Saved by the Devil…?

Gates, Branson, Bezos, Ma, and more launched a multi billion plan to develop technology and renewable energy supply to save the world. So the people who encouraged us to consume enormously , which caused our problems , and who got immensely rich with that , will use that money to…

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Next week: the Climate Conference. And after that…

november 2015 (2) (this has been published as a column  in Dutch in the buildings sector newspaper Cobouw, see the Dutch version here.) Next week , in Paris , there is COP21, the Climate-conference. And after that, all coal powered plants will be closed, gas distribution builds down, all CO2…

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Buildings construction from modified bamboo

november 2015 Bamboo is a resource hardly known in the industrialized world, that can help sustain our use of materials: its biobased and has a larger yield per functional service as for instance wood. Besides, many developing countries have large bamboo forests, and could use this resource. Which, of course,…

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Recycling : where have the impacts gone…?

october 2015 (2, see for part 1: http://www.ronaldrovers.com/?p=31) Part II: current recycling  Have you ever thought about recycling? And how the impacts from first time used seem to be disappeared when re-used now? This is the great mystery of circular economy: the lost impacts . We calculate a lot, but…

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Recycling : Shifting the problem to the future…?

october 2015 (1/2  see part 2: http://www.ronaldrovers.com/?p=34  ) PART I: recycling in the future.  What about claims about  recycling in future? Shifting the problem to your children, and claiming a profit now? Recycling seems a good idea. And it is. However, its one of the most frequent misused criteria for sustainability, claiming…

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Eco (-modernism) bla-bla

september 2015 Just recently I was triggered by an interview in a Dutch newspaper about a new movement: eco-modernism. The article was a lot of nonsense, running forward away from problems to try to maintain the luxury life we have. Examples given where laughable: One Woolf entering the Netherlands, as…

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Biobased is not about money, is it?

August 2015 This is the English translation of a opinion feature  in a Dutch Newspaper. The Dutch version can be found here. . In the Netherlands we have a so called “top sector policy”, a selection of business sectors that the government supports, for several reasons but mainly for their…

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Embodied energy performance

july 2015 From energy performance (EP) to embodied energy performance (EEP) (-standard) (This blog is a translation of a blog in Dutch, published on the biobased platform website: go here for the Dutch version) For 30 years or longer , we are working to establish a energy transition, with energy…

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Biobased = sustainable ?

Biobased = sustainable? (This blog is a translation of a blog in Dutch, published on the biobased platform website: go here for the Dutch version: part 1 and 2) ( May 2015) The question asked was : is Biobased equal to sustainability? The short answer is: No. A longer answer…

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aluminium and earthquackes

Why we will crash at some moment Travelling around the Netherlands I am amazed constantly by the materials choices made by project developers or architects. Last week I passed a recently (low energy)  refurbished office building (ASR in Utrecht, left) , and I see white , pre-formed façade elements. Most…

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