Electric vehicles – More or less sustainable than conventional vehicles?

Electric vehicles are usually presented to the mass population as the solution to decarbonise the transportation sector. However, are we really helping the environment by investing in such vehicles? Controversial studies have been carried out showing that, in fact, the battery manufacturing of the EV plus the emissions produced during the lifetime of the vehicles Read more about Electric vehicles – More or less sustainable than conventional vehicles?[…]

The digital carbon footprint

The usage of information and communication technologies (ICTs) – computers, smartphones and in general any device using telecommunications – is not exempt from the emission of greenhouse gases, since the electricity needed to run them mostly comes from non-renewable energy sources, specially coal. Understanding carbon footprint as the amount of carbon dioxide released into the Read more about The digital carbon footprint[…]

Spin the wheel of circular economy

Finally, the summer has come. Holidays! You head towards the airport, with your 55x40x20 suitcase, hoping that Ryanair won’t check it into the aircraft hold. All of a sudden, you notice that pulling it gets heavier, as if you were dragging it. Damn! The wheel is broken. Well, it doesn’t matter, one last journey and Read more about Spin the wheel of circular economy[…]

The effects of COVID-19 in air pollution

We are all aware of the huge impact that COVID-19 pandemic will have in most of the population, both in an economic and social way. The final consequences of this situation are still unknown, but there are some ambits where a change of paradigm is starting to visualize, being the environmental one of the principals. Read more about The effects of COVID-19 in air pollution[…]

How to generate from solar energy in our home without installing PV panels on the roof?

Solar panels are well known by being installed in our rooftops or in large solar plants. In this blog, it has been also mentioned how floating solar panels have been already installed in some regions. Now, we are going to focus on the photovoltaic energy that could be obtained in a building itself. Even if Read more about How to generate from solar energy in our home without installing PV panels on the roof?[…]

7 products you didn’t know there was a reusable alternative

Back in May of this year we talked about the large amount of plastic that we massively consume without practically giving it any importance. We talk about the need to implement the classic 3Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. Well, this week we return to this topic, but this time to show you a few everyday Read more about 7 products you didn’t know there was a reusable alternative[…]

Regional products – is closer always better?

After decades of outsourcing and a stronger craving of consumers for exotic and foreign products, the last years have shown an increasing interest of buying locally produced goods, most importantly among them being food. One of many examples worldwide is city of Graz, in Austria, which developed its own label to support local food; another Read more about Regional products – is closer always better?[…]

The case of microgrids in Tanzania (II / II)

In our last post, David has explained what microgrids are and the importance of its development in the upcoming years for providing electricity access to different communities (http://sustainability-by-education.org/?p=874). In this post, we will talk specifically about the case of microgrids in Tanzania, a country that I have been able to visit thanks to the support Read more about The case of microgrids in Tanzania (II / II)[…]

Learn about microgrids and how they can give access to electricity to millions of people (I / II)

According to the International Energy Agency, there are more than 1.1 billion people who still do not have access to electricity, most of them in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions of the developing world. Fig 1. World population without access to electricity, divided by regions. Source: IEA. It is important to Read more about Learn about microgrids and how they can give access to electricity to millions of people (I / II)[…]