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RSM cuts paper consumption by half in four years

A series of operational changes and improvements – and a lot of encouragement for people to change their behaviour – has resulted in Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) reducing its paper consumption by almost half over the past four years.Sustainable RSM began tracking just how much paper was used in…See More
Jan 22
Lesa Sawahata posted a blog post

Keynote Speaker for RSM Sustainability Forum 2015 Announced: DSM's Dimitri de Vreeze

We are pleased to announce the confirmed keynote speaker for the RSM Sustainability Forum 2015, themed 'Innovating for Sustainable Business': Mr. Dimitri de Vreeze, Chairman Supervisory Board DSM.Mr. de Vreeze brings 25 years of expertise in materials sciences - a key area of innovation and sustainable business - to the 2015 iteration of the RSM Sustainability Forum. He has been part of…See More
Jan 21
Dimitris Giannigeorgis is now a member of Sustainable RSM
Jan 11
Lesa Sawahata posted a blog post

21 January: Style, Save and Sustain at the New Fashion Society Fashion Fair!

 RSM students are invited to STYLE, SAVE and SUSTAIN!It is time for the annual New Fashion Society (NFS) Fashion Fair!Don’t miss this event on Wednesday 21 January at the Student Hotel (on Oostzeedijk, front door…See More
Jan 7


Bio fuel even worse for the climate than petroleum

The German independent environmetal research institute Umweltinstitut München e.V. has just published a new series of flyers called false friends, criticizing the replacement of fossile fuels by nuclear power, CO2 capture and storage, and so-called agro (or bio) fuels.

The European Union (EU) has set a target that intends to have 20% of their oil consumption replaced by “bio”-diesel by 2020. To achieve this goal the EU has and will continue to pay
farmers 45 euros per hectare for the cultivation of energy crops. But by burning agro fuels more greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere than by burning the same amount of fossile fuels: A more intense agriculture produces additional CO2 emissions because it destroys rain forests, moors and meadows. Even if in the EU itself these sensitive areas are protected, the demand for fuels within the EU will lever out climate protection efforts in developing countries by using a simple trick: Oil palms for the bio fuels will be raised on former soy plantations, and for new soy plantations more rain forest will be cleared.

The Umweltinstitut München has a lot of useful information (some of it also in English) about bio fuels on their website. The flyer false friends which comes in three parts can be viewed here in English:

Part I: nuclear power

Part II: CO2 capture and storage

Part III: agro fuels

The flyers can also be ordered as paper versions here.

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