February Cleantech Roundup: Corporate Carbon Neutrality | New Mobility Modes | Climate Politics

Clean Energy Trust

Clean Energy Trust’s cleantech roundup highlights interesting cleantech news and perspective, across industry, technology, policy, and investing Top Topics Large oil and gas and utility companies are making net-zero pledges , as they look to get ahead of consumer and regulatory trends.

What’s the difference between net-zero and carbon-neutral policies?

Renewable Energy World

As understanding of the climate crisis increases and the harm to ourselves, the environment, business, industry, and the economy that will follow, so a desire to not only reduce carbon but to be seen reducing carbon increases. Contributed by Dr. Torill Bigg, Tunley Engineering.

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Plugging into electricity’s energy challenge

Envirotec Magazine

How is technology helping to address the challenges faced by power grids? Despite popular belief, electrification does not always lead to a reduction in carbon footprint. To generate electricity, we require energy and 65% of this energy is currently coming from fossil fuels.

UK Ministers Met 1-on-1 with Fossil Fuel and Biomass Producers Nine Times as Often as Renewables Since Kwasi Kwarteng Took Energy Portfolio

DeSmogBlog

Policymakers met with fossil fuel and biomass producers nine times as often as with their renewable energy counterparts, DeSmog can reveal, raising fresh concerns over the depth of the government’s commitments to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Carbon Capture.

Low carbon packages: FedEx pledges to deliver 'carbon neutrality' across its operations by 2040 with $2bn investment drive

Business Green

Air cargo operator pledges to invest in sustainable fuels, carbon capture research, and fleet electrification in bid to meet new climate goals. By 2025, half of all FedEx Express global PUD vehicle purchases would be electric, rising to 100 per cent by 2030, it said.

How to Build and Retrofit a Sustainable Home

Green Business Bureau

Building and Retrofitting a Sustainable Home. Whether you’re building from scratch or adding onto an existing home, there are a variety of green building materials and products on the market today to create your sustainable home vision. ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS.

Sustainability Guide for General Contractors: Sustainable Construction and Renovations

Green Business Bureau

The industry is moving toward sustainable construction. Now more than ever consumers are using their purchasing power to push companies to be more sustainable. HOW TO BUILD and RENOVATE A HOME TO BE MORE SUSTAINABLE. Energy Usage and Electricity. Solar Power.

GHG Protocol: Scope 1 Emissions Explained

Green Business Bureau

The aim of this emission classification system was to help organizations measure and manage their carbon footprint. Scope 2 emissions are indirect GHGs released from the energy purchased by an organization. These are fossil fuels burnt on site. Fossil fuels (e.g.

Queen's Speech: Government promises to 'build on the success of the COP26 Summit'

Business Green

The government has today placed a wide-ranging new Energy Bill at the heart of a legislative agenda that it said would prioritise growing and strengthening the economy while helping to "ease the cost of living for families".

Can Gas-Fired Power Plants Coexist with a Net-Zero Target? Yes, Southern Company Insists

GreenTechMedia

utility can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while still keeping natural gas as a central part of its business, both to generate electricity and to sell to its customers. Department of Energy. Southern Company intends to test the proposition that a U.S.

GHG Protocol: Scope 2 Emissions Explained

Green Business Bureau

Scope 2 emissions are indirect GHGs released from the energy purchased by an organization. They’re the result of bought energy, such as electricity, steam, heat, and cooling. Electricity is generated as power plants burn fossil fuels.

Hydrogen Powered Propulsion for an Offshore Crane Vessel

Mr. Sustainability

Given the boundary conditions of this thesis, an ammonia-fueled drive train with hydrogen co-combustion is the most preferred method to power the Sleipnir. The maritime industry is facing a great challenge Ship emissions need to be reduced significantly. Energy Efficiency.

Portable hydrogen cartridge prototype demonstrated for home and similar applications

Envirotec Magazine

A working prototype portable hydrogen cartridge is able to transport and supply hydrogen energy to power a broad range of everyday applications both in and outside the home. Hydrogen can be used to generate electricity in fuel cell systems and can also be used as a combustion fuel.

GHG Protocol: Scope 3 Emissions Explained

Green Business Bureau

The GHG Protocol introduced an emission classification system that defined corporate emissions as follows: Scope 1 : These are emissions released from a company burning fossil fuels directly to power operations. This includes electricity purchased, cooling, heating, and steam.

Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy?

GreenBiz

Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy? And what energy product will be used both to power this city and sell to the world? The plant is powered by 4 gigawatts from wind and solar projects that sprawl across the desert. Energy & Climate. Wind Power.

A Rundown of the Down-Ballot Results with Clean Energy Implications

GreenTechMedia

In the last four years, federal leadership on clean energy and climate change has stalled. In 2018, California became just the second state working towards a mandate of 100 percent clean electricity. That was one factor in fewer clean energy measures making the ballot.

Transforming a power station for our net zero future

Business Green

Biomass power generation would have seemed impossible to the engineers who began building Drax Power Station in 1967. But the unique nature of Drax presents a more powerful opportunity for its future: negative emissions. The energy sector, however was beginning to change.

‘Math Doesn’t Yet Add Up’ for Utility Decarbonization Goals: Deloitte

GreenTechMedia

So says a new report from Deloitte highlighting the known, yet often underappreciated, challenges faced by utilities across the country promising to zero out their carbon impact by midcentury. utilities such as Duke Energy , Dominion Energy , Southern Company and Xcel Energy.

Will low-carbon hydrogen will be the silver bullet in APAC?

Renewable Energy World

On Thursday the 19 th of August, the Climate Council in partnership with the law firm Shearman & Sterling, hosted an intriguing panel to discuss a major topic in the energy industry: Will low-carbon hydrogen be the silver bullet in APAC? By David Stent.

Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South

GreenBiz

The series is supported by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, and is part of their POWER project. . Enviva is the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets and is part of a rapidly growing industry in the U.S.

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New Report Shows Gap Between Utility Carbon Pledges and Climate Change Imperatives

GreenTechMedia

utilities have promised to eliminate their carbon emissions by midcentury. New research asserts most have undermined those goals by keeping coal plants running and building new natural gas plants meant to operate for decades to come. Most of the biggest U.S.

Carbon Accounting: How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Green Business Bureau

The carbon footprint of a business is the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released by an organization. More and more businesses are disclosing their carbon footprint due to increased stakeholder pressure and as a response to climate change. . 10: Pay for carbon offsetting .

Heathrow Airport inks deal with ENGIE to supply terminals with 'green gas'

Business Green

The deal will see biomethane from UK anaerobic digestion producers replace fossil fuel gas supplies across all Heathrow terminals. The UK aviation industry has made a firm commitment to get to net zero by 2050 , at the very latest," said Gorman. "On

Lessons from a year of reporting on climate solutions in Cascadia

Grist

This story is part of the series Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia , which explores the path to low-carbon energy for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. And, in the United States, political gridlock chopped the heart out of Congress’ most ambitious clean energy plan. .

Former COP26 President Brings Shell, BP, Equinor Reps Into Climate Conference

DeSmogBlog

Former UK energy and climate minister Claire O’Neill’s World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is running a series of events at the conference on private sector efforts to tackle climate change. Energy

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Ohio geologists study potential for geothermal in abandoned coal mines

Renewable Energy World

The research at Ohio University could help transform old fossil fuel sites into clean energy assets, though much work remains to be done. Geologists at Ohio University are exploring the potential to turn abandoned coal mines into sources of carbon-free heating and cooling.

20 C-suite sustainability champions for 2021

GreenBiz

Each of these individuals is playing the long game and is in a strong position to move their companies and industries into what could be a more hopeful period of reconciliation, recovery and repair. In 2014, the electrical engineer and MBA became the first woman to lead a U.S.

'Effective today': Google vows to 'eliminate entire carbon legacy'

Business Green

Google has today unveiled a new wave of sustainability commitments, including high profile pledges to eliminate the company's "carbon legacy" and ensure it can operate with entirely carbon-free energy by 2030 at the latest.

LNG Projects Make Claims of ‘Net-Zero’ to Ease Way for Expansion

DeSmogBlog

However, while on the surface it may appear to be a positive shift towards lowering the greenhouse gas impact of their projects, the rhetoric about carbon-neutral LNG is mostly hollow, in another attempt to greenwash new fossil fuel projects into existence.

Online Event - VERGE Energy Conference

Green Market Oracle

VERGE Energy Conference (VERGE 20) will take place on October 26-30, 2020. This online event can be attended from anywhere, The central theme at VERGE 20 will focus on how energy systems can be decarbonized, decentralized, digitized and democratized. Our Companies Set a Price on Carbon.

Preparing for COP26

Envirotec Magazine

But progress was still lacking on Resilience and Energy Transition. Coal is also a social issue for China, since the associated power industry “employs a staggering number of people”. Image credit: Adiany Montelo / Shutterstock.com An electric bus in Kelheim, Germany.

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Could the factories of the future run on hydrogen fuel cells?

Business Green

A cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell-based power plant recently switched on at a Japanese manufacturing plant could provide a decarbonisation template for other industrial sites to follow. We have the technology which can intake green hydrogen and produce electricity.

The 2021 GreenBiz 30 Under 30

GreenBiz

Clean energy for Native American communities. Decarbonized buildings. And that’s his hope for the apparel and footwear industry as a whole. I've always been an energy nerd and I just knew that was my place. Associate Engineer, Point Energy Innovations, San Francisco.

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'Boom and bust': Are coal and oil on the brink of permanent decline?

Business Green

Two reports out this week have highlighted how developments across 2021 are set to catalyse policy and technological trends that could catalyse the retreat of fossil fuels across the global energy system. At times the fossil fuel economy can seem indefatigable.

Ensuring equity in Washington’s 100% clean electricity law implementation

Front And Centered

Washington passed 100% clean electricity into law earlier this year, and with public input government agencies are currently drafting rules to guide utilities on how to comply with the law by phasing out fossil fuel emissions and integrating equity in their service models. 100% Clean Energy by 2045 is now the law in Washington! Electric utilities are now bound by equity considerations. of Labor & Industries.

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How Carbon Pledges Are Driving a UK Offshore Wind Hub to Switch to Green Hydrogen

GreenTechMedia

A port and fabrication yard in Scotland is planning to convert to green hydrogen as it looks to serve the carbon-conscious offshore wind sector. Global Energy Group’s (GEG) Nigg Energy Park has a storied history serving the oil and gas sector.

Carbon Accounting: How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Green Business Bureau

The carbon footprint of a business is the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released by an organization. More and more businesses are disclosing their carbon footprint due to increased stakeholder pressure and as a response to climate change. . 10: Pay for carbon offsetting .

Comment: Carbon net zero – we’re halfway there

Envirotec Magazine

By Faye Bowser, Head of Energy Solutions, Siemens plc. Kyoto Protocol agreed to use as a benchmark for their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and 2050, the year many countries set as their target for carbon net zero.

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UN-Approved ‘Green’ Investors Funding UK Airport Expansion Bids

DeSmogBlog

The government’s advisory Climate Change Committee has recommended no “net increase” in airport expansion should be allowed unless the industry “sufficiently outperforms” its current emissions projections. carbon budget if left unchecked. and fuel?sources”, Energy

Global Briefing: California unveils 'world first' net zero strategy

Business Green

The agency said the strategy represened an unprecedented effort to drastically slash pollution and accelerate the transition to clean energy. "No No economy in the world, much less the soon-to-be fourth largest, has put forth such a comprehensive roadmap to reach carbon neutrality.

Finding a Sustainability Career in Business

Green Business Bureau

Examples include energy engineers, environmental attorneys, urban planners, water resource engineers, wildlife conservationists and environmental researchers. Those questions are often at the heart of many students and professionals trying to build a career that is more purpose driven.

Joe Biden confirms plans for major economies climate summit ahead of COP26

Business Green

We'll elevate the incredible work cities, states and businesses have been doing to help reduce emissions and build a cleaner future," he added. Together, we can transition to a carbon-neutral economy and usher in a new era of inclusive opportunity.

'Fundamental change': How write downs and bankruptcies are fuelling stranded asset fears

Business Green

Shell and BP are writing down assets while a raft of US fracking firms are entering bankruptcy protection – change is coming to the fossil fuel industry faster than anyone expected. A consensus is building that more write downs are on the way - potentially a lot more.