What’s driving the increasing use of microgrids in manufacturing?

Read the full story at Microgrid Knowledge.

More manufacturing companies are gaining interest in deploying microgrids to help them operate through power outages and serve as community stewards.

This is why countries should be joining international carbon market ‘clubs’

Read the full story from the World Economic Forum.

Some experts believe that countries should strike bilateral deals and form coalitions to trade carbon credits in an international carbon market ‘club’.

China’s emissions trading system was launched in July 2021, which is set to be the largest carbon market in the world.

Carbon markets will be a key point of discussion at the international climate conference COP26, to help solve the climate crisis.

Launch of the Washington Materials Marketplace

Read the full story from the US Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The City of Tacoma, Seattle Good Business Network, and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development today announced the launch of a new program that allows for circular reuse of products and materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. Through the Washington Materials Marketplace, traditional and non-traditional waste streams are matched with new reuse and recycling opportunities that result in landfill diversion, carbon reduction, cost savings, energy savings, and new job opportunities. This platform will aid both public and private sectors in reaching our region’s climate action and equity goals.

The 7 R’s of integrating tribal and Indigenous partnerships into aquaculture literacy

Read the full story from NOAA.

Aquaculture, the fastest growing form of agriculture in the world, has the potential to create jobs, support resilient working waterfronts and coastal communities, and sustainably produce healthy food. As U.S. aquaculture grows, aquaculture resource managers and their partners have the opportunity to shape a community that is diverse, inclusive, and accessible. Integrating perspectives from tribal and Indigenous groups who have important histories and expertise with aquaculture is a critical step of this process.

California takes a first-of-its-kind step on building decarbonization

Read the full story from Smart Cities Dive.

The California Energy Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to adopt changes to the state building energy efficiency standards that in part heavily encourage the use of electric heat pumps over gas alternatives. The state updates the code every three years. If later approved by the California Building Standards Commission, the changes will apply to all newly built or renovated residential and nonresidential structures beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

The vote follows building decarbonization action in dozens of California cities — including BerkeleySan Francisco, San Jose and Oakland — some of which have taken even more clear-cut steps to prohibit natural gas infrastructure in certain new buildings and make electric appliances standard.

The updated code also has provisions for adding solar power and battery storage features to many new structures and establishes “electric-ready” requirements for homes. According to estimates the commission shared, over a 30-year span the revamped code would provide a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction equivalent to taking 2.2 million cars off the road for a year.

Construction industry considers its role in avoiding PFAS

Read the full story at Engineering News-Record.

While awareness and regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has been on the rise, the focus has often been on their presence in firefighting foams and water-, grease- and stain-resistant products like Teflon. But the chemicals also are found in a wide variety of building materials, and the construction industry could have a significant role in limiting their use.

How academics are getting to grips with corporate greenwashing

Read the full story in The Irish Times.

The Greenwatch Project, which launched last year, is developing artificial intelligence-based methods to detect greenwashing, in order to improve the measurement of progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Procter & Gamble and Eastman form partnership with focus on molecular recycling tech

Read the full story at Packaging Europe.

Eastman has entered into an agreement with Procter & Gamble to supply it with materials made from waste plastic that the companies say would otherwise end up in landfills.

How manufacturers and waste management companies can achieve a circular economy

Read the full commentary at Waste360.

Through the efficient design of materials, types of products created and new attitudes towards business models, we can create a circular economy which allows for a restorative and regenerative life cycle of materials. The circular model shifts towards the use of renewable energy while eliminating the use of toxic chemicals and replaces the end-of-life concept with restoration and its end goal of eliminating plastic waste.

Five trends in green finance

Read the full story in the Irish Times.

To adequately respond to an issue such as climate change it is crucial to monitor the authenticity of green claims made by organisations.