May be it is the shock of the Overshoot Day. In today’s edition, a solar boom, efforts made by companies to recycle and a push for a cleaner Cloud.
Quote of the day
“There is no massive overcapacity anymore.”
Stefan de Haan, a solar analyst at IHS Inc., in the Bloomberg’s story Solar Boom Driving First Global Panel Shortage Since 2006
Solar Boom Driving First Global Panel Shortage Since 2006
Ehren Goossens, Bloomberg
The solar industry is facing a looming shortage of photovoltaic panels, reversing a two-year slump triggered by a global glut.
***LB: Also in this story “Scarcity will benefit the biggest manufacturers, including China’s Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co. (YGE) and Trina Solar Ltd. (TSL).”
Why the world’s biggest companies are investing in recycling
Joel Makower, GreenBiz.com
Interest in recycling is looping back around. That’s evident from the launch of the Closed Loop Fund, a budding $100 million effort by a group of large companies to invest in recycling infrastructure and, in the process, put more recycled materials into manufacturing supply chains.
***LB: Also in this story “Over the past few months, nine companies have invested between $5 million and $10 million each into the fund: Colgate Palmolive, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Keurig Green Mountain. PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. More investors are expected to be announced in the next two months.”
Greenpeace launches fresh push for a cleaner cloud
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Comedian and musician Reggie Watts has been enlisted to star in a new Greenpeace campaign, urging the world’s tech giants to commit to using renewable energy to power their operations.
On Borrowed Time
Carter Roberts, Foreign Affairs
It’s that time again. Earth Overshoot Day is here and the clock continues to tick.
***LB: Also in this story “Over the past decade, many of the world’s biggest companies — Coca-Cola, Mars, and Unilever, to name a few — joined World Wildlife Fund, of which I am president and CEO, and other NGOs to help reduce their ecological (and, in many cases, financial) costs.”
Climate change to cut South Asia’s growth 9 pct by 2100 – ADB
Climate change will cut South Asia’s growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.
***LB: Also in this story “Gross domestic product (GDP) losses are projected at 12.6 percent for the Maldives, 9.9 percent for Nepal, 9.4 percent for Bangladesh and 8.7 percent for India by 2100.”
Louisville, fastest-warming city in U.S., reaches for the brakes
Umair Irfan, E&E
Two years ago, the home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Louisville Slugger received an unwelcome distinction: fastest-warming heat island in the United States.
Australia Review Chills $20 Billion Clean-Energy Industry
Mike Anderson, James Paton and Jason Scott, Bloomberg
Australia is frightening developers away from renewable energy even before the government decides whether to overhaul targets for the industry’s growth.
EMA’s 18th Annual Meeting
Join the Environmental Markets Association and environmental industry professional for two days of dynamic sessions, two nights of networking receptions, and countless opportunities to increase your business contacts.
October 22 – 24, 2014
Santa Monica, CA
FT European Gas Summit
The FT European Gas Summit brings together leading and aspiring gas suppliers from around the globe, as well as energy industry experts, commentators and government decision makers to review the potential barriers to new gas supplies for Europe, and the impact on the region’s economic competitiveness. The summit will be chaired by Guy Chazan, Energy Editor, Financial Times.
23 October 2014
Cambodia water project could channel carbon credits to Japan
The Japan Times
The city of Kitakyushu is exploring a project to supply drinking water in Cambodia.
***LB: also in this story “Led by Kitakyushu, Tokyo-based Metawater Co. and Kitakyushu-based Matsuo Sekkei have proposed a joint project to reduce CO2 emissions in the scrubbing of drinking water in Cambodia, the municipal government said.”
Natural gas / coal
Bad news for Big Coal: Oregon rejects proposed export terminal
Joel Connelly, Seattle pi
Oregon has rejected Ambre Energy’s plan for barging coal down the Columbia River to be exported to China, the fourth Northwest shipment terminal project to bite the dust.
Ukrainian Steel, Coal Producers Facing Shutdown as a Result of Conflict
Stuart Burns, MetalMiner
We have viewed the unfolding violence in eastern Ukraine on our TV screens as a humanitarian disaster in the making.
***LB:Also in this story “Around half of the 115 coalmines in Ukraine, Europe’s second-largest coal producer, had halted production entirely. Shelling of power stations and transmission lines has halted production at Avdiivka coke plant, which produces 40% of Ukraine’s coke.”
U.S. Second in Installed Wind Power But Growth Uncertain
Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit
The U.S. continues to be a world leader when it comes to installed wind power capacity, ranking second worldwide, despite modest growth in 2013.
***LB: Also in this story “U.S. installed wind power capacity met nearly 4.5 percent of total national electricity demand last year, and U.S. renewable energy electricity generation is poised to double again by 2020, according to two reports released August 18 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).”
Cameron defends latest proposed solar subsidy cuts
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
David Cameron has refused to meet with the UK’s solar power industry to address their concerns over plans to close the current subsidy scheme for large solar farms, in a move that has angered industry representatives.
Veolia seeks to turn rubbish dump into solar farm
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Waste management firm Veolia and REG Solarpower have teamed up in a bid to turn a disused quarry and landfill site in Essex into a giant solar farm.
Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts
Sophie Knight, Reuters
Japanese technology firms are applying their expertise in energy-saving and cloud technology to help farmers cope with shifting weather patterns, an onslaught of cheaper imports and a shrinking workforce.
***LB: Also in this story “Panasonic Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and others, seeking niche business opportunities to offset a downturn in demand for their consumer electronics, are touting automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields that ensure constant conditions to produce high-quality vegetables all year-round.”
Rep. Polis to join Fat Tire brewer to back EPA water rule
Timothy Cama, The Hill
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) will join the Colorado-based brewery behind Fat Tire to promote the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to redefine its jurisdiction over bodies of water.
***LB: Also in this story “Polis, New Belgium Brewing Co. and the American Sustainable Business Council will host an event Thursday in Fort Collins, Colo., to make the business case for the “waters of the United States” rule, proposed earlier this year to clarify the streams, lakes and ponds where EPA can enforce the Clean Water Act.”
Americas awaken to renewables option
Bloomberg Climate Spectator
Last week saw President Enrique Pena Nieto sign legislation to open formally Mexico’s state-controlled energy industry to private investment.
Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship between Humanity, Energy and the Natural World
Roman Kilisek, Breaking Energy
A new ‘Zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.