Green Week at KTH ’18

Yes Stockholmers! This is the 2′ time that our friends from THS bring this amazing creation to us! Green week is going to be here from the 27 April till the 8 May with amazing lunch lectures, mingles, breakfasts and more! You can’t let pass the opportunity to participate in this environmental [super] friendly week.

But what’s the aim of this amazing week happing at KTH? Well, first of all this is an event created by students for students! They want to connect both professionals and students interested in sustainable development to detonate innovative ideas and provide meeting places to share these ideas! I have also heard that Al Gore may stop by…

No… just kidding, maybe for next year’s meeting, but in the meantime check how’s this week looking like…

Feeling keen about participating? Find more information here. Don’t forget to follow and share to be tuned with future events happening in Stockholm!

Who knows best

Hey peeps, today’s topic is something inspired in a course that I’m taking at KTH called “Environmental Management”. This course has made me question myself not only on how much companies (whether they are big or not) are committed to the environment, but how we as part of these companies are concerned about their environmental impacts! So I ask you, how many of you have actually thought about a “sustainability report” from your company? Does it exist? Should I do really care about this report? YES! Companies should provide this kind of information and YES! you should care about reading it or pushing for it! 

This course has been quite good because we have had experienced lectures given by Sustainability Managers from companies such as IKEA, Scandinavian Airlines, or Skanska (with their accredited bias of course haha). But what are this sustainability reports that I’m talking about… according to the global reporting website (GRI)

A sustainability report is a report published by a company or organization about the economic, environmental and social impacts caused by its everyday activities.

Yes peeps, information leads to knowledge, and knowledge is POWER!!! Bottom line, don’t be afraid to be involved in your company’s sustainability decisions. This kind of reporting helps showing [PUBLICLY] what is the enterprise doing not only economically speaking, but socially and environmentally too!

So you have homework now, if you work I dare you guys to look for this report and take a look at it. I don’t expect you to read it all through (if you do it, congrats!) but at least look at the content and read what YOU think is important for future generations. If you don’t work, look for your prospect companies’ reports and have a look at them! Questions? Suggestions? Don’t forget to subscribe!

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Movie Night

In what it seems a not so distant future, life on Earth as we now it is over-run by all the garbage that we produced during hundred of years in this amazing movie from Disney, Wall-E. Our friends from KTH Environmental Humanities Lab bring to us as their last session of the Stories and Seeds film-forums this movie next April 18th @ 18:00 KTH Biblioteket. This last session will be hosted by Sabine Höhler, physicist and historian who currently heads the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH. Haven’t heard about the movie, watch the trailer down here…

Admission is free, and a refreshment will be served to the attendees during the event.

Sounds super cool, right? If you haven’t been able to attend past movies, this is your last chance! Do you want more information? Click here and add your event to your FB calendar. See you there!

More Alternatives

Continuing the last post about wave energy (that I hope you enjoyed), I bring to you another research study that KTH is leading, hydrogen extraction! 

Researchers at KTH have successfully tested a new material that can be used for cheap and large-scale production of hydrogen – a promising alternative to fossil fuel.

As the most abundant element, watch this video to understand its importance, barriers, and how hydrogen is obtain before continue reading the post 🙂

Now, whats the business with KTH? Well, current methods to produce hydrogen by electrolysis use precious metals as catalyst materials such as platinum, ruthenium and iridium (reeeally expensive). So what these scientist at KTH are studying, is a new alloy (mixed metals) from nickel, iron and copper (NiFeCU). Researcher Peili Zhang says that “the new alloy can be used to split water into hydrogen and this catalyst becomes more efficient than the technologies available today, and significantly cheaper.”

Ok, ok the meme above is for the ones who know about cars (PT Cruiser from Chrysler) and also about chemistry (Platinum = Pt) haha… going back to the topic, I emphasize this because it is our duty to understand that our current lifestyle is leading us to negative environmental impacts. Hydrogen has been used not recently, but from some decades ago; for example, NASA uses hydrogen to propel their spaceships to outer space. So yes, that white thing that we see on videos when they send a spaceship to the space, is nothing more than water 😀

Hope you liked the article and if you want to read the information at KTH page, then click here . 

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Surfing Energy

Hey peeps, have you ever thought about obtaining energy from waves? Yes! Waves! Well, KTH researchers are already testing technology that could mean new resources for renewable energy.

Inspired by the mechanics of the human heart, a new type of wave energy conversion system developed in Sweden is now bobbing in the waves off Orkney, Scotland.

Watch this video for a better explanation of what is happening with this new technology…

Want to know why investing and developing this type of energy could contribute to sustainable development ? Even though the energy from waves is not homogeneous and is distributed around the glove, it is estimated by World Energy Organization a potential of 32 PWh/y … 1 Petawatt Hour is equal to 1,000,000,000 Megawatt Hour… yeah, it’s a LOT!

Let’s just remember that energy transition is a challenge worldwide, we as society must understand that the use of fossil fuels has driven us into environmental conditions adverse for our prosperity. There’s been different estimations on how long it takes for CO2 emissions to reach their maximum warming potential (greenhouse effect), but late studies estimate that it is likely closer to 10 years. In other words this means, that we will see in 10 years the effects on the environment of the current concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Ok, the meme is funny haha but not environmental destruction :/ haha so stay committed to having the lowest environmental footprint, peeps!