Bonn New initiatives in energy water and agriculture sectors announced at UN

In the water sector, the majority of national climate plans with an adaptation component prioritize action on water, yet financing would need to triple to $295 billion per year to meet such targets, said experts on Friday. “Sustainable use of water for multiple purposes must remain a way of life and needs to be at the center of building resilient cities and human settlements and ensuring food security in a climate change context,” said Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of the Women for Water Partnership. The international water community co-signed on Friday what it called a “nature based solution declaration” to encourage the use of natural systems in managing healthy water supplies. Around 40 per cent of the world’s population will face water shortages by 2050, accelerating migration and triggering conflict, while some regions could lose up to six per cent of their economic output, unless it is better managed. “Involving both women and men in decision making and integrated water resources initiatives leads to better sustainability, governance and efficiency”, said Ms. Verhoef-Cohen. Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of the organization Women for Water Partnership, at the UN Climate Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany. Photo: UN News/Jerome Bernard New commitments and initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors were announced on Friday, at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, under the auspices of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action to help implement the Paris Agreement. The Marrakech Partnership aims at catalyzing greater climate action by public and private stakeholders as the Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, calls on countries to combat climate change by limiting the rise of global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius and strive not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius.Cleaner energy developmentIn Bonn, new initiatives were announced to push forward the transition to renewable energy and to show that more ambitious clean energy development can quickly become a bigger part of national climate plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. “With the price of renewable and storage technologies tumbling, and greater understanding on how to set the policy table for a cleaner energy mix and more integrated energy planning, the question before decision makers is, why wait?” said Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). Among key announcements, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a new report, Untapped Potential for Climate Action: Renewable Energy in Nationally Determined Contributions, which suggests there is substantial scope for countries to cost-effectively increase renewable energy. The Climate Group also announced new members to its recently launched EV100 campaign, a major new global electric transport initiative designed to make electric vehicles “the new normal.” And 13 countries with the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced this week the launch of a new multi-year, 30 million euros plan to support clean energy transitions around the world.Investing faster and further in agricultural climate actionRegarding agriculture, leaders and experts said that investing faster and further in agricultural climate action and to support the sustainable livelihoods of small-scale farmers will unlock much greater potential to curb emissions and protect people against climate change. “Countries now have the opportunity to transform their agricultural sectors to achieve food security for all through sustainable agriculture and strategies that boost resource-use efficiency, conserve and restore biodiversity and natural resources, and combat the impacts of climate change,” said René Castro, Assistant-Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In the livestock sector, for example, FAO estimates that emissions could be readily reduced by about 30 percent with the adoption of best practices. FAO released a new Sourcebook on Climate-Smart Agriculture. It recommends scaling up public and private climate finance flows to agriculture; spurring public-private partnerships; strengthening a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder dialogue; investing in knowledge and information; and building capacity to address barriers to implement climate action.Managing healthy water supplies read more

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Presidents Forum brings Brock alumni together

President Jack Lightstone, left, teamed up with former Brock president Terry White at an alumni gathering in Calgary. More than 50 Brock University alumni and friends gathered in the Petroleum Club in downtown Calgary on Feb. 27 for the first President’s Forum of the year, as part of Brock’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations. As the alums caught up with old friends and enjoyed a lively social gathering, they were entertained by the presence of two Brock presidents who set the tone for a good party. Brock’s current President Jack Lightstone teamed up with one of his predecessors, Terry White, as the pair told tales from Brock’s past and spoke of plans for its future. White was president at Brock from 1989-96, before leaving to become president at the University of Calgary. “We are immensely proud of you all,” Lightstone told the alumni gathered in Calgary, “and I implore you to maintain and indeed strengthen your ties with your alma mater. And if there is any way you can come back to the campus for the 50th anniversary celebrations – or for that matter at any time – please, come home to Brock.” Throughout the 50th anniversary year, a series of Brock President’s Forums and alumni events are scheduled for several Canadian cities. The next Forum takes place Thursday, March 27 in Burlington. So far, more than 150 alumni have taken part in 50th anniversary celebrations. Information regarding the anniversary activities, including Homecoming weekend Sept. 18-21, can be found online. read more

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Tyre management and the looming shortage of mining tyres

first_imgAhead of the March issue’s major article on tyre and haul road management comes news that Duratread has joined forces with UK company Translogik, to launch the state-of-the art OTR iTrackAsset Management System in Latin America. Translogik says Duratread will provide “rapid, high quality technical and after-sales support to end-users.” Many Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) are covered in the magazine article.The OTR iTrack TPMS monitors and transmits live, uninterrupted real time data about individual tyre pressures and temperatures as well as vital vehicle information such as speed, acceleration, braking and route travelled. Tests conducted since the Spring of 2010 on 400 t trucks have already proven the durability of the system in large mining operations.The OTR iTrack TPMS is fitted on site by trained engineers who install transmitters, antennae, and an in cab display linked to the GPS/GSM network. This technology uses GPS instead of fixed perimeter transmitters and continual live data is transmitted at the dispatch, in the cab, on the internet, in a dedicated client area and even to data enabled mobile phones.The benefit to fleet owners is that they get immediate, uninterrupted information in real time on their computer or mobile phone which means they can act quickly and efficiently to maximise tyre performance, reduce vehicle downtime and increase safety for the vehicle and driver.Laurence Turnbull, Managing Director of Duratread commented. “We had been looking for a system to monitor tyre performance that would give added value to our clients regardless of whether or not they were using Duratread tyres on their fleet.For our regular contracted clients, we ensure Duratread tyres are fully pre-enabled with sensor and RFID technology when they arrive from the factory, so it really is a ‘plug and play’ system as far as the Duratread tyre operator is concerned. But as we are increasingly becoming consultants on tyre performance optimisation, because our system is not linked to the purchase of tyres, we are able to assist fleets or their tyre service companies install the OTR iTrack and get the same benefits. We believe that our methodology makes the product more financially viable, technically more robust and is applicable for smaller and independent operators as well as larger companies”.Graham Storey, CEO of Translogik commented. “We are delighted to be working with Duratread in bringing the iTrack OTR TPMS system to Latin America. As an independent tyre specialist, Duratread are able to take their pick of the systems currently available and select best-of-breed solutions. Having Duratread align themselves to iTrack reinforces our belief that Translogik offer the most compelling OTR asset management solution on the market today.”In a market where tyre prices are rapidly increasing and demand is already exceeding supply, the OTR iTrack Asset Management system will allow companies to make tyres last longer and get a better return on their tyre investment.Gary Nash, Vice President of Yokohama’s OTR department reported in early December 2010 that the market is booming again. He says “the off-road market historically has seen five years of growth and then three to four years decline. In the past, it has been impossible for major manufacturers to increase their production because of the instability of the market. It doesn’t allow them to build new factories, for example, because the recovery for OTR products has never been great and the investment is quite heavy.“Starting in 2006 and into 2008, tyre manufacturers started investing again in new OTR manufacturing facilities. Bridgestone spent a fortune, as did Michelin and Goodyear. Yokohama spent a lot of money on a new radial factory that produces X-Large Bias tyres, and then on another one as part of a joint venture with a major corporation involved in gold mining.“During this strong period, manufacturers finally went out and increased their production. Unfortunately in 2009, the economy just stopped. The OTR market went down 38%. A lot of people were caught with heavy inventories of merchandise they couldn’t move. There weren’t a lot of tyres bought in 2009. People even went so far as to cannibalise their equipment, taking tyres off machines that were parked and putting them on machines that were operating.“Manufacturers and dealers were caught with big inventories, but they worked out from under it. They moved the tyres and placed them on machines. Warehouses started to thin out, and in 2010, the market suddenly turned around to a boom period again. The OTR business has gone up as much as 28% in 2010.“Guess what? Now the industry is once again faced with a short supply. Now we’re seeing the demand is greater than ever.”He explains that Brazil, India, Russia and China are “driving the economy today for the mining industry.” All OTR manufacturers are exporting tyres in great number to these countries.“Some markets are strong, like gold. Another market that’s been fair has been underground mining, such as coal.”“2011 is going to be quite good because we’re introducing some new products, including more radial tyres. That’s definitely going to help us because the market demand is 70% radial and 30% bias. Yokohama, on the other hand, is about 30% radial and 70% bias. We can actually take some radial market share by introducing new products. We’re going to maintain the bias business, but we’re also going to grow the radial segment.“Everyone will still have to be cautious when they forecast for 2011 because the supply’s still critical. If you can’t get the merchandise, you can’t set a heavy forecast. We’re budgeting with caution and anticipating the cost of raw materials is going to go up due to the problems in Indonesia and other countries furnishing raw rubber. The prices will escalate based on the cost of raw materials going up. I can’t see much of an improvement as far as recovery coming from the ability to sell the product higher. I see the pricing increase only taking care of raw material costs.”Besides the BRIC countries, he noted other countries are buying OTR tyres now. “The US market is very strong in the large, extra-large and all OTR tyre types right now. The market in Mexico is very strong too, Canada is starting to grow.”last_img read more

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