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Hydrogen Fuel: Navigating the Ethical Landscape

Hydrogen Fuel News

Hydrogen fuel is often hailed as a game-changer in the pursuit of clean energy and a sustainable future. Its potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change is undeniable.  The United Kingdom, with its significant capabilities and potential for innovation, possesses a promising opportunity to assume a leading role on the global stage in the field of hydrogen technology.

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Meet the ‘Extreme’ Atlas Network Groups Fighting Canada’s Oil and Gas Emissions Cap

DeSmogBlog

Within hours of Canada’s federal government announcing key details during COP28 about its plans to cap greenhouse gas emissions within the oil and gas sector, the country’s top conservative think tanks started sounding the alarm. “Capping the energy sector’s emissions would deprive Canada of over $6.0 billion a year,” declared a media release from the Quebec-based Montreal Economic Institute, which was soon quoted extensively by the media outlet Business in Vancouver.

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Middle-class fear of green policies fuels rise of far right, Colombia’s Petro warns

The Guardian: Energy

Guerrilla leader turned president says, faced with having to reduce their carbon consumption, upper classes fear ‘the barbarians are coming’ Middle-class fears of losing a high standard of living because of green policies is driving the rise of the far right across the world, the president of Colombia has warned. In a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian at the Cop28 UN climate summit, Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first leftwing president, said the world had to find carbon-free ways of being pr

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Saudi Arabia piles pressure on UAE to shift COP28 focus away from oil and gas

Financial Times: Energy

EU ministers criticise Opec over attempts to switch emphasis to emissions as tensions mount at climate talks in Dubai

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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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Azerbaijan chosen to host Cop29 after fraught negotiations

The Guardian: Energy

Climate activists likely to be concerned by another fossil fuel-reliant country taking over summit presidency Azerbaijan has been announced as the host of next year’s climate summit after fraught negotiations. Under UN rules it was eastern Europe’s turn to take over the rotating presidency but the groups need to unanimously decide on the host. Russia had blocked EU countries and Azerbaijan and Armenia were blocking each other’s bids.

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COP28 fossil fuel pledges will not limit global warming to 1.5°C, says IEA

Financial Times: Energy

Summit president Sultan al-Jaber’s plans to reduce climate goals’ gap ‘not good enough’, warns energy agency’s chief

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China uranium grab poses threat to western energy supply, warns Yellow Cake

Financial Times: Energy

Prices of nuclear commodity at 15-year high as governments scramble to secure sources of fuel for power stations

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‘Inoculate From Criticism’: A Closer Look at the Public Relations Companies Active at COP28

DeSmogBlog

There’s only a few days to go before Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber , the first oil executive to preside over UN climate negotiations, brings down his gavel in Dubai. While COP28 delegates have been wrangling over the wording of the all-important text, DeSmog has been tracking an overlooked factor in climate diplomacy: the role of the advertising and public relations (PR) industry in shaping perceptions of key players.

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Inside the battle to decarbonise the world’s dirtiest refinery

Financial Times: Energy

South Africa’s Secunda plant has higher emissions than Portugal but investors are piling on pressure for change

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4 east African countries are going for nuclear power—why this is a bad idea

TechXplore

The east Africa region has the fastest growing population in Africa. Between 2013 and 2017, its growth rate was twice the African average. The region is also experiencing strong economic growth. It's sub-Saharan share of GDP has risen from 14% in 2000 to 21% in 2022.

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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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Rise in Chinese steel output drives sharp rally in iron ore

Financial Times: Energy

Lifting of annual production cap fuels demand for the commodity, despite crisis in China’s property sector

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We really could triple renewables by 2030, but it won’t be a breeze

The Guardian: Energy

The prospect of halving demand for coal is a goal worth striving for, but governments must stay the course In the past week almost 120 global leaders have pledged to triple the world’s renewable energy capacity before 2030 in a bold attempt to slash the global consumption of fossil fuels. As the second half of the Cop28 UN climate conference in Dubai unfolds in the week ahead, more countries may join the calls for a global target of 11 terawatts (TW) of renewable power by the end of the decade,

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Green air travel: why synthetic fuel prompts genuine excitement

Financial Times: Energy

The technology remains years away from commercialisation but it has industry backing

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Saudi Arabia’s ENOWA unveils high voltage smart grid for NEOM

Smart Energy International

Saudi Arabian electric utility company and NEOM subsidiary ENOWA has announced development of a blueprint for a high-voltage smart grid “that has never been built in the world.” This is according to ENOWA’s CEO Peter Terium, who in a video interview with Arab News on the side of COP28 said the blueprint will be applied to the NEOM region, a new urban area planned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be built in its northwestern Tabuk Province.

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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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The west’s Russia oil ban, one year on

Financial Times: Energy

How a shadow fleet undermined the price cap

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COP28: Fight over fossil fuel 'phase out' intensifies at Dubai talks

Business Green

High Ambition Coalition of nations is continuing to push for a commitment to 'phase out' fossil fuels, but fierce opposition from OPEC has fuelled fears a compromise deal could prove elusive

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International trade and green hydrogen | IRENA

Energy Central

International trade and green hydrogen | IRENA Green hydrogen could play a key role in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement by mid-century, i.e., to pursue efforts to limit the increase in the global average temperature to 1.5°C, and to well below 2°C, above pre-industrial levels. Hydrogen production.

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Will COP28 at last unite nature and climate action?

Business Green

It has been exactly a year since countries agreed to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030 - but is the breakthrough achieved in Montreal impacting negotiations in Dubai?

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California truckers are getting on board with hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen Fuel News

While some truckers say it gives them more power and range, the tech still lags behind battery electrics. As the transport industry in California works to decarbonize to meet climate goals, truckers are looking to alternatives to conventional diesel engines and are finding hydrogen fuel cells increasingly appealing. The technology remains new and there isn’t much in terms of a refueling network yet.

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Defra unveils supply chain deforestation rules as it touts 'delivery phase' for nature agenda

Business Green

Environment Secretary Steve Barclay defends UK's record on nature protection at COP28, as Defra confirms list of commodities targeted by proposed rules to combat deforestation in supply chains

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Winterthur, Switzerland Shows One Way To Keep Rental Scooter Quality High

CleanTechnica

When companies first started offering unattended rental scooters, it was kind of chaotic. After watching Uber worm its way into. [continued] The post Winterthur, Switzerland Shows One Way To Keep Rental Scooter Quality High appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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GM To Partner With Autocar For Heavy Duty Work Vehicles

CleanTechnica

General Motors and Autocar Industries, LLC recently entered into a collaborative development agreement to craft a lineup of heavy duty. [continued] The post GM To Partner With Autocar For Heavy Duty Work Vehicles appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Rivian Focusing On Cheaper Batteries, Lays Off 20 Members of Battery Team

CleanTechnica

Rivian is currently at around 50,000 vehicle sales a year. That’s more or less the total number of sales the. [continued] The post Rivian Focusing On Cheaper Batteries, Lays Off 20 Members of Battery Team appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Electrify Canada Switches To kWh Pricing

CleanTechnica

Earlier this year, Electrify America changed the pricing structure for EV charging. Instead of charging a flat-rate across all stations, [continued] The post Electrify Canada Switches To kWh Pricing appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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1.8 Million Barrels of Oil a Day Avoided from Electric Vehicles

CleanTechnica

We love covering electric vehicle sales and new electric vehicle models, but something we get to cover much less is. [continued] The post 1.8 Million Barrels of Oil a Day Avoided from Electric Vehicles appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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EV Sales Growing Faster Than Expected — Charts

CleanTechnica

Electric vehicle sales continue to grow faster than most people expected, even faster than professional analysts in the field expected, [continued] The post EV Sales Growing Faster Than Expected — Charts appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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New York City Makes 8,500 Acres Of Parking Lots Eligible For Solar Canopy Development

CleanTechnica

New York City has approved a change in its zoning laws that will allow solar panel canopies over parking lots in the city. The post New York City Makes 8,500 Acres Of Parking Lots Eligible For Solar Canopy Development appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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2025 Reintroduced Chevy Bolt Will Be Strictly The EUV

CleanTechnica

News of the end of the Chevy Bolt in April caused much consternation among its diehard fans. The affordable EV, [continued] The post 2025 Reintroduced Chevy Bolt Will Be Strictly The EUV appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Electric Racing — A Year In Review

CleanTechnica

2023 has made it clear that electrified motorsports are here to stay, from pushing the boundaries on technology to putting. [continued] The post Electric Racing — A Year In Review appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Volkswagen Suspends Production Of ID.3 And Cupra Born For The Rest Of 2023

CleanTechnica

Volkswagen is experiencing growing pains with its entry level electric cars, the ID.3 and Cupra Born, which have led to production cuts. The post Volkswagen Suspends Production Of ID.3 And Cupra Born For The Rest Of 2023 appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Massachusetts Decides To Move Away From Natural Gas (Methane) For Residential Use

CleanTechnica

Massachusetts is the first state to approve a plan to phase out natural gas as a source for heating residential buildings. The post Massachusetts Decides To Move Away From Natural Gas (Methane) For Residential Use appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Volkswagen ID Models Get Vehicle-to-Home Opportunity

CleanTechnica

Way back when the Volkswagen ID.3 was first shown, Volkswagen execs also highlighted eventual bidirectional charging. Now, we’re getting there, [continued] The post Volkswagen ID Models Get Vehicle-to-Home Opportunity appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Keep Getting Weirder (And That’s A Good Thing)

CleanTechnica

Testing is under way for a radical new floating offshore wind turbine aimed at making wind power more affordable and accessible. The post Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Keep Getting Weirder (And That’s A Good Thing) appeared first on CleanTechnica.