A $65 million underwater parking structure
But it's not allowing any cars. Here's why...
Today’s eco snapshot👇🏽
A unique parking garage but not for cars
Startup of the week: Carbon Smart Wood
5 brands that sustainably stand out
Some good news from around the world
3 ways I can help you on your sustainability journey
🚫 A unique parking garage but not for cars
Amsterdam has introduced a unique parking garage exclusively for bicycles, with a capacity of up to 7,000 bikes.
The $65 million underwater structure, located at Centraal Station, officially opened in late January 2023.
The largest bike parking garage in the Netherlands, capable of holding 12,000 bikes, is situated in Utrecht.
Initiatives like these aim to reduce car usage and promote seamless connections between rail transit and cycling infrastructure.
Apart from numerous health benefits, cycling can help alleviate traffic congestion and create quieter and more peaceful neighborhoods.
It’s also planet-friendly, contributing to reduced air pollution and the avoidance of harmful chemicals used by cars.
Here’s a beautiful timelapse of the construction from 2019-2022:
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✨ Startup of the week: Carbon Smart Wood
Confronting carbon consequences…Loss of trees occurs not only through deforestation but also due to other reasons. Many trees fall due to old age, disease, and natural disasters, and are either burned or end up in landfills and mulch piles. These actions release more CO2 into the atmosphere. This startup has found a way to tackle this problem.
Timber transformation…Carbon Smart Wood™ repurposes the salvaged trees into wood products.
🪵 It is building local supply chains, with a network of verified salvagers, which helps create local jobs.
🪵 It procures salvaged trees from them and converts them into usable lumber.
🪵 It works with furniture companies, architects & designers, and anyone who uses wood.
Supplying & tracking…15% of the company's profits are allocated to planting new trees in urban areas. Hardwood that has naturally fallen emits 26% less CO₂ compared to traditionally harvested material. Having local supply chains helps to further reduce emissions. Carbon Smart Wood™ also uses a lumber tracking app called Traece, which enhances transparency in the supply chain.
✅ Brands that sustainably stand out
🇺🇸 Nuzzie Blanket- Weighted blanket made from recycled plastic bottles
🇦🇺 Brownee- Helping SMEs reach their ESG goals
🇺🇸 Nimble- Building planet-friendly tech products
🇬🇧 Equiwatt- Helping consumers lower their carbon footprint and save money
🇺🇸 Paravel- A sustainable luggage brand
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😹 Some Good News
🌏 Australia Joins Global Partnership to Curb Fossil Fuel Financing
The Australian government has received praise for joining a global partnership committed to halting the funding of fossil fuel expansion abroad. Australia's commitment to the clean energy transition partnership aligns its international financing position with Pacific countries, signaling a positive step towards phasing out fossil fuels.
💨⚡️ Wind Farms Blow Away Expectations!
China Three Gorges power company has achieved an incredible feat by installing a 14.3-megawatt wind turbine in just 30 working hours at an offshore wind farm in Zhangpu. This speedy installation, made possible by optimizing processes, brings hope for faster construction of wind farms worldwide, delivering cheap and clean power to the masses.
🚗💨 Germany Charges Ahead with EV Infrastructure Expansion
Germany is set to pass a groundbreaking law requiring 80% of gas stations to install fast-charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). Intending to reach 1 million charging stations by 2030, Germany aims to alleviate concerns over limited range and boost EV adoption.
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