The experts agree that it is about time Africa features more prominently in global plans to manage air pollution. To this end, Ramboll is helping the African Development Bank with transport emission mapping and monitoring as well as capacity building in five cities around Africa.
Solar and other renewable energy sources can now compete with coal to supply power for light rail transit systems. At the same time, it’s getting easier to change motorists’ car use.
Much less rain and snow has become the norm in many areas around the world. The latest studies conclude that California will be among the regions hardest hit by water scarcity. We may not be able to control the weather, but with engineering we can control how water flows.
The small Danish company Afatek has a world record in recovering valuable metals and minerals from ashes. Ramboll helped make the process even more efficient.
In a time of resource scarcity and urbanisation, recycling and land development must go hand in hand. A new technology using recovered materials transforms formerly uninhabitable areas into prime neighbourhoods – benefiting the environment and economies around the world.
Trench excavation is the traditional method used to enlarge sewer systems, but tunnelling makes the operation smoother for the public. In the same area of Copenhagen 10 municipalities are collaborating on a major recreational climate adaptation initiative. The two projects combined lower the risk of flooding dramatically.
Heat and power plants are being converted from coal to biomass, especially in Northern Europe. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will probably enhance the transition process in the USA. However, going green also poses its challenges.
A growing number of US cities are striving to lower their carbon footprints. District heating with flexible use of energy sources is a cost-efficient way of achieving this. An energy technology professor sees a huge potential.
Prices for solar and wind power are falling sharply, and speeding the transition to green energy. At the same time, investors are increasingly turning away from fossil fuels. Anticipated changes in US energy policy under the U.S. administration taking over January 20 won’t stop this trend.