Concrete and Sustainability

Concrete is the most frequently used building material worldwide, no other material can be shaped in any way and is at the same time stable, resilient, durable and inexpensive. No tunnel, no bridges and hardly a foundation can do without…

Effects of Light Pollution

The artificial lighting of the outdoor spaces is increasing and with it the damage to the flora and fauna as well as to human health. The flood of lights in the cities increasingly prevents us from looking into the depths…

Electrosmog: Invisible danger?

Electrosmog is artificial, human-induced, electrical, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields. These are suspected of harming humans, animals, and plants and it can be seen as a form of pollution. Cellular Transmitters, WiFi, and cell phones, for example, emit electromagnetic radiation to…

What is Ecodesign?

Ecodesign or environmentally friendly design is the consideration of environmental aspects in product design. The aim is to improve the environmental compatibility of a product throughout its entire life cycle. Decisions made in the design phase have a significant impact…

Ground-level ozone and photochemical smog

There is only one ozone, but it can have two different effects on humans and the environment. The ozone in the ozone layer protects life on earth from UV radiation from the sun. Ground-level ozone, on the other hand, damages…

Methane is becoming a global threat

According to projections, almost 600 million tons of methane (CH4) entered the earth’s atmosphere in 2017, more than half of it through human activities. The greenhouse effect of the gas is enormous. Throughout 100 years methane has a greenhouse effect…

The importance of green ammonia production

Ammonia is often overlooked when it comes to climate protection, although it does contribute significantly to global warming. Its production is responsible for around three percent of global CO2 emissions. It is mainly used as a raw material for fertilizers…

Sewage sludge: The perfect phosphorus source?

Sewage sludge contains many nutrients. We can use them as fertilizer in agriculture instead of simply throwing them away. That’s the good side. However, many of the chemicals that we use also end up in sewage sludge. It can contain…