With limited supplies of key materials, the need to recycle old batteries becomes more important

Inayat Singh writes on the CBC News website about the importance of recycling old batteries as sources for lithium and cobalt become more concentrated in only a few countries. For example, 70 % of cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo alone.   Battery recycling could help make electric vehicle production more sustainable The … Continue reading With limited supplies of key materials, the need to recycle old batteries becomes more important

Ranking the 12 most effective measures that European cities have introduced in recent decade

Kimberly Nicholas, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University, in an article on The Conversation website, provides the results of latest research to provide evidence-based ways to reduce car use in cities.   12 best ways to get cars out of cities – ranked by new research Question: what do the following statistics have … Continue reading Ranking the 12 most effective measures that European cities have introduced in recent decade

Addressing how to achieve ‘net-zero’

A new report by Nick Eyre and Jan Rosenow reiterates that energy and carbon are different problems requiring different solutions. Lloyd Alter writes on the Treehugger website what their report means as we address ‘net-zero.’   Reinventing Energy Efficiency in a Net-Zero World For nigh on 50 years since the Arab oil embargo, energy security … Continue reading Addressing how to achieve ‘net-zero’

Vehicle-to-home charging is on its way

Seth Blumsack, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs at Penn State writes on The Conversation website about the possibilities of electric cars helping to power homes. Still, even with V2H, electric vehicles are a huge potential market for electric utilities.   Can my electric car power my house? Not yet for most … Continue reading Vehicle-to-home charging is on its way

The forgotten member of the clean energy family, geothermal, on verge of new opportunities

Bryant Jones, Ph.D. Candidate of Energy Policy at Boise State University and Michael McKibben, Research Professor of Geology at the University of California, Riverside write on The Conversation website that geothermal is on the verge of unlocking vast quantities of lithium from naturally occurring hot brines beneath places like in California.   How a few … Continue reading The forgotten member of the clean energy family, geothermal, on verge of new opportunities

Key principles to electric vehicle programmes that help low- and moderate-income customers install chargers at home

Sara Gersen and Ona Porter write on the Earth Justice website to give their views to help expand at-home charging for low- and moderate-income electric vehicle drivers. While they write about New Mexico, how useful are these principles in other jurisdictions? Would they work for you?   What the Electric Vehicle World Can Learn from … Continue reading Key principles to electric vehicle programmes that help low- and moderate-income customers install chargers at home

China has a robust set of climate and energy policies and a strong track record when it comes to fulfilling its pledges to the international community: it just needs to do more

When it comes to climate change, no nation is more important than China. A common misconception is that China either lacks climate policies or fails to implement them. When it comes to China’s approach to climate change, the problem is not lack of policy implementation but rather a lack of policy ambition.  Phillip Stalley, Endowed … Continue reading China has a robust set of climate and energy policies and a strong track record when it comes to fulfilling its pledges to the international community: it just needs to do more

The UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change advocates for an approach to passenger transport planning called “Avoid, Shift, Improve”

Although EVs certainly help address increasing transport emissions, simply focusing on replacing conventional cars with EVs is a missed opportunity for countries to develop alternative means of transport beyond car dependency. Vera O'Riordan, PhD Researcher in Marine and Renewable Energy at the University College Cork writes on The Conversation website about the need to develop … Continue reading The UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change advocates for an approach to passenger transport planning called “Avoid, Shift, Improve”

World’s first crewless, fully electric cargo ship to set sail

The world’s first fully autonomous and electric cargo ship will launch on its first commercial operation in Norway later this year, which if successful could transform the highly-polluting shipping industry. Lewin Day discusses latest developments in an article on the Hackaday website.   The World’s First Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship Is Due To Set Sail … Continue reading World’s first crewless, fully electric cargo ship to set sail

“Is there anything morally praiseworthy about driving an electric vehicle?”

It is good to look at our energy and climate transition from various angles. Matthew Scarfone, Postdoctoral Fellow and Moral Philosopher at the University of Toronto, writing on The Conversation website, makes the assumption that driving EVs is generally good for the environment, but that assumption doesn’t show that driving EVs is morally praiseworthy. What … Continue reading “Is there anything morally praiseworthy about driving an electric vehicle?”