The paradox of our time:
The world we find ourselves in
today is gradually shifting away from fossil fuel limited energy
resources to more sustainable renewable & clean energy
The process, however, is not a simple one, as our world has
trillions of inefficient buildings, installations, processes and
other investments in different disciplines all over the world.
Simply focusing, therefore, on the implementation of renewable
energy technologies is neither realistic nor reasonable.
At the same time, however, it
is crucial to collectively understand that our world and our
planet CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN the increasingly damaging effects
of the overdependence on a fossil fuel dependent energy
paradigm. We can no longer overlook that Mother Nature, our
planet as well as our entire way of living is under pressure.
A transitional bridge:
The way in which to transform into a sustainable world is by
creating a bridge from where we are now to where we want & need
to be, while focusing on three main areas:
Making existing traditional buildings, installations,
processes and systems ‘smarter’ and more efficient,
while taking into account the ‘No Waste Principle’.
Introducing new integrated ‘green’ technologies.
Creating holistic & integrated designs for integrated
Blue engineering is
the mindset of integrated business & project development leading
to ‘blue solutions’ of a sustainable world.
A holistic approach
In a building or in processes everything is interconnected.
Therefore, changing one parameter will affect the entire system.
In a particular technical installation or building envelope, for
example, the environment in the building is constantly changing.
Everything in our environment is energy and each one of our
buildings vibrates at a certain level depending on the materials
and installations applied in the building. With practice and
experience, you can almost feel the building.
A holistic engineer can pick up the vibration as he is sensitive
to the interconnectivity of processes and installations. For
this reason, holistic engineers are able to solve complex
problems that are often occurring in buildings and processes,
taking into consideration the interconnection of installations
and processes of different disciplines.
Nowadays we still have a great deal of separate installations,
like control systems, air-conditioning, heating, ventilation,
heat pumps, geothermal systems, electrical installations,
biomass systems, sewer systems, CCTV, telephone and data, PV
systems and solar thermal systems. However, development is now
slowly moving toward more integrated systems that work closely
together as an integral entity, connecting several disciplines.
These interconnected systems require a holistic approach.
Total system thinking
Decades ago there was a more strict separation between different
disciplines. Agriculture, for example, was a separate entity and
was done with basic tools. However, over the years we have seen
a major involvement of modern technology and renewable energy
systems in the field of agriculture. Due to the integration of
processes and disciplines the production and efficiency are
going up. We are now witnessing a shift from traditional
technologies to integrated existing and green technology with
The “No Waste Principle”
process consists of a labor part, a material part
and energy used in the process. This goes for office
work, agriculture, factory work, building
construction, renewable energy systems & processes,
engineering, construction, livestock farming, and so
The “No Waste
Principle,” as introduced by Ing. E. E. Pinas,
challenges us to use every resource that is used in
a process as efficient as possible, even the
so-called “waste streams” and by-products. By using
these so-called “waste streams” and by-products as
input for another process the scale can be tipped to
a profitable business or the profit of a successful
business can be made even bigger, leading to more
diversity and more stability.
THE ‘NO WASTE PRINCIPLE’ COLLECTIVELY REFERS TO THE
TOTAL HOLISTIC APPROACH OF AVOIDING WASTE, NO SPILLAGE,
MAKING & USING EXISTING PROCESSES & INSTALLATIONS,
EQUIPMENT & APPLIANCES MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT, OPTIMAL
USE OF HUMAN RESOURCES AS WELL AS REDEFINING THE
ENERGY USE BY HUMANS.
The “No Waste
Principle” actually builds
into the “DNA” of all of the
The design and
development of new products, systems & procedures
The usage and
maintenance of existing products, appliances and systems
construction and maintenance of homes & buildings
The creation or
adaptation of the tools, machines and factories used to
produce goods & products
The creation or
adaptation of the products, goods and/or materials
Human behavior and
Energy production and
So whether we are
talking about physical material, where re-use or
efficient use is involved, or we are talking about the
way we generate and use energy in our homes, factories
and buildings, or we are talking about production
processes or the human involvement as a resource, the
approach of the “No Waste Principle” is to use just what
you need from that particular resources and try to use
it as efficient as possible. It is a total holistic
approach that looks at both the whole system as well as
all its constituent processes.
Contributing to a BLUE economy
The ultimate approach of sustainability is
BLUE ENGINEERING, where total systems
thinking, process integration, the “No Waste Principle”
and community involvement are applied.
approach involves deep integration of different
disciplines such as agriculture, farming, sea food
farming, livestock farming, food processing, renewable
energy generation, automation and technology. So-called
“waste streams” are then processed as raw material for
other processes creating additional products. Each
resource, such as raw material and labor are used in the
most efficient way based on the “No Waste Principle” and
the principles of “value engineering”. So-called “waste”
from agriculture processes, for example, can be
processed using technology to create other additional
products. This approach leads to more jobs, massive
added value and exponential growth of companies and
Here is where the “Blue Economy”
kicks in. The “Blue Economy” as introduced by Professor
Gunther Pauli strives for sustainable solutions for
society, inspired by nature's design principles. The
total line consisting of human resources, building
material, technical installations, processes, logistic,
energy use, by products and so called “waste streams”
should be taken into consideration.
This is the way
to make your organization more profitable and
achieve exponential growth.
simple example of the “No Waste Principle” is
the agriculture rice-production process. In the
old traditional ways farmers would harvest the
paddy, dry it by burning fossil fuel and then
burn the husk and hay in the open fields. The
only revenue would come from selling the rice
grains for human consumption.
In the new
integrated holistic approach, using the “No
Waste Principle,” we look at a minimum at the
efficient & effective use of human resources
efficient & effective use of energy
effective use of raw material
The use of
renewable energy where possible
extraction of new products from the main
extraction of new products from what would
traditionally be considered “waste”
practice for the rice-production branch, the
integrated holistic process might consist of
harvesting the paddy, generate energy with the
husk and hay, use the same energy to dry the
paddy, produce rise bran oil and use the ash for
the cement or steel industries.
scenario, while taking into account all of the
above processes, one can cut the cost of drying
the paddy by more than 90% and save hundreds of
thousands of US dollars,
while also getting
revenues from the rice bran oil and the ash from
the rice husk.