Germany’s energy transition: government reacts to pressure from climate activists and chastened by its highest court

The proposed 2030 climate change targets for Germany are a "gigantic" task that will push the export-reliant economy to hasten its phase-out of coal-fired power plants and cars that run on fossil fuels. Ajit Niranjan discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Germany's more ambitious climate goals pressure industry to … Continue reading Germany’s energy transition: government reacts to pressure from climate activists and chastened by its highest court

The environmental impact of jeans and what can be done to improve sustainability

Jeans are a fashion staple but also an environmental headache. To resolve this dilemma, the industry has become a melting pot of solutions. Thomas Gordon-Martin discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Cleaning denim's reputation, one pair of jeans at a time Every time you buy a new pair of jeans, it's like turning … Continue reading The environmental impact of jeans and what can be done to improve sustainability

China is erecting factories for electric cars almost as fast as the rest of the world combined

Fueled with money from Wall Street and local officials, automakers plan to build eight million electric cars a year in China, more than Europe and North America combined. Keith Bradsher discusses latest developments in an article on the New  York Times website.   As Cars Go Electric, China Builds a Big Lead in Factories Xpeng … Continue reading China is erecting factories for electric cars almost as fast as the rest of the world combined

European Commission updates its EU industrial strategy

This week the European Commission updated the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy. It shows support for industrial sectors that are strategic to the European … Continue reading European Commission updates its EU industrial strategy

Sustainability criteria making it challenging for consumers and investors to make fully informed decisions

Rumina Dhalla and Felix Arndt from the University of Guelph in Canada write on The Conversation website about the confusion over what makes a company sustainable.   Sustainability rankings don't always identify sustainable companies British American Tobacco (famous for cigarettes), Coca-Cola (world-renowned for its sugary soft drinks) and Glencore (a British/Swiss mining company) were recently … Continue reading Sustainability criteria making it challenging for consumers and investors to make fully informed decisions

Too many companies may be relying on offsetting their emissions through carbon credits rather than cutting their own

Emily Gosden writes on The Times website about a recent study that shows most businesses need to go further to improve the credibility of their targets and their plans for meeting them to avoid accusations of “greenwashing”. Out of the 2,000 largest publicly traded companies by sales, 417 have set net zero goals, the report … Continue reading Too many companies may be relying on offsetting their emissions through carbon credits rather than cutting their own

Guaranteeing that the future of steelmaking will be low-carbon requires action now

Our carbon neutral energy transition requires a lot of effort and imagination and there are many challenges in energy-intensive industries. Stephen Carr, Lecturer in Energy Physics, from the University of South Wales provides his views on how to eliminate emissions in steelmaking in an article on The Conversation website.   Steel is vital to the … Continue reading Guaranteeing that the future of steelmaking will be low-carbon requires action now

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