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CNN’s ‘Inventing Tomorrow’ meets the pioneers championing sustainable design for a better tomorrow

CNN’s ‘Inventing Tomorrow’ meets the pioneers championing sustainable design for a better tomorrow

HONG KONG, Sept. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In the season three premiere of ‘Inventing Tomorrow’, CNN International correspondent Blake Essig learns how companies around the world are inventing new ways to tackle the world’s growing climate challenges. On this special 30-minute episode, Essig meets the pioneers around the globe who are embracing design to create buildings and vehicles for a better tomorrow.

CNN’s ‘Inventing Tomorrow’ meets the pioneers championing sustainable design for a better tomorrow
CNN’s ‘Inventing Tomorrow’ meets the pioneers championing sustainable design for a better tomorrow

Data centers around the world require large amounts of energy to stay cool. In the city of Bibai, Japan, one company has turned to the winter season for an alternative solution. The White Data Center spent six years designing a system that uses snow cleared from the streets to produce air conditioning to cool server racks. The Data Center is now also a commercial enterprise, hoping to offer clients low energy costs without using fossil fuels, and has partnered with city officials to collect all the snow ploughed from the streets of Bibai in coming winters. Essig hears from Kota Honma, director of the Center, who explains that reducing emissions is only one piece of the puzzle. The Center is also designed to simultaneously capture heat from the servers to heat an adjacent greenhouse used to grow mushrooms – a welcome feature for the city’s vibrant farming community. 

Next, a Hong Kong-based startup called EcoBricks is reducing carbon emissions created by the production of construction materials by developing a brick made from upcycling seven types of plastic waste. The design diverts and makes use of plastic that would otherwise have been destined for the city’s landfills. Now, the bricks are pulling double duty, being utilized across the city’s landscape while simultaneously eliminating waste.

There’s a growing movement within the architecture industry to find ways to make buildings more sustainable. The programme takes viewers inside the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington, which is aiming to become the first certified net-zero carbon arena in the world. Originally built for the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, the arena underwent a massive transformation that began in 2018. The building now runs on renewable energy, and has purposely preserved elements of its original structure to make it more sustainable. For example, the arena retained its 44-million-pound historical roof – which is also used to capture rainwater to create the arena’s ice rink.

Finally, as of 2020, between four and seven percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions can be traced to the mining industry. Spurred by this problem, engineering startup First Mode created the world’s largest mobile hydrogen power plant as part of an effort to replace the diesel used by mining trucks. The company has also partnered with Anglo American in South Africa, one of the world’s largest mining companies, to retrofit the company’s entire fleet of trucks.

Inventing Tomorrow trailer: https://bit.ly/3QhIrII 
Inventing Tomorrow images: https://bit.ly/3KTVfEo 
Inventing Tomorrow microsite: https://cnn.it/3TtXv97 

Airtimes for 30-minute special:
Saturday, 10th September at 12:30pm HKT
Sunday, 11th September at 12:30am and 11:00am HKT
Monday, 12th September at 5:30am HKT

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