In today’s edition, initiatives taken by private businesses for sustainable growth: Sainsbury powers its first store with food waste only, data center operators such as eBay, HP and Facebook increase the share of low-carbon power supply for their operations.
Quote of the day
“We send absolutely no waste to landfill.”
Paul Crewe, head of sustainability at Sainsbury’s, in theguardian.com’s story Sainsbury’s store to be powered solely by food waste
Margareta Wahlstrom: how to deliver a UN climate deal
Sophie Yeo, RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
If this sounds like an unlikely concept, it’s because the deal in question is not the long-awaited, hotly debated Paris treaty, being overseen by Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres.
How Salesforce, eBay and HP got smart on low-carbon power sourcing
Ryan Schuchard, GreenBiz
Between 2005 and 2010, electricity used by data centers worldwide increased by about 56 percent, and now represents about 1 percent to 1.5 percent of global electricity use.
***LB: Also in this story “They are working on two fronts: developing technology partnerships and putting new renewable energy projects in the ground, and working with policymakers to ensure that they can source low-carbon power on a large scale.”
South Korea’s Doosan buys U.S. fuel cell maker ClearEdge for $32.4 million
Doosan Co Ltd said on Monday it will acquire the assets and operating debt of U.S.-based ClearEdge Power, a fuel cell manufacturer for buildings, for $32.4 million.
Sainsbury’s store to be powered solely by food waste
Rebecca Smithers, theguardian.com
A Sainsbury’s store in the West Midlands will be the first retail outlet in the UK to come off the National Grid and be powered by food waste alone in a groundbreaking project being unveiled on Monday.
Foreign investment in UK green energy climbs
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Foreign investors placed their money in 61 British renewable energy projects last year, confirming the sector as one of the most attractive industries for overseas investment, a new government report has shown.
Germany tops global energy efficiency league table
It may not command the same level of celebration as its football World Cup victory, but Germany was last week named the most energy-efficient country in the world as part a major new report.
German development bank issues 1.5bn euros green bond
Megan Darby, RTCC (Response to Climate Change)
The 5-year bond, which pays out 0.375% interest, was oversubscribed. Investors ordered 2.65 billion euros worth “within a short period of time”.
Whirlpool Wants Congress to Ban Class-Action Suits Tied to Energy Star Program
Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times
After government testing showed that scores of consumer products carrying the Energy Star label did not deserve the listing, a wave of class-action lawsuits was filed against the companies that manufacture the products.
***LB: Also in this story “One company that built refrigerators, LG, disconnected the ice maker during the efficiency tests. It was caught by Consumer Reports magazine.”
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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
Sainsbury’s announces pioneering £200m ‘green’ loan to fund low-carbon investment drive
James Murray, BusinessGreen
Sainsbury’s has today announced that it has agreed a dedicated £200m green loan to help finance its wide-ranging sustainability programmes, hailing the commercial loan as a potentially significant breakthrough for corporate emission-reduction initiatives.
Drought hinders state’s emissions goals
David R. Baker, SFGate
No state has done more than California to fight global warming. But a deepening drought could make that battle more difficult and more expensive.
CO2 emissions have reached historic levels as temperatures and sea levels continue to climb, say the world’s top climate scientists
Snejana Farberov, Mail Online
For climate change activists, this week was marked by an ‘I-told-you-so’ moment after a group of experts from around the world released their annual report indicating that the Earth is getting warmer.
Natural gas / coal
China Will Make India’s Coal Habit Even Worse
Reuben Brewer, The Motley Fool
China has an insatiable appetite for power. So far, coal has been the main fuel used to sate the country’s demand.
India Doubles Tax On Coal To Fund Clean Energy, Environmental Projects
Smiti Mittal, Clean Technica
22,000 MW solar power capacity by 2022, a dedicated national-level program for promoting wind energy generation, implementation of the world’s largest solar power projects (with capacity of up to 4,000 MW), covering canals with solar panels, implementing dedicated transmission corridors for distributing electricity from renewable energy projects, and cleaning one of the largest rivers in India.
(Column) Britain should privatise onshore oil and gas deposits
John Kemp, Reuters
Oil and gas taxation has become a major source of conflict between producers and Britain’s tax authorities.
New McConnell ad hits Obama, Grimes on coal
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed President Obama for his “war on coal” in a new ad Friday.
***LB: Also in this story “The 60-second ad buy features coal industry representatives and miners that warn of the “devastation” they say Obama’s climate agenda will unleash on Kentucky.”
Himalayan geothermal potential untapped
Sci Dev Net
Thousands of megawatts of geothermal energy remain locked up in the Himalayas because of environmental considerations and lack of investment in research, say international geologists.
Poland’s richest man creates top Polish private utility
Poland’s richest man Jan Kulczyk will combine his Polish energy assets under PEP to forge the country’s largest private utility, the group said.
Former solar giant Suntech rises from the ashes
Peter Hannam, The Sydney Morning Herald
Australian-trained Shi Zhengrong rode to fleeting financial glory when his solar photovoltaic (PV) firm Suntech Power soared after listing on the New York Stock Exchange, valuing his stake at more than $3 billion in late 2007.
Golf TDI, Fiesta SFE break 50 m.p.g. barrier with ease
Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press
Fifty miles a gallon. It was an unattainable goal for years, but two new small cars pave the road for many vehicles to hit that magic number.
In Modi’s India, waterways are a geopolitical issue
Anjana Ahuja, Financial Times
Narendra Modi is not noted for building bridges.
Troubled waters: the Mekong River crisis
Pilita Clark, Financial Times
Den Kroolong got the jolting news in a 6am phone call at his home in northern Thailand one day in December last year.
Guam Water Agency Plans Sale of Market-Beating Debt
Elizabeth Campbell, Bloomberg
Guam’s water agency is selling as much as $90 million of bonds this week as debt from the U.S. island territory beats the municipal market by the most since at least 2001.
India’s monsoon rains disappoint
A weak monsoon in India has raised concerns of the first drought in five years in a country where nearly half of all farmland lacks irrigation.
To End California’s Drought, More Than 1 Foot of Rain Needs to Fall in a Month
John Metcalfe, The Atlantic/City Lab
Every so often there comes an image that really brings home the West’s damnable dryness.
California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers
Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica
California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.
He’s explaining, and he’s losing
Benjamin Zycher, The Hill
“He” is Tom Steyer, fossil-fuel billionaire past and present, but now a global-warming activist with the zealotry of a convert, a major funder of politicians promoting the climate-change industry, and a scourge of climate deniers, the Keystone XL pipeline and ordinary people for whom inexpensive energy is a central condition for economic advancement.
Amy Westervelt, Climate Confidential
A woman peers through goggles embedded in a large black helmet. Forest sounds emanate from various corners of the room: a bird chirping here, a breeze whispering there.
***LB: Also in this story “Augmented and virtual reality games focused on the environment are increasingly making their way into schools. The latest work with virtual reality builds upon roughly half a century of behavioral studies that indicate humans’ willingness to shift behavior is directly correlated to our sense of control.”