Power-packed Perspectives


Challenges remain in understanding energy storage as an investment

Energy Storage

Discusses challenges in evaluating energy storage as an investment due to its nascency, and argues that energy storage sho ...

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MIT Energy Initiative report charts pathways for sustainable personal transportation

Sustainable Transport

Explores how individual travel decisions will be shaped by interactions between technologies, markets, business models, go ...

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Generate Capital’s $1 billion raise draws global infrastructure funds to cleantech

Financing for Sustainability

Generate Capital, the cleantech infrastructure investor, has revealed that it had raised $1 billion in equity and debt fin ...

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Disputed ground: the future of landfill gas-to-energy

MSW Landfill Management

Capturing landfill gas reduced the global warming potential of the gas that is successfully captured. However, the system ...

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Missing the forest for the trees: woody biomass helps cut CO2 emissions

Bio-energy

The article argues that sustainably sourced woody biomass is a more environmentally sound alternative to fossil fuels ...

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The smarter way to protect our planet: include everyone

Sustainable Eco-communities

A conversation about how social inclusion and climate action need to be more intricately connected.

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A new way to profit from ancient Alaskan forests — leave them standing

Sustainable Forest Management

Sealaska, an Alaska Native-owned corporation is being paid to leave some old-growth trees standing.

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GE’s latest approach to energy storage

Energy Storage

GE now sees integrating batteries with renewables or gas turbines as its best bet to add value.

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Batteries Will Change the Energy Industry Forever

Batteries

This article speaks about how energy storage is suddenly an economical asset to consider as part of the electric grid and ...

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Electric vehicle batteries will ‘dwarf’ grid’s energy storage needs

Batteries

According to experts at the International Renewable Energy Agency., there will be enough batteries in electric vehicles by ...

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Pathways to net zero carbon buildings in reach around the world today

Sustainable Building Materials

Net and nearly zero energy definitions usually focus on onsite or near-site renewable energy production which limits ...

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How the REMADE Institute hopes to reshape manufacturing with recycling in mind

Waste Management Logistics

REMADE and the coalition it belongs to funds and monitors the development of technologies and strategies that cut bac ...

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Can the fashion industry work toward 'Climate Positivity'?

Sustainable Practices in Textile & Apparel Industry

The article talks about the need to implement indigenous-led sustainable practices in the fashion industry for it to becom ...

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Is America’s fossil fuel empire collapsing?

Energy

Together, a Green BRI (Belt & Road Initiative) and Europe’s Green Deal could provide a definitive energy transfo ...

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Are plastic grocery bags really that bad for the environment?

Plastic Waste Management

Research scientist Calvin Lakhan highlights what we can do as consumers to make better choices.

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One thing you can do: make smart donations

Sustainable Cities & Communities

For most of us, it is very difficult to figure out whose efforts are actually making a difference to the environment. ...

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Ten zero-waste cities: How Capannori inspired other European municipalities on zero waste

Solid Waste Management

Read the jounery of a small Italian community towards zero waste to learn how taking a proactive, holistic approach and in ...

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Is burning trash a good way to handle it?

Waste to Energy through Incineration

Argues why burning waste is a bad choice to manage waste, with interesting charts to guide you along the way.

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How will Singapore defuse a 16-year waste timebomb?

Municipal Solid Waste Management

Singapore's only landfill, the purpose-built trash island of Semakau is projected to be completely full by 2035 and st ...

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Impact investing can actually unlock enormous good

Equity Financing from Equity & Impact Funds

Impact investing is a field with enormous potential for good despite the risks that it must be held accountable for.

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Eco logic: the rise of sustainable tourism

Sustainable Practices in Hotels & Resorts Industry

Insights on eco-tourism practices and policies, and highlights of the eco-travel benefits to businesses beyond just recogn ...

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How utility planning is building a clean energy future in the US northwest

Renewable Energy

A look at how serious climate progress is happening behind the scenes at US power utilities.

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New conservative climate plans in the US are neither conservative nor climate plans

Sustainable Development Policies & Frameworks

The newly designed climate change policy tries to reasonably address climate change but also does not offend any large blo ...

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Increasing opportunities for sustainable behavior

Ecosystems

A new study shows how even minor changes to available infrastructure can trigger tipping points in the collective adoption ...

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Ensuring sustainability is at the heart of the future of mobility

Sustainable Transport

Mobility-as-a-Sustainable-Service (MaaSS) is the key to bringing greener commutes, not just interconnected ones, to the ce ...

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MIT Energy Initiative report charts pathways for sustainable personal transportation

Sustainable Transport

Explores how individual travel decisions will be shaped by complex interactions between technologies, markets, business mo ...

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Air travel growth suggests ‘sustainable’ and ‘development’ are not compatible

Sustainable Practices in Transport Industry

Air travel is not the only threat to life on earth, but it is a useful barometer of runaway economic growth and developmen ...

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UN calls for shipping ‘propulsion revolution’ to avoid ‘environmental disaster’

Sustainable Oceans

In 2019, the global shipping industry launched the Getting to Zero Coalition to cut emissions by at least 50 percent by 20 ...

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Electric utilities and electric transport: a marriage made in heaven?

Electric Mobility

Beyond supplying power for electric vehicle charging, utilities are actively planning and developing charging infrastructu ...

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A climate scientist explains what the melting Arctic means for the world

As emissions continue to drive the climate crisis and we begin deregulating protected areas, the Arctic region is at highe ...

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Trends and targets that will influence the future of e-mobility

Sustainable Transport

Discusses key trends reshaping the mobility industry and how these trends will impact different stakeholder sectors.

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Making finance flows consistent with the Paris Agreement

Financing for Sustainability

Recent discussions and reports assessing the effectiveness of climate finance flows to meet an increasing global need reve ...

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Is it really OK if Japan dumps radioactive fukushima water into the ocean?

Hazardous Waste Management

Japanese government announced recently that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will have to dump radioactive water ...

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Indigenous people help develop better Arctic shipping routes

Sustainable Eco-communities

The article is about how experts are working with local indigenous people to develop new shipping routes through the regio ...

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Abu Dhabi, UNEP launch new socio-technology platform IRIS-3 at World Urban Forum

Sustainable Development Policies & Frameworks

The web platform Indicator Reporting Information System-3 (IRIS-3) makes the assessment and reporting of environmenta ...

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Can we address climate change without sacrificing water quality?

Surface Water Sustainability

A new study has found that some efforts at reducing carbon emissions could actually increase the risk of water quality imp ...

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Re-greening cities: strategies to build resilience and community

Sustainable Eco-communities

The best way to tackle our planet-sized problems is through planet-sourced solutions that harness the incredible resilienc ...

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How Silicon Valley provides the blueprint for cleaning up our drinking water

Sustainable Water Purification

Highlights local activism as a key that can lead to new regulations, state and federal laws and better corporate citizensh ...

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Interview with Circle K Norway: "It's difficult to develop a model for the EV industry"

Electric Mobility

Answers questions like what effect will electric vehicles have in traditional petrol stations? what is the best business m ...

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Digital twins are changing the grid

Renewable Energy

Twinning, the process of linking the physical world and virtual reality, has produced tangible tools for the power industr ...

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Solar plus storage becomes cost effective

Electrical Storage

Commercial customers paying demand charges and time-of-use rates should seriously consider an investment in solar plus sto ...

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The reality of virtual power plants

Renewable Energy

A virtual power plant is a network of independent distributed energy resources (DER) utilizing a cloud-based control syste ...

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Sustainability gains momentum in derivatives industry

International & Development Financing

Given the massive influence that the commodities industry weilds over sustainability initiatives, financial derivatives ca ...

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Are organic poultry farms more sustainable than conventional farms?

Sustainable Practices in Cattle & Poultry Industry

The findings of a recent study suggest sustainable poultry farming needs to include elements from both indoor an ...

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What can we do about the embodied carbon

CO2 Emissions Control

Embodied carbon includes the carbon footprint from the entire value chain and thus the embodied carbon of a building could ...

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Goldman pledges $750 billion for ‘large opportunities’ in sustainable finance

Financing for Sustainability

Goldman Sachs plans to spend $750 billion over the next decade financing companies & themes focused on climate transit ...

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E-scooters, bikes and urban mobility: lessons from the streets of Paris

Battery-based Electric Mobility

The article tries to understand why bikeshare companies that were the first to arrive in Paris exited almost as quickly wh ...

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Is bio-energy dead?

Bio-energy

Challenges from financial and regulatory dimensions are dimming the promise of biomass as a sustainable source for ut ...

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Fashion's dirty microplastics secret

Sustainable Practices in Textile & Apparel Industry

Clothing made from synthetic materials sheds microfibres, a type of microplastic that contaminates waterways and even air. ...

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Perspective on pharma: tackling AMR through sustainable antibiotic production

Sustainable Practices in Pharma Industry

A discussion on why a sustainable approach to developing antibiotics sustainably is key to combatting antimicrobial resist ...

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Why the U.S. faces a steep path to a CO2-free grid

Renewable Energy

Nearly two dozen states and the District of Columbia have committed to slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with sev ...

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Five weird and wonderful ways nature is being harnessed to build a sustainable fashion industry

Sustainable Practices in Textile & Apparel Industry

A transition towards a more sustainable textiles and fashion sector requires approaches including biological methods that ...

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Why climate change is an irrelevance, economic growth is a myth and sustainability is forty years too late

Sustainable Education

What is the real danger that the earth faces? A difference perspective from Kevin Casey who says the real danger is not&nb ...

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Why traditional knowledge — and not external tech — is the key to truly sustainable agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture

Going organic alone may not be the truly sustainable solution for agriculture. It has to be more nuanced, and needs to be ...

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Which smartphone is more ethical, Apple or Samsung?

E-Waste Management

The article compares the sustainability efforts of Apple against Samsung and provides a sustainability score for each firm ...

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Understanding the role of inks in sustainability

Sustainable Practices in Printing & Publishing Industry

A converter’s definition of a successful “sustainable ink” could be as simple as how well the ink and ma ...

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We can make our world better - Mark Suzman of Gates Foundation

Sustainable Urban Sanitation

Discussion with Mark Suzman, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on how his early career as a journalist in his n ...

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Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions

Green Cement

Producing Portland cement alone accounts for 5-8% of all global greenhouse emissions. MOC (magnesium oxychloride cement) i ...

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Decarbonising construction: Six things industry could do

Sustainable Practices in Construction Industry

Impactful things that could cut emissions from the process of procuring and constructing buildings and infrastructure.

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The future of the carbon cycle in a changing climate

Ecosystems

Earth’s global carbon cycle includes major carbon sinks and sources. Decades of global measurements can now help us ...

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That low-carbon future for Singapore isn’t so far-fetched

Sustainable Urban Planning

In this analysis, authors feel that Singapore making a quick transition to renewable energy energy technologies might ...

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How to have an all-renewable electric grid

Power Generation Infrastructure

Are fully renewable electricity systems feasible? The article argues that feasibility is clear, and tries to answer h ...

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The most futuristic building In New York wasn’t made by humans

Sustainable Building Materials

Basing building and manufacturing on biological phenomena can improve the performance of human artifacts and make them mor ...

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5 of the world's most eco-friendly building materials

Sustainable Building Materials

Five materials that frequently make experts’ lists of eco-friendly building components - bamboo, cork, reclaimed or ...

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A new idea in architecture - no new buildings

Sustainable Urban Planning

An effective way of analysing sustainability in the already-built environment could be using the concept of embodied ...

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The hottest new thing in sustainable building is...wood

Sustainable Wooden Building Materials

Explains how wood as an eco-friendly building material is becoming more mainstream.

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Five planet-saving building ideas we need to nail down in 2020

Sustainable Urban Planning

The world of buildings – responsible for about 40% of all carbon – offers relatively uncontroversial opportuni ...

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Virtuous circles: Can reusing building materials in new projects go mainstream?

Sustainable Building Materials

Reusing building materials in new projects could significantly reduce the industry’s carbon emissions. A look a ...

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A new wave of Indies are using games to explore climate change

Sustainability Education for Communities

As the world grapples with climate change, indie creators are finding creative ways to use games as a form of interactive ...

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Technologies that could change waste management industry

Solid Waste Management

Automating trash disposal or sorting by using artificial intelligence can significant enhance solid waste management ...

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Our 'broken relationship' with electronics and e-waste

E-Waste Management

The director of U.S. PIRG's Right to Repair campaign discusses the societal implications of planned obsolescence and t ...

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Why “De-growth” Shouldn’t Scare Businesses

Sustainable Development Support

The proposal for lower consumption for sustanability was earlier considered to be too radical. But with today’s clim ...

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Industry 4.0 key to delivering a circular economy

Sustainable Industrial Practices

Industry 4.0, which redefines our economies through the advances of robotics and the Internet of Things, is also capable o ...

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Where does bioenergy fit into a low-carbon future?

Bio-energy

This study evaluates the commercial potential of bioenergy and impacts of a large-scale bioenergy ramp-up, using a framewo ...

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How bio-methane can help turn natural gas into a renewable energy source in Australia

Bio-energy

New technologies such as biomethane can help Australia meet its carbon-reduction targets by acting as an alternative to co ...

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Geo-engineering: a climate silver bullet?

Sustainable Development Policies & Frameworks

There is growing scientific interest in solar geoengineering as a possible means of combating climate change. But by foreg ...

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How synthetic biology is dyeing the future of fashion

Water Pollution Control

Insights on how three innovative startups are using synthetic biology to make the dyeing process in the fashion ...

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