February, 2024

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The story of McDonald’s 10-year quest for sustainable beef

GreenBiz

A decade ago, the hamburger giant announced it would transform how it procures its most vital ingredient. It’s made progress, although you still can’t buy “sustainable beef.

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Experts to help tackle air pollution from domestic solid fuel burning in Greater Manchester

Envirotec Magazine

Environmental and engineering consultancy Ricardo is applying its expertise in air quality measurement to enable local authorities across Greater Manchester to monitor the contribution to air pollution from wood burning stoves, raise public awareness of its risks, and reduce its impact on people’s health. The firm has been awarded a multi-year contract by Transport for Greater Manchester, on behalf of the ten Greater Manchester councils, to monitor the air quality impact of the burning of solid

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New Analysis Shows Widespread PFAS Contamination of Tap Water in CA

NRDC onEarth

Estimate of Californians with PFAS in drinking water jumps to 25 million - highlights need for proposed bill SB 903 to end unnecessary use of forever chemicals.

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South Australia fast-tracks 100 pct renewables target to 2027

Renew Economy

South Australia fast tracks its target of "net 100 pct" renewables to 2027 - rather than 2030 - as a result of the state's new wind and solar developments and ambitious hydrogen plans. The post South Australia fast-tracks 100 pct renewables target to 2027 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

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.

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Texas will add more grid batteries than any other state in 2024

Canary Media

California and Texas have a new clean-energy superlative to compete over: who’s got the most grid batteries. Last year, Texas overtook California in large-scale solar power capacity. When huge amounts of solar power rush onto the grid, batteries tend to follow.

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Liebreich: Net Zero Will Be Harder Than You Think – And Easier. Part II: Easier

BloombergNEF

Welcome to the second part of my two-part article exploring the bull and bear cases for the net-zero transition. The post Liebreich: Net Zero Will Be Harder Than You Think – And Easier. Part II: Easier appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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Kilometre-wide reflectors could boost orbital solar farm output

Envirotec Magazine

Reflectors placed in orbit around the Earth which reflect sunlight towards future solar power farms at dawn and dusk could help accelerate the transition to net-zero, researchers say. Space engineers from the University of Glasgow have published new research showing how kilometre-wide orbiting reflectors could boost the output of future large-scale solar farms by reflecting additional sunlight towards them even after the sun has set.

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The U.K. is Burning Canadian Forests for Fuel

NRDC onEarth

Twenty-three environmental organizations stress that the U.K. government funding the incineration of imported Canadian wood pellets threatens climate progress.

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Rio signs Australia’s biggest wind energy deal to help power giant smelter and refineries

Renew Economy

Global mining giant Rio Tinto says it has signed the biggest renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in Australia to help supply its huge smelting and refining operations in Gladstone. The post Rio signs Australia’s biggest wind energy deal to help power giant smelter and refineries appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Low-income communities will soon get $7 billion for local solar

Canary Media

One of the Inflation Reduction Act's most potentially transformative programs is close to being finalized — and now we have a window into how it could take shape. States are vying for a share of a historic $7 billion in federal funding to help low-income families access clean solar power.

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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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The growing popularity of degrowth

Grist

The vision It’s a five-minute bike ride to the train station. On brisk mornings like this, I wear gloves and pack a warm coffee for the commute. My work buddy Lucy gets on two stops down, always with a pair of scones, wheeling her bike next to mine in the locker downstairs before joining me in the sunny coach section. Half an hour later, we unload the bikes and race each other along the greenway to our office.

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Jodie Kidd Champions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology for Sustainable Mobility

FuelCellsWorks

United Kingdom– Renowned British model, television personality, and motor enthusiast Jodie Kidd has emerged as a vocal advocate for hydrogen fuel cell technology, positioning it as a pivotal solution for.

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Government’s New Low Pay Advisor Heads Climate Denial Network

DeSmogBlog

A new government advisor on the minimum wage is the head of an international network of climate crisis deniers funded by the owners of GB News, DeSmog can reveal. Philippa Stroud was appointed chair of the Low Pay Commission, a body reporting to Kemi Badenoch’s Department of Business and Trade, on 30 January. The government-appointed role pays £530 per day for three days of work per month (£19,114 per year).

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World Wetlands Day: A Call to Action for U.S. Wetlands Preservation

NRDC onEarth

Today marks World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate wetlands' vital role in our lives. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of Sackett v. EPA , wetlands are now at risk.

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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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Grid drama and power cuts as multiple coal units and lines trip in midst of heatwave

Renew Economy

Updated: Grid drama in Victoria in midst of heatwave as all four units at Loy Yang trip, transmission lines fail and other generators off line. The post Grid drama and power cuts as multiple coal units and lines trip in midst of heatwave appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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China Drops to Second in BloombergNEF’s Global Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Chain Ranking as Canada Comes Out on Top

BloombergNEF

The fourth edition of BNEF’s ranking finds Canada’s raw material resources, strong integration with the US automotive sector, and clear policy commitments have given it an edge over competitors London, February 5, 2024 – Canada has overtaken China for the top spot in BloombergNEF’s (BNEF’s) Global Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Chain Ranking, an annual assessment that […] The post China Drops to Second in BloombergNEF’s Global Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Chain Ranking as Canada Come

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Heat pumps outsold gas furnaces again last year — and the gap is growing

Canary Media

Heat pumps outsold gas furnaces. Again. According to data from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute released last week, Americans bought 21 percent more heat pumps in 2023 than the next-most popular heating appliance, fossil gas furnaces.

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Bekaert and Toshiba Sign a Partnership Agreement on MEA Technology for PEM Electrolyzers to Accelerate the Advance Towards Green Hydrogen Production at Scale

FuelCellsWorks

Bekaert and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation (“Toshiba”), have entered into a global partnership which includes a strategic cooperation agreement, and a manufacturing technology license for Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA),

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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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IHME, Microsoft, and Planet Collaborate to Map Climate-Vulnerable Populations In Unprecedented Detail

Planet Pulse

From intensifying natural disasters and food insecurity, to public health crises and forced migration, we live at a time of unprecedented climate risks. Each of us is exposed to these risks in a different way, and we do not all bear them equally. Yet no matter which risks we face, one thing is certain: on a warming planet, knowing where people are is critical to saving lives.

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Reading the News: Highway Widenings Are Undermining Climate Goals

NRDC onEarth

National, state and local news outlets have picked up on a key theme: reaching our ambitious climate goals requires rethinking how we invest in transportation.

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AGL and AEMO search for answers on Loy Yang outage, but “woke” energy not to blame

Renew Economy

It will likely take some time to fully understand the events after an intense storm tore down at least six transmission towers in Victoria. But one thing is for sure - it was not the fault of "woke" renewables. The post AGL and AEMO search for answers on Loy Yang outage, but “woke” energy not to blame appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Corporate Clean Power Buying Grew 12% to New Record in 2023, According to BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF

• BNEF’s 1H 2024 Corporate Energy Market Outlook shows that a surge of activity in Europe was the biggest catalyst in record activity • Big tech remains a large contributor of PPA growth • Amazon, Engie were the largest buyer and seller in 2023, respectively New York and London, February 13, 2024 – Corporations publicly […] The post Corporate Clean Power Buying Grew 12% to New Record in 2023, According to BloombergNEF appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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Chart: Wind and solar are closing in on fossil fuels in the EU

Canary Media

The cleanest sources of electricity could soon make up the largest share of electricity generation in the European Union. Wind and solar made huge strides last year, producing more than one-quarter of the EU’s electricity for the first time, while fossil fuel generation plummeted.

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Nikola Sets Big Delivery Target After First Revenue From Hydrogen Big Rigs

FuelCellsWorks

Nikola (NKLA.O), opens new tab set a target to deliver as many as 350 hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks in 2024, after cost controls and its first revenue from the vehicles.

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MethaneSAT brings key tool to oil & gas operators, gives stakeholders unprecedented transparency

EDF + Business

Methane is now a central part of the oil & gas industry’s climate challenge. New regulations in the US and Europe, growing concern in Asia, and mounting interest from investors and global gas markets mean increasing pressure to improve emissions performance. It was also a focal point in the COP28 climate talks, where 52 producers representing more than a third of global production joined the Oil & Gas Decarbonization Charter, pledging to reduce emissions to near zero and to eliminate rou

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As Demand Grows for Electric Cars, So Does the Market for Green Jobs in the EV Industry

NRDC onEarth

Analysts expect openings for all types of electric vehicle jobs to expand over the next decade, with new opportunities across the country.

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South Australia enjoyed 82 pct wind and solar for entire December quarter. So it can be done

Renew Economy

South Australia reached a record average of 82% renewables in the December quarter, establishing a stunning blueprint for the way the entire Australia grid could reach the federal government's current national target for 2030. The post South Australia enjoyed 82 pct wind and solar for entire December quarter. So it can be done appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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New study says the world blew past 1.5 degrees of warming four years ago

Grist

Limiting average global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels has been the gold standard for climate action since at least the 2015 Paris Agreement. A new scientific study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change, however, suggests that the world unknowingly passed this benchmark back in 2020.

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Chart: Nearly all new US power plants built in 2024 will be clean energy

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. Not long ago, people called wind, solar and batteries “alternative energy.” That old moniker has now lost its meaning: In 2024, the U.S.

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Hyundai Signs Agreement With KD Transportation and SK E&S to Supply 1,000 Hydrogen Buses to Seoul by 2027

FuelCellsWorks

SK E&S, KD Transportation, and Hyundai Forge Alliance to Revolutionize Urban Transit with Hydrogen Buses Replacing 1,000 diesel buses with hydrogen buses would reduce 62,000 tons of carbon dioxide and.

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Alberta renewables announcement paves uncertain future for province’s once-booming renewables industry

Clean Energy Canada

VICTORIA — Evan Pivnick, clean energy program manager at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the Alberta government’s announcement of new rules for renewable project development : “Today’s announcement has dropped an uncertainty bomb on renewable project investors and developers in Alberta. Until last year, the province was the undisputed renewable capital of Canada, securing over $4.7 billion in new investment and bringing thousands of new jobs to the province since

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PFAS: No forever exemptions for forever chemicals

NRDC onEarth

The goal is safer and better solutions, so any exemptions from laws and regulations restricting PFAS must be temporary.

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Australia to seek 10 GW of wind and solar this year in biggest ever tender

Renew Economy

Australia will seek 10 gigawatts of new wind and solar capacity this year, along with 3 GW of dispatchable capacity, as it races to meet its ambitious renewables target. The post Australia to seek 10 GW of wind and solar this year in biggest ever tender appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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