A true science man, Professor Mark van Loosdrecht invented Anammox, a breakthrough wastewater treatment method that significantly reduces the energy needed as compared to conventional ways. Now, the 2012 winner of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize is working on taking water treatment a step further: recovering useful materials and making the process pay for itself.
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In recent years, businesses have been indirectly a part of the United Nations conference on climate change (UNFCCC COP), mostly as observers or lobbyists. But this year is the first time that business is showing true constructive leadership and influence within the negotiations and on the side as well.
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Emission reductions are so ingrained in our consciousness that it has escaped our attention that the very concept should cease to exist under a post 2020 climate regime, says African Development Bank chief climate and green growth officer Gareth Phillips.
Attended by more than 120 heads of state starting from next week, the Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting in Paris is hailed as a potential turning point in the global fight against climate change. The Eco-Business team will be on the ground, bring daily updates to you, our readers. And we want you to participate.
Despite the recent setbacks, there are signs that point to a successful outcome for the UN climate talks in Paris. At the very least, it will achieve more than the UN meeting six years ago in Copenhagen.
It's not enough to slowly decarbonise the economy by scaling up renewable power and reducing fossil fuel use. Businesses need to pursue more dramatic transformations, says Volans executive chairman John Elkington.