Trends Impact Awards: How does your work help nature? – companies

The Trends Impact Awards will reward small, medium and large businesses that are making a lasting impact on their environment. There are six categories and the Global Impact Award for the most comprehensive project. This week we present to you the Trends Impact Award Ecology.

Excess nitrogen, persistent drought, air pollution, last year’s heavy floods or a sharp decline in bird numbers. So many problems we face. The natural ecosystems in which we live, work and work are on the verge of collapse. Climate change and biodiversity loss – the lack of diversity within an ecosystem – are closely related.

The linear economic model of the last century and unbridled growth are now reaching the limits of what our planet can handle. The injunction today is to become climate neutral as soon as possible in order to ensure that the amount of greenhouse gases does not increase.

What can we do ?

Ecosystem (or ecological) services are the services that a healthy and biologically diverse ecosystem provides to a community; They are essential to our economy. Think air and water quality, carbon storage, coastal protection from storms, recreation, soil quality or pollination by bees, which is essential for many crops. In sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and health, the link between biodiversity and business is clear, but indirectly all sectors are linked to nature in one way or another if we consider the entire value chain. Water treatment, reforestation, rebuilding, or renewable agriculture restore natural ecosystems. It has a positive impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

It’s not the number of trees you plant that matters, but the number of trees left after five or ten years, and more importantly, whether or not they’re evolving as an ecosystem. – Wayne Visser (Antwerp School of Management)

What projects are we looking for?

“The most popular environmental projects focus on the promise to become climate-neutral and propose measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by working around energy conversion, explains Jochen Fink, partner at consultancy PwC. Examples include moving to solar or wind energy, reducing energy consumption Energy or energy reuse. In real estate development, we are seeing a transition from buildings that are environmentally neutral in terms of energy and water consumption to environmentally positive buildings, which are buildings that produce more energy and from the water they consume and that share the surplus with neighboring ecosystems.”

Wayne Visser, Professor of Sustainable Transition at Antwerp School of Management, anticipates projects large and small to restore natural ecosystems. “Companies have projects to restore wetlands, mangroves or rainforests. Forestry initiatives are increasingly popular. We will have to criticize this because what they are looking for is forest restoration, not just the number of trees planted. Many of these projects fail. It is not the number of trees Which you plant is important, but how many trees are left after five or ten years, and most importantly, “they are evolving as an ecosystem.” Small-scale projects include renewable planting, green roofs and facades, and offices that have a positive impact on biodiversity.

Three examples outside our borders

– ArcelorMittal steel producer She launched a project in cooperation with the Luxembourg municipality, Esch-sur-Alzette. Heat is recycled from the factory facilities and connected to the Belval district heating network. The combustion gases from the furnace are used to heat the water which is injected into the district heating network. This reduces electricity and natural gas requirements, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the company provides water for cooling facilities.

Canadian city of Barrie So quickly that the water and waste treatment infrastructure was unable to meet the needs of its growing population. Instead of building expensive new infrastructure, the city saved money. Thanks to a scheme that includes more efficient shower heads and toilets, the city has been able to save 55 liters of water per person per day. Funds earmarked for major infrastructure projects can be spent on other purposes.

The Norwegian Fertilizer Company Yara Created a new division focused on ammonia with Yara Clean Ammonia. The company has high expectations of ammonia because it does not emit carbon dioxide during combustion and is suitable for hydrogen production. Thanks to ammonia, you want to produce fertilizer and fuel for boats without emitting greenhouse gases.

Excess nitrogen, persistent drought, air pollution, last year’s heavy floods or a sharp decline in bird numbers. So many problems we face. The natural ecosystems in which we live, work and work are on the verge of collapse. Climate change and biodiversity loss – the lack of diversity within an ecosystem – are inextricably linked, the linear economic model of the last century and unbridled growth now reaching the limits of what our planet can sustain. The injunction today is to become climate neutral as soon as possible in order to ensure that the amount of greenhouse gases does not increase. Ecosystem (or ecological) services are the services that a healthy and biologically diverse ecosystem provides to a community; They are essential to our economy. Think air and water quality, carbon storage, coastal protection from storms, recreation, soil quality or pollination by bees, which is essential for many crops. In sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and health, the link between biodiversity and business is clear, but indirectly all sectors are linked to nature in one way or another if we consider the entire value chain. Water treatment, reforestation, rebuilding, or renewable agriculture restore natural ecosystems. It has a positive impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services. “The most popular environmental projects focus on the promise to become climate-neutral and propose measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by working around energy conversion, explains Jochen Fink, partner at consultancy PwC. Examples include moving to solar or wind energy, reducing energy consumption Energy or energy reuse. In real estate development, we are seeing a transition from buildings that are environmentally neutral in terms of energy and water consumption to environmentally positive buildings, which are buildings that produce more energy and from the water they consume and that share the surplus with neighboring ecosystems.” Wayne Visser, Professor of Sustainable Transition at Antwerp School of Management, anticipates projects large and small to restore natural ecosystems. “Companies have projects to restore wetlands, mangroves or rainforests. Forestry initiatives are increasingly popular. We will have to criticize this because what they are looking for is forest restoration, not just the number of trees planted. Many of these projects fail. It is not the number of trees Which you plant is important, but how many trees are left after five or ten years, and most importantly, “they are evolving as an ecosystem.” Small-scale projects include renewable planting, green roofs and facades, and offices that have a positive impact on biodiversity. ArcelorMittal a project in cooperation with the municipality of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg. Heat is recycled from the factory facilities and connected to the Belval district heating network. Combustion gases from the furnace are used to heat water that is injected into the district heating network. This reduces the requirements for electricity and natural gas, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.At the same time, the company provides the water needed to cool the facilities.The Canadian city of Barrie grew so fast that the water treatment and sewage treatment infrastructure could not District meeting the needs of its growing population. Instead of building expensive new infrastructure, the city saved money. Thanks to a scheme that includes more efficient shower heads and toilets, the city has been able to save 55 liters of water per person per day. Funds earmarked for major infrastructure projects can be spent on other purposes. – Norwegian fertilizer company Yara has created a new division focused on ammonia with Yara Clean Ammonia. The company has high expectations of ammonia because it does not emit carbon dioxide during combustion and is suitable for hydrogen production. Thanks to ammonia, you want to produce fertilizer and fuel for boats without emitting greenhouse gases.

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