Integrated Mobility Payments (all modes) Are The Future Of Transit

 Unified pricing structures—paying one price for an entire journey rather than paying separate fares for each mode of transport used can be a challenge, but there are promising examples. Singapore’s public transit has been operating since 2010 with a distance-based fare system that does not penalize travelers for using multiple modes in one journey.  Germany’s Moovel and Qixxit are two mobile …

Cutting Local Communities in on Renewable Energy

In a recent European study found that opponents to new wind and solar power have two key desires: “people want to avoid environmental and personal harm” and they also want to “share in the economic benefits of their local renewable energy resources.”  It’s not that people are made physically ill by new renewable energy projects.  Rather, they are sick and tired …

A big conclusion and statement out of COP-21 is that we’re headed for carbon zero: a clear signal to investors that each new long-term fossil fuel investment is riskier than the last

….(The) Zero (fossil fuel commitment) is intuitive and easy to explain. It offers a bracing clarity of vision.  It settles the question of what will happen to the fossil fuel industry and investments that rely on fossil fuels. They will go away. It might be soon, it might be later, but the end state is determined. They are slated for …

Exxon figured in 1981 that warming would begin to be felt around 2000 and thus there was “time for an orderly transition to non-fossil fuel technologies should restrictions on fossil fuel use be deemed necessary.”

The Los Angeles Times and the Pulitzer prize winning InsideClimate News (“Exxon: The Road Not Taken“), as well as the Union of Concerned Scientists all published revealing investigations into Exxon’s comprehensive knowledge and summary of climate change in the late 70s and early 80s, preceding the company’s decision to preserve its ability pollute and promote the use of fossil fuels …

What are our organizations’ values and culture?

When it comes to landing a good job, many people focus on the role. Although finding the right title, position and salary is important, there’s another consideration that matters just as much: culture. The culture of a workplace — an organization’s values, norms and practices — has a huge impact on our happiness and success. As she tried to evaluate …

Lowering EU CO2 emissions due to transport by 45 percent (3/4 of way to 2050 climate target)

The EU’s 2011 White Paper on the future of transport set the objective that the majority of European passenger and freight transport over medium and long distances should take place using the environmentally-friendly transport modes of rail and waterways by 2050. At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions from transport should be reduced by 60 percent compared to 2005. Together …

Hydrogen update

For those of you new to the topic, hydrogen is an alluringly energy-dense fuel, which is why it has been used for space operations since the 1950’s. Getting the financials to work out for Earth-based vehicles, though, is another matter. Currently almost all of the hydrogen produced in the US is generated from fossil natural gas, and it is used …

Deployment Or Innovation — Which Road To A Low-Carbon Future?

Cross-post from Tobias Engelmeier At the “Energy for Tomorrow” conference in Paris, last week, one of the core discussions in the energy industry was: is a low-carbon world a challenge of deployment or one of innovation? In other words: do we already have the technologies we need (e.g. solar, wind, grid management) and now just need to focus on deploying them? This could …

15% of world’s electricity spent on lighting, which could displace 250 coal plants if transitioned to LEDs

Lighting accounts for around 15% of the world’s electricity consumption, more than the combined output of all the planet’s nuclear plants.  That demand is set to rise 50% by 2030 as the world’s population grows, urbanisation increases and 1.2 billion people who currently lack access to energy grids get connected. Equally though, an overnight transition to LED lighting could save …

Cities on their way to being fossil fuel free

Four cities in the US, including conservative Georgetown, Texas, have switched to 100% fossil fuel free electricity. Copenhagen will be 100% fossil fuel free or carbon neutral in 10 years.  “We see this an an investment which will pay itself back in jobs and good business,” says Copenhagen’s mayor, Frank Jensen.  Vancouver will do it in less than 15 now, …