Treasury issues further guidance for IRA’s $10B tax credit incentivizing clean energy manufacturing

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The Treasury Department and Department of Energy announced new guidance Wednesday for a 30% tax credit available under the Internal Revenue Code’s section 48C for the construction of facilities that focus on clean energy manufacturing and recycling, industrial decarbonization and critical minerals processing.

The 48C credit and related credit 45X are “very substantial,” Moss Adams partner and certified public accountant Peter Henderson said in an interview, but “a lot of companies just aren’t aware” of the two incentives.

While 48C is a competitive investment tax credit that can only be claimed once, with total payouts capped at $10 billion, the 45X manufacturing production tax credit is not capped and can be claimed per each unit — for instance, a $3 credit per kilogram of solar-grade polysilicon produced in the U.S.

The US doesn’t have a law mandating EV battery recycling. Should it?

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Recycling batteries could reduce the need to mine critical minerals – but only if the packs are properly recovered.

Frito-Lay, Quaker open Greenhouse Learning Center

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Frito-Lay and Quaker have opened a Greenhouse Learning Center that will field test, measure, and analyze compostable packaging with the goal accelerating the rate of innovation. The R&D packaging team will use the center to test the biodegradation properties of compostable packages in different environments to validate lab results through simultaneous, real-time experiments as packaging formulations are improved.

Diageo drones increase farming efficiency, environmental benefits

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Drones are being employed in tequila farming to accumulate data on agave plants to make better farming decisions and reduce water and fertilizer use, while cutting carbon emissions.

Half of Chicago neighborhoods lack electric vehicle chargers for public use

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Building a robust network of chargers to make EV ownership feasible, whether you live in a rural town or a big city like Chicago, is proving difficult.

Mars completes $2.5bn sustainability bond offering

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Mars Incorporated has completed a $2.5 billion bond offering as part of its efforts to tackle global environmental issues.

The bond offering consists of a new $500 million sustainability bond that will fund projects for its ‘Sustainable in a Generation Plan’ (SiGP).

Why General Mills is embarking on a farmer-driven regenerative agriculture strategy

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While the term “regenerative agriculture” has become a central tenet of Big Food’s goal to lower its carbon footprint, to some critics, it lacks a universal definition that has opened it up to skepticism.

But General Mills says its use of the term is less about setting hard and fast rules and more about listening to the farmers who are familiar with their land.

The cereal and snacks giant — which in 2020 set a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030 — launched its annual sustainability report this week where it called regenerative agriculture the “most promising solution to reach our climate goals.” The term is defined by General Mills as a farming approach that captures atmospheric carbon in order to sequester it.

12 beauty brands that upcycle food waste into sustainable skincare options

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There is a lot more food waste than you might think: A 2011 report for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) stated that approximately one-third, or around 1.3 billion tonnes, of food production worldwide ends up as waste. Brands that upcycle food waste help to decrease the carbon footprint and land and water usage associated with the growth, harvest, manufacture, and shipping of agricultural ingredients. We’ve found 12 skincare brands that use upcycled food waste ingredients and will fit into your sustainable beauty practice, alongside those refillable beauty products.

Bee certification program enhances sustainable agriculture with 3rd-party verification

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The Pollinator Partnership is expanding its bee certification program by adding a third-party verification option designed to encourage farmers and growers to create safe habitats for bees and other essential pollinators, which will improve sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

The program is being offered in collaboration with Where Food Comes From. Silk Canada, a product from Danone, and KIND Snacks have taken a step toward sustainable almond production by beta-testing a portion of their almond volume under the Bee Friendly Farming Certified third-party verified program. Two almond suppliers in California – Harris Woolf Almonds and Treehouse Almonds – are also participating in the beta test of the program.

Colorado frackers doubled freshwater use during megadrought, even as drilling and oil production fell

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Oil and gas operators dramatically increased their reliance on high-quality water for fracking even though they produced enough wastewater to supply the operations.