Mon.Sep 18, 2023

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Engage Suppliers to Reduce Scope 3 Emissions and Beyond

GreenBiz

Work With Your Suppliers to Accelerate Scope 3 Emissions Reductions and More As reporting regulation and public interest in sustainability continue to grow, more organizations are feeling the internal and external pressure to not only reduce their GHG emissions but also the emissions associated with their value chain. Collecting and reporting Scopes 1 and 2 data is already a challenge for most organizations without the added complication of gathering this information from their suppliers as wel

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First-of-its-kind AI technology will record 3d flight of seabirds near wind farms in Aberdeen

Envirotec Magazine

Kittiwake in flight at Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm. A new collaborative project tracking seabirds with AI technology has started at Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen. Working with Spoor, a Norwegian pioneering AI start-up, the project will trial new technology to document how seabirds interact with offshore wind turbines. Spoor’s ground-breaking AI technology has been developed to track a bird’s 3D flight path throughout a wind farm and in the immediate vicinity of the tu

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Go Deeper to Understand Sustainability Data for Decision-Making & Reporting

GreenBiz

S&P Global Sustainable1's goal is to empower users to navigate sustainability objectives with deep, robust and context-relevant data insights. During this session, thought leaders from across the sustainable finance ecosystem will dive into how S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) measures a company’s performance on and management of ESG risks, opportunities, and impacts, and more.

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UK government’s attempt to loosen nutrient neutrality rules blocked by the House of Lords

Envirotec Magazine

The government has lost its bid to scrap nutrient neutrality rules for housing developments , with Labour Lords voting to reject the proposed amendments (to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill) on 14 September. Natural England’s Nutrient Neutrality Principles are intended to ensure that new developments do not add to the existing nutrient impact within ecologically designated sites, for example by releasing nitrates and phosphates into rivers, which reduce water quality and harm wildlife.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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What US companies need to know about the EU’s CSRD

GreenBiz

Sponsored: As ESG reporting requirements evolve globally, here's what US companies need to know about the EU's Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive.

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Assessment tool intended to accelerate sustainable packaging design

Envirotec Magazine

The tool “can be used either to assess an existing package, facilitate the R&D and design process, engage with other parts of the value chain, or prepare for recyclability testing.” ‘Design Check’ tool gives guidance to designers, packaging technologists, customers and suppliers of flexible packaging Packaging initiative CEFLEX says thousands of organisations in Europe and worldwide have embraced its ‘Designing for a Circular Economy’ (D4ACE) guidelines since they were launched in 2020.

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Replanting logged forests with diverse mixtures of seedlings accelerates restoration, says study

Envirotec Magazine

Satellite observations of one of the world’s biggest ecological experiments on the island of Borneo appear to reveal that replanting logged forests with diverse mixtures of seedlings can significantly accelerate their recovery. The results were published on 15 September in the journal Science Advances. The experiment was set up by the University of Oxford’s Professor Andy Hector and colleagues over twenty years ago as part of the SE Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP).

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35 years on, I’m still searching for my biggest impact on the climate crisis

GreenBiz

In a world that's doing both better and worse than hoped to address the climate crisis, how should a sustainability 'modern elder' engage? I've been pondering this question. I'd love your thoughts.

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Six river projects included in £14.5 million species recovery grant scheme

Envirotec Magazine

Among the initiatives receiving funding, the WET Hogsmill project will reintroduce water voles onto the Hogsmill river, a chalk stream in Southwest London. Natural England has announced (on 14 September) 63 projects across England – “one of the most nature-depleted countries on earth” – that have been awarded a share of £14.5 million Species Recovery Programme Grant Scheme to help recover 150 species nationwide.

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Megathreats endanger sustainability's progress

GreenBiz

Emerging global megathreats and outdated skill sets could hamper the momentum of sustainability agenda.

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Electrofuels Are the Future: The Driving Force to Decarbonizing Heavy Transport

Speaker: Ayesha Choudhury - Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets at Infinium

With the first wave of the energy transition, renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) have begun replacing coal power generation. However, some sectors are lagging behind and struggling to decarbonize more than others, including large-scale transportation like commercial aviation, shipping, and rail transit. Electrofuels (aka eFuels) are the next generation of solutions to help the hardest-to-abate sectors pivot from their reliance on fossil fuels.

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Fatberg foil: Preparing for another year of Unblocktober

Envirotec Magazine

Drainage expert Lanes Group has announced the launch of its fifth Unblocktober campaign, calling on individuals and businesses to take the Unblocktober pledge. The pledge asks the UK public to improve the country’s drain health and reduce the impact that waste is having on the climate and environment. The month-long initiative began in 2019. Over this time, awareness has certainly grown of the fact that pouring the wrong stuff down the drain leads to the formation of fatbergs that are harm

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A Climate Week to Advance Urgent Change

NRDC onEarth

As the hottest summer on record draws to a close, the next several months could determine whether the world rises to the moment—or blows past irreversible tipping points.

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MRF opens in Indonesia, marking milestone in circular economy initiative

Envirotec Magazine

A waste collection vehicle. Project STOP Banyuwangi “focuses on delivering measurable impact on the ground” One of Indonesia’s largest Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) was inaugurated on 16 September in Songgon Municipality, in what’s suggested as a significant milestone towards establishing a circular waste management system in the country.

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Water Is Life—from Standing Rock to Oaxaca’s Mixtecan Highlands

NRDC onEarth

A geographer sees a familiar pattern of government-backed energy projects devastating Indigenous communities and violating tribal sovereignty.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Biogas conference to take a “Deep Dive into Scotland’s Net Zero Ambition”

Envirotec Magazine

The conference takes place on 19 September at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The ADBA Scottish Conference 2023 will feature opening and closing keynote addresses from – respectively – Maurice Golden MSP, Convener, Cross-Party Group on Circular Economy, the Scottish Parliament, and Sarah Boyack, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Transport and the Just Transition, Scottish Labour Party.

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The US is building power lines faster, but not fast enough

Canary Media

The U.S. needs a lot more power lines to support its transition away from fossil fuels. The good news is that it's made some serious strides toward that goal over the last two years. The bad news is it's not nearly enough to support the enormous amounts of new wind and solar power needed to meet climate goals.

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Solar contractors among first to respond to Lahaina wildfire recovery

Solar Power World

The historic city of Lahaina, located on the western coast of the Hawaiian island Maui, was devastated by wildfires on August 8 that descended from forested hills into neighborhoods and the waterfront town. At last count, more than 100 people died in a blaze stoked by the winds of Hurricane Dora, with more missing and… The post Solar contractors among first to respond to Lahaina wildfire recovery appeared first on Solar Power World.

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Solid-state and sodium-ion batteries spark hope amidst the lithium supply crunch 

Energy Storage News

Fastmarkets analysts Muthu Krishna and Phoebe O'Hara look at the potential of solid-state and sodium-ion batteries to scale up and ease the pressure on lithium-ion NMC and LFP battery chemistries, which currently dominate the EV and ESS markets.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?

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Scout, Colgate-Palmolive Sign PPA for Texas Solar Farm

Solar Industry

Scout Clean Energy , a Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator, has signed a power purchase agreement with Colgate-Palmolive for power from Scout’s 209 MW DC Markum Solar Farm near Waco, Texas. This fall, Scout will begin and manage project construction. Markum will generate enough clean energy for the ERCOT grid to power approximately 32,200 homes. “Virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) are a valuable part of our renewable energy master plan and will help u

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Fluence wins ‘first full product ecosystem’ BESS project order, in Australia

Energy Storage News

Global system integrator Fluence has been enlisted by developer Tilt Renewables for a 100MW/200MWh BESS project in Victoria, Australia, the first to deploy the full Fluence product ecosystem, it said.

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Plan for 1 million Sigfox-enabled smart water meters in Mexico

Smart Energy International

WaterMeter Corp, WND Mexico and UnaBiz plan to deliver 1 million smart water meters based on Sigfox 0G technology in Mexico in the next 10 years. The memorandum of understanding between the three companies is aimed to “redefine water metering in Mexico and beyond”, they say in a statement. Leveraging WND’s Sigfox 0G network, the collaboration should facilitate efficient monitoring and management of water resources.

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Invinity’s newest flow battery chosen as ‘non-lithium alternative’ by strategic partner Everdura in Taiwan

Energy Storage News

Flow battery maker Invinity Energy Systems signed a deal for the newest iteration of its product with Everdura at RE+ in Las Vegas last week.

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From scientific to doomsday, the five climate change narratives shaping discourse and decisions  

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, September 18 — The climate discourse by individuals and groups typically involves five narratives about the import and response to climate change. Some. The post From scientific to doomsday, the five climate change narratives shaping discourse and decisions appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Nexun to co-develop 206MW of solar PV in Poland

PV Tech

Nexun, a portfolio company of infrastructure investor Marguerite, has signed a co-development agreement with an unnamed Polish developer for 206MW of solar PV.

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The Brief: Five climate narratives, galvanizing climate solutions, Hawaii’s student housing bond, California takes on Big Oil

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! Featured: Climate Narratives From scientific to doomsday, the five climate-change narratives shaping discourse and decisions. Some are scientific, others. The post The Brief: Five climate narratives, galvanizing climate solutions, Hawaii’s student housing bond, California takes on Big Oil appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Climate Week Participants Should Recognize Bioenergy as a Boondoggle

NRDC onEarth

As Climate Week NYC begins, governments and companies shouldn't be fooled by industry claims that turning carbon-storing forests into wood pellets will save us.

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Smart water meters coming in New Orleans

Smart Energy International

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans is to instal 140,000 smart water meters for residential and business customers. The Sewerage and Water Board has announced that the installation of infrastructure including the wireless base stations for data communication as well as staff training on the new technology is almost complete, which will enable the smart meter rollout to commence.

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Dandelion Energy and Palmetto Unite for Energy Independence

Solar Industry

Dandelion Energy , a residential geothermal company, and Palmetto , a technology company accelerating the adoption of clean energy, will collaborate to expand access to renewable energy solutions by harnessing the complementary powers of solar and geothermal energy. The partnership will begin via a launch program with Palmetto in Massachusetts, where Dandelion expanded services in 2022.

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Greece’s IPTO enters EV charging market with GRID Charge

Smart Energy International

Greece’s Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) has announced it entry into the electric vehicle (EV) charging market with GRID Charge, the new business unit of subsidiary company, GRID Telecom. Entrance into the EV charging market illustrates the Greek TSO’s aim to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in the country. One of GRID Charge’s primary areas of focus will be the ultra-fast charging sector.

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DeepDrive unveils new dual-rotor, radial flux drive unit for EVs

Charged

DeepDrive , a Munich-based tech company backed by BMW and Continental , has unveiled a new central drive unit that it plans to deploy in 2027. DeepDrive has developed a dual-rotor, radial flux machine that has an inner and outer rotor with two air gaps to maximize material usage and minimize iron losses, along with a new distributed winding with a slot-filling factor above 80%.

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Material wealth: Scrap metal trading marketplace Metaloop raises $17M

TechCrunch: Climate

European Union (EU) lawmakers this month announced plans to reduce waste and increase recycling across the bloc, with proposals to collect and process 45% of 16 identified “strategic” raw materials by 2030. These include metals such as copper, which is used in everything from computers and TVs, to domestic wiring and electric generators.

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Lessons Learned From Smoke Season 2023 About Protecting Indoor Air Quality

Energy Central

The 2023 wildfire season was an eye opener for many people, albeit a bloodshot one. Usually, it’s only the Western US that has to deal with wildfire smoke, but this year, smoke from Canadian forest fires poured down into eastern states, some over a thousand miles away. Many people sought refuge in buildings, where unbeknownst to them, the operators of those buildings faced a dilemma.

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DOD Inks Deal with Redflow for Microgrid Repowering at Air National Guard Base

POWER Magazine

The U.S. Dept. of Defense (DOD), as part of the agency’s climate action plan and its strategy for sustainability, will deploy a prototype microgrid at a military installation in New […] The post DOD Inks Deal with Redflow for Microgrid Repowering at Air National Guard Base appeared first on POWER Magazine.