China considers going ‘Carbon Neutral’, peaking Emissions

Mr. Sustainability

Summary - China considers going carbon neutral. China is considering carbon neutrality as part of its long term climate plan, the country’s foreign ministry announced following a summit with EU leaders. What else did you expect with this title?

The Greenwashing Files: Fossil Fuel Giants Accused of ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

DeSmogBlog

Fossil fuel companies could face legal challenges over their misleading advertising, after a DeSmog investigation uncovered the extent of their “greenwashing” Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have put companies on notice with the publication of the Greenwashing Files.

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Revealed: Two Thirds of Online Posts from Six Major European Fossil Fuel Companies ‘Greenwashing’

DeSmogBlog

Nearly two thirds of social media posts put out by six major European fossil fuel and energy companies since the end of 2019 present a “green” image of the company, despite the majority of their business activity remaining in fossil fuels, reveals new analysis by Desmog.

The world’s first ‘carbon-neutral’ cargo ship is already low on gas

Grist

When shipping giant Maersk announced last month it would operate a “carbon-neutral” vessel by 2023, the Danish company committed to using a fuel that’s made from renewable sources, is free of soot-forming pollutants — and is currently in scarce supply.

The ‘Big Con’ Revealed: Report Details Fossil Fuel Industry’s Deceptive ‘Net Zero’ Strategy

DeSmogBlog

” “Furthermore… they see the potential for a ‘net zero’ global pathway to provide new business opportunities for them, rather than curtailing production and consumption of their polluting products,” it says. By Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams.

Governments Are Sending Oil Executives to COP26 Despite Climate Pledges. Here’s a Look at the Fossil Fuel Influence in Glasgow

DeSmogBlog

Fossil fuels are everywhere at this COP except in the decisions being negotiated by governments,” Nikki Reisch, the director of climate and energy at the Center for International Environmental Law, wrote to DeSmog from Glasgow.

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.

Investigation: Majority of Directors of World’s Top Insurance Companies Tied to Polluting Industries

DeSmogBlog

Just over half of all directors at 30 of the world’s largest insurance companies have affiliations to polluting companies and organisations, reveals an investigation by DeSmog, including several individuals holding senior roles at some of the world’s largest energy companies.

Investigation: How the Meat Industry is Climate-Washing its Polluting Business Model

DeSmogBlog

Huang’s speech points to an industry nervous about its role in a carbon-constrained future. Studies show these activities represent the majority of the sector’s emissions, yet many meat companies exclude them when calculating their carbon footprint.

'A new day in America': General Motors vows to end sales of fossil fuel cars by 2035

Business Green

America's largest automaker unveils plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 by significantly ramping up its electric vehicle range and shifting all its operations to clean energy.

BofA, Goldman, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo launch center for climate-aligned finance

GreenBiz

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is banking on banks to get us over the carbon-neutral finish line by 2050. . That is an urgent call for us to accelerate the transition out of the assets that are generating the most pollution." .

General Motors Sponsors COP26 1.5C Pavilion Amid Summit Polluter ‘Greenwash’

DeSmogBlog

General Motors is not an anomaly in being a highly polluting corporation invited into COP26,” Cat Scothorn, from campaign group Glasgow Calls Out Polluters, told DeSmog. President Donald Trump for weaker fuel efficiency standards in the U.S. GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — A U.S

Is 'net zero' much ado about nothing?

GreenBiz

Is net zero the same as carbon neutral? You can become carbon neutral simply by buying offsets — for a year’s worth of driving or air travel, for example. Is 'net zero' much ado about nothing? Joel Makower. Tue, 05/11/2021 - 02:11.

Petaluma becomes first US city to ban construction of new gas stations

AGreenLiving

Prohibiting new gas stations serves the public interest by preventing new sources of pollution that adversely impact environmental and human health ,” the law states. If we want to be carbon neutral by 2030, we have to make these changes.” ” A recent study carried out by the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority places the transport sector at the center of air pollution.

The prospects for I-1631 eliminating 20 million tons of carbon pollution annually by 2035

Low Carbon Prosperity

In this Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) analysis, we explore scenarios of carbon reduction investment performance based on the revenue allocation described in Initiative 1631. The measure is intended, but not required, to reduce carbon emissions in 2035 to 25% below 1990 levels, consistent with the state’s legislated target. The initial carbon pollution fee of $15 per (tCO2e) in 2020 increases annually by $2/tCO2e plus urban-area inflation.

One in Three Directors at Australia’s Major Banks Have Ties to Oil, Gas, and Mining

DeSmogBlog

The findings come as the banking industry receives increased scrutiny for financing polluting projects and builds upon previous analysis by DeSmog showing climate-conflicted board members at many of the UK’s top banks and across bank boards worldwide. Fossil Finance.

Coal Mining Giant to Sponsor ‘Green Energy’ Gallery at UK Science Museum

DeSmogBlog

Writing on Twitter, Adani said the gallery would “explore how we can power the future through low carbon technologies” and be “a reminder of the power of the sun and the wind in our daily lives.”.

EU Ambassador: ‘Green Growth Will Be the Key’ to Europe’s Recovery

GreenTechMedia

Late last year, the European Union introduced a $1 trillion plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and achieve a just transition away from polluting technologies.

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

DeSmogBlog

Among its delegates are representatives of European fossil fuel giants Shell, BP, Equinor and TotalEnergies, none of which have made plans to halt new drilling projects despite commitments to reach net zero and increase clean energy production. Polluter’ Panels.

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Government Defends Praising Tar Sands Industry Figures as COP26 ‘Climate Champions’

DeSmogBlog

A UK-Canada event last week praised 26 “exceptional individuals actively working to move Canada to net-zero emissions”, five of whom work for companies and investors involved in the fossil fuel industry, including the Canadian oil sands.

Kansas City plans for all-electric fleet

Greenability Magazine

The city of Kansas City, MO announced last week that it is committing to an all-electric fleet for new vehicle purchases as part of its’ pledge to reach climate neutral citywide by 2040. Kansas City has pledged to be climate neutral, equity-focused and resilient citywide by 2040.

Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity

GreenBiz

Apple's big-ticket sustainability goals released this year for 2030 include becoming carbon-neutral and achieving a net-zero impact in all operations. Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity. Elsa Wenzel. Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:00.

Iberdrola Criticised for COP26 ‘Greenwash Gimmicks’ While Expanding Gas-Fired Power

DeSmogBlog

Iberdrola helps run an annual cycle ride to UN climate summits backed by the International Energy Agency, which recently called for an end to new fossil fuel developments if the Paris Agreement goals are to be met.

Six reasons the EU isn’t as green as it claims

Low Impact

It proposes to make Europe the first continent to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and the first to deliver a climate law with binding emissions targets. 3) It’s funding big polluters. Neither do the EU’s ‘cohesion’ and ‘just transition’ funds exclude fossil fuel investments.

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.

Why the UK should commit to a zero carbon power system by 2035

Business Green

Less than one per cent unabated fossil fuels and at least 80 per cent wind and solar in the power mix required to meet UK climate targets, according to Ember's Tom Harrison. Zero carbon power by 2035. Does BECCS risk polluting the zero-carbon target?

The top 25 most sustainable fleets

GreenBiz

Thanks to converging forces — including supportive policies, dropping battery costs and aggressive climate goals — transportation leaders at large and small organizations are increasingly turning to new zero-emission and low-carbon options that decarbonize fleets and in some cases save money.

The top 2020 trends in sustainability, according to GreenBiz readers

GreenBiz

Readers also sought glimmers of hope in this year; you were drawn to stories about COVID-19’s positive impact on air pollution and what the sustainability field can do to be more actively anti-racist and pro-diversity. Planes remain among the most polluting means of transport.

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. The economics of carbon-free living have fallen into place. move toward a carbon-free energy future.

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

GreenBiz

What Ahoskie got was approximately 50 direct jobs, local tree loss, noise , heavy traffic, air pollution, and combustible dust from wood drying and processing that threatens their health and enjoyment of their homes. Pollution Prevention.

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STIs can save the planet. No, not those STIs.

Grist

Divestment from fossil fuels. That means more transparency in things like food labeling — the carbon footprint of a banana, say — as well as corporate and political transparency.

Mining Giants Embrace Renewables, But Decarbonization Remains a Steep Climb

GreenTechMedia

But while solar and wind have an obvious role to play in helping miners control their carbon emissions, the mining industry faces steep decarbonization challenges, analysts say. Growing demand for low-carbon supply chains.

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.

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

DeSmogBlog

Another airport investor, Spanish transport giant Ferrovial, owns a 25 percent stake in Heathrow, already the second most polluting airport in the world , despite having had its business plans approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, another UN-backed scheme. and fuel?sources”,

4 ways businesses can connect with their communities to create a clean economy

GreenBiz

Sims Recycling Solutions worked with UPROSE from the beginning to become a carbon-neutral state-of-the-art facility that would serve community needs but not be an eyesore or polluting facility on the industrial waterfront. who are told they ought to accept new jobs that rely on the extraction of fossil fuels and displacement. 4 ways businesses can connect with their communities to create a clean economy. Marian Jones. Fri, 11/06/2020 - 01:00.

Funding awarded for heat pump projects in several UK cities

Envirotec Magazine

million to develop a new zero carbon heat network. Not only will these inspiring projects deliver carbon savings, but they prove that heat pump technology is adaptable and can contribute to a smarter, more flexible future energy system.”.

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Gas Is Good But Not Good Enough Says European Investment Bank

GreenTechMedia

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will stop backing fossil fuel energy projects in 2021, except those using carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology or offsets to cancel out their emissions. The focus of the bank’s energy investment will turn from (unabated) fossil fuels to energy efficiency, storage, grid improvements and e-mobility among others.

What is carbon insetting?

Mr. Sustainability

Carbon insetting is offsetting carbon inside the shipping sector, transferring emission savings from one vessel to another Summary - Reducing carbon emissions in the shipping sector can be hard and expensive. Carbon insetting in the shipping industry is done by GoodShipping.

Preparing for COP26

Envirotec Magazine

Putting a price on pollution. One solution might be carbon pricing, and the imposition of such a measure was Bordini-Staden’s “biggest hope” for COP26. Hitachi’s commitments include a pledge to realise carbon neutrality in its own manufacturing capability by 2030.

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20 C-suite sustainability champions for 2021

GreenBiz

The company, an early partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has positioned water and carbon emissions as equally critical in the climate crisis. Last year, Ecolab set a goal for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, getting halfway there by 2030.

Marine Sector Turns to Ammonia to Decarbonize Shipping

GreenTechMedia

The shipping industry is charting a new route toward cutting fossil fuel use in ocean-going vessels: ammonia. ” Moving away from fossil fuels in shipping will require different approaches according to the type of vessel involved, experts say.

How Big a Difference Can Biodegradable Straws Make to the Environment?

Green Business Bureau

Rather, by using an alternative resource to fossil fuels, biodegradable straws enable a reduced ecological footprint across the whole of the product lifespan – from production to disposal. When pollution from decomposing plastic can be up to 23 times as bad on land as it is in the ocean, the switch to biodegradable alternatives can make a huge difference. Transitioning from Plastic to Biodegradable Paper Reduces Your Carbon Footprint.

Equinor moves ahead with CCS

Mr. Sustainability

In cooperation with Shell and Total, the project aims to create a carbon capture and storage hub in Norway, open to third parties. All signs are ‘Green for Go’ Where some are struggling to get carbon capture projects started, others are leading the way forward.