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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nikola Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

FuelCellsWorks

Delivered the first production hydrogen fuel cell electric truck available in North America Delivered 35 hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks in Q4 ending the period with no finished goods inventory From October.

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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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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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Australian researchers make water battery breakthrough

Renew Economy

Researchers at RMIT University find a way to replace the electrolyte in lithium-ion batteries with water, an innovation that could remove the fire risk entirely. The post Australian researchers make water battery breakthrough appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How sustainability professionals can use their collective voice to speed climate progress

GreenBiz

Sustainability professionals can take meaningful action to push companies to align their policy goals and climate objectives.

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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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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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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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Toyota Offering $40,000 Off Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell EVs

FuelCellsWorks

Toyota is offering its biggest discount yet on the hydrogen-powered Mirai. According to a bulletin sent to dealers today, the 2023 Toyota Mirai now features a rebate worth up to.

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Poll: British Columbians overwhelmingly support $36B electricity grid expansion, renewables over LNG, and the need for an energy strategy

Clean Energy Canada

VANCOUVER — With a low snowpack threatening hydroelectricity production in B.C., power concerns are more top of mind than usual for many British Columbians. Overwhelmingly, B.C. residents support the provincial government and BC Hydro’s recent $36 billion investment to expand and improve the electricity grid over the next decade, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by Stratcom for Clean Energy Canada.

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Queensland unveils $571m plan to make Sunshine state the “battery capital” of Australia

Renew Economy

"If we're going to use them, we should make them." Queensland Labor unveils five-year, $571 million Battery Industry Strategy. The post Queensland unveils $571m plan to make Sunshine state the “battery capital” of Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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California startup Watershed raises $100 million for emissions-tracking software

GreenBiz

Investors bet big on carbon accounting and emissions reporting with Watershed Technology.

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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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In A Win for Public Health, EPA Toughens Limits on Soot Air Pollution

NRDC onEarth

Today's agency action will deliver lifesaving protections from dangerous air pollution.

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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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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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Massive NSW wind and battery project gets federal approval to replace coal, drought-proof farms

Renew Economy

The biggest wind farm in New South Wales and one of the biggest on the NEM has the green light from the federal government to go ahead. The post Massive NSW wind and battery project gets federal approval to replace coal, drought-proof farms appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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‘A picture of hell’: inside the UK’s nuclear reactors – in pictures

The Guardian: Energy

Armed with a Geiger counter, Michael Collins was given access to multiple power stations across the UK – he found them tranquil, beautiful and sinister Continue reading.

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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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On Forests, Home Depot Fails to Meet the Moment

NRDC onEarth

How the DIY retailer giant's latest forest sourcing policy misses the mark

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Nel ASA: Invitation to Q4 2023 Results Presentation

FuelCellsWorks

Oslo, Norway — Nel ASA (Nel, OSE:NEL) will publish its fourth quarter 2023 report on 28 February 2024 at 07:00 CET, and host a presentation at 08:00 CET. The quarterly.

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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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Here we go again: Coalition adds rooftop solar to its “disrupt and delay” handbook

Renew Economy

Here we go again – the latest salvo from the climate luddites of National Party designed to disrupt and delay Australia's accelerating clean energy revolution. The post Here we go again: Coalition adds rooftop solar to its “disrupt and delay” handbook appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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In First, NRC Approves Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Enriched up to 8% for Commercial Power Generation

POWER Magazine

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has granted Global Nuclear Fuel—Americas (GNF) its first-ever authorization to produce nuclear fuel with uranium-235 (U-235) enrichments up to 8% for commercial power generation. GNF, […] The post In First, NRC Approves Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Enriched up to 8% for Commercial Power Generation appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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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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The Week in Impact Investing: Collaboration

Impact Alpha

TGIF, Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: ? Winning combinations. Teamwork makes the dream work. In San Antonio and other cities, a new. The post The Week in Impact Investing: Collaboration appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Plug Finalizes Contract to Support Major U.S. Automobile Manufacturer’s Material Handling Operations with Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Solutions

FuelCellsWorks

One of the largest automotive manufacturing facilities in the U.S., spanning over 6 square miles, to run on Plug hydrogen and fuel cell solutions LATHAM, N.Y. — Plug Power Inc.

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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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