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Business action on energy efficiency could save $2 trillion a year, new research claims

GreenBiz

A World Economic Forum and PwC report sets out a host of energy efficiency actions it claims are 'doable today, at attractive returns with no need for new technology.

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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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Driving Ambition, Action, and Equity at COP28 (Part 2)

NRDC onEarth

At COP28, countries, companies, investors, and other decision-makers sent a clear signal to spur greater action now and increase ambition this decisive decade.

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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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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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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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UK solar targets for 2035 under threat as projects stall

Envirotec Magazine

A perfect storm of inflation, supply chain disruption, spiralling interest rates and delays in connection to the National Grid means that the swathe of solar farms approved and going through planning permission in the UK are likely to be severely delayed or cancelled undermining any hopes of achieving the Government target of a fivefold increase to 70GW by 2035.

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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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What’s up in ESG: DEI mandates, green debt profits, ESG software boom ahead

GreenBiz

2024 will bring controversy over diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, a rush to deploy ESG software and more citizen lawsuits over ineffective climate regulations.

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Big boon for US solar supply chain as Microsoft places 12GW module order

Renew Economy

Microsoft places huge solar order with QCells designed to drive large-scale production of US-made PV modules. The post Big boon for US solar supply chain as Microsoft places 12GW module order appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Vessel Strike Fatally Wounds Right Whale Calf

NRDC onEarth

One of only nine endangered North Atlantic right whales calves born this season has been found with serious injuries caused by a vessel’s propeller.

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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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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 mounting demand for rubber is driving tropical forest loss

GreenBiz

The growing market for rubber for is a major and overlooked cause of deforestation, and the transition to electric vehicles could accelerate rubber use.

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As Earth records hottest year, Coalition digs in against climate action and renewables

Renew Economy

As the world takes in the horrifying data on the world's hottest year on record, the federal opposition is gearing up to fight 2035 emissions targets and rally against renewables. The post As Earth records hottest year, Coalition digs in against climate action and renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Pebble Mine: SCOTUS Denies Original Review of EPA Veto

NRDC onEarth

In the latest defeat for the embattled Bristol Bay mining scheme, the Supreme Court unanimously rejects the Dunleavy Administration’s motion for review.

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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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UK Lays Out Fourfold Nuclear Power Expansion in Comprehensive Roadmap

POWER Magazine

A roadmap released by the UK government on Jan. 11 aimed at quadrupling the country’s nuclear power capacity by 2050 sets out a series of goals and actions that could […] The post UK Lays Out Fourfold Nuclear Power Expansion in Comprehensive Roadmap appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Shifting political winds threaten Europe’s progress on green goals

GreenBiz

Shaken by global instability and a populist backlash, European nations are retreating from plans to reduce greenhouse gases, promote sustainable farming practices and boost biodiversity.

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Sub-zero heat pump challenge delivers new tech – and a fresh blow to gas

Renew Economy

Pushed along by the US government, companies are designing heat pumps that can work through a northern winter and not resort to gas backup. The post Sub-zero heat pump challenge delivers new tech – and a fresh blow to gas appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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2024 Resolution for OSHA: Propose A Workplace Heat Standard

NRDC onEarth

OSHA should resolve to get a proposed workplace heat standard out for public comment before 2024’s hot weather starts.

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Bottled water has up to 100 times more plastic particles than previously thought

Grist

At this point, it’s common knowledge that bottled water contains microplastics — fragments of the insidious material that can be as small as a bacterial cell. But the problem is much worse than previously known: It turns out that bottled water harbors hundreds of thousands of even tinier pieces of the stuff. A paper published Monday used a novel technique to analyze one-liter samples of bottled water for plastic granules, going down to just 50 to 100 nanometers in length — roughly the width of a

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The Body Shop achieves 'world first' Vegan Society-certified product range

GreenBiz

The company is the first global beauty brand to feature fully Vegan Society-certified skin care, body care, hair care, makeup and fragrance product

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Key milestone for WA’s biggest battery, with all storage units installed

Renew Economy

WA government says all of the containerised batteries are in place for the state's biggest battery, the 200MW four-hour (800MWh) Kwinana 2 project. The post Key milestone for WA’s biggest battery, with all storage units installed appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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‘Greener, cheaper, much warmer’ – heat pump owners laud their new system

The Guardian: Energy

Report finds users even in Victorian properties and older rural homes are noticing cheaper bills and warmer homes Gillian Woodward, 50, says her house has been “completely transformed for the better” by installing an air source heat pump. Woodward, a community nurse in north Wales, was “astounded” to discover that she was eligible for a government-backed means-tested grant that covered the whole cost of insulating and installing a heat pump in her home.

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LACI ANNOUNCES LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK & SEVEN OTHER CITIES REPRESENTING 55 MILLION AMERICANS TO JOIN INAUGURAL CITY CLIMATE INNOVATION CHALLENGE TO ADVANCE ZERO EMISSIONS DELIVERY; PARTNERS INCLUDE C40 & CLIMATE MAYORS

LA CleanTech Incubator

First of its Kind City Challenge is Designed to Help Cities Pilot and Scale Innovation to Reduce Congestion & Emissions from Exploding E-Commerce and Goods Movement Los Angeles, January 9, 2024 – The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)–in partnership with Climate Mayors and C40–announced the selected cities for the inaugural City Climate Innovation.

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The $14 billion National Clean Investment Fund launches in March: What you need to know

GreenBiz

The 'national green bank' will prioritize underinvested projects and communities to support clean energy projects.

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Wind power turbine fleet output grows 25 pct in Germany over five years

Renew Economy

The share of wind power in total electricity generation is also increasing as new capacity is added and existing projects are re-powered. The post Wind power turbine fleet output grows 25 pct in Germany over five years appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Hydrogen is back. At least, CES 2024 suggests it is

TechCrunch: Climate

Hydrogen vehicles never really caught on, and yet at CES 2024 fuel-cell vehicles of all sizes litter the show floor. What gives? © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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UK unveils LDES support plan: cap-and-floor, 6-hour-plus duration, and lithium-ion excluded

Energy Storage News

The UK government has launched its consultation on its proposals for kickstarting investment into long-duration energy storage (LDES), which includes a cap-and-floor mechanism and excluding lithium-ion from being eligible.

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Why Intel has declined to participate in the Science Based Targets initiative

GreenBiz

Intel began reducing its emissions two decades ago, but it doesn’t follow guidelines from the Science Based Targets initiative.

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Another big battery joins South Australia pipeline in race to energy storage

Renew Economy

Epic Energy adds yet another big battery to South Australia's development pipeline as the state seeks to manage its huge renewables supply. The post Another big battery joins South Australia pipeline in race to energy storage appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Clean electricity is driving down US emissions

Canary Media

America’s electrical grid is increasingly powered by renewable energy, and this helped slash the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions last year — even as the wider economy grew, according to new estimates by Rhodium Group.

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ThinkGeoEnergy’s Top 10 Geothermal Countries 2023 – Power Generation Capacity

ThinkGeoEnergy

With this article, we are releasing our annual Top 10 Geothermal Countries based on Installed Power Generation Capacity as of year-end 2023. While behind on some of our plans on the release on additional research on our site, we have expanded capacity and are glad to have installed a Research Manager , who is pushing ahead in the updating of our databases, planning of our research offerings and publications, as well as supporting clients.

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What you need to know to access the $14 billion from the EPA’s National Clean Investment Fund

GreenBiz

The 'national green bank' will prioritize underinvested projects and communities to support clean energy projects.

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2023 in review: Australia nears half-way mark to 82% renewables

Renew Economy

Renewables combined to supply an average share of nearly 40% across Australia's main grids for the year. We look back at the stats and records. The post 2023 in review: Australia nears half-way mark to 82% renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Chart: The US grid battery fleet is about to double — again

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. The U.S. energy storage industry has its New Year’s resolution ready to go: double the capacity of batteries connected to the American grid.

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