Ongoing energy crisis fuels strong 2022 for climate tech companies

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Climate tech startups had a strong start to the year and could draw sustained interest as the ongoing energy crisis spurs investment in green technologies including liquefied natural gas, nuclear energy, and solar, wind and hydrogen power.

So far this year, global climate tech startups have raised $13.7 billion in VC investment across 369 deals, according to PitchBook data.

The federal government is planning to phase out single-use plastics at national parks

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The U.S. Interior Department, which helps oversee the country’s national parks, says it is planning to phase out single-use plastics on its land and facilities by 2032.

The agency would be tasked with finding alternative materials to disposable plastics, such as cutlery, bags, cups, bottles, straws and food containers, it announced Tuesday in honor of World Ocean Day.

Suggested alternatives include paper, bioplastics, composite, reusable cloth, glass, aluminum, stainless steel, or any other compostable or recyclable materials.

Questions facing the lithium-ion battery future

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Advanced batteries are the storage system favored by utilities and microgrids. The electric future — including expected dramatic growth in EV adoption — is close. Or is it? This was the big question asked during an April 22 webinar hosted by the US Energy Association.

University Of California System joins national diversity initiative for STEMM fields

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The University of California (UC) will be the first university system to join SEA Change, an initiative of the the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) designed to help colleges and universities improve their record of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM).

Innovation drives sustainability success at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee plant

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Innovation is at the core of virtually every initiative at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. This includes a host of activities designed to allow the leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components, to realize its corporate vision of creating a sustainable automotive society.

Among key initiatives at DENSO’s Maryville, Tennessee, facility is the use of an innovative ice-storage system engineered to provide environmentally friendly comfort cooling to employees at the company’s main production facility. The system also allows Plant 101 to reduce cooling costs per ton by 44%, while providing a payback of less than four years. It also resulted in an annual carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction of 18,000 tons.

A circular model

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

DS Smith employs its circular approach to recycling and packaging production as a model for future North American growth.

Collaborating on zero energy homes could help meet utility climate goals and grow affordable housing

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Whether driven by new data on the severity of climate change, a growing ESG movement, or regulatory requirements to meet energy reduction targets, utilities nationwide are seeking proven program approaches to help them meet their goals. At the same time, inflationary pressures and low housing stock have underscored the critical need for affordable housing across the country.

Over the past five years, VEIC, the clean energy nonprofit I lead, has developed a way to meet both goals through Zero Energy Modular, or ZEM, homes. We’ve proven this model in four states, showing that this approach can transform low-income housing, make progress toward climate goals, and spur economic development — if partners work collaboratively to achieve economies of scale. 

Too many used books? Want to help literacy efforts? Here’s what to do.

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For those with a pile of books to get rid of and a desire to make sure those books are having a positive social and environmental impact, here’s what to do.

Schools introduce carbon labeling to reduce emissions from dining halls

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This fall, over 300 colleges and universities will introduce carbon labeling to their dining halls, indicating which recipes have lower relative social and environmental impacts based on eight factors such as GHG emissions, water usage, land use, soil biodiversity, and labor conditions. Chartwells, in partnership with HowGood, will introduce this labeling at campuses across the country.

Four industrial emissions clusters partner to speed carbon emission reductions

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Four large industrial emissions centers or “clusters,” involving oil and gas extraction and processing, shipping, heavy-duty transportation, and chemicals, are working together with the World Economic Forum to reduce their carbon emissions faster through the “Transitioning Industrial Clusters towards Net Zero” initiative. The World Economic Forum is collaborating with Accenture and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for this.