• Fixing fashion: Biggest retailers should set mandatory environmental targets

    Fashion retailers should charge producers a penny per garment to reduce textile waste and those with a turnover above £36 million should set mandatory environmental targets.
    That’s according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which found implementing the charge could help raise £35 million to invest in better clothing collection and sorting in the UK as well as create new “green” jobs in the sorting sector, particularly in areas where textile recycling is a
  • Australia commits to planting a billion new trees

    The Australian Government has committed to plant a billion new trees by 2050.
    It expects the scheme will help the nation achieve international Paris Agreement targets and estimates the project will eventually remove 18 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.
    The country currently producing more than 500 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent per year.
    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “I’m interested in growing more trees and growing more jobs, it&rsq
  • Plastic bags could soon be converted into waste-based batteries

    Plastic bags could soon be converted into waste-based batteries.
    New research published in the American Chemical Society journal claims a newly discovered process means environmentally-troubling shopping bags can be converted into carbon chips to be used as anodes for lithium-ion batteries.
    They say previous methods to turn throwaway polyethylene into pure carbon have been inefficient or too expensive.
    However, by covering polyethylene plastic bags in sulfuric acid and heating them to just below
  • Buzzin’ non-profit gives ex-coal miners chance to bee a success

    An organisation in the US’ Appalachian mountain range is helping displaced coal workers find a new career – beekeeping.
    The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective, operated by Appalachian Headwaters, aims to help miners who have lost their jobs get involved in the region’s long-standing tradition of apiculture.
    The programme originally began as an effort to ensure there were enough bees to restore and pollinate ecosystems damaged by mining but now looks to bring millions of dollars
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  • France’s Total buys plastics recycling firm Synova

    Total has bought a French plastics recycling company Synova for an undisclosed sum.
    The firm produces around 20,000 tonnes of polypropylene a year, made from recycled plastics for car manufacturers.
    The expertise of the two companies are expected to increase the supply of recycled polypropylene for automotive applications “that deliver the same performance as virgin polymers”.
    Bernard Pinatel, President – Refining & Chemicals at Total said: “By contributing to the lig
  • Centrica unveils domestic distributed energy plan

    Centrica has unveiled a plan to integrate solar, battery and heat pump technology into its domestic products.
    The energy giant aims to use distributed domestic energy solutions to drive down average electricity bills and support the flexibility of the overall grid.
    It suggests combining domestic battery storage with rooftop solar installations could enable over 4.5GW of flexible power capacity, significantly more electricity than a new nuclear plant would be likely to produce.
    Centrica Innovatio
  • Majority of smart meter owners ‘unaware first-gen devices could fail’

    Around 58% of smart meter owners are unaware that their device could stop working properly if they change energy supplier.
    That’s according to the results of a 1,200 person survey conducted by Compare The Market, which shows this equates to more than 7.2 million UK households across the nation.
    These households have first generation smart meters, called the SMETS1 model, installed in their homes – the report suggests of the roughly 12.5 million that have been put into place, aro
  • Welsh Secretary in Japan to discuss nuclear with Hitachi

    Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns met representatives from Hitachi in Japan today to discuss the future of the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant in Wales.
    His visit to Tokyo comes after the Japanese company said it would shelve the £16 billion plant on Anglesey after failing to reach an agreement on the strike price with the UK Government.
    Mr Cairns said he is grateful to Hitachi for the “constructive meeting” today to discuss options for its future plans in Wales.
    The Secretary ad
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  • Formula E races ahead with battery recycling

    Formula E has announced a new partnership to recycle the battery units and cells used during the first two seasons of the all-electric car racing series.
    The lithium-ion units have been collected and are in the process of being recycled by Belgian materials technology and recycling group, Umicore, which has been chosen as the official battery recycling supplier.
    The process involves sorting, dismantling and recycling, which includes the recovery of metals and transformation into metal alloys tha
  • Electricity switching figures hit nearly 400k in January

    Nearly 400,000 households and businesses switched electricity suppliers in January, latest figures reveal.
    The 382,665-figure is an increase of 5% compared to the same period in 2018, according to Energy UK.
    More than 100,000 customers moved to small and medium sized suppliers out of the total switches.
    The number of customers shopping around and switching has increased over the last five years, from 3.19 million in 2014 to 5.87 million – or one in five – in 2018, a record year so fa
  • Hydrogen drone stays in the air for nearly 11 hours

    A South Korean drone company has conducted a hydrogen-powered test flight lasting nearly 11 hours.
    MetaVista Inc used a quadcopter drone powered by a 650 watt fuel cell module provided by UK-based firm Intelligent Energy – it developed an ultra-lightweight liquid hydrogen storage tank to work in conjunction with the fuel cell.
    MetaVista used 390 grams of liquid hydrogen on the test flight and the combined result of both companies’ technologies was a drone boasting an energy
  • Total and Ørsted team up for Dunkirk offshore wind farm

    Total, Ørsted and Elicio have teamed up to submit a joint bid for an offshore wind project in the French Channel.
    The Dunkirk offshore wind farm, which is expected to have a capacity of up to 600MW, is part of France’s call for tenders for the development and operation of the project.
    The winning bid is to be announced later this year, with the goal of commissioning the wind farm in 2022.
    Philippe Sauquet, President Gas, Renewables and Power at Total said: “Total’s parti
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  • Google to string up solar panels over Taiwan’s fishing ponds

    Google has announced plans to build a solar project suspended above fishing ponds in Taiwan.
    The project marks the technology giant’s entrance into Asia’s renewable energy market – building solar projects over water is becoming increasingly common in the region due to high population density and rising competition for available land.
    The firm is partnering with Diode Ventures, Taiyen Green Energy, J&V Energy and New Green Power to build the 10MW facility, which is expe
  • Reduced deforestation in Indonesia triggers carbon payment from Norway

    Indonesia can now receive payments from Norway after the Southeast Asian country reduced emissions from deforestation.
    It will be the first payment for reducing around 4.8 million tons of carbon emissions under the Norwegian International Climate and Forest initiative between the two countries that started in 2010.
    It is divided into phases, where the first and second phases are about getting countries to stop deforestation through changes in national legislation and frameworks.
    The third phase
  • Iowa operatives say ethanol worship is now as corny as The West Wing

    Support for the biofuel and its economic impact used to be key in the caucus state. Then Ted Cruz opposed it and won For decades, supporting ethanol was considered the price of admission for the Iowa caucuses. Government backing for production of the corn-based biofuel was seen as a sacred cow. Presidential candidates who opposed it either skipped the state or changed their mind. There was even an episode of The West Wing that revolved around candidates grudgingly endorsing ethanol in order to s
  • Iceland’s first electric ferry makes a splash

    Iceland’s first electric ferry is due to hit the water before the end of 2019.
    The 70-metre vessel will be equipped with a 3,000kWh battery pack provided by technology giant ABB and will work to carry a total of 550 passengers and 75 cars back and forth between Landeyjahöfn on the mainland and the Westman Island, covering 13 kilometres in about 45 minutes.
    It is expected to make around 3,600 low carbon voyages every year, running in fully-electric mode most of the time, with an onboar
  • Government consults on new tax for plastic packaging producers

    The government has set out plans to overhaul the waste system, including introducing a tax on plastic packaging and a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles.
    It would be imposed on producers of plastic packaging that do not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content from April 2022.
    The government has launched a consultation on how the tax would work, for example, which packaging should be in scope of the tax, how to assess recycled content and which businesses will be liable
  • Mail truck emissions get signed, sealed, delivered

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) has started to take delivery of seven new electric Ford E-450-based vans for delivering mail in California.
    Motiv Power Systems is providing the vehicles, which will be used to trial a zero emission mail service in Central Valley – most of the immediate project benefits are aimed for the San Joaquin Valley, a relatively poor area with some of the highest air pollution in the US.
    As well as benefitting the local environment, the vans are expected to s
  • New Kia Soul offers 243-mile range on single charge

    The new Kia Soul will have a 243-mile range on a single charge.
    This means in just one year, the brand will have more than doubled the rated driving range for the electric vehicle (EV), which is expected to reach dealerships this spring,
    The previous Soul model offered just 111 miles of range from its 30kwh battery, after having already risen from 27kwh in 2018.
    The latest model is also more energy-efficient than its predecessors as its Environmental Protection Agency rating is now 114 mile
  • Germany to import 45 million tonnes of hard coal this year

    Germany is expected to import 45 million tonnes of hard coal this year following closure of domestic mines.
    That’s according to data from lobby group VDKI, which showed this will be a 1.4% rise from 2018 figures, as additional coal is purchased to ensure there is no shortage of supply, despite increasing amount of renewables coming onto the grid.
    Around 30 million tonnes is expected to be used for power generation, with the other 15 million tonnes to be made up of coking coal and coke for
  • NSW Labor pledges state-owned renewable energy company to power three million homes

    Environment groups hail Michael Daley’s promise a ‘game-changer’ that would slash state’s carbon emissions by 12% A New South Wales Labor government would establish a state-owned renewable energy company to support the rollout of enough renewable energy to power more than three million homes across the state in the next decade.On Monday the NSW opposition leader, Michael Daley, announced that if elected on 23 March, Labor would deliver seven gigawatts of extra renewable e
  • Tesla big battery is holding its own in a burgeoning energy storage market | Giles Parkinson

    The South Australian battery pockets $4m as the market looks to unlock multiple potential value streamsThe Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia continues to make its mark on the Australian energy market, pocketing another $4m in the fourth quarter from the provision of frequency and ancillary services. Related: South Australia's Tesla battery on track to make back a third of cost in a year The market is waiting for new rules to unlock the multiple potential value streams for battery
  • London mayor pledges extra £24m for greener black cabs

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan has committed an additional £24 million for black cab drivers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs).
    Under the plans, around 1,000 drivers could benefit from up to £10,000 by trading in their older and polluting vehicles
    The additional funding, more than double the existing £18 million fund, is part of the mayor’s draft budget for 2019/20 and could help reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by as much as 20%.
    The grants will be available on a first-come,
  • EU approves sale of Johnson Controls’ power business to Brookfield

    The European Commission has given the green light for the buyout of Johnson Controls’ power solutions business by a Canadian company.
    Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management, an asset manager with a focus on real estate, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity, is taking over the business in Ireland that develops batteries for cars for $13.2 billion (£10.3bn).
    The deal is expected to allow Johnson Controls to focus on its building technologies and solutions business, wh
  • Japanese trading house ITOCHU announces coal exit

    Japanese trading house ITOCHU has pledged to stop investing in new coal-fired power plants as well as thermal coal mines.
    It is part of the company’s efforts to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help tackle climate change.
    ITOCHU, with an equity market capitalisation of $29 billion (£22.6bn), is to continue divesting its existing thermal coal mine investments in Australia and Indonesia – the organisation has sold its interest in the Rolleston thermal coal mine held throu
  • Alberta government signs PPA for 94 MW of subsidy-free solar

    This week, Canadian Solar said that it has won three solar power contracts with Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, for a total of 94 megawatts (MWp) of solar power system in southeast Alberta, with an average contracted PPA price of 48.05 Canadian dollars [US 36.27] per MWh. When in operation in 2021, these solar plants will provide 55 percent of the electricity needs for Alberta provincial government.
  • 2,115-MW Rufiji hydro project construction launched in Tanzania

    The government of Tanzania has officially handed over the area around the 2,115-MW Rufiji hydro project to joint venture contractors Arab Contractors Company and Elsewedy Electric Company. This marks the start of project construction.
  • Shell buys sonnen batterie

    Residential energy storage provider sonnen batterie said today that Shell New Energies will be its new owner.
  • Earlier today Claire Perry voiced her support for biomethane and hydrogen as well as reiterating the need to priori… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    Earlier today Claire Perry voiced her support for biomethane and hydrogen as well as reiterating the need to priori… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
  • Output drives EDF clean power earnings

    Output drives EDF clean power earnings
  • Amazon leads $700m investment into Rivian

    Amazon has lead a $700 million (£546m) investment into Rivian.
    The multinational corporation is leading a new round of investment in the electric vehicle (EV) startup, which will also include participation from existing shareholders.
    Rivian will remain an independent company – it says its launch products, the R1T and R1S, will be able to deliver up to 400 miles of range.
    The EVs will be produced at the firm’s manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois, with customer deliverie
  • Amazon invests $700m in Rivian

    Amazon has invested $700 million (£546m) in Rivian.
    The multinational corporation is leading a new round of investment in the electric vehicle (EV) startup, which will also include participation from existing shareholders.
    Rivian will remain an independent company – it says its launch products, the R1T and R1S, will be able to deliver up to 400 miles of range.
    The EVs will be produced at the firm’s manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois, with customer deliveries expected
  • World's Biggest Battery to Boost Solar in Texas

    The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country.
  • 6 Key Trends in Sustainable and Renewable Energy

    The 2019 Sustainable Energy in America factbook was released this week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BloombergNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). The factbook highlights a number of key trends in sustainable and renewable energy growth, emissions and jobs in the sector. Take a glance at the six charts below to learn more.
  • And now for some very grave news… a Tesla hearse to die for

    If you thought other electric cars sounded great, this one is simply heavenly.
    A heavily modified Tesla Model S has appeared on second-hand car site Finn.no in the form of a hearse.
    The electric vehicle (EV), which was created by funeral industry car supplier Karmøy Bilsenter, can be found in Kopervik, Norway with only 1,000 kilometres on the clock.
    In 2016, a British funeral director was shortlisted for a national energy efficiency and innovation award – maybe he would be inte
  • EU invests €116m in climate and environmental projects

    The European Commission has announced an investment worth €116 million (£102m) to support 12 large-scale environmental and climate projects.
    They are being funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Change, which has a budget of €3.4 billion (£3bn) between 2014 and 2020.
    Projects include the replacement of polluting household heating systems, development of sustainable public transport and infrastructure for cycling and electric vehicles (EVs), flood ri
  • German onshore wind sale lacks appeal

    German onshore wind sale lacks appeal
  • Solar powered camera brings AI tech into focus

    A technology firm has launched a prototype artificial intelligence (AI) camera that is powered by the sun.
    Seattle-based startup Xnor’s new device uses AI technology to intelligently detect visual objects, including people.
    It then identifies and classifies information before sending insights from the analysed frames to the owner.
    Small solar panels mean no battery or external power source is required, allowing the camera to be placed anywhere outdoors, from where it can rem
  • Equinor to pursue floating wind projects in South Korea

    Norwegian energy giant Equinor has joined forced with Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) to jointly explore floating wind opportunities.
    They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop commercial floating wind projects in South Korea, which is pursuing a transition from nuclear and coal to renewable energy.
    The proportion of renewables in power generation is expected to increase to 20% by 2030, which translates to a target of 49GW of new capacity.
    KNOC, 100% owned by the South
  • Audi drives forward with giant solar power plans

    Audi has announced plans to install a giant solar power system on the roofs of two logistics centres at its plant in Hungary.
    Covering around 160,000m², the project at Győr will consist of 35,000 panels with a total capacity of 12MW.
    The car manufacturer has partnered with energy company E.ON for the project, which will generate more than 9.5GWh of electricity a year – equivalent to the power needs of around 5,000 households.
    It is also expected to help reduce around 6,000 tons o
  • UK marine consultancy delivers Seamade health check

    UK marine consultancy delivers Seamade health check
  • It might seem that the #climatestrike and #fuelpovertyawarenessday are two separate issues. They shouldn't be. twitter.com/GoodEnergy/sta…

    It might seem that the #climatestrike and #fuelpovertyawarenessday are two separate issues. They shouldn't be. twitter.com/GoodEnergy/sta…
  • Businesses call for action on UK’s sustainable goals

    Businesses have joined up to call for action on the UK’s Sustainable Development Goals and to accelerate growth of sustainable finance across the country.
    The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) hosted a roundtable with business, government and non-profit representatives to discuss how these missions can be acheived.
    Businesses said if they are to adapt to climate change and help work towards wider green goals, their ongoing com
  • Thrive hives off UK wind duo

    Thrive hives off UK wind duo
  • David Coombs, CEO, OnlineDIRECT

    David is Cambridge graduate with a impressive career in the financial services industry, having held CFO and Finance Director positions in both the I&C and the SME sectors before joining OnlineDIRECT. As CEO at OnlineDIRECT, he champions collaboration and customer centric strategy, ensuring services and propositions are tailored to ensure profitability for Brokers and Suppliers in the ever changing UK energy Market.
    The post David Coombs, CEO,OnlineDIRECT appeared first on Energy Live News.
  • David Coombs, CEO, Online Direct

    David is Cambridge graduate with a impressive career in the financial services industry, having held CFO and Finance Director positions in both the I&C and the SME sectors before joining OnlineDIRECT. As CEO at OnlineDIRECT, he champions collaboration and customer centric strategy, ensuring services and propositions are tailored to ensure profitability for Brokers and Suppliers in the ever changing UK energy Market.
    The post David Coombs, CEO,Online Direct appeared first on Energy Live News.
  • Today's #ClimateStrike is the strongest possible reminder of who we need to tackle climate change for: the next gen… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    Today's #ClimateStrike is the strongest possible reminder of who we need to tackle climate change for: the next gen… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
  • James Chaplin, Energy Trader, EDF Energy

    James Chaplin is an Energy Trader at EDF Energy and manages the Customer Desk which transacts on behalf of large business customers, TPI’s and small suppliers. James also overlooks hedging of EDF Energy’s generation assets, which produce c.20% of the UK’s power, mainly from nuclear generation.Prior to joining the EDF trading team, James worked across several senior analyst roles in Market Analysis and in Sales & Marketing. James graduated from Imperial College London with a
  • Binoy Darsi, Market Rules Advisor, Corporate Policy & Regulation, EDF Energy

    Binoy began his career in the electricity industry in 1997 as an energy consultant working at a TPI. Around the time of market opening he moved to work for new electricity supplier start-ups setting up pricing teams and pricing systems. Binoy also was as the UK lead-consultant for Datamonitor, a research and consultancy firm, providing expertise to market participants. Binoy moved to EDF Energy in 2011 forecasting non-energy costs (TNUoS, BSUoS). He is an electricity network charging expert. Bin
  • Could US wind, solar and battery plant be the holy trinity of renewables?

    Could a new wind, solar and battery plant in the US prove to be the holy trinity of renewable energy?
    A new facility to be developed by Portland General Electric Company (PGE) and NextEra Energy Resources will combine 300MW of wind generation, 50MW of solar power and 30MW of battery storage.
    They say the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility in Eastern Oregon will be the first plant of its scale in North America to integrate the three clean technologies.
    PGE expects to invest approximately $160 m

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