Two Scottish distilleries are to reach net-zero emissions by the end of the year

This week’s St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland is the official national day. Undoubtedly, many will be raising a glass to celebrate.  Now they know that the industry is to become net-zero emissions. Harry Cockburn explains in an article in The Independent.   Scotch distilleries to become net-zero under Diageo sustainability plans Two Scottish distilleries are … Continue reading Two Scottish distilleries are to reach net-zero emissions by the end of the year

The shipping industry will be free to continue producing more emissions for the next decade

Countries from across the world have this week been debating how to address shipping’s enormous climate impact. On Tuesday, all but three countries agreed to an amendment to the rules that would allow shipping emissions to continue to soar in the short term. Daisy Dunne discusses developments in an article on the Independent website.   … Continue reading The shipping industry will be free to continue producing more emissions for the next decade

Frequent-flying “‘super emitters” caused half of aviation’s carbon emissions in 2018

We often read about the top 1% grouping in society and how they have the largest share of economic benefits. It was quite enlightening to read in The Guardian about how this 1% cause so much environmental damage. It will be interesting to see how international forums such as climate summits can address this.  Damian … Continue reading Frequent-flying “‘super emitters” caused half of aviation’s carbon emissions in 2018

Surprising green fuel alternative used in heat-intensive process in The Netherlands

One brewery in The Netherlands is the first to use iron as a feedstock at an industrial scale. Loz Blain explains in an article on the new atlas website.   World first: Dutch brewery burns iron as a clean, recyclable fuel Many industries use heat-intensive processes that generally require the burning of fossil fuels, but … Continue reading Surprising green fuel alternative used in heat-intensive process in The Netherlands

Explaining why there is so little innovation in reducing emissions from airlines

Roger Tyers, Teaching Associate in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham writes on The Conversation website to explain why innovations in the aviation sector are not being adopted at a significant scale.   How a 1940s treaty set airlines on a path to high emissions and low regulation Before the pandemic, aviation … Continue reading Explaining why there is so little innovation in reducing emissions from airlines

By shifting current policies and fundamental program designs, next-generation energy efficiency programmes can be a crucial tool for meeting deep carbon-reduction goals

Val Jensen writes on the Greentech media website about the need to revamp energy efficiency programmes to meet long-term energy and climate objectives. While he speaks about the United States, there are no doubt lessons for all of us.   Revamped Energy Efficiency Programs Are the Key to Deep Carbon Reductions Across the U.S., governments … Continue reading By shifting current policies and fundamental program designs, next-generation energy efficiency programmes can be a crucial tool for meeting deep carbon-reduction goals

Sustainable spirits: an experimental distillery in Scotland has created a sustainable vodka

Arbikie Distillery, in Arbroath, Angus, bills its pea-based Nàdar vodka as a ‘climate-positive spirit. Katie Grant explains in an article on the inews website.   Scottish distillery unveils 'climate-positive' vodka made from peas An experimental distillery has created a sustainable vodka that it claims saves more than 1.5kg of carbon dioxide emissions per bottle by … Continue reading Sustainable spirits: an experimental distillery in Scotland has created a sustainable vodka

Trend toward SUVs making it harder to meet climate change targets

This trend towards larger vehicles is happening throughout Europe. Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) accounted for 42 per cent of car sales in 2019 in the UK – up from 23 per cent in 2015 and 10 per cent in 2010. While there is an impact on energy consumption and emissions, there is also an impact … Continue reading Trend toward SUVs making it harder to meet climate change targets

California taking major steps to curb emissions from trucks

California recently adopted a landmark rule requiring more than half of all trucks sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2035. Hiroko Tabuchi discusses latest developments on the New York Times website.   New Rule in California Will Require Zero-Emissions Trucks Rebuffing strong opposition from industry, California on June 25th adopted a landmark rule … Continue reading California taking major steps to curb emissions from trucks

New EEA briefing on CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in 2019

According to provisional data, published this week by the European Environment Agency (EEA), average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom (UK), increased in 2019, for the third consecutive year. The average CO2 emissions from new vans also increased slightly. Zero- and … Continue reading New EEA briefing on CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in 2019