of a major cultural institution. For a renovation and expansion of the Design Museum Gent, an innovative new recycling process is turning old bits of broken concrete and glass into the bricks that will cover the museum’s exterior. And due to the local sourcing of base materials and the way the bricks harden, the material has just one-third the embodied carbon of a typical brick.

Wind turbine blade recycling plant project receives EU recognition

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The first blade recycling plant project presented in Spain has received recognition from the European Union, granting aid of more than 12 million euros to the consortium in which the project is immersed.

The consortium led by Endesa and PreZero aims to allocate recycled material to the production of new products, thus closing the circle of a new useful life.

The new recycling plant that will be located in Cubillos del Sil (León), is part of Endesa’s Futur-e Plan for the Compostilla thermal power plant currently being dismantled.

Maximizing Europe’s green hydrogen supply

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The EU will need both locally produced and imported hydrogen to keep industrial sites operational while replacing gas, coal, and oil in energy-intensive sectors.

EU regions and cities call for compensatory payments to tackle industrial pollution

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The European Committee of the Regions strongly supports the polluter pays principle and strengthening penalties and calls for financial compensation for local and regional authorities as pollution hits locally first.

Do due diligence laws actually promote climate smart food?

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EU-proposed due-diligence legislation has been criticised for triggering unintended consequences across the supply chain, which begs the question: will such a law actually promote climate smart food?

Do due diligence laws actually promote climate smart food?

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

EU-proposed due-diligence legislation has been criticised for triggering unintended consequences across the supply chain, which begs the question: will such a law actually promote climate smart food?

No Time to Waste: Why the EU Needs to Adopt Ambitious Legally Binding Food Waste Reduction Targets

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We urge the European Commission to set a legally binding target of a 50%, farm-to-fork reduction in food waste by 2030 and recommend that policymakers, organisations, and individuals join us in calling for these targets to be adopted. As reflected in this report, a 50% by 2030, farmto-fork target has widespread support from businesses, civil society organisations, and policymakers across the EU.
This report demonstrates why a 50% by 2030, farm-to-fork target is necessary and provides recommendations for the EU and Member States, including which policies and approaches will make achieving the 50% target feasible and how this should inform impact assessment modelling.

Nature-based solutions generate greener urban renewal

Read the full story in Horizon, the EU Research and Innovation magazine.

While nature is good for the body and mind, nature-based solutions are being adopted into urban renewal projects to mitigate the effects of climate change and create healthier communities.