Renewables (non-hydro) to power 72% of Germany by 2030

Excerpt from Clean Technica, 6 Nov 2018 In 2017, onshore wind power capacity accounted for the largest share of installed capacity in Germany with 24.1%, followed by coal with 22.1% and then solar PV with 20.2%. All up, non-hydro renewables contributed over half (51.6%) of Germany’s total installed power capacity in 2017. Looking forward, GlobalData sees Germany focusing on expanding …

Just how much more land, water, air and climate saving are Impossible Burgers?

Brown’s vision for Impossible Foods is so much grander than simply making a meat substitute. In the company’s Sustainability Report from 2017 they write: “Americans consume about 10 billion pounds of ground beef per year. The average American eats three hamburgers every week— nearly 50 billion burgers per year and about half of this is consumed in restaurants. In order to supply …

Utilities, carmakers launch campaign to cut US transportation energy use 50% by 2050

Robert Walton,  Utilities, carmakers launch campaign to cut US transportation energy use 50% by 2050, on Utility Dive, Sept. 26, 2018 A diverse group of transportation stakeholders launched a new campaign pressing for significant advances in efficiency and vehicular systems, with a goal of slashing transportation energy consumption 50% by 2050, while simultaneously improving mobility. Recommendations include improving efficiency for all vehicle types, …

6th IPCC Report Says World Is Headed For Existential Crisis. A WWII style rapid shift is needed.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been hailed as an up-and-coming progressive champion, has spoken about the need for a World War II-style commitment to fighting global warming. The Democratic Party in 2016 included similar language in its official platform. By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, September 27th, 2018 b The International Panel On Climate Change will meet in Inchon, Korea, the first week in October. Its mission will …

Zero Over Time Process Drives Existing Portfolios Toward Net Zero Energy

RMI, September 12, 2018 , By Matt Jungclaus Net-zero energy (NZE) buildings are gaining interest from building owners, tenants, and landlords alike. RMI’s latest report, in partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI), Best Practices for Achieving Zero Over Time for Building Portfolios, outlines our zero-over-time (ZOT) approach to help portfolio owners navigate the barriers to achieving net zero energy by providing a roadmap …

Klass: Expanding the Transmission and Distribution Grid to Meet Deep Decarbonization Goals

Expanding the U.S. Electric Transmission and Distribution Grid to Meet Deep Decarbonization Goals By Alexandra B . Klass, excerpted from Michael B . Gerrard & John Dernbach, eds., Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (Nov 2018 from ELI), addresses the critical role of the electric transmission and distribution grid in achieving deep decarbonization, and discusses the primary This Article …

New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise.

Aug 2018  Carbon Brief excerpt.  New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise. The first finds that higher CO2 levels in the atmosphere could make staple crops less nutritious, potentially pushing hundreds of millions of people into malnutrition. Increased atmospheric CO2 can cause crops to produce smaller amounts …

Signaling the endgame for fossil fueled vehicles

As part of the ZEV Challenge, State and regional governments, cities and businesses representing millions of dollars in purchasing power have united to accelerate the global manufacture of Zero Emission Vehicles. The ZEV Challenge asks leaders in automotive industry to signal an endgame for fossil-fuel vehicles, and drive forward progress towards a clean future. The ZEV Challenge is being supported by: The …

EV buses expected to be half of city fleets in the 2020s and 80% by 2040

It is true that electric buses cost more up front than their diesel-powered counterparts. However, those costs are falling, and when considering the entire life cycle of the vehicle — purchase price, fuels, operational and maintenance expenses — electric buses prove to be cheaper than their diesel counterparts. Moreover, according to BNEF, the projected decline in battery costs likely make electric …

Methane uptake from forest soils has ‘fallen by 77% in three decades’

By Daisy Dunne, 06.08.2018 | PLANTS AND FORESTS, Carbon Brief The amount of methane absorbed by forest soils has fallen by an average of 77% in the northern hemisphere over the past 27 years, a new study finds. The research, which analysed soil data taken from more than 300 studies, suggests that the world is currently “overestimating the role that forest soils …