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Biological solvents

Making chemical industries more biobased

In the transition to a more sustainable ‘green industry’, replacing chemical solvents by biological ones is a crucial step. UT Separation Technology Professor Boelo Schuur, investigates the application of natural solvents in existing chemical processes.

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UT wants 10 percent more employees cycling to work

The UT commits itself to the cycling mission of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The initial target: 10 percent more employees will cycle to the campus in 2023, compared to 2019.

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UT wil 10 procent meer medewerkers op de fiets

De UT committeert zich aan de fietsmissie van het ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat. Het initiële doel: in 2023 in totaal 10 procent meer medewerkers op de fiets naar de campus ten opzichte van 2019.

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‘Not all practices at the UT are in line with sustainability’

The new organisation University Rebellion wants the UT to improve its sustainability. This Thursday, their first event will take place at the O&O square. Hugo Hof (23, Applied Mathematics) and Benny Jabold (25, Psychology) explain about their initiative.

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Smart trashcan automatically recycles waste

‘Insufficient recycling bothers me to the core’

Throw your trash in and the bin will do the rest. That is the idea behind Plaex, a smart recycling bin which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically sort waste. ‘We want to be a superpower in circular economy,’ say UT graduates and co-founders of the start-up, Victor Okoro and Tyrell Pantophlet.

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Sustainability Week 'for entire society'

Getting to know different forms of sustainability for yourself. This is one of the goals of Sustainability Week, from 5 to 10 October. The UT organises this online event together with Saxion and ROC van Twente.

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Week van Duurzaamheid ‘voor hele maatschappij’

Zelf kennismaken met verschillende vormen van duurzaamheid. Dat is een van doelen van Week van de Duurzaamheid, van 5 tot en met 10 oktober. De UT organiseert dit online event samen met Saxion en ROC van Twente.

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UT students want to make freshwater out of seawater

Making drinking water out of seawater. That is the main idea behind Briney’s, an initiative started by a group of UT students. They plan to separate salt from seawater, and therefore produce freshwater, by using reverse osmosis. ‘The innovation is not in the technology, but in connecting it to the commercial market. The remaining salt will be sold in developed countries.’

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On to a CO2-neutral and waste-free campus

A CO2-neutral and waste-free campus, full CO2 compensation for all business trips and vegetarian work lunches becoming the standard. These plans are part of a new policy for sustainable operational management at the UT, which the Executive Board recently approved.

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Op naar een CO2-neutrale en afvalvrije campus

Een CO2-neutrale en afvalvrije campus, volledige CO2-compensatie voor alle dienstreizen en standaard vegetarische werklunches. Deze plannen zijn een greep uit het nieuwe beleid voor duurzame bedrijfsvoering op de UT, waarmee het college van bestuur onlangs akkoord ging.

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Which car fuel is best for the planet?

Which car fuel has the largest environmental footprint? Is it gasoline, biofuels, solar electricity or hydrogen? The answer might surprise you. In a recent paper, UT researchers Bunyod Holmatov and the late Arjen Hoekstra show the true footprint of using renewable energy for car transport.

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‘The fashion industry is not an ethical one’

Sustainable clothing was the topic of the latest event of the ‘sustainability series’, hosted by DesignLab and the student association Sustain yesterday evening. ‘While you think you buy something sustainable, you’re not actually.’

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Student starts petition to ‘veganize’ the UT

Many vegetarian and vegan students are unsatisfied with the amount of food options available for them on campus, according to student Leon Borgdorf. That’s why he started a petition to have more vegetarian and vegan food on campus.

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Green light for Green Hub Twente

The UT will get a central hub for all knowledge and initiatives in the field of sustainability, called Green Hub Twente. This hub will get a place in the Bastille and will be run by students.

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Groen licht voor Green Hub Twente

De UT krijgt een centraal punt voor alle kennis en initiatieven op het gebied van duurzaamheid, genaamd Green Hub Twente. Deze ‘hub’ komt in de Bastille en wordt gerund door studenten.

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How sustainable is the UT?

Making sustainability visible and creating awareness, that is what the first 'Sustainability Week' of the UT is all about. How sustainable are we really as an institution? And can't it be much better on our green campus?

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Hoe duurzaam is de UT?

Duurzaamheid zichtbaar maken en bewustzijn creëren, daar draait het deze week om tijdens de eerste ‘Sustainability Week’ van de UT. Hoe duurzaam zijn we nou echt als instelling? En kan het allemaal niet veel beter op onze groene campus?

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