DOE takes step to advance Defense Production Act use for clean energy

Read the full story at The Hill.

The Biden administration is taking another step toward advancing the use of the Defense Production Act to bolster clean energy. 

In June, President Biden authorized the Energy Department to invoke the Defense Production Act to speed up the production of solar, electric grid, heat pump and other technologies. 

Now, the Energy Department is taking an initial step to set that in motion. 

That step entailed releasing a formal Request for Information, asking the public how the law can best be used, according to a press release that was first shared with The Hill. 

Webinar: Siloed or Central? How to Activate Entire Organizations on Sustainability Goals

Oct 11, 2022, noon-1 pm CT
Register here.

Over the past few years, sustainability and ESG functions have evolved from siloed departments to core functions that are integrated across all aspects of a business. Success requires making sustainability part of everyone’s job. That is why it’s so important to educate and empower employees to bring their company’s purpose and commitments to life – and inspire others in the broader stakeholder community to join them in driving meaningful progress.

What does it take? Join MetLife for a one-hour webcast to explore how the 154-year-old financial services company is embedding sustainability into its business priorities, policies and products across 40+ global markets to meet evolving needs and achieve ambitious goals.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • Strategies for engaging and empowering teams to achieve meaningful progress on sustainability commitments
  • Benefits of tailoring global goals to department and regional levels, including broader ownership and new learning opportunities
  • How to tap natural interests and collaborate cross-functionally to leverage diverse perspectives and approaches

Moderator

  • Joel Makower, Co-Founder & Chairman, GreenBiz Group

Speakers

  • Jon Richter, Chief Sustainability Officer, MetLife
  • Calvin Loke, Director, HR, Chief of Staff Office, MetLife
  • Tia Hodges, Head of Corporate Giving & Employee Volunteerism, MetLife

If you can’t tune in live, please register and GreenBiz will email you a link to access the webcast recording and resources, available to you on-demand after the live webcast.

Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation

Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA) integrates information from across the federal government to help people consider their local exposure to climate-related hazards. View climate-related hazards in real time and use information on past, present, and future conditions to understand exposure in your area in order to plan and build more resilient community infrastructure.

People working in community organizations or for local, Tribal, state, or Federal governments can use the site to help them develop equitable climate resilience plans to protect people, property, and infrastructure. The site also points users to Federal grant funds for climate resilience projects, including those available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Ohio county looks to microgrids to attract and retain business by boosting resilience

Read the full story at Energy News Network.

Cuyahoga County plans to use microgrids to bolster climate change resilience and overall reliability for key manufacturing and industrial operations in the Greater Cleveland area. The work furthers the county’s goals of adding clean energy and promoting economic development.

Inside the energy transition to renewables

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The U.S. energy sector is undergoing a fundamental transition to a cleaner and more distributed future. Increasingly favorable economics, corporate commitments, and state and federal actions, like the enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act, are all spurring the deployment of renewable energy resources.

Included in this trendline

  • What inflation – and the Inflation Reduction Act – mean for the clean energy sector
  • Wind, solar additions slowed in H1 but are expected to jump in next three years: FERC
  • Why the energy transition broke the U.S. interconnection system

Minneapolis is the latest US city to demand emissions-free shipping

Read the full story from Grist.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, became the third U.S. city to endorse a carbon neutrality goal for shipping last week, joining the California cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach in unanimously passing a so-called “Ship It Zero” resolution.

Existing Building Decarbonization Code

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The Existing Building Decarbonization Code is a new way for jurisdictions to reduce carbon emissions and meet Climate Action Plan and public health and equity goals. The need to address existing building stock is great, with 5.9 million existing commercial buildings in the U.S. comprising 97 billion square feet. New construction represents less than 2% of building activity in any given year, leaving a vast amount of outdated technologies in current building stock. NBI’s release of the Building Decarbonization Code provided the first off-the-shelf solution–as an overlay to the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)–for jurisdictions to transform energy codes into decarbonization codes for new buildings. Expanding where that document left off, the Existing Building Decarbonization Code complements the original adding provisions specifically for existing buildings. The new model language covers both residential and commercial buildings including all-electric and mix-fuel energy use pathways.

Study: Methane emissions may be five times higher than previously thought

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Global emissions of methane from existing gas infrastructure may be up to five times higher than had been believed, a new study has found.

Existing measures to burn off the powerful greenhouse gas — which is dozens of times more potent than carbon dioxide — allow far more to slip by than had been believed, according to the paper published on Thursday in Science.

States look to help tenants pay for air conditioning as climate warms

Read the full story at Stateline.

Some states where air conditioning used to be a luxury that was needed only a few days a year are now looking at ways to help people stay cool in the increasingly hot summers.

Walmart allocates over $1 billion to renewable energy, sustainable buildings, circular economy

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Walmart announced the release of its first Green Bond Impact Report, indicating that the company has allocated $1.1 billion in green bond proceeds, with top investment areas including renewable energy, sustainable buildings, and waste reduction and circular economy initiatives.