Hawa Dawa environmental data integrated into Esri ArcGIS

An essential addition for Esri users

Hawa Dawa now offers an integration of the collected environmental data into Esri ArcGIS. For Esri users, this is a convenient way to use this data in the familiar Esri environment. Read more

Karim Tarraf takes over the lead of the chapter “Startup Competencies for Public Procurement” in the advisory board “Junge Digitale Wirtschaft ” of the Federal Ministry of Economy and Climate

The advisory board “Junge Digitale Wirtschaft “(Young Digital Economy)  provides first-hand advice to the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection on current issues of digital transformation. The focus is on the development and potential of the young digital economy and new digital technologies in Germany. Because of the dynamics of the digital economy, the advisory board is designed to be flexible and open. The goal: a direct and practice-oriented dialogue between the young German digital and startup scene and politics.

The board, which renews itself yearly, is staffed with founders, business leaders, investors and digital associations. Hawa Dawa is proud to announce that Robert Habeck appointed CEO and co-founder Karim Tarraf to the advisory board as one of a total of 29 members.

The current advisory board will focus on key areas:

  • Accelerating sustainable transformation
  • Establishing digital sovereignty
  • Securing Germany as a high-tech location
  • Reducing bureaucracy/level playing field

To this end, the board has organised itself into eight chapters. Karim Tarraf has taken over the lead of the “Startup Competencies for Public Procurement” chapter. Together with Anne Kjær Bathel, he will work on finding holistic ways for startups to be involved in larger public sector contracts.

The focus will be on digital startups as well as social startups. Because even though the business models are different, both struggle with the same challenges. On the one hand, Karim Tarraf can contribute his first-hand experience of Hawa Dawa as a startup whose solution is primarily aimed at public clients. On the other hand, he is intensively networked in the German startup ecosystem. He invites startups to send their input on this topic to him or Anna Kjær Bathel via LinkedIn. Lastly, Karim Tarraf also has insights into how similar issues are dealt with abroad.

You can find out more about the advisory board “Junge Digitale Wirtschaft” here

Caring about the future: planning for climate and environment in the fiscal year 2023

Currently, budget planning is on the way in most of municipalities.

Particularly in the area of climate and environment, it will not be sufficient to update the existing values. On the one hand, because the current situation poses new challenges for the municipalities but also holds a multitude of opportunities in store, and on the other hand, after a phase marked by the pandemic, the citizens now again expect measures to shape the future actively. Last but not least, the announced tightening of the EU directive on air pollutant limits in the direction of the stricter WHO recommendations must not be lost sight of: Those who proactively position themselves well here will certainly be able to react better to critical situations and thus avoid drastic measures.

To make planning easier for you, we will be happy to provide you with a non-binding cost estimate or quotation. Simply enter the key data in our online form.

Day of Blue Skies

Air pollution is not just a local or national problem, but a problem for the entire planet Earth. That is why the United Nations General Assembly has declared 07 September as the International Day for Clean Air and Blue Skies to encourage people worldwide to improve air pollution.

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Hawa Dawa data products turn environmental data into relevant information for citizens and administrations

Environmental impacts have become an integral part of the “urban development and traffic planning” field of action. Heat waves and increased traffic volumes are just two of the many effects of climate change and urbanization that make the topic of “environment” even more critical.

For concretely considering environmental influences in planning and decision-making, relevant environmental data must be reliable and available at all times. Read more

Eco-sensitive traffic management

Interview with Frank Felten and Matthew Fullerton

Transport has a key role to play in efforts to improve air quality. In our interview with Frank Felten, Chief Product Officer at Hawa Dawa, and Matt Fullerton, Chief Technical Officer for Software & Hardware at Hawa Dawa, we shed light on this relation. What approaches are there? What is critical? What hurdles need to be overcome?

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Earth Overshoot Day

Globalisation and the industrial revolution have brought many positive changes for people. Still, dramatic consequences for our planet. Our environment and many ecosystems are heavily polluted by all kinds of contaminants. People are destroying the earth more and more every day, not thinking at all that this is our only earth.

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Saving energy while protecting the climate?

The times when climate and environmental protection were always clearly on the “good” side are over. In the real-life implementation, alternative energies collide with nature conservation and species protection, as, e.g. in the case of off-shore wind farms. The discussion about “clean” nuclear energy is also difficult. In general, this means that one must take a closer look, weigh up the (long-term) impacts and evaluate the planned measures accordingly in a comprehensive manner. 

There are also side aspects to consider regarding air quality measurement. It is almost a paradox when air quality is measured by driving vehicles through the city. If the car has an electric drive, this has, at best, a NO2-reducing effect. The fine dust pollution from brake and tyre abrasion remains. And the environmental problems associated with the production of the necessary car batteries are widely known. 

A very topical issue at the moment is energy supply and energy consumption. There are also substantial differences in energy consumption of air quality measurements. The containers that operate the public measurements have an annual energy demand of 3,500 kWh to more than 11,000 kWh, depending on the equipment. This means that even the more economical measuring stations consume more than a typical 2-person household.  

With the Hawa Dawa measuring devices, the energy-consuming conditioning of the air before measuring is taken over by a calibration algorithm through the innovative use of artificial intelligence. This means that the annual energy consumption of our measuring devices is at the level of a standard household freezer – i.e. a fraction of the energy that has to be provided for a measuring station. 

Synergy effect of heat and air pollution: mortality risk almost doubles

“The mortality effect of exposure to extreme temperatures and pollution is greater than the sum of their individual effects.” That’s how Md Mostafijur Rahman, PhD, summarizes the results of a study done by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

The findings have high relevance as the exposure to heat, and air pollution will grow with climate change. Read more

Recognising the social/political dimension of climate change: Climate justice and environmental justice

Climate Justice

We have been talking about climate change for a long time. It is the biggest global challenge of the 21st century. Every living thing on earth, from humans to animals, is part of our ecosystem. There is clear evidence that human activities are changing the ecosystem.

This change is global, which means it affects the whole planet. However, its perpetrators are far from evenly distributed across the planet. The USA alone is responsible for more than 25% of global CO2 emissions on our planet. The majority is, therefore, the responsibility of the industrialised countries. The consequences of this, however, are mainly felt by the developing and newly industrialised countries in the south. This is exactly where the value creation of the industrialised countries takes place. Suppose the industrialised nations are responsible for a large part of the pollutants emitted in the past. Should they not also be responsible for eliminating the resulting damage to people and the environment? This is the question addressed by the concept of “climate justice”.

This currently prevailing climate injustice directly results from political events – mostly of rich countries. Our prosperity and wealth were and are largely achieved at the expense of foreign resources, leading to ever more growth and consumption in the industrialised countries. In poorer countries, this, in turn, leads to more dependency. Therefore, there must be an international political dimension to the climate crisis that addresses social injustice AND climate injustice. In the course of this, rich countries must acknowledge their historical guilt and take steps to make amends.

Read more about climate justice in our wiki

Environmental Justice

“Every human being has a fundamental right of hospitality on earth – this is the core of human rights – and one third of the world’s population lives from direct access to nature”, Wolfgang Sachs

The first concept of environmental justice was created in the 1980s in the USA by civil rights groups and was aimed at socially disadvantaged groups. Social and economic equality are essential to environmental justice. In essence, environmental justice is also about issues such as racism and socio-economic injustice.

Unlike climate justice, environmental justice is about the interrelationships between the environment, health and the social situation of the people affected. Even in the industrialised world, the health burden of environmental problems is a serious problem. More and more people suffer from respiratory or skin diseases triggered or promoted by air pollution. In addition, factors such as social background, income and education can increase such exposure. Living conditions and lifestyle play a decisive role—for example, exposure to pollutants due to prevailing traffic conditions in urban areas.

Everyone has a right to clean drinking water, fresh air, etc. Governments should ensure that people get the right to a clean and healthy environment. A healthy environment is important for everyone and helps improve overall health.

However, these socio-economic factors also play a major role worldwide. In many parts of the world, people have no chance to escape these negative influences or are unaware of the exposure. Governments should take action to help people who are severely affected. We can solve this problem with clean air, drinking water, and a safe living environment. We need to create an environment where everyone has the same quality of life to create a healthy living environment.

Read more about environmental justice in our wiki