Sustainability Series

With global climate, energy, and sustainability issues set to intensify, Calix has identified some key challenges that have emerged in the last decade and are increasingly putting our planet at risk.

This series dives deeper into each of these challenges in a dedicated special feature.

The goal of this series is to highlight some of the achievements and collaborative efforts – from across the company – and to help lead the conversation of finding a more responsible path forward to repairing, preserving, and preventing future harm to our planet.

Reducing CO2 Emissions

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are largely accepted to contribute to climate change, with governments around the world setting targets to reduce these emissions.

From 2021, the European Commission will be reducing its CO2 cap by 2.2 per cent each year. The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has consequently seen the price of CO2 rise from less than 3 euros per tonne in 2013 to 25 euros per tonne in 2018.

Find out how Calix’s technology is being developed and adapted to reduce CO2 emissions in cement, lime and maritime transport.

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Making Crop Protection Safer

In Europe, fungicides and pesticides need to be re-registered every 10 years to ensure they comply with stringent safety standards. Many of the products in use currently are unlikely to achieve re-registration, thus creating demand for safer alternatives.

The cost to develop a new crop protection product averages US$250 million and 10 years but farmers need safe, affordable crop protection products now.

Find out how Calix’s BOOSTER-Mag can increase yields and boosts resistance to pests and diseases while making crop protection safer.

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Making Better Batteries

The rapid growth in electric vehicles and renewable energy storage solutions is creating a global need for more efficient, cheaper, higher-capacity, and more sustainable energy storage options.

While a large part of this growth has been enabled through the performance of lithium-ion batteries, issues around the cost, capacity, safety and sustainability of current lithium-ion batteries will increasingly limit this growth.

Calix is developing high performance, low-cost, fast charge-discharge lithium-ion hybrid batteries based on nano-active electrode materials.

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Calix has unique potential to scale solutions to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Improving the sustainability of water treatment

Water is an increasingly fragile resource that needs to be protected at all costs. There is a global imperative for every nation, regardless of its available water, to contribute to smarter, more effective water treatment. This means operators in industries that rely heavily on water, such as agriculture and food production, need to be proactive in their approach to water management.

Find out how Calix’s ACTI-Mag is helping make wastewater treatment more sustainable, and convertible into renewable energy.

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Feeding a growing human population

The world’s population is expected to grow by over a third, or 2.3 billion people, between 2009 and 2050. This will not only give rise to an increased demand for food, as a result of more mouths to feed, but will also create other challenges. Increased incomes, economic development of emerging nations and urbanisation will result in changes in consumption patterns and a slow revolution of our food value chain.

Find out how Calix’s AQUA-Cal+ is helping feed a growing human population, while responding to changes in consumption patterns and a slow revolution of our food value chain.

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Creating renewable energy

Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years. With climate change concerns rising, the global economy has been making an increasing effort to turn away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels and toward cleaner, renewable energy sources.

Find out how Calix ACTI-Mag helps maintain optimum bacterial growth conditions for the conversion of organic matter into biogas for energy; and how Calix advanced materials for lithium ion batteries could shape the future of energy storage.

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