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P&G Opens New Innovation Center for Sustainability Supply Chains

To advance its Ambition 2030 sustainability objectives, P&G has opened a new Product Supply Innovation Center (PSIC) in Germany’s Rhine-Main region. The Center will serve as a hub for collaboration with a network of local suppliers, tech companies, R&D institutions and top universities to develop solutions to decarbonize its global ... Read more »

As Recycling Declines, Brand Commitments to Increase Recycled Content Are Tough to Meet

The recycling of bottles, non-bottle rigid plastic and film declined by 27 million pounds in 2019 or 0.5% — and though North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered, declines in mature recycling streams make brand company commitments to increase recycled content more challenging, according to a new report.

ConEd Banks On Energy Efficiency Near Term For Clean Energy Transition

In response to New York’s clean energy goals and requirements, Consolidated Edison Inc. (ConEd), one of the largest utilities in the U.S., is banking on energy efficiency programs in the near term, and renewables and electrification in the longer term. New York’s nation-leading climate targets include the following. Additionally, New ... Read more »

Equinor Accelerates Energy Transition Strategy, Plans To Invest Billions in Renewables

During its June capital markets day, Equinor, one of the largest energy companies in the world, discussed its strategy and targets to become a leader in the energy transition to a low-carbon future – with an emphasis on renewables and low-carbon solutions. Anders Opedal, President and CEO of Equinor, said, ... Read more »

Texas Electricity Users Asked to Conserve; ERCOT Expects No Rolling Blackouts

ERCOT asked Texas electricity users to cut back on electricity consumption this week. A significant number of power plants were offline simultaneously on Monday, and as of Wednesday afternoon, about 9,000 megawatts of electricity were still offline, an ERCOT spokesperson said. This week’s heat led to high electricity demand — that factor, combined with the downed units, meant that the
 

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P&G Opens New Innovation Center for Sustainability Supply Chains

To advance its Ambition 2030 sustainability objectives, P&G has opened a new Product Supply Innovation Center (PSIC) in Germany’s Rhine-Main region. The Center will serve as a hub for collaboration with a network of local suppliers, tech companies, R&D institutions and top universities to develop solutions to decarbonize its global ... Read more »

As Recycling Declines, Brand Commitments to Increase Recycled Content Are Tough to Meet

The recycling of bottles, non-bottle rigid plastic and film declined by 27 million pounds in 2019 or 0.5% — and though North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered, declines in mature recycling streams make brand company commitments to increase recycled content more challenging, according to a new report.

ConEd Banks On Energy Efficiency Near Term For Clean Energy Transition

In response to New York’s clean energy goals and requirements, Consolidated Edison Inc. (ConEd), one of the largest utilities in the U.S., is banking on energy efficiency programs in the near term, and renewables and electrification in the longer term. New York’s nation-leading climate targets include the following. Additionally, New ... Read more »

Equinor Accelerates Energy Transition Strategy, Plans To Invest Billions in Renewables

During its June capital markets day, Equinor, one of the largest energy companies in the world, discussed its strategy and targets to become a leader in the energy transition to a low-carbon future – with an emphasis on renewables and low-carbon solutions. Anders Opedal, President and CEO of Equinor, said, ... Read more »

Texas Electricity Users Asked to Conserve; ERCOT Expects No Rolling Blackouts

ERCOT asked Texas electricity users to cut back on electricity consumption this week. A significant number of power plants were offline simultaneously on Monday, and as of Wednesday afternoon, about 9,000 megawatts of electricity were still offline, an ERCOT spokesperson said. This week’s heat led to high electricity demand — that factor, combined with the downed units, meant that the

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Nebraska to Install Hydrogen-Capable Turbines to Back Up Utility-Scale Solar Installation

Two SGT6-5000F turbines will be installed to power Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) new Turtle Creek Station Peaking Plant in Papillion, Nebraska.
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Press Release: Climate Gentrification and Its Rising Impact, Explained

Read on to learn why underprivileged people suffer greater climate change impacts after being displaced by wealthy people renovating cheap properties into climate-resilient homes.

Consumers Want More Transparent ‘Green’ Messaging From Companies

“Many people feel unsure of the environmental language used by companies and governments,” says Daisy Powell-Chandler, a director at Public First. The policy group recently partnered with Brodie, a sustainability consultancy, to survey more than 2,000 consumers and the findings highlight the difficulties consumers have in assessing green moves by ... Read more »

EY Oceania Appoints First Chief Sustainability Officer

As I alluded to in May, growth in the chief sustainability officer (CSO) role continues to build. This month, with the appointment of Matthew Nelson as the EY Oceania Chief Sustainability Officer, a newly created role, EY became the first of the Big 4 consulting firms to appoint a chief ... Read more »

Net Zero Seattle High-Rise Saves on Construction, Builder Says

The companies behind a new high-rise apartment building in Seattle hope to prove that constructing a net-zero energy building can be faster and more affordable than traditional building. The building is going up with new technology that makes construction faster, more affordable, and far more sustainable, building technology company Sustainable Living Innovations (SLI) says.

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LGIM Announces Further Climate-Based Divestments

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), with approximately £1.3 trillion in assets under management (AUM), has announced as part of its Climate Impact Pledge report it will divest its holdings in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, AIG, PPL Corporation and China Mengniu Dairy for unsatisfactory responses to engagement, or ... Read more »

GM to Boost EV and AV Investments to $35 Billion Through 2025

General Motors announced today it will increase its electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle (EV and AV) investments from 2020 through 2025 to $35 billion.

Maldives Builds First-Of-Its Kind Floating Island City To Mitigate Climate Change

To mitigate the effects of climate change and rising sea levels, the atoll nation of Maldives is building the first-of-its kind floating island city. Designed by Dutch Docklands, the development will feature thousands of waterfront residences and services floating along a flexible, functional grid across a 200-hectare lagoon. Construction is ... Read more »

Battery Management Systems Market to Leap 15% per Year through 2030

As sales of electric vehicles soar, and as the price of automotive batteries declines, demand for battery management systems will jump. The battery management system market is projected to grow at a 15% CAGR between 2021 and 2030, according to a new report from ResearchAndMarkets.

World’s First Triple Net Zero Building In New York

The Seventy-Six, an Albany, New York housing development, is expected to be the first triple net-zero project – energy, water, waste – of its kind. The $250 million project, being developed by Garrison Architects based in New York City, is part of a revitalization effort for Albany’s historic South End ... Read more »

Confidence Among Renewable Energy Investors at an All-Time High: Report

A new analysis released recently by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) finds that confidence among both renewable energy investors and developers is at an all-time high.

New York Passes Low-Carbon Concrete Bill

New York has passed Bill S542A establishing guidelines for the procurement of low embodied carbon concrete. As I discussed recently about ECOPact and Skansa tests, trends towards reducing embodied carbon in concrete are continuing to build momentum. Concrete remains a critical barrier to climate-friendly buildings. It is responsible for at ... Read more »

Nebraska Embarks on Major Carbon Capture Initiatives

Chief Industries, Inc. and Catahoula Resources have entered into an agreement to jointly develop carbon capture and permanent sequestration (CCS) within Nebraska.

Are Building-Integrated PVs Ready To Take Off?

Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are not your typical solar panels. In comparison to traditional solar panels, which are attached to buildings, BIPVs are built into the exterior as key elements. Serving a dual purpose – generating clean energy and defending against the elements – BIPVs offer appealing benefits in addition to ... Read more »

Miami Appoints Chief Heat Officer To Address Climate Impacts

With climate impacts – heat arguably being the number one – worsening as I wrote earlier this week, public and private enterprises are realizing the need to step up their governance efforts. Earlier this year Miami-Dade County appointed Jane Gilbert as its first Chief Heat Officer, and other cities around ... Read more »

Ford and Origin Partner to Improve Auto Supply Chain with PET Plastic Made from Wood

Ford Motor Company is working on a supply-chain initiative focused on finding drop-in applications for carbon-negative PET plastic produced from sustainable wood residues. PET plastic helps make cars lighter and more fuel efficient, and often comprise a large percentage of a vehicle’s mass.

EV Adoption Will Soar, but Not Enough to Reach Net-Zero by 2050 without More Policy: BNEF

Governments aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050 must do more to spur the adoption of electric vehicles, according to a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF). Electric vehicles represent a $7 trillion global market opportunity between today and 2030, and $46 trillion between now and 2050, but that won’t be enough to reach the goal unless certain measures are taken.

PG&E Builds First Remote Grid For Wildfire Mitigation

In a first for the California utility – and what may be a model for peers – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has replaced traditional distribution lines in the Sierra Nevada foothills high fire-threat district (HFTD) with a hybrid, renewable, and remote power system. Severe drought and extreme wildfire ... Read more »

GE, National Grid, Mitsubishi Join Low-Carbon Resources Initiative

GE, National Grid, and Mitsubishi are among the 39 companies that have signed on to the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI), a 5-year, $100 million research and development initiative aimed at identifying and developing commercially viable new technologies and solutions for deep decarbonization of the power sector. Launched through a partnership ... Read more »

‘Oil & Gas Execs Could Lose Their Jobs,’ and Other Dire Warnings from S&P Global Ratings

Executives in the oil and gas industry could stand to lose their jobs if they ignore climate change or don’t drive their companies to move quickly enough, according to a new report. Oil and gas companies could even be held legally responsible for their role in climate change.

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