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CV RECOVERY PLAN

April 2020

 

EU leaders back ‘green transition’ in pandemic recovery plan.

 

While attention continues to focus on the urgent health aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak, EU leaders have called on the European Commission to start preparing “a comprehensive recovery plan” that integrates green and digital aspects.

CORONAVIRUS

March 2020

 

Why ‘flattening the curve’ is so important in the fight against coronavirus.

Anywhere from 20% to 60% of the adults around the world may be infected with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. That’s the estimate from leading epidemiological experts on communicable disease dynamics. Even the best-case scenario using those numbers means nearly 40,000,000 adults will be infected in the United States alone.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

March 2020

 

UK government lifts block on new onshore windfarm subsidies

The UK has abandoned its opposition to subsidising new onshore windfarms, four years after ministers scrapped support for new projects.

The government will remove a block against onshore wind projects by allowing schemes to compete for subsidies alongside solar power developments and floating offshore wind projects, in a new auction scheme announced on Monday.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

February 2020

 

Scottish Power launches 100% green energy tariff

Scottish Power is launching a new tariff in which it guarantees that 100% of the electricity will come from its own renewable energy projects, to mark it out from so-called “greenwashing” energy deals that are not as clean as they seem.

 

 

ALTERNATIVE FUELS

February 2020

 

Shipping faces mandatory 40% emissions cut from the EU.

Regulatory changes planned by the European Union would force almost 12,000 ships to improve carbon intensity by at least 40% by 2030 compared with the 2018 level.

 

 

FINANCING CHANGE

January 2020

 

HSBC lags as finance cleans up on Asian energy

Last week marked a significant milestone in the financial sector’s ever-increasing rejection of coal, as the world’s largest fund manager BlackRock, with more than US$6.5 trillion assets under managemeNt, announced it would drop thermal coal from its actively managed portfolios.

 

 

CARBON EMISSIONS

January 2020

 

London’s New Artificial Trees Guzzle As Much Pollution As 275 Regular Trees.

 

From zero-emissions streets to pollution-eating solar panels, along with restaurants trending towards zero-waste and veganism, the capital has begun to put greener, more sustainable methods into practice.

WIND

January 2020

 

India identifies offshore wind energy potential of 70,000 MW along Gujarat, TN coasts.

 

India has an estimated offshore wind energy potential to generate around 70,000 Megawatt (Mw) power, most of that identified in coastal Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, according to the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).

SOLAR

December 2019

 

Europe on track for decade-topping 16.7 GW of new solar this year.

 

Trade body SolarPower Europe’s preliminary statistics suggest this could be the continent’s best year for PV since 2010, with capacity additions set to soar 104% year on year. Spain is leading the way with an expected 4.7 GW of new solar, followed by Germany, with 4 GW.

WASTE TO VALUE

December 2019

 

Poultry Power: North Carolina Utilities Using Turkey Waste to Generate Electricity

 

The Carolina Poultry Power facility in Farmville generates 2 megawatts (MW) of power and 75,000 tons of steam per hour – using more than 230 tons of turkey waste a day. Carolina Poultry Power is 100% owned and operated by the Power Resource Group.

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GLOBAL WARMING

December 2019

 

Global Warming Prediction Sounds Alarm for Climate Fight.

 

The world’s average temperature is rising faster than previously thought, headed for a gain that may be triple the goal almost set by almost 200 countries.

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OFFSHORE WIND

November 2019

 

The EU’s big goals for offshore wind are achievable – with the right grid investments and spatial planning.

 

The EU Commission’s big goals for offshore wind – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and Governments take the right approach to maritime spatial planning.

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ENERGY TRANSITION

November 2019

 

Energy transition is only part of the change in electricity.

 

Electricity is at the heart of the energy policy debate. Some see it as the leading edge of the energy transition, with a dramatic expansion of solar and wind power. To others, it is the source of the biggest remaining problem — coal, which still dominates in most of the world’s largest and growing economies.

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AFRICA POTENTIAL

November 2019

 

Africa is poised to lead the world’s cleanest economic revolution by using renewable energy sources to power a massive spread of urbanisation, says an IEA report.

The IEA, or International Energy Agency, predicts that solar energy will play a big role in supporting the continent’s growing population and industrialisation over the next 20 years.

OCEAN POLLUTION

November 2019

 

​​How do we end ocean plastic pollution? Go to the source of the problem – dirty rivers

 

A Dutch foundation devoted to fighting plastic pollution in the world's oceans on Saturday unveiled a new device designed to stop it from reaching the sea in the first place: by collecting and cleaning plastic waste from major rivers.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

November 2019

 

Siemens Gamesa doubles 2019 profits but cuts forecast and jobs.

 

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) said Tuesday it doubled its net profit to EUR 140 million (USD 155.7m) in the fiscal year through September 2019 but announced glum short-term prospects and layoffs across its global team.

WIND

October 2019

 

Offshore Wind Industry To Increase 15-Fold & Become $1 Trillion Industry, Says IEAOffshore Wind Industry To Increase 15-Fold & Become $1 Trillion Industry, Says IEA.

 

The global offshore wind industry is expected to grow by as much as 15-fold and attract a cumulative investment of $1 trillion by 2040, according to a new report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA),

WIND & SOLAR

October 2019

 

Google signs up to $2bn wind and solar investment.

 

Google’s chief executive has revealed plans for the biggest renewable energy deal in corporate history. Sundar Pichai said the clean energy deal will include 18 separate agreements to supply Google with electricity from wind and solar projects across the world.

CLIMATE CHANGE

October 2019

 

Here’s why JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs say 2019 is the year climate change is at the top of investors’ minds.

 

In July, Goldman Sachs formed a Sustainable Finance Group, a much-hailed project that CEO David Solomon in a letter called a “significant, long-term” priority that is increasingly a “strategic growth opportunity and competitive necessity for our firm and our clients.”

CARBON EMISSIONS

October 2019

 

Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

 

The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

CLEAN ENERGY

October 2019

Siemens has joined forces with UK100 to drive development of £100 billion of clean energy projects.

A network of mayors and council leaders is joining forces with one of the world’s biggest manufacturers to provide clean energy projects to help drive the UK's transtion to a zero carbon economy.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

September 2019

Japanese carmaker Honda (TYO:7267) will be buying 320 MW of wind and solar power for its North American manufacturing operations.

 

The company said on Monday it has signed two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) with German energy group E.on SE (FRA:EOAN) for electricity from a wind park in Oklahoma and a solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in Texas.

SOLAR ENERGY

September 2019

Banks of solar panels would be able to replace every electricity-producing dam in the US using just 13% of the space, according to a new study.

The researchers say this “surprisingly modest” figure provides a “tantalising” vision of what could be achieved if the nation phased out a power source that, while renewable, takes a significant toll on ecosystems.

CLIMATE CHANGE

September 2019

A new report has found that as temperatures rise it could threaten air quality.

The report, published by The Real Urban Emissions (TRUE) Initiative, found that in Paris, Diesel car emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOX) skyrocketed by up to 30% at ambient temperatures over 30°

WASTE TO ENERGY

September 2019

A manure-to-energy deal brought to market by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is hitting the fan.

Arizona’s Pinal County and its more than 300,000 cattle seemed like the perfect place to profit from the estimated 82 pounds of waste produced by a 1,000-pound cow each day -- all while creating an environmentally beneficial fuel source

VERTICAL FARMING

September 2019

Technology is central to making a vertical farm work.

AeroFarms uses an aeroponic system to provide the right amount of water and nutrients, with temperature and humidity constantly fine-tuned, so that each crop has the perfect growing conditions.

PARIS AGREEMENT

September 2019

How China's 'Belt & Road' initiative could make or break the Paris Agreement.

 

China is eyeing $12tr investment across 126 developing countries by 2030, but will the resulting infrastructure be low carbon?

SOLAR ENERGY

August 2019

In a world first, a railway line in Hampshire will be powered by a solar energy.

 

The Network rail’s Wessex route is now powered by 135 solar panels. The 30 kilowatt pilot will feed into the network power supply near Aldershot and is believed to pave the way for solar-powered trains.

CLIMATE CHANGE

August 2019

July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet.

Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea

ice to historic lows.

CLEAN ENERGY

August 2019

Aggressive decarbonisation needed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C

A new report by Bloomberg NEF has highlighted that the demand for clean energy is set to grow.

WASTE TO ENERGY

August 2019

 Netherlands sets ‘temporary’ ban on new waste imports.

Government says “no new contracts can be concluded” to process foreign waste in the Netherlands until further notice.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

August 2019

Orsted announces switch to 100% electric fleet.

Energy giant Orsted has promised to electrify its entire fleet by 2025.

Danish energy giant Orsted has decided to phase-out fossil-fuelled vehicles by making its car fleet 100 per cent electric.

SOLAR

August 2019

Australian solar could power Singapore within a decade.

 

When the 720 km power cable from Norway to the UK made landfall two years ago it was hailed as the longest in the world. Now a Singaporean renewable energy company has plans for an undersea power line five times longer.

FOSSIL FUEL

August 2019

Aberthaw power station, one of the last in the UK to burn coal and adapted to co-fire biomass, is set to shut down in March.

Its operator, German energy giant RWE, cited the "challenging" market conditions for coal power in the UK.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

July 2019

Ultra-thin layers of rust generate electricity from flowing water.

New research conducted by scientists at Caltech and Northwestern University shows that thin films of rust -- iron oxide -- can generate electricity when saltwater flows over them.

WASTE TO ENERGY

July 2019

California County Seeks Assistance in Reducing Landfill Disposal.

The county seeks interested parties to assist in providing processes, technologies and facility development to process materials to reduce landfill disposal.

SOLAR - WIND

July 2019

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish authorities fear that a speculative rush threatens to hold back the development of renewable energy, saying coveted rights to connect to the national power grid are being secured with the sole aim of selling them on for a profit.

IMPACT INVESTING

July 2019

Schroders and BlueOrchard Finance Limited (“BlueOrchard”) have announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Schroders will acquire a majority stake in leading impact investor BlueOrchard.

PLASTIC WASTE

July 2019

UK to lead global innovation for sustainable plastics in shift towards net zero.

The UK Government has announced plans to lead a global innovation scheme in the battle of plastic pollution in the drive toward a net zero future.