Green hydrogen seen as way forward for Scotland’s whisky distilleries

The aim is for green hydrogen to be produced using energy generated by onshore and offshore wind farms. The fuel could be used in industrial processes, such as heating stills for whisky distilleries, or plant operations in the port. Greig Cameron discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Whisky goes green … Continue reading Green hydrogen seen as way forward for Scotland’s whisky distilleries

Manufacturers fight to source the exotic materials needed to produce batteries for electric vehicles

Shortage of key materials and rising demand for batteries prompt urgent calls for action to avoid supply issues. Alan Tovey discusses the issues in an article on The Telegraph website.   Electric car rush drives rare earths arms race Car companies’ rush to go all-electric is likely to drive an arms race between manufacturers as … Continue reading Manufacturers fight to source the exotic materials needed to produce batteries for electric vehicles

Shareholders calling for business to take climate change more seriously

Simon Jessop, Matthew Green and Ross Kerber write on the Reuters website that investors are pushing companies to accelerate their actions on climate change. This is a good, detailed article that should be read.   Show us the plan: Investors push companies to come clean on climate In the past, shareholder votes on the environment … Continue reading Shareholders calling for business to take climate change more seriously

Recent study shows energy-intensive industries failing to meet long-term Paris climate objectives

Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, Lukas Scheid reports on the … Continue reading Recent study shows energy-intensive industries failing to meet long-term Paris climate objectives

New EEA briefing on ensuring that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health

The recent European Union chemicals strategy for sustainability aims to ensure that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published earlier this month, describes key approaches to make chemicals and products safe and sustainable by design, before they enter the market.   … Continue reading New EEA briefing on ensuring that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health

Britain comes up with its own emissions trading scheme

On January 1st, EiD had a post about Britain, Brexit and ETS and where everything was heading. Now Andrew Warren, Chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation writes in February issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry about Britain’s own emissions trading scheme. Although the UK has set its own scheme, it is likely that, … Continue reading Britain comes up with its own emissions trading scheme

Climate change: the need for more diversity in boardrooms

Despite improvements in gender equality, numbers are still lagging. The link between gender diversity and carbon footprint may not be obvious. Of five groups of businesses, the least diverse were twice as likely to fail to disclose the bare minimum of GHG data as the most diverse. A 2019 Credit Suisse study found that companies … Continue reading Climate change: the need for more diversity in boardrooms

Scotland’s “water of life” – its whisky industry – is turning green

The Scotch whisky industry is investigating innovations including hydrogen-powered distilleries to move more quickly towards becoming carbon neutral. Greig Cameron discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Whisky industry goes green with 2040 target for carbon neutrality Scotland’s water of life is turning green. The whisky industry is investigating innovations including … Continue reading Scotland’s “water of life” – its whisky industry – is turning green

Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”

Jacqui Goddard writes on The Times website about an interesting experiment that saw 12 bottles of red wine and 320 stems of merlot and cabernet sauvignon vines spend over a year on the International Space Station for a study that aims to adapt Earth’s agriculture to the challenges of climate change.   Wine aged in … Continue reading Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”

EEA data on energy input and emissions for large combustion plants

This dataset from the European Environment Agency contains the location and administrative data for the largest industrial complexes in Europe, releases and transfers of regulated substances to all media, waste transfers as well as more detailed data on energy input and emissions for large combustion plants. These data are reported to EEA under Industrial Emissions … Continue reading EEA data on energy input and emissions for large combustion plants