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Discover 100 inspiring solutions to climate issues sourced from all over the world !

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Environment

Aerostate

Russian environmental startup provides forecasts of air pollution in cities worldwide

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Water Treatment

Alto Solutions

Alto Solutions : harnessing solar energy at a lower cost

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Energy

ASB Biodiesel Ltd.

ASB Biodiesel eyes opportunities in Pearl River Delta region

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Circular Economy

Biodech

Making compost out of sludge and sugar refinery waste

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Energy

ColdHubs

Walk-in solar fridges combat Nigerian food shortages

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Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

LC3

A viable, sustainable alternative to heavily polluting cement lowers greenhouse gas emissions during the production process

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Environment

COP22 and the role of African cities

African climate negotiators prepare for COP22 fight

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eco-construction
Eco-Construction

Eco-Dôme

A Moroccan start-up, Eco-Dome, is working to create inventive and innovative housing opportunities thanks to traditional materials.

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

EcoNyl

Aquafil puts a dent in global waste by recycling nylon from carpets, clothing and fishing nets

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Energy

Efficient Energy

A new type of cooling unit uses water instead of environmentally damaging coolants.

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Energy

40SouthEnergy

Sun, sea and wind: beautiful to experience, but also useful for generating emission-free energy, if used intelligently.

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Essen

Dusty air, polluted rivers and contaminated soil are now a thing of the past in Essen.

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Circular Economy

FairPhone

A Dutch startup makes a worker-friendly, easily reparable, ethically-sourced smartphone that can hold its own in a competitive field

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Food waste in Hong Kong

Hong Kong takes steps to cut food and glass waste

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Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

ForCity

A Lyonnais startup uses 3D modeling and big data to prepare cities for a more livable, sustainable future

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Green Finance

ForestFinance

ForestFinance invests in the forest for environmental sustainability, social good and financial returns

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Environment

Geoval

How the City of Luxembourg manages its extensive wooded areas

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

Gravalock

Gravalock creates a system of permeable floors to replace concrete.

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Green Bonds

Most of the world’s environmentally friendly bonds are listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

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Water Treatment

Hidrocreto

The business that was born when the country’s capital was sinking

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

LanzaTech

LanzaTech’s revolutionary technology uses bacteria to turn industrial waste gases into biofuels and chemicals

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Lille

Northern France: testing the Third Industrial Revolution on a large scale

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Water Treatment

Lyon

Urban planning : how Lyon is using water and vegetation systems to reduce urban overheating

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Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

Neobuild

The Neobuild Innovation Centre is a living laboratory for research into energy efficiency

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Environment

New Hope Ecotech

Startup brings technology and cooperatives together to engage companies in waste management

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Paris

The City of Paris has reduced its carbon footprint by 9.2 per cent in ten years, but must step up its efforts

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

PHENIX

Founded in 2014, French start-up Phénix is working to connect large supermarkets and smaller associations to give unsold products, especially food, a second chance

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Water Treatment

Planning Against Troubled Waters

Planning Against Troubled Waters

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PPP Quebec

The public and private sectors unite to tackle urban climate issues in Quebec

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ProAire

Proaire : a product of the environmental crisis

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India’s rooftop solar programme

Spirited government intervention is recharging the rooftop solar plant movement across India

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Water Treatment

San Aqua HCA

A cost-effective solution for South Africa’s wasterwater treatment

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energy
Energy

Santiago’s subway to run on solar and wind power

The construction of a solar power plant and a wind farm began earlier this year with the objective of powering the underground rail network of the Chilean capital for the next 15 years.

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Eco-Construction

Technopôle Angus

Red brick facades, metal pillars, huge windows and high ceilings… the only traces of the past at this former Canada Pacific Railway working neighbourhood in Rosemont, Montréal are the bare bones.

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energy
Energy

TransActiveGrid

TransActive Grid harnesses blockchain technology to make peer-to- peer energy exchange possible

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

Triciclos

When it comes to B-Corps (benefit corporations) in Chile, it is impossible not to think of TriCiclos, one of the first companies of its kind in Latin America, and the first to be certified as a “B Corporation” in the country (2012).

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Water Treatment

Water Management in Brazil

Green coalition working with large Brazilian cities aims to preserve riparian forests for improved water security

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energy
Energy

Wattway de Colas

Innovations in construction very rarely spark the interest of the French population, with one recent exception. Conceived in France, and emerging as the first of its kind worldwide, the solar road is already making waves throughout the energy sector.

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Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

Wecyclers

A Nigerian entrepreneur has found a low-tech way to encourage citizens to recycle their trash, clean up their city and make money, too

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eco-construction
Eco-Construction

Yingchuang Winsun

3D-Printed Garden Villas Unveiled in Suzhou as China Promotes Low-Carbon Construction

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Environment

Zero Mika

Morocco goes plastic bag-free

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Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

Zhuzhou Locomotive

CRRC ZhuZhou Locomotive Company introduced two new low-carbon means of public transport this year

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energy
Energy

EcoBikes

In Medellín, Colombia, an entrepreneur has created a system that enables exercise bikes to generate electric power.

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Green Finance

Indexers must warm to low carbon investing

An article of the FT about mainstream investment not supportive of decarbonised economy

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Awareness

SME’s and citizens acting for climate

350 companies have joined Spain in taking action to curb global warming.

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Awareness

Towards a More Sustainable Tourism

Tourism in Spain is becoming more sustainable, the sector is joining in the fight to waste less water and to take better care of the environment.

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Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Greener wine

Some Spanish wineries have joined forces to produce studies in order to measure the impact of climate change, reduce water consumption and reduce the carbon footprint of their manufacturing processes.

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Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

Sustainable architecture in Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda, is proving to be a testing ground for whether sustainable architecture can help to offset the environmental impacts of breakneck urban development.

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Water Treatment

Isla Urbana

The social enterprise have launched a tool which captures rains from rooftops and separates the clean water from dirty water. – Solutions&Co

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Energy

Micro-grids to power grassroots

An entrepreneur sets up a solar power station. This model has been adapted in several villages from 50 to 100 inhabitants. – Solutions&Co

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Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Zero carbon Coffee

The first sustainable coffee plantation in Brazil compensates its carbon emissions by the preservation and restoration of forests. – Solutions&co

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Energy

Aluminium Norf (Alunorf)

The world’s biggest aluminium smelting plant and rolling mill is using innovative technology and processes to reduce its energy consumption – Solutions&co

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

Pili Biotech

This French biotech start-up company produces renewable inks, fabricated through bioproduction

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Water Treatment

World without water: six solutions to a shortage

An article of the FT about the role of new technologies in easing chronic problems

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Energy

Portrait of Dr Klaus Meier

Former anti-nuclear protester, this entrepreneur embodies the energy transition, having launched successful large-scale wind farms. – Solutions&Co

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Circular Economy

Effenco

Based in Montreal, this company has developed technology which enables a reduction of the GGE of municipal waste-collection trucks – solutions&co

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Circular Economy

Carsten Rasmussen of Naestved: a mayor committed to waste recovery and transformation

The Mayor of Naestved (Denmark) is commited to helping SMEs produce more with less. – solutions&co

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Circular Economy

Ressource City (Naestved)

A city in Denmark is taking up an unexpected challenge: turning waste into a business opportunity. – solutions&co

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Sustainable business practices and CSR

RedES – Network of Sustainable Enterprises

This program stands to improve productivity as well as sustainability among large numbers of SMEs in Colombia and Mexico – solutions&co

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Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

MagPanel by iBuiltec

This Mexican company has invented a system of dry construction using interfitting panels, reducing the need for CO² emitting materials. – Solutions&Co

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Sustainable business practices and CSR

Renault’s zero rejection factory in Tanger

A car production factory in Tanger has put in place a unique system enabling CO² emission reductions of 98%. – solutions&co

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Sustainable business practices and CSR

Small & medium businesses launch sustainability strategies

Small & medium sized Brazilian companies are developing initiatives and innovations to make their operations more sustainable. – solutions&co

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Natura

This Brazilian cosmetics multinational is demonstrating strong commitment to sustainability best practices and investment in innovation. – solutions&co

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Businesses face patchwork of rules under Paris climate deal

Since February, countries have been publishing their plans for cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ahead of a December UN meeting in Paris that aims to deliver a new accord on climate change…

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Awareness

The Climate Innovation Center in Ghana

This network brings some of the best technology from around the world and makes it relevant and available to the local context in Ghana. – solutions&co

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Energy

Smappee

This system delivers information about the energy usage of household electrical appliances in real time, sending this data to the user via an app.

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Energy

Biothermica

This company is specialized in biogas and methane capture from landfill and coal mines, for electricity production. – Solutions&Co by Sparknews

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Energy

Parkwind by Colruyt

This company installs offshore wind parks, with the aim of generating enough power to supply 800,000 families with electricity from 2018. – solutions&co

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Energy

Issol

A small Belgian company is converting prestigious clients to solar energy by offering ‘haute couture’ photovoltaics, thanks to ceramic printing techniques. – Solutions&Co

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energy
Energy

Belgian Eco Energy (BEE)

A huge biomass plant running on sustainable wood chips will produce enough energy to supply 500,000 families. – Solutions&CO

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Energy

Recoval

This Belgian company is launching a new process involving capture of CO² from steel slag in order to manufacture construction materials – Solutions&Co

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Energy

Energy transition in Germany

By 2014 Germany was already covering 28% of its electricity needs from renewable sources: wind, solar and hydropower power, and biomass. – Solutions&co

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Awareness

AllGreenup App

This Chilean app helps users measure their environmental impact and gives them incentives for looking after the planet

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

Usine de Kervellerin

Harnessing the potential of natural raw materials, such as oyster shells, this factory manufactures a range of agricultural, industrial and cosmetic products

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energy
Energy

Echy

Basements, corridors and windowless buildings can now be lit by natural sunlight via an energy-efficient, electricity free solution

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energy
Energy

Vitirover

A French company has invented a mini solar-powered mower robot which allows wine growers to limit the need for chemical products to treat their vines.

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energy
Energy

Q-Rad (by Qarnot)

This start-up integrates computer processors into smart and connected radiators and heating systems

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Circular Economy

Green Glass

This Chilean start-up has salvaged over 60,000 glass bottles and given them a second life, producing wine glasses, lamps & ashtrays

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Water Treatment

Planta Desalinizadora de la Isla de Pascua

A foundation is aiming to reduce dependency on rainwater for the local farmers of Easter Island, by developing a system to generate water for irrigation from seawater.

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Energy

HandyPower

This startup develops hydrogen fuel cells to charge devices via USB – Solutions&Co

20150821 Useldange - 31 rue de la Gare - Peintures Robin - reportage Peinture Robin - peinture Verdello® est la première peinture 100% biosourcée. Une peinture murale intérieure à la finition extra mate pour des intérieurs chaleureux et en phase avec l’environnement. Fabriquée à partir d'huile de Tall, Verdello® est une peinture issue du monde végétal, entièrement naturelle - (© Editpress/Didier Sylvestre) - DS 3
Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

Verdello

This paint is based 100% on renewable raw materials such as tall oil, and contains no VOCs (solvents) or APEO

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

Enercom by Soil Concept

This project produces gas from compost obtained by the mixture of pretreated sewage sludge, plant waste and the wood chips

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Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

SolarWind

This CO² neutral building uses all available renewable energy sources including biomass, thermal solar energy, geothermal science & water

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water-treat
Water Treatment

Apateq

This cleantech company offers on-site treatment of water without using chemicals, allowing industrial clients to reduce their freshwater consumption.

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Awareness

Sfera Ekologii

This project offers sorted waste collection from offices, and is working towards changing mentalities regarding waste management in Russia. – Solutions&Co

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Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

Durabric by LafargeHolcim

Producing this cement manufacturer’s new earth-cement bricks releases 1/4 of the CO² of concrete blocks & 1/10 of that of burnt bricks

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awareness
Awareness

EcoMileage

This programme is inspiring households and businesses to reduce their GHG emissions by improving energy efficiency, via a points system

12-Vo-Trong-Nghia_Credits-Hiroyuki-Oki
awareness
Awareness

The Farming Kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia

Built for the children of shoe factory workers in Vietnam, this pre-school uses about 25% less energy than a standard Vietnamese kindergarten would

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energy
Energy

Aquion Energy

This company has developed clean, high-performance storage batteries to pair up with solar panels, made from abundant, non-toxic and sustainable materials

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awareness
Awareness

The B Team

A group of global business leaders working together to catalyse a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

Kilimanjaro Environnement

This Moroccan company is specialized in the recycling of used oil, and its re-use as biofuel. – Solutions&Co

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Energy

Chasing gold for a lost world

Countries are looking to bring giant mining firms to incorporate wind and solar energy in their energy mix. – Solutions&co

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

Pulp & paper sector

Brazil’s pulp and paper industry is investing in improving sustainability practices throughout its entire production chain. – Solutions&co

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Energy

Husk Power

In order to face the energetic poverty, Indian entrepreneurs decided to use the husk to light up rural homes. – Solutions&Co

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Circular Economy

SUEMA

Waste from the nopal plant and other green matter will be used to generate electricity at a plant in Mexico, thanks to this start-up – Solutions&Co

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awareness
Awareness

Energiency

A French cloud software start-up offers its industrial clients big data analytics solutions for reducing their massive energy consumption by up to 15%

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energy
Energy

Gravity Light

Two designers, one invention: using the force of gravity to bring clean & inexpensive light to off-grid households in developing countries

7-Kebony_Credits Bjørn Leirvik
Sustainable Urbanism & Mobility

Kebony

This Norwegian company’s new environmentally friendly process makes using alternatives to endangered tropical hardwood possible

6-SEaB Energy _ Credits Sandra Sassow
circular-economy
Circular Economy

SEaB Energy

This company manufactures micro waste-to-energy plants, which extract the energy potential from food waste and manure

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

MBA Polymers

This company developed the complex technology to produce recycled plastic pellets, requiring 80% less energy than making plastic from oil

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energy
Energy

M-KOPA Solar

The energy supplier is bringing light to East Africa with an innovative model combining renewable energy, GSM technology and mobile money

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Water Treatment

Bio-Sea by Bio-UV

The French company has developed an innovative non-chemical system for treating Ballast Water from boats.

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Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Organic agriculture in Ghana

This network provides agricultural infrastructures with expert support on environmentally friendly practices & benefits of organic farming. – solutions&co

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circular-economy
Circular Economy

EFK Group

This Kenya-based company produces biofuel, briquettes and agriculture products from an untapped natural resource- the Croton nut

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Circular Economy

Biofase

The Mexican start-up has found a highly innovative use for avocado seeds: a new bioplastic, which decomposes in a matter of years.

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Energy

Green Public Street Lighting in Fez

This city is now powering its public street lighting using biogas from waste. – solutions&co

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