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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why you shouldn't go net zero this year

GreenBiz

Sponsored: You want to move the needle on climate change? Stop trying to achieve net zero.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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? $32bn and 30% drop as market hits pause in 2023

Climate Tech VC

Climate tech has undergone a visible evolution over the past few years, transitioning from a phase of abundant funding for innovation to capital more focused on large-scale deployments that approach being bankable and 'boring' Our annual report on climate tech investment trends examines this evolution, with a particular focus on venture and growth investment, which serve as crucial indicators.

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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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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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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.