COP22 outcomes and reactions

The major UN climate negotiations of the year, COP22, are about to close in Marrakech with the highlight of the meeting being that countries, business and investors showed their resolve and determination to deliver the Paris Agreement through a variety of statements, initiatives, ratifications and pledges. Just in the past few days, more nations from around the world have ratified the agreement including the UK, Australia, Pakistan and Japan. The 100% renewables commitment from the 48 countries now in the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the first 2050 plans from some…

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USDA, Partners Celebrate First Wood-to-Jet-Fuel Commercial Flight

USDA and a Washington State University-Led Alliance Support Sustainable Jobs in Pacific Northwest WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2016 – Alaska Airlines today landed the first commercial flight powered in part by a new renewable fuel made of wood waste salvaged from private lands in Washington, Oregon and Montana. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack greeted the passengers for flight AS-4 arriving from Seattle at Washington Reagan National Airport to highlight this breakthrough in bioenergy that supports jobs and rural economies by developing a sustainable bio-products industry in the Pacific Northwest utilizing wood harvest…

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2016 SEAI Sustainable Energy Award Winners revealed

Entrants to this year’s Sustainable Energy Awards have surpassed expectations demonstrating savings of €100 million through innovative sustainable energy projects. Presented by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), and sponsored by Enprova, the awards recognise and reward excellence in energy management in businesses, communities and public sector organisations. J&J Campus Ireland, (a collaborative group comprising DePuy Synthes, Vison Care, Janssen Biologics and Janssen Pharmaceuticals), claimed this year’s overall Leadership Award for its far reaching efforts towards their ambitious goal of 20% CO2 reduction by 2020. J&J Campus Ireland leverage…

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At the UN Climate Summit: Brazil, India, China, US and 8 other nations to launch Biofuture Platform aimed at decarbonizing transport

In Morocco, the Digest has learned that on Wednesday, November 16th,, at 5pm a large consortium of countries led by Brazil and including the US and China, intent on restoring carbon reductions in transportation as a centerpiece of global efforts on climate change, will launch the Biofuture Platform at COP 22 in Marrakesh. The launch event is set to take place in the Morocco Pavilion in the UNFCCC Blue Zone in Marrakesh, Morocco In documents obtained by The Digest from sources, Biofuture’s founders stated that: There is an urgent need…

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Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage enters the U.S.

Daimler AG is expanding its stationary energy storage business to the U.S. market. After this years’ founding of the German Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, a completely new subsidiary responsible for the development and global sale of Mercedes-Benz brand stationary energy storage, Daimler takes a further step towards growing the market. The newly established Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC is assuming the development and sales of stationary energy systems for residential, commercial and utility applications for the North-American market. Boris von Bormann, U.S. solar industry expert, has been selected as the CEO for…

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What we can learn about carbon taxes from British Columbia’s experiment

In 2008, the Canadian province of British Columbia instituted a tax on carbon. It is “revenue neutral,” which means that all the money raised by the tax is used to reduce other taxes — the government doesn’t get any new revenue to spend. Ever since BC passed the tax, climate hawks have been arguing about it. Is it a success? A failure? What are its political implications for other jurisdictions? Now there’s a carbon tax on the ballot in Washington state that is explicitly modeled on the BC tax. (It’s…

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InnoEnergy launches social media for sustainable innovation

InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for Europe’s energy industry, has officially launchedCommUnity, an interactive social network to connect the sustainable energy sector. The platform was unveiled at InnoEnergy’s AlumniUnite event in Barcelona, Spain, from 28-30 October 2016. Sustainable energy innovators, entrepreneurs and companies from across the world can connect with like-minded individuals by singing up to CommUnity. The platform is designed to unite sustainable energy actors, stakeholders and innovators, creating a place for them to share ideas and develop energy innovations. InnoEnergy’s CEO Diego Pavia said: “Social media is central to…

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SME co-operatives use inter-co-operation tools to remain strong and transform society

With small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) making up an overwhelming part of the co-operative movement, a session was held at the International Summit of Co-operatives to see how they could remain strong. It’s an urgent issue for co-operation in industry, services and energy: 95% of enterprises represented by the International Organisation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives (CICOPA) are SMEs. CICOPA joined NRECA, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in the United States, to organise the sectoral meeting “Cooperatives in industry, services and energy: how to address the SME dimension, now and tomorrow?”. Panelists analysed…

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Ethanol workshop offers information to Mexico’s Secretariat of Energy

U.S. researchers talked about air quality, lung health and other quality of life benefits from ethanol while regulators from Colombia and Paraguay talked about their biofuels program at a recent workshop hosted by Mexico’s Secretariat of Energy (SENER) and USDA in Mexico City. For two days, national and foreign experts shared their experiences and technological advances in production, distribution and commercialization of ethanol for mixture with fuels. Environmental issues were a specific focus of the event, with topics covered including ozone formation, air quality in high altitude metropolitan areas like…

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Tesla Doesn’t Want You To Find The Solar Panels In This Picture

Tesla wants to make homes more energy efficient by making solar roof tiles you might actually want on your home. Company CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new series of solar roof tiles on Friday, along with the next generation of Tesla’s energy-storing Powerpack.   The company says when they’re actually rolled out, the glass shingles will come in a variety of styles to match different homes. And the solar cells in the tiles are camouflaged so the shingles don’t look like traditional panels. They appear opaque or transparent based on the angle…

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