Monday, December 5, 2022

Groundbreaking begins on new CO2 direct air capture facility

Swiss firm Climeworks says work has begun on the construction of its newest and largest carbon dioxide direct air capture and storage plant -...
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Comment: Clearer direction needed to hit net zero in construction

Simon Richards writes about how the construction industry is taking the lead ahead of the Government when it comes to setting targets to achieve...

Data driven methods to boost microalgae production and CO2 capture

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a two-year research project involving the University of Jyväskylä, Neste and seven Finnish SMEs, jointly addressing...

Government U-turn on promise to reform farming post-Brexit

New farming policy stripped of ambition to aid nature recovery, says conservation group The Government has broken its promise to reform farming post-Brexit. In its...

Including non-CO2 emissions shortens timeline to reach 1.5°C

Countries around the world pledged in the Paris Agreement to limit warming to 1.5°C, or, at most, 2°C. As emissions rates gradually begin to...

New ADEPT president launches climate change policy position

Mark Kemp, the new President of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT), has launched the group's new Climate Change...

Half of UK councils not confident of meeting self-imposed net zero targets, survey finds

Senior figures in local government doubt their authorities are on track to meet net zero targets, a new survey by E.ON and the Local...

Academic collaboration boosts SME efforts to reach net zero

Twenty-two companies have so far collaborated with Lancaster University as part of the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI), a business support programme which aims to...

Silly numbers: The hopes and fears of climate intervention (book review)

"It would be very difficult, but it could be done" is maybe the most exuberant appraisal to derive from Wake Smith's detailed analysis of the climate intervention landscape as it currently appears. Pandora's Toolbox: The Hopes and Hazards of Climate Intervention explores geoengineering and carbon removal options varying across a spectrum of feasibility and cost.

Aligning digital and physical sustainability

How can firms appraise and improve their digital carbon footprint, including their internet presence, asks Amy Czuba of Nexer Digital, a firm that supports...

Global warming is projected to exceed 1.8°C, according to McKinsey report

The energy transition continues to gain steam, with oil demand projected to peak in this decade, perhaps as soon as 2025, according to new...

AI and Blockchain start-up brought into major Scottish infrastructure framework

A six-year Framework with Morrison Construction and Scottish Water has been awarded to Hypervine, a cleantech construction startup that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and...
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2020 SEPA data shows impact of COVID-19 on Scottish emissions

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published its Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI) data for 2020 following a cyber-attack in December 2020. ...

$650 million investment is the biggest so far in direct air capture

Swiss direct air capture (DAC) start-up firm Climeworks announced on 5 April that it has signed an equity round of $650 million (CHF...

Camera-based study reveals methane leaks far worse than expected in New Mexico region

The amount of methane leaking from a huge US oil- and gas-producing region is several times greater than federal government estimates, according to...

Rush to clean energy prompts demand for ammonia analysers

The global stampede to develop clean energy sources has prompted a demand for ammonia analysers from the developers of engines that will be capable...

Government awards £30m to cutting-edge highway decarbonisation projects

Cutting-edge, innovative ideas to decarbonise the UK’s highways are to benefit from tens of millions of pounds in Government funding. The £30...

New analysis to measure carbon emissions of transporting district heating and plumbing pipework

With decarbonisation legislation continuing to tighten in the UK, a polymer specialist has carried out a CO2 emissions analysis for contractors to measure emissions...

Planning to fail: net zero is impossible without urgent changes to planning policy, says...

Reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is impossible without urgent changes to national planning policy, analysis by CPRE, the countryside charity, appears to...

Methane over Poland’s coal mines: Satellite analysis from ESA

According to the European Commission and the European Environment Agency, the top 10 largest methane emitting coal mines in Europe are in Poland. Collectively,...