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Startup tackles decarbonizing industrial heat processes 16.9.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Startup tackles decarbonizing industrial heat processes Myisha Majumder Wed, 09/16/2020 - 01:30 Skyven Technologies, founded in 2013, is a company with a unique proposition for companies in the industrial sector — a way to save money through decarbonizing. Skyven CEO Arun Gupta said the idea came when he applied the thinking behind his Ph.D. dissertation in microelectronics to an entirely different field: climate change. "I was able to figure out how to apply the technological concepts of the work that I was doing for Texas Instruments for a partial solution for climate change, and that inspired me to start working on is basically a technology that captures heat from the sun and uses that heat to reduce fuel consumption," he said. The component of the industry sector emissions Skyven seeks to decarbonize is process heat — such as the creation of steam — which accounts for a large component of the emissions from the industry sector. In order to manufacture products, companies in the industry sector must ...
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Environmental remediation and infrastructure policies offer crucial opportunities for fossil fuel communities in transition 16.9.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This second report in a joint research series by Environmental Defense Fund and Resources for the Future examines U.S. federal environmental remediation and infrastructure policies that can create jobs and restore communities that have been historically reliant on fossil fuels. Daniel Raimi of RFF authored the report described in this blog post. All views expressed […]
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Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans 15.9.2020 WRI Stories
Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans Comments|Add Comment|PrintElectric vehicle charging stations, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Mariordo/Wikimedia Commons Governments have already announced $11.8 trillion in fiscal stimulus in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, more than three times the amount spent in response to the Great Recession of 2008-09. While most of it will prioritize healthcare and direct support to the unemployed, about 30% of stimulus packages are being spent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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In California, Trump continues to deny climate change is real: 'It will start getting cooler' 15.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Trump makes a brief visit to California for a fire briefing as Biden attacks him for not taking climate change seriously as a threat.

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Powering China with Clean Energy After COVID-19 10.9.2020 WRI Stories
Powering China with Clean Energy After COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintRooftop solar panels in Kunming, China. Photo by Matthijs Koster/Flickr Following the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), and its serious social and economic impact, China has started to stimulate its economy in an effort to recover. Provinces have announced their investment plans, in which new infrastructure plays an extremely important role. This infrastructure will also profoundly affect the development of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Commercial trucking's future is in the details 8.9.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Commercial trucking's future is in the details Rick Mihelic Tue, 09/08/2020 - 01:45 One downside of a career as an engineer is that you are trained to notice detail. Robert Downey Jr., playing Sherlock Holmes in the 2011 movie "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows," is asked what he sees. His answer: "Everything. That is my curse." It can make you the invaluable go-to person for information and analyses, and it also can make you the brunt of sarcasm and stereotyping. You are what you are. I had my son snap this photo as we were driving. I thought this one image captured a great deal of salient points I’ve learned after several years of researching medium- and heavy-duty alternatives such as battery electric, fuel cell electric and a variety of hybrid systems for the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE). Let’s start with the obvious first: Feeding North America requires trucks and truck drivers. Trucks require energy. This energy has to be replenished regularly. COVID-19’s impact on the North ...
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Carbon 'rainbow': Unilever pledges $1.2B to scrub fossil fuels from cleaning products 8.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Carbon 'rainbow': Unilever pledges $1.2B to scrub fossil fuels from cleaning products Cecilia Keating Tue, 09/08/2020 - 00:15 Unilever last week revealed plans to funnel close to $1.2 billion over the next 10 years into initiatives that will allow it to replace chemicals in its cleaning products made from fossil fuel feedstocks with greener alternatives — an investment it described as critical to meeting its aim of achieving net-zero emissions from its products by 2039. The new program, Clean Future, is largely focused on identifying and commercializing alternative sources of carbon for surfactants, the petrochemical molecules found in cleaning products that help remove grease from fabrics and surfaces. More than 46 percent of Unilever's cleaning and laundry products' carbon footprint is incurred by chemicals made from fossil fuel-produced carbon, most of which are used in surfactants.  However, the firm now intends to explore, invest and ramp up carbon capture and use technologies that will eliminate ...
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Trump Is Trying to Greenwash His Appalling Environmental Record Before the Election 5.9.2020 Mother Jones
This article was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. During a May 2018 roundtable with more than two dozen outdoor sporting and conservation organizations, after more than a year of leading the Trump administration’s fossil fuel-centric “energy dominance” push, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to make a “grand […]
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Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think! 2.9.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think! In the run up to California Clean Air Day, join GreenBiz for a conversation about some of the available and affordable solutions that are delivering a real lasting impact in California’s fight against air pollution and climate change.  Certain regions in the United States, particularly in California, continue to face an air pollution crisis. Fighting air pollution, and the many health issues caused by it, means accelerating the phase out of fossil fuels. And doing so could save millions of lives and billions of dollars. In this one-hour webcast, Neste US President Jeremy Baines, California Air Resources Board Executive Officer Richard Corey, and GreenBiz Sr. Transportation Writer & Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher, will explore how advanced biofuels and the circular economy are measurably helping in our collective fight against air pollution and climate change. Importantly, it will provide solutions that any forward-thinking business or city can choose to use ...
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Editorial: California is leading again on clean trucks and cleaner air 30.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

California has taken big steps toward slashing emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks that contribute heavily to smog, soot and planet-warming gases.

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The Democratic Platform Backtracked on Fossil Fuels. Climate Activists Are Upset. 22.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. US climate activists had high hopes for the Democratic national convention, following substantial praise for a recently strengthened plan from nominee Joe Biden and his choice of Kamala Harris as a running mate. But a mysterious decision to […]
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Do Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Make Sense for Cities? 19.8.2020 THE CITY FIX
Companies like Toyota, Nikola and H2X are doubling down on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and positioning them as alternatives to their more popular zero-emission counterparts, battery electric vehicles. These companies and some advocates believe fuel cell vehicles could be key to ...
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Editorial: No, California's shift to green power isn't to blame for rolling blackouts 19.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

California's rolling blackouts aren't a reason to back away from green energy and return to dirty power.

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Renewable energy corporations fight endangered species status for Joshua trees 18.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

Renewable energy corporations have launched a campaign to derail a petition seeking endangered species protection for Joshua trees.

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Could Bloom fuel cells be a solution for maritime emissions issues? 18.8.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Could Bloom fuel cells be a solution for maritime emissions issues? Zac Estrada Tue, 08/18/2020 - 01:00 In the race to drastically cut emissions in shipping, one of the industry's biggest names, Samsung Heavy Industries, is teaming with fuel cell company Bloom Energy to develop a more sustainable fuel designed to meet steep international targets. Under the partnership, announced in June, the companies will collaborate on creating fuel cell powertrains for commercial ships, potentially providing one critical path to a clean technology future for marine shipping. The goal is to replace oil-based power generation.  Samsung is one of the largest shipbuilders in South Korea, along with the Hyundai Group and the Daewoo Group, and employs nearly 13,000 people . It's aiming to be the first shipbuilder to deliver a cargo ship for ocean operation that runs entirely on fuel cells powered by natural gas. Currently, an estimated 80 percent of the vessels in the world's shipping fleet operate using bunker fuel. "Bloom ...
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This carbon challenge is bigger than cars, aviation and shipping combined 13.8.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
This carbon challenge is bigger than cars, aviation and shipping combined Adam Aston Thu, 08/13/2020 - 02:15 You may not know it, but you rely on industrial heat every day. It helped make the bricks that hold up your home; the cement underfoot. It forged the steel and glass in your car, and it also cooked the aluminum, plastic and silicon in the very screen on which you may be reading these words.  Industrial heat is essential but largely invisible. To transform basic inputs into stuff we need, manufacturers constantly heat (and cool) minerals, ores and other raw materials to extreme temperatures. And for all the magic of this everyday alchemy, industrial heat poses a growing threat to the climate. The world’s kilns, reactors, chillers and furnaces are powered mostly by fossil fuels.  High-temperature industrial heat, over 932 degrees F, poses a particular challenge because that’s the point at which fuels beyond electricity become the mainstay. Overall, industrial thermal energy accounts for about a ...
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New report: How economic development policies can support fossil fuel communities in the move to a clean economy 11.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This first report in a new joint research series by Environmental Defense Fund and Resources for the Future examines US federal economic development programs and policies that can revitalize communities that have been historically reliant on fossil fuels. Daniel Raimi, Wesley Look, Molly Robertson of RFF and Jake Higdon of EDF contributed to the report […]
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New research series: Ensuring fairness for workers and communities in the transition to a clean economy 5.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
EDF and Resources for the Future (RFF) partner on a new research series to inform policymaking on fairness for fossil fuel workers and communities in transition. The shockwaves from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate across the United States, with tens of millions unemployed and workers in every sector in need of support. The energy […]
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California sued over climate change policy — by the nation's biggest gas utility 4.8.2020 LA Times: Business

The lawsuit is the latest attempt by Southern California Gas to shield itself against efforts to phase out natural gas.

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Will China Finally Block “Clean Coal” from Green Bonds Market? 30.7.2020 WRI Stories
Will China Finally Block “Clean Coal” from Green Bonds Market? Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe People's Bank of China. Photo by Flickr/bfishadow Chinese regulators recently proposed eliminating so-called “clean coal" from the list of projects that can raise funds using green bonds. While this may not sound like a big deal, if it goes through, it could be the start of a much-needed transformation in China’s green finance market – and a move away from coal power, which still provides over half of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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