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WEF at Davos: Thunberg calls for end of fossil fuels while Trump promotes them

The 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos launched its annual meeting today with an agenda focused heavily on climate change. This year’s theme is, “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.”

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Hawaii’s solar capacity grew by 21% in 2019, its largest-ever annual increase.
  • The 50th World Economic Forum launches with conflicting messages from Trump and Thunberg.
  • Enevate announces an extreme fast-charging lithium-ion battery.

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January 20

Cleantech Group, which supports the development and marketability of clean technologies, has released its annual report, “Global Cleantech 100: Leading Companies and Themes in Sustainable Innovation.”

The report highlights the top 100 private cleantech companies expected to make the most significant market impact over the next five to 10 years.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Qatar to build an 800 MW solar farm with Total and Marubeni.
  • A Tokyo University of Science team are developing potassium-driven rechargeable batteries.
  • Cleantech Group announces its Global Cleantech 100, the companies most likely to make an impact.

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January 18

  • Two islands in an Indonesian Unesco world biosphere reserve have disappeared due to rising seas.
  • Microsoft announces it will be carbon negative by 2030.
  • Australian firefighters saved the world’s last remaining “dinosaur trees” from the bushfires.
  • And more…

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January 17

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • GM names chief sustainability officer to lead carbon-neutral efforts.
  • Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban describes his new climate policy as “Christian Democratic.”
  • Richmond, California, a key export route to Asia, bans the shipping of coal from its port.

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January 16

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Natural gas growth is predicted to slow in 2020 while green energy is predicted to grow.
  • Investment giant BlackRock pulls out of financing thermal coal.
  • Indonesia is to get its first floating solar plant.

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BlackRock, world’s largest investment manager, drops thermal coal

BlackRock, the world’s largest investment manager, announced that it will no longer invest in thermal coal. It also said it will drop company directors who fail to act on financial risks from climate change.

January 15

Tesla independent director James Murdoch, the son of News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch, has publicly criticized his father’s media outlets, including Fox News and News Corp, for promoting climate-crisis denialism.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority launches 33 diesel buses with solar panel systems.
  • The European Commission has budgeted €1 trillion for European Green Deal.
  • A new $5 million cleantech impact fund — LACI — launches in Los Angeles.

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January 14

European Commission budgets €1 trillion for European Green Deal

The European Commission announced today that it will be budgeting at least €1 trillion of investment over the next 10 years to make Europe carbon neutral.

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • IBM tests batteries made with seawater components — and they look promising.
  • Ocean temperatures hit a record high in 2019 — and finance is going to alter due to climate change.
  • Scientists at a Scottish university have developed the world’s first recycled brick.

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Scotland scientists invent groundbreaking low-emissions, recycled building brick

Scientists at Heriot Watt University in Scotland have developed the world’s first building brick that’s made from 90% recycled construction and demolition waste.

The K-Briq uses less than one-tenth of the energy in its manufacture, creates one-tenth of CO2 emissions of a traditional fired brick, and can be made in any color.

January 13

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev is going to be powered by 100% solar.
  • London mayor Sadiq Khan has formally launched London Power, a new green energy company.
  • Construction starts on what will be the Netherlands’ largest offshore wind farm.

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London’s mayor launches City Hall-owned green energy company

London mayor Sadiq Khan has today formally launched London Power, which is owned by City Hall. It will provide 100% green energy to its customers.

London Power is powered by Octopus Energy, the only “Which? Approved” energy supplier in the UK.

January 11

  • Greta Thunberg and 20 other young activists are calling on world leaders to abandon fossil fuels.
  • London has installed three awesome “City Trees,” which are moss towers that eat pollution.
  • This tiny house is not only seriously cute, it’s also eco-friendly and resistant to natural disasters.
  • And more…

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January 10

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Texas’ use of green energy surpassed its use of coal in 2019.
  • JetBlue announces that it will offset emissions for all domestic flights from July 2020.
  • Everon and Arcadia announce a new partnership to drive clean energy charging.
  • Hydraloop has won Best Startup and Best Sustainable Project at CES 2020.

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JetBlue will offset emissions for domestic flights from July 2020

JetBlue announced this week that it will offset emissions from jet fuel for all domestic flights from July 2020.

It is the first major US airline to go carbon neutral on domestic flights.

January 9

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Donald Trump is expected to announce the overhaul of the National Environmental Policy Act today.
  • Bruichladdich Distillery Company in Scotland is switching to 100% green energy.
  • France delays decision on new nuclear reactors until the end of 2022.

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Here’s how this Scottish whisky distillery will be 100% green by 2025

The Bruichladdich Distillery Company is on the island of Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides off Scotland’s west coast. Bruichladdich distills three types of single malt whiskies and a gin.

And by 2025, the distillery intends to be 100% net zero. Here’s how.

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