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 resources.

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: blue engineering
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.
3  Creating holistic & integrated designs for integrated development.   

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 community involvement.

The “No Waste Principle”

Almost every 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 on.

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” actually builds
into the “DNA” of all of the following:

The design and development of new products, systems & procedures
The usage and maintenance of existing products, appliances and systems
3  The design, construction and maintenance of homes & buildings
4 The creation or adaptation of the tools, machines and factories used to produce goods & products
5 The creation or adaptation of the products, goods and/or materials themselves
6 Human behavior and manpower
7 Energy production and usage

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.

This 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 communities.

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.


A very 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 following processes:

1 The efficient & effective use of human resources
2 The efficient & effective use of energy
3 The effective use of raw material
4 The use of renewable energy where possible
5 The extraction of new products from the main product
6 The extraction of new products from what would traditionally be considered “waste” products.

In 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.

In this 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.

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