Green lubrication and microstructure design to enhance wear resistance

Increasing the lifespan of different tribosensitive components while reducing environmental impacts is becoming a more important area of research. A possible approach to solving this issue is the use of solid lubricants to enhance the wear resistance of different components. Another approach is the use of “green or environmental” fluids for enhancing lubrication where removing or decreasing the use of ecotoxic oils for lubrication is the goal. Another answer is by using components that are wear-resistant through enhanced microstructure design.
Challenges facing the use of solid lubricants include:
•  Low mechanical strength
•  Limited temperature applicability
•  High application costs.
Andy Nieto, assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., says reducing friction and effectively dissipating frictional heating are key mechanisms in reducing wear. Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials are one possible approach for solid lubricants that create protective surface layers as solid-state lubricants.

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CSRWire – Schneider Electric Joins Forces With The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group To Fuel A Bright Sustainable Future For The Emirate

Schneider Electric has become the latest member of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG), the capital’s leading initiative to champion sustainability issues for both government and the private sector. Schneider Electric and the ADSG will share knowledge on the latest research and solutions for topics such as carbon emissions reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Schneider Electric will also support the ADSG in key focus areas including youth engagement and sustainability reporting. Both entities will work side by side to promote a greener future for the UAE’s capital. Established by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) in 2008, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) is an exclusive public private partnership initiative that brings together UAE-based organizations with global thought leaders to discuss both global and local sustainability trends and drive co-operation and co-responsibility on sustainability issues.

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How re-refined oils could contribute to the circular economy of the future

Refining crude oil for industrial use relies on separation processes like centrifuging and distillation to remove impurities and separate small and large hydrocarbons for use in different applications. In order to turn used oil into desirable products, plants can use similar approaches to those applied to crude oil to remove unwanted particles and sort degraded hydrocarbons from usable ones. There are two broad approaches to motor oil recycling: re-refining and chemical recycling. Re-refining aims to extend the fluid’s utility for another generation and avoid releasing it as a pollutant into the environment, while chemical recycling starts with breaking down the hydrocarbons that gave the former oil its unique properties in order to create feedstock for a wide variety of new products. Both approaches start with removing contaminants like dirt and metal particles from the fluid.

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Putting sustainability at the heart of the EU’s trade agenda

The question of how to put sustainability at the heart of the EU’s trade policy, and retain public public support for it, has become a vital issue for EU policymakers. So, too, is getting the EU and wider international community to respect their commitments on social, labour and environmental standards.
Yet while respecting human rights and social standards has been an EU objective for six years, progress towards making this a reality has been mixed.
This special report looks at what is new in the European Commission’s trade strategy and how trade unions and civil society groups can be involved in monitoring the implementation and upholding the terms of the EU’s trade agreements.
Read the full article at: www.euractiv.com

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Belgian Ambassador to the UAE discusses sustainability projects with Tractebel and Masdar | Tractebel

During an event that helped deepen Tractebel’s footprint in the Middle East and India (MEI) region, our Middle East Regional Manager Thomas Palix and His Excellency Peter Claes, Ambassador of Belgium to the Unites Arab Emirates (UAE), met with global renewable energy and sustainability company Masdar at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi on August 16, 2021. Attendees discussed current Tractebel projects in the Middle East in desalination and renewable energy, the extension of the Framework Agreement and upcoming opportunities in UAE and abroad. Masdar representatives included Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi (Chief Executive Officer), Mohammad Abdelqader El Ramahi (Director, Asset Management & Technical Services, Clean Energy), Yousef Baselaib (Executive Director, Strategy and Corporate Development), and George Shenouda (Head, Strategy and Investment Research). The meeting was organized with the support of the Belgium Embassy in UAE and the Wallonia Export Investment Agency.

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Teaching Scenario Planning in Sustainability Courses: The Creative Play Method – Belinda Wade, Tomas Piccinini, 2020

Sustainability management is rapidly progressing from an operational task to a strategic imperative one as environmental and social concerns shape the business environment. Scenario planning is increasingly being used by companies and governments to explore the potential impact of future challenges. Applied in a management education context scenario planning offers teachers of sustainability a tool through which they can promote creativity while developing student knowledge, skills, and abilities, preparing them for work in an increasingly dynamic market environment.

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Electric gains in battery performance

A high-performance version of the zinc-ion battery will enable stationary energy storage that promises to be cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly than lithium-ion batteries. Until now, zinc-ion batteries have been severely hampered by their rapid degradation during use. Now, a KAUST team has developed a new electrolyte and electrode combination that improved several aspects of zinc-ion battery performance, particularly the stability over multiple charge and discharge cycles. To combat these issues, the team developed a water electrolyte with a very high salt concentration. The more salt ions present in the solution to bind surrounding water molecules, the fewer free water molecules are available to damage the electrodes.

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Harvard creates a bio-inspired robot that packs a punch

When most people think of shrimp, they think of yummy seafood and very small creatures. You might not expect a small shrimp to pack a very powerful punch. However, the mantis shrimp has the strongest punch of any animal on the planet. Acceleration is key to its incredibly strong punch, with the mantis shrimp able to accelerate its appendages faster than a bullet exits a gun. A single punch can knock the arms off a crab or crack a shell. Scientists have been researching how the mantis shrimp can generate such a powerful punch. Researchers from Harvard have leveraged high-speed cameras to learn more about the mechanics of the powerful punch. The research could pave the way for small robots that also have lots of power.

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ALPA, Jamnica launch 100% rPET bottle for Jana mineral water

Fortenova Group’s Croatian water bottling company Jamnica has introduced 100% recycled PET (rPET) made 0.5l bottle for its still mineral water brand, Jana natural. The climate-friendly packaging solution has been developed together with plastic manufacturer ALPLA using plastic from the post-consumer recycling cycle. ALPLA Multi-Country manager Balkan/Adria Primoz Agrez said: “The new 0.5l Jana bottle made entirely of highest quality bottle grade recycled PET from one of our close ALPLA recycling plants is an outstanding result of this joint initiative.”

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One Of World’s First Smartwatches Built For Managing Seafarer Wellbeing In Hazardous Work Zones

Seafarers face multiple risks to their health and wellbeing, which can affect safety, performance, and livelihoods. According to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) 2019 annual overview of maritime casualties and incidents study, 66% of incidents are caused by “human factors”, with crew fatigue and lack of situational awareness being major contributing causes. Integrated with the SAFEVUE.ai(1) platform, the SOL-X ATEX Certified SmartWatch transforms operations by extending safety and health intelligence to the edge. It enables connected wellbeing programs, provides real time(2) visibility to front line crew operations, and enhances crew situational awareness vessel wide. The SOL-X SmartWatch is ATEX Zone 1 Certified for use in hazardous environments.

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Coca-Cola Partners with Lime to Celebrate Bottles Made From Recycled Plastic

Coca-Cola has announced a partnership with Lime, the world’s leading provider of shared electric vehicles, to reward people who made the commitment to recycling. They created the partnership in celebration of the fact that Coca-Cola’s Sip Sized Bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic. Together Coca-Cola and Lime hope to make the option of zero-emission transportation more accessible to everyone. They also want to encourage more people to commit to recycling and making better decisions when it comes to plastic waste. Brandan Strickland, Brand Director of Coca-Cola Trademark, Coca-Cola North America Operating Unit, said, “The 13.2oz, 100% rPET* Coca-Cola bottle is just one of the many innovations the company has introduced. To make important advancements towards a World Without Waste. Now, with Sip Sized, 100% rPET* Coca-Cola bottles are available at convenience stores across the nation. We’re encouraging people to go the extra mile to commit to recycling our products again and again.”

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BIATF officials seem blindsided by Duterte announcement allowing casinos in Boracay | Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo

Officials of the former Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) appeared to have been blindsided by the recent announcement of President Duterte to allow the opening of a casino in Boracay Island. Despite repeated text messages from the BusinessMirror, BIATF officials have chosen to remain silent on Duterte’s flip-flop on his “no-casino” policy. One BIATF source said he didn’t want to comment on the issue because, “That’s a decision made by the highest official of the land.” Pressed if BIATF officials were aware about policy change prior to Duterte’s announcement last August 26, the source said in a mix of English and Filipino, “No. It was an unexpected pronouncement.” In a joint news statement late Monday, the BIATF said, “In line with the President’s latest pronouncement that casinos will now be allowed to operate in Boracay Island to augment government funds, [we] will carry out the necessary steps towards this direction.”

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INNOCEAN to win two prizes at the worlds’ top 3 design award, ‘Red Dot 2021’

INNOCEAN Worldwide announced that it won two prizes, including the grand prize and the main prize, at the famous German design award ‘Red Dot Design Award 2021.’ Red Dot is one of the top 3 design award with the U.S. IDEA and Germany’s iF Design Awards, and it annually selects innovative and creative products and works in various fields such as product design and brand & communication. Hyundai Motor Group’s ‘Little Big E-Motion’ won the grand prize in the film & animation category. Hanwha Group’s ‘Clean up Mekong’ also won the main prize in the spatial communication category. Little Big Emotion is a video content project that shows kid mobility applied with emotion-aware vehicle control technology that enables the communication between cars and passengers is used in the actual treatment. Children patients in the hospital usually feel the short distance from ward to doctor’s office as the most frightening and scary long journey, and it has received good reviews for reducing this stress of children patient with emotion-aware vehicles Little Big Emotion also won the second grand prize at the New York Festival, one of the world’s top 3 advertising festivals, this year.

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Tesla’s recycling agenda| GreenBiz

Last week, Tesla received a profusion of praise for “recycling 100 percent of its lithium-ion batteries.” And since the EV incumbent’s 2020 Impact Report was released last week, this headline has been aggressively stalking me. It has appeared in numerous newsletters, come up on calls and reappeared in my inbox in the form of emails from multiple colleagues, friends and family members. I rarely cover a company’s impact or sustainability report. (The GreenBiz editorial ethos is typically to provide context and look more closely at the “how” and “why” of an initiative, rather than report on the announcement itself). If we’re being honest, I rarely ever read corporate sustainability reports in full. They often have an impossibly optimistic and congratulatory tone that’s a bit too saccharine for even my sweet tooth.

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Full article: Sustainability certification as marketisation: Rainforest Alliance in the Sri Lankan tea production industry

Unsustainable production is a root cause of numerous social and ecological problems. Whilst sustainability certifications face criticism for exacerbating greenwashing, comparative studies have identified improvements in social and ecological outcomes on certified farms. In this paper, we investigate the process by which a sustainability certification can enable a production industry to move beyond mere greenwashing. We conceptualise sustainability certification as a process of marketisation, organising economic activities within a production industry in ways that can enable new forms of thought and action. To examine this marketisation process, we study the case of Rainforest Alliance certification in the Sri Lankan tea production industry. We draw on an extensive six-month period of fieldwork, involving 74 semi-structured interviews with people working across the industry. We find that accounting devices deployed in this marketisation process create new visibilities within the industry to distinguish sustainability-certified tea as a marketable economic good, to equip producers to become economic agents capable of participating in markets for sustainability-certified tea, and to construct an economic exchange connecting supplies from certified tea estates with demands from ethically minded consumers. Our findings contribute to research on accounting for sustainable development, shedding light on the process by which, despite ongoing concerns regarding greenwashing, sustainability certifications can bring about positive impacts on social and ecological outcomes.

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Make No More Food Compromises Thanks To 88 Acres | Dieline – Design, Branding & Packaging Inspiration

88-Acres is a food brand created from a modern-day love story. On founder Rob and Nicole’s fourth date, Rob had a severe food allergy reaction that landed him in the hospital. The rest is history and an entire brand that fuses the two’s pasts and futures into a world filled with foods that deliver huge flavors without making sacrifices for their allergies. With the help of ROOK/NYC, the brand recently underwent a brand and packaging redesign that helped elevate consumer’s perception of the brand. The result is playful packaging that still maintains the welcoming terminology of being a home-cooked kind of brand. While the brand updated its packaging, it decided to continue with its original logo to maintain brand and flavor recognition for its loyal consumers. The bright colors reminiscent of the flavors within create a unique packaging set that’s fun while proving that this brand is a leader in the category and highly trustworthy.

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LIFE programme to host 2 events during SERE2021

The LIFE programme – the EU’s funding instrument for environment and climate action – is set to host two virtual events this week and next week. The programme is hosting the events ahead of and during SERE2021, the 12th European Conference on Ecological Restoration. Organised by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Europe and the University of Alicante, SERE2021 is taking place from Tuesday, September 7, to Friday, September 10. According to LIFE, the conference will feature discussions on the challenges facing ecological restoration in post-2020 Europe. It will also look at how ecological restoration can benefit damaged, degraded and destroyed socio-ecological systems.

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Shell to enter energy supply business in Netherlands

Shell Energy continues its European expansion with its intended launch as an energy supplier in the Netherlands. The company, present as a supplier in the UK and Germany, intends to supply 100% locally generated wind and solar power to customers. Customers who purchase gas also are being offered a CO2 emissions offset scheme. Under this scheme, customers can opt to pay an extra amount for each unit of gas, which is used to purchase credits from certified forest and tree planting projects that have avoided or absorbed carbon emissions. Among these are the Cordillera Azul rainforest protection project in Peru and the Katingan Mentaya conservation project in Indonesia.

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Lord Mayor to Launch Eight Newly Installed City Parklets This Week

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher will officially launch 8 newly installed city parklets this week, on August 31st and September 2nd. Following a call-out for “parklet partners” in September 2020, a number of local businesses and community associations were selected to take part in the National Transport Authority-funded scheme.  The parklets, designed by Siobhán Keogh Design and built by Benchspace Cork, are then planted and maintained by the “parklet partners”, with funding for their upkeep administered by the City Council.
The following parklets will be officially launched by the Lord Mayor on Tuesday 31st August:
Cook Street (Partner: Il Padrino restaurant)
South Mall (Partners: The Imperial Hotel and Cork Zero Waste)
Union Quay (Partner: Three Little Piggies Deli)
Sullivan’s Quay (Partners: The Quay Co-op, Creativity & Change – MTU Crawford and Green Spaces for Health)
Wandesford Quay (Partners: Lavit Gallery, Backwater Artists Group, Cork Printmakers and Wandesford Quay CLG)

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