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Climate Cruelty and Local Governments

The Environmental Blog

Local governments are uniquely impacted by climate change. But climate change’s cruelty extends to American governance, too. The level of government least able to mitigate and adapt is the level of government most affected. Climate Change Local Governments

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Governing the sustainability commons

GreenBiz

Effective voluntary programs have clearly defined objectives, indicators, monitoring programs and graduated sanctions

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Green Government Policies Save Lives

U.S. Green Technology

Government officials recognize the importance of conservation services and team up with professionals to develop solutions. The post Green Government Policies Save Lives appeared first on U.S. The green revolution is influencing various industries and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

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New hydrogen accelerator receives UK government backing

Envirotec Magazine

The project will join up industry players, backed by BEIS, the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. On 10 October the Carbon Trust announced its new clean hydrogen accelerator, which aims to help secure the UK’s energy supply and support climate targets.

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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 Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

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Speech cements government commitment to hydrogen

Envirotec Magazine

The Government has committed to hydrogen heating for UK homes in a seemingly significant speech by one of the key ministers responsible for energy strategy. The benefits for the climate, consumers and the heating industry have been made very clear and the government has responded.”.

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6 Cities and Local Governments Accelerating Zero Carbon Buildings

The City Fix

action plans ambition building efficiency Building Efficiency Accelerator buildings climate action climate change Colombia Costa Rica decarbonize India Kenya local government national policy subnational action Turkey Zero Carbon Buildings For All

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Government policy spurs investment in Chinese climate tech

GreenBiz

China’s net-zero goal has strengthened the financing landscape for the country’s climate tech sector

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US government must ensure responsible offshore wind development

GreenBiz

As the Department of Interior prepares for its first offshore wind leases, they must also work to protect the waters in which they're sited

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More consumers are serious about climate change. Are business and government listening?

GreenBiz

Consumers around the world need governments and companies to help activate behavior change

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The power of procurement: How governments can purchase a greener future

GreenBiz

By embedding socially responsible and sustainable procurement criteria into their own purchasing habits, governments can reduce climate impacts in meaningful and direct ways

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Government funding for innovations that “could revolutionise British rail travel”

Envirotec Magazine

Government funding of over £5 million has been provided to help launch innovative ideas that could transform rail travel and help decarbonize the rail network.

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Should the U.S. government buy Greyhound?

GreenBiz

The federal government should nationalize it and expand its low-carbon, affordable services. The bus company is for sale. Electric Vehicles Equity & Inclusion Green New Deal Policy & Politics railroad Transportation & Mobility

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Fuel bills could rise 90% under Government’s hydrogen plans

Envirotec Magazine

This comes as the Government is preparing to decide next year whether to allow blending of up to 20% hydrogen into the gas network and is due to make a decision on rolling out hydrogen for home heating on a mass scale in 2026.

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The UK Government’s deregulation agenda is dangerous

Envirotec Magazine

Instead, the UK Government is pursuing a dangerous agenda of deregulation that puts the very laws protecting wildlife at even greater risk. Defra has more EU retained law than any other Government department, with 570 retained laws on environmental issues.

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Local governments must take responsibility for clean heat

Envirotec Magazine

Net zero energy goals for heating need to be owned and delivered by regional and local governments, according to a new report led by the University of Birmingham. Again, the way to do this is by devolving decision-making to local governments.”.

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Local Governments Have Opportunities to Accelerate the E-Mobility Transition in the U.S. With New Federal Funding

The City Fix

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act marked two of the most profound pieces of climate legislation in U.S. history. With approximately $370 billion available for climate and clean energy investments and $50 billion.

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Should the government spend big on carbon removal?

GreenBiz

State and federal lawmakers pitch spending billions to scale up the nascent industry

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New lawsuits challenge UK government’s “greenwashing and climate delay”

Envirotec Magazine

Both ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth are taking the government to court over strategies intended to advance the transition to a low emissions future. The Government claims that those producing pollution should bear the cost of managing it.

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Government U-turn on promise to reform farming post-Brexit

Envirotec Magazine

The Government has broken its promise to reform farming post-Brexit. In its National Food Strategy published today (13 June), the Government’s commitment to provide a third of its farming budget for Landscape Recovery has been abandoned.

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US government unveils joint strategy to decarbonize all transport

Charged

Governments around the world are taking measures to accelerate the decarbonization of transport. However, too often these are piecemeal efforts that lack strategic vision and fail to address the entire transport ecosystem.

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How U.S. government procurement can lead the clean economy

GreenBiz

government procurement can lead the clean economy. After 50 years of incremental progress in making its purchasing more sustainable, the federal government still faces tremendous challenges to making acquisitions value sustainability, reduce carbon and halt climate changes to our environment. Every decision the government makes with its $600 billion of annual purchasing power has an impact — it could and should be a positive one. How U.S.

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2022 Seattle Fusion Week Attracts Interest from Federal and State Lawmakers, Government Officials

CleanTech Alliance

This year, there was more interest than ever before from elected representatives and government officials. Seattle Fusion Week is an annual summit that aims to connect fusion energy companies in the Puget Sound area to elected officials, business leaders, research institutions, NGOs and more through a series of educational panels, lab site tours, and a networking reception. Public Policy

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Inadequate support from government risks jeopardising local climate action

Envirotec Magazine

new progress report which reviews the effectiveness of central government support on local authority action on climate change and nature warns of a lack of progress that risks jeopardising national and local net zero and nature restoration targets.

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How government procurement creates a snowball effect for corporate climate action

GreenBiz

What you need to know about how federal procurement rules will affect companies’ climate strategies

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The Week in Impact Investing: Governance 

Impact Alpha

The post The Week in Impact Investing: Governance appeared first on ImpactAlpha. TGIF, Agents of Impact! ?? Fallout. Given how high it rose and how far it fell, it’s no surprise that some names familiar. The Brief

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Government funding for ammonia-to-hydrogen project in the Midlands

Envirotec Magazine

It forms part of the UK Government’s commitment to enable 10GW of hydrogen production capacity by 2030, with projections indicating that hydrogen will form up to 35 per cent of UK final energy consumption by 2050. A consortium led by Gemserv has secured around £6.7

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New government must act decisively to grip the energy crisis, says CBI

Envirotec Magazine

1) To target support at those households and firms most in need, the UK Government should: Urgently introduce targeted interventions for the most vulnerable households, through existing mechanisms like the Energy Bills Support Scheme. Governments in devolved nations should do the same). (3)

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Call for government to make swift decision on ban on plastic in wet wipes

Envirotec Magazine

The government needs to make an immediate decision on banning plastic in wet wipes in order to help tackle this sewage-based pollution ending up in the River Thames, environmental charity Thames21 has urged. Counting wetwipes on the foreshore (image credit: Thames21).

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Stranded at sea: 2000 cattle face culling by Spanish government

Inhabitat - Innovation

Stranded at sea with roughly 2000 cattle, two ships face are "crying out for help" from the Spanish government

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Energy Price Guarantee could cost the Government between £72bn – £140bn

Envirotec Magazine

The domestic EPG involves the government funding suppliers to cap the unit price for wholesale power and gas and removes the policy costs of green levies from household bills for a period of two years.

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Government of Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy

Charged

Be that as it may, governments in Europe and Japan have big plans to subsidize hydrogen technology. The Strategy is the result of three years of research and analysis, with input from 1,500 experts and stakeholders from industry, government and academia. Source: Government of Canada.

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New US government rule allows drilling in forested land

Inhabitat - Innovation

government legalizes oil and gas drilling within forested land. A new rule published by the U.S. This action threatens forest ecosystems, reversing decades of work to protect forested areas

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“Top down governance is flawed”, says report on local government and net zero

Envirotec Magazine

New research from UK100 contains a stark warning from two major UK business leaders that the current model of ‘top down’ climate governance is “hindering the full potential for climate action at the local level.”. The report focuses on in-country local government climate networks.

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UK government grant awarded to decarbonize construction machinery

Envirotec Magazine

Global hydraulics and electric powertrain systems supplier Danfoss Power Solutions has secured a grant worth £407,112 from the UK government to accelerate the electrification of construction machinery.

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Complaint launched after government misses legal deadline on environmental protections

Envirotec Magazine

On 1 November green groups submitted a letter of complaint to Defra after the Government failed to meet a legal deadline on setting new environmental targets. Three coalitions, representing organisations including National Trust, Friends of the Earth and Woodland Trust, have submitted a letter of complaint to the government’s environment department urging it to publish these targets as soon as possible. g/m 3 – a level the Government does not plan to meet until 2040.

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Government announces £500m school energy efficiency programme

Business Green

The government said the funds will complement the Energy Relief Scheme, which has seen energy prices frozen for businesses and public sector bodies this winter. And we are still awaiting details on the UK government's promised 'heat pump market mechanism

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Automakers and infrastructure providers ask UK government for ZEV mandate

Charged

It’s anybody’s guess where the UK government stands on e-mobility and clean energy these days. At the moment, UK government policy calls for phasing out ICE vehicles by 2035. The benefits of the UK Government’s leadership on this issue are already visible.

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Institute for Government slams 'incoherent' government net zero policymaking

Business Green

Policy decisions surrounding new coal mines, air passenger duty, and North Sea oil and gas are undermining the government's net zero agenda, think tank warns. A lack of joined-up policy making has often undermined cross-government ambitions," the IfG report states. "In

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Electrification Coalition releases Local Government Playbook for federal EV investments

Charged

Local governments will play a large role in ensuring that the funds are invested effectively. It provides a checklist of actions and strategies for local governments, including best practices, innovative policy approaches and lessons from previous charging deployments.

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Government to consider further relief for energy intensive industries

Envirotec Magazine

The UK Government is consulting on the option to increase the level of exemption for certain environmental and policy costs from 85% of costs up to 100%.

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Sandwell clean air project backed with £50,000 government funding

Envirotec Magazine

Monitoring expert EarthSense is among the firms supporting the project. A pilot project in Sandwell to reduce poor air quality through community measures has been backed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) with a £50,000 Fast Start: Innovation grant.

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How to Apply for Government Grants and Loans

CleanTech Alliance

Source: USA.gov, accessed September 9, 2019 Free Money from the Government The federal government does not offer grants or “free money” to individuals to start a business or cover personal expenses, contrary to what you might see online or in the media. Websites or other publications claiming to offer “free money from the government” are often scams.