January, 2024

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AstraZeneca, Atlassian and Philips: How to convince suppliers to lower greenhouse gas emissions

GreenBiz

Companies are committing to help suppliers set science-based targets and lower emissions. Here’s how pharma company AstraZeneca, software firm Atlassian and healthcare tech maker Philips approach it.

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Air pollution and trees study overturns “rough and hairy is good” dictum

Envirotec Magazine

Surrey researcher Yendle Barwise assembling one of the pollution monitors. If you’re trying to take pollution out of the air, choose evergreen trees with smaller leaves. That’s according to a new study from the University of Surrey. Researchers from Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) tested ten trees beside a busy main road.

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International Community Wants Biden to Act on LNG

NRDC onEarth

Allies from key countries around the world came out resoundingly in support of the Biden administration's decision to pause permitting of new liquefied natural gas export facilities.

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Origin to build 650 MWh battery next to gas plant in Victoria

Renew Economy

Origin unveils plans to spend $400 million on a 650MWh battery in Victoria. The post Origin to build 650 MWh battery next to gas plant in Victoria appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Global Clean Energy Investment Jumps 17%, Hits $1.8 Trillion in 2023, According to BloombergNEF Report

BloombergNEF

• BloombergNEF’s Energy Transition Investment Trends 2024 finds that renewable energy, electric vehicles, hydrogen and carbon capture all drive investment growth year-on-year • China leads with $676 billion invested in 2023, or 38% of the global total • Together, the EU, US and UK invested more than China in 2023, which was not the case […] The post Global Clean Energy Investment Jumps 17%, Hits $1.8 Trillion in 2023, According to BloombergNEF Report appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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Report: Biden Administration Will Provide $1.5 Billion for Palisades Nuclear Restart

POWER Magazine

The Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan could be another step closer to restarting, with reports saying the Biden administration in February will announce $1.5 billion in funding for the […] The post Report: Biden Administration Will Provide $1.5 Billion for Palisades Nuclear Restart appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Increasing number of local authorities require over 10% Biodiversity Net Gain

Envirotec Magazine

In advance of the statutory requirement for biodiversity net gain (BNG) for new developments from January 2024, new research appears to reveal a gradual increase in the number requesting in excess of the 10% biodiversity net gain. Law firm Carter Jonas conducted the research, analysing the emergence of BNG policies and guidance within local planning authorities (LPAs) in a series of research from spring 2022.

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Liquefied Natural Gas has Limited Impact in Displacing Coal Emissions

NRDC onEarth

The fossil fuel industry is selling a false narrative that liquefied natural gas (LNG) expansion is a “climate solution” because it displaces coal consumption globally. This claim doesn’t stand up against the facts. U.S. LNG has no or very limited.

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Final concrete turbine foundations poured for Australia’s biggest wind farm

Renew Economy

All of the concrete foundations have been poured at the site of the massive MacIntyre wind farm, ready to accommodate 162 wind turbines. The post Final concrete turbine foundations poured for Australia’s biggest wind farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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California solar-plus-storage project with world’s largest BESS fully online

Energy Storage News

The Edwards & Sanborn solar-plus-storage project in California is now fully online, with 875MWdc of solar PV and 3,287MWh of battery energy storage system (BESS) capacity, the world's largest.

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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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The biggest solar-plus-storage project in the US just came online

Canary Media

The largest combined solar and energy-storage project in the U.S. is now online and operating in California’s Mojave Desert. The sprawling megaproject stretches across 4,600 acres in Kern County and is located on private land as well as the Edwards Air Force Base. It’s the biggest public-private partnership the U.S.

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How Wells Fargo is slashing HVAC energy use more than 70% with a simple building retrofit

GreenBiz

Wells Fargo was an early investor in Turntide Technologies, which makes switched reluctance motors that drive down energy consumption for HVAC systems by an average of 64%.

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Biden-Harris Administration Funding More Than $90 Million for Hydrogen Infrastructure

FuelCellsWorks

Funding will help build a hydrogen corridor from California to Texas, establish fueling infrastructure along Interstate 25 in Colorado. The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced $623 million in grants to help.

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Fossilized Finances: Oil and Gas Subsidies in the Permian Basin

NRDC onEarth

A new NRDC report shows how, despite the need to curb fossil fuel production, outdated tax giveaways incentivize further extraction in the country's largest oil and gas region.

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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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Millions in fossil fuel money rained on major political parties last year

Renew Economy

Santos, Woodside, Adani and Gina Rinehart feature among donors to major political parties in 2023. The post Millions in fossil fuel money rained on major political parties last year appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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In D.C. Defamation Trial, Climatologist Michael Mann Confronts the Climate Deniers Who Maligned His Work

DeSmogBlog

Twelve years after he sued two climate deniers for defamation, climate scientist Michael Mann took the stand during the second week of the trial against them in Washington, D.C. Mann’s testimony painted a picture of a respected and accomplished scientist and academic who has been deeply hurt, personally and professionally, by accusations of scientific deception.

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Rein In DOE Distribution Transformer Efficiency Standards

POWER Magazine

A bipartisan group of 12 U.S. senators is poised to introduce a bill that could freeze the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) implementation of updated energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers. […] The post Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Rein In DOE Distribution Transformer Efficiency Standards appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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The year ahead in ESG: Assurance, transition finance and natural capital

GreenBiz

3 hot topics for 2024: regulations for ESG assurance; international agreements for transition finance; and new ways to measure investment in nature and biodiversity.

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Chart: The world is building renewable energy faster than ever before

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. Renewable energy didn’t just grow last year — it expanded at a pace not seen in years.

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Transportation Funding Gets a Potential Boost

NRDC onEarth

A new bill from Congressman Hank Johnson could help secure desperately needed operations funding for transit agencies across the country.

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Cost of UK’s flagship nuclear project blows out to more than $A92 billion

Renew Economy

Cost of UK's flagship nuclear project blows out again, this time to a potential $A92 billion. Is the Australian Coalition still pushing this technology? The post Cost of UK’s flagship nuclear project blows out to more than $A92 billion appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Conservative Faction Receives £50,000 from GB News Owner

DeSmogBlog

The ‘New Conservatives’ group of Tory MPs received a £50,000 donation in December from the investment fund behind GB News, DeSmog can reveal. New Electoral Commission records show that the Legatum Institute Foundation gave the sum in December last year, the joint-largest recorded donation to the Conservative faction. The Legatum Institute Foundation’s principal financial backer is the Legatum Group, a Dubai-based investment fund that bankrolls the right-wing broadcaster GB News, a leading oppone

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‘Big expansion’ in battery manufacturing essential to global net zero goals, BloombergNEF says

Energy Storage News

The amount invested in energy storage soared globally during 2023, while battery manufacturing will require the biggest share of spending among clean energy technologies by 2030 to achieve net zero.

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Intel is using hot water to cut natural gas use in its factories

GreenBiz

Industrial heat recovery is an untapped opportunity that could save an estimated $152.5 billion in annual energy costs globally.

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Next-Gen Honda Fuel Cell System Plays Key Role in Hydrogen Business Strategy

FuelCellsWorks

Honda expanding hydrogen business to realize global goal of carbon neutrality Production of new Honda fuel cell system has begun at Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) joint venture facility in.

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A huge battery has replaced Hawaii's last coal plant

Canary Media

Hawaii shut down its last coal plant on September 1, 2022, eliminating 180 megawatts of fossil-fueled baseload power from the grid on Oahu — a crucial step in the state’s first-in-the-nation commitment to cease burning fossil fuels for electricity by 2045.

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Greening grid muscles out fossil fuels, pushes down power prices

Renew Economy

Record low coal and gas generation pushed wholesale electricity prices lower in the last quarter of 2023, as every region of the country notched up new solar output records. The post Greening grid muscles out fossil fuels, pushes down power prices appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Net Zero Secretary Claire Coutinho Took Donation From Climate Science Denial Funder

DeSmogBlog

Energy Security and Net Zero Secretary Claire Coutinho accepted a £2,000 donation in January from Lord Michael Hintze , a funder of the UK’s leading climate science denial pressure group, DeSmog can reveal. The donation, which was registered on 4 January and declared on the MPs’ register of interests this week, was to aid Coutinho’s local East Surrey Conservative association with its campaigning activities.

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Multi-day energy storage to be demonstrated in California

Smart Energy International

Form Energy has been awarded a $30 million grant from the California Energy Commission to deploy the state’s first multi-day energy storage system. Form Energy, a pioneer of iron-air energy storage, is to deploy a 5MW/500MWh system at the site of a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) substation in Mendocino County. The project, which is expected to come online by 2025, is aimed to demonstrate the effectiveness of multi-day energy storage to help California meet its renewable energy and zero carb

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How (and why) to develop a credible deforestation policy in 2024

GreenBiz

Limiting land conversion is a notoriously difficult challenge that requires alignment between companies, governments, farmers and other stakeholders.

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Plug Has Started Operation of the Largest Liquid Green Hydrogen Plant in the U.S. Market

FuelCellsWorks

The largest electrolytic liquid hydrogen production plant, and largest PEM electrolyzer deployment operating in the U.S., representing a landmark achievement in Plug’s build-out of a vertically integrated hydrogen ecosystem.

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Prodigy and Westinghouse Targeting Launch of eVinci Floating Nuclear Plant in Canada by 2030

POWER Magazine

Westinghouse has revealed it is designing a transportable nuclear power plant (TNPP) featuring an eVinci microreactor with Canadian firm Prodigy Clean Energy, aiming to deliver a first project in Canada […] The post Prodigy and Westinghouse Targeting Launch of eVinci Floating Nuclear Plant in Canada by 2030 appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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World’s longest wind turbine blade unveiled in China

Renew Economy

Chinese wind turbine manufacturer unveils world’s longest onshore wind turbine blade, to be used on the company’s 15MW turbines. The post World’s longest wind turbine blade unveiled in China appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Bochum, Germany to extract geothermal heat from abandoned coal mines

ThinkGeoEnergy

Construction is currently ongoing for new buildings that will be served by a planned geothermal heating project in Bochum, Germany that aims to utilize water from abandoned coal mine shafts for emissions-free heating and cooling. By 2027, the geothermal heating and cooling system is expected to supply new buildings at the project site including offices, research facilities, and university institutes.