In an exciting development aligning with the global pursuit of sustainable solutions, the Albedo International Research Group, a collaboration led by esteemed professors from various institutions, is making significant strides in high albedo solutions. These solutions not only contribute to mitigating global warming but also address water-saving measures and enhance energy efficiency, all in harmony with the objectives of COP28.
The urgency of addressing climate change is underscored by the staggering annual emission of 37 billion tonnes of CO2, leading to adverse consequences such as increased energy consumption, extreme weather events, and the alarming melting of perennial glaciers. The repercussions extend to the acidification of oceans, contributing to the destruction of coral reefs and mollusk shells.
The Albedo International Research Group comprises distinguished experts such as Prof. F. Cotana from CIRIAF – University of Perugia, Prof. M. Santamouris from the University of Athens, Cyprus, Singapore, and South Wales Australia, Prof. L. Cabeza from the University of Lleida, Prof. A. Akbari from Berkley Lab and Concordia University in Canada, Prof. F. Rossi, and Prof. A.L. Pisello, both from CIRIAF – University of Perugia.
The proposed solutions put forward by the group are innovative and address critical areas:
- Cool Roofs and Terraces: These solutions aim to deflect and decrease temperature, contributing to the overall cooling of urban environments.
- Albedo Mulching in Agriculture: The application of high albedo mulch membranes in agriculture provides multifaceted benefits, including rainwater collection, water management, prevention of water evaporation, weed growth, and the reduction of pesticide use. The albedo effect adds to its efficiency by retro-reflecting solar radiation.
An exemplary initiative involves an environmental assessment of an innovative high-performance experimental agriculture field, specifically focusing on a tomato field at the University of Perugia. This research aims to investigate and characterize potential impacts, including evaluating the impact of production increment over time.
The first-year crop campaign served as the baseline reference, with two fields modeled: Field 1 (F1) covering 100 m2 with a high-reflective mulching membrane and Field 2 (F2) with 20 m2 left uncovered. The results were striking, indicating very low water consumption, less than 1/20th compared to traditional cultivation in the uncovered part.
A notable initiative is the “Albedo for Africa” project, now a global program of the United Nations. The ambitious project envisions offsetting all Italian CO2 emissions until 2050 by implementing high albedo solutions. The scale of impact is vast, with the potential to benefit approximately 20 million people in the Sahel region.
In conclusion, the Albedo International Research Group’s commitment to advancing high albedo solutions emerges as a beacon of hope in the fight against climate change. These solutions not only contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions but also address critical aspects of water conservation and energy efficiency, aligning seamlessly with the objectives of COP28 and the broader global sustainability agenda. As the world seeks transformative actions to combat climate change, initiatives like these stand as pillars of progress towards a more sustainable and resilient future.
Tomorrow, December 14, an important event will be held. Agenda are as follows:
- 5:00 PM – 5:15 PM – Welcome and guest registration
- 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Presentation of the new Corporate Governance
- CEO: Franco Cotana
- President: Carloalberto Giusti
- Board of Directors’ Advisors: Michele Di Stefano, Lucrezia Jannuzzelli, Antonella Massari
- Members of the Scientific Committee of RSE
- 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Toasting ceremony
- 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Buffet with an open bar
- 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM – Entertainment with DJ Set