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Waste statistics in the EU: 2 151 million tonnes waste in 2020

20.09.2022

Waste generation and treatment statistics in the European Union in 2020 presented by Eurostat reveals that EU‘s all economic activities and households in the EU Member States generated 2 151 million tonnes waste which corresponds 4 808 kg per capita. Of all different activities, the largest waste producer is Construction,...

Testing Explosives for Geothermal Energy Production

26.08.2022

In view of the looming energy crisis, scientists are leaving no stone unturned to find sustainable and efficient means to mitigate fossil fuel dependency. A promising source of energy is geothermal wells because, unlike wind or solar energy, they do not rely on the weather to produce heat or electricity. There are, however,...

New Method for Lithium Extraction from Brine

18.08.2022

Lithium is a mineral which occurs naturally and constitutes about 0.0007 percent of the Earth's crust. Lithium is contained in minerals and salts of natural brines which can be found underground or in seawater. Lithium can also form a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing. There it is mostly contained in fracturing fluids. Such...

Eurostat Municipal Waste Statistics: Half a Ton of Municipal Waste per Citizen of the EU

10.08.2022

Municipal waste statistics by Eurostat present tendencies in municipal waste generation and treatment in the European Union (EU) from 1995 to 2020. In general, the published data record a clear downward trend in the volume of waste landfilling, which is explained by the move of countries to alternative methods of waste...

Key metals for clean energy

20.07.2022

The availability of a number of metals and minerals is becoming increasingly important for the development of renewable energy as they are used as components in various devices, as bases or alloying additives, as catalysts, etc. Among them, lithium, cobalt, palladium, rare earth metals, and gallium should be mentioned first....

GLOBAL OFFSHORE WIND REPORT 2022: a new record in offshore wind industry!

14.07.2022

2021 was the most successful year ever for the offshore wind industry, according to the report released by GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council). 21.1 GW of new capacity was connected to the grid globally and stated global targets indicate that there could be more record years from 2025 onwards. China with 17 GW made up 80% of...

2022 Global Gas Flaring Tracker Report: 144 billion m³ of gas flared needlessly in 2021

26.06.2022

In its latest report, the World Bank argues that progress in reducing harmful gas flaring has stalled over the past decade, which could lead to a failure in meeting the much needed targets for carbon dioxide emissions and the energy transition. One of the main reasons leading to the stagnation is the increase in...

GWEC GLOBAL WIND REPORT 2022: Wind power must quadruple by 2030 to meet energy goals

24.04.2022

The Global Wind Report 2022 released by GWEC captures the resilience of the global wind energy industry, which experienced its second-largest year ever in 2021, down just 1.8% from a record 2020. The 93.6 GW of new installations in 2021 brought the total global wind power capacity to 837 GW, showing a 12% growth for the year. ...

Eurostat Renewable Energy Statistics: EU overshoots 2020 renewable energy target

28.01.2022

According to recent data published by Eurostat, in 2020, the European Union exceeded the planned share of gross final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2%. Thus, 22% of the energy consumed in the EU is produced from renewable sources, compared with 9.6 % in 2004. As you can see from the figure below, 23 countries...

Baker Hughes: Rig Count 2021

15.01.2022

As always in January, Baker Hughes has published the 2021 final drill rig count data for major regions and countries of the world on its website. A change in the number of rigs may be indicative of the level of business activity in the oil and gas sector and form the basis for forecasting future oil and gas production. Last...