International Climate Initiative call for 2017

The International Climate Initiative is open to a broad range of participants from Germany and abroad. It supports projects carried out in partner countries by German federal implementing agencies, NGOs, business enterprises, universities and research institutes based in Germany and abroad, and by international and multinational organizations and institutions, e.g. development banks and United Nations bodies and programmes.

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports projects in developing countries and emerging economies, and countries in transition. It consists of four areas of support:

  • Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change
  • Conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)
  • Conserving biological diversity

Proposal deadline: 6 June 2016.

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BNP Paribas climate initiative: call for projects 2016

Since 2010, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been developing its Climate Initiative, a corporate philanthropy programme to support scienti c research aimed at increasing our understanding about the climate and climate change, and to assess their impact on our environment.

The programme has a budget of €3 million over three years, and involves a call for projects followed by a rigorous selection process led by people who are well known within their area of research and representing a large scope of climate related research ends.

The aim of this call for projects is to select 4-7 research projects that will increase our understanding about issues related to climate change. The projects will receive nancial support from the BNP Paribas Foundation for a three-year period (2017-2019).

Deadline: 2nd May 2016.

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Aruba launches the smart community

Aruba launches the smart community

A sustainable neighbourhood of twenty homes is currently being developed in the center of Aruba. The Smart Community started mid-April, and is being built in cooperation with public stakeholders, private companies and the Aruban government.
“The Smart Community is the first step on the road towards sustainable living in Aruba. This project is sustainable and innovative. Not only because we are looking for new methods and materials, but also because we are working in cooperation with a whole range of partners. It is really unique to bring private and public partners together with the purpose to develop methods that will contribute to sustainable living in the future.” With these words, the CEO of the Aruban public housing foundation (FCCA), Peter van Poppel summarized the vision behind the project. The current partners in the project are the Government of Aruba, FCCA, Utilities Aruba NV, WEB Aruba NV, NV ELMAR, SETAR NV and Caribbean Branch Office TNO. Smart Community Aruba also provides opportunities for local and international companies and research institutes to test specific innovations.

Discover more details on Prime Minister website as well as on TNO website.

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Nouvelle Calédonie – La maison bio-climatique

Nouvelle Calédonie – La maison bio-climatique

En une vingtaine de pages, la bande dessinée « La maison bio-climatique » met en scène le célèbre héros Tonton Marcel qui part en quête de bons conseils pour construire sa maison bioclimatique.

La bande dessinée a été réalisée par le dessinateur-illustrateur Bernard Berger en partenariat avec l’Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie (ADEME) et la Direction de l’industrie, des mines et de l’énergie de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (Dimenc), via le Comité territorial pour la maîtrise de l’énergie (CTME). Construit autour de six sujets : l’éclairage, la climatisation, la maison bioclimatique, le chauffe eau-solaire, la protection solaire et la ventilation naturelle, cet ouvrage présente les gestes à faire ou à éviter pour avoir une maison confortable, adaptée au climat de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et une facture d’électricité maîtrisée.

Télécharger la bande dessinée « La maison bioclimatique en Nouvelle-Calédonie (PDF – 8Mo) ».

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«Construction Des Îles», entreprise innovante de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

«Construction Des Îles», entreprise innovante de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

« Construction des Îles » adopte une approche innovante sur certains chantiers grâce à l’utilisation de matériaux de construction composites de dernière génération. Cette approche innovante permet à l’entreprise de se positionner sur différents projets d’infrastructures et de trouver des relais de croissance à l’extérieur de l’archipel (Canada, Haïti…), le tout en continuant à élargir son savoir-faire.

Full article: Intell-Echo-2015-n°1-exemple de CDI-matériaux composites

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Falklands confident of its oil industry

Falklands confident of its oil industry

[Mercopress] The Falkland Islands maintain strong regulatory oversight on all oil and gas operations and its offshore safety regime is based on the North Sea’s Safety Case regulatory structure, recognized as one of the highest standards in the world, said the Falklands’ government in a release following concerns related to technical issues on the rig Eirik Raude, currently operating in the South Atlantic.

“Offshore safety and environmental protection is a matter of utmost importance to the Falkland Islands Government, who maintain strong regulatory oversight on all oil and gas operations carried out within the Falkland Islands. FIG bases its offshore safety regime on the North Sea’s well-proven Safety Case regulatory structure, recognized as one of the highest standards in the world. FIG is highly focused on preserving the diverse and pristine natural environment, both for the benefit of future generations of Falkland Islanders, and to protect the economic activity from tourism and fisheries that rely on it.


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Aruba – Minister de Meza welcomes Philips with innovative projects

ORANJESTAD – Minister of Economic Affairs, Communications, Utilities and Energy, Minister Mike de Meza met with representatives of Philips this past Friday. The meeting was also attended by Minister of Integration, Infrastructure and Urban Planning, Minister Benny Sevinger and representatives from the energy sector of Aruba. “In April of 2014, the Government of Aruba signed a Memorandum of Innovation with Philips,” Minister Mike de Meza explained.

Today we welcome the representatives of Philips who will put the procedures in place to start the first cycle of the project.”

The Memorandum of Innovation between the Government of Aruba and Philips was signed last year opening new doors to endless possibilities and opportunities. Philips will work together with Aruba with the introduction of innovation that will contribute to the increase of efficiency and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels based energy in Aruba, specifically in the area of indoor and outdoor lighting. The execution of the Memorandum of Innovation complements the work that is currently taking place in connection with the government’s inversion plan that will include urban planning, infrastructure, energy and revitalization of the elderly homes and neighborhoods. “Philips will align itself with the group of strategic partners of Aruba,” Minister de Meza stated in his energy announcement on Friday.

The recent meeting was to discuss the two cycles of the Memorandum of Innovation, first the indoor lighting for government buildings and second the lighting of iconic landmarks. Philips has made a thorough study of the lighting needs and how Aruba can use electricity more efficiently. Minister de Meza explained “the multinational company has presented its plans for the complete process to retrofit government buildings with a focus of considerably lowering the use of electricity for lighting.”

The specific ionic landmarks that will be lit by Philips’ outdoor technology will be the “Welcome Plaza” at the Wharf in Oranjestad and “Plaza Padu” behind the government offices in the historic section of downtown.
Philips will introduce a more efficient technology for the government buildings that will result in a significant reduction in costs and the amount of electricity used to light these buildings. “In theory, what the government will save in reduced costs for lighting the buildings will finance the lighting projects of both ionic landmarks already mentioned,” Minister de Meza explained. Philips’ mission is to improve the quality of life of Aruba’s citizens through innovation which is also highlighted in the Memorandum of Innovation of the projects and is currently underway.

The Memorandum of Innovation identifies four areas that have been meticulously investigated over the past year. The intent of Philips’ investigation is to become a strategic partner with Aruba in the reduction of the use of energy and to contribute and support Aruba’s commitment to become 100% independent from the use of fossil fuels to produce electricity and water by 2020.

These project plans, together with Philips support and program management, will further highlight Aruba as a leader in the region for companies to showcase and introduce their innovative products as exemplified by Philips’ center of excellence for future development and as a location open to testing sustainable products and practices.

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