Flared gas is a bigger problem than thought. Contrary to what has been agreed with the oil industry, worldwide the industry flared not less, but more gas.
In 2015, about 147 billion cubic meters which is a CO2 footprint of around 350 million tonnes!
The world bank published the figures in a report. Globally, over 16,000 oil wells are flaring gas.
The amount of wasted gas corresponds to the gas consumption of the UK, Germany and Switzerland together. If the gas was burned in a power plant, it could supply the whole of Africa with electricity. Read More
EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030 recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the European energy storage market
This Roadmap and recommendations aim to describe the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. It also gives recommendations on which development will be required to meet the needs. Read More
The third place, which isn’t bad at all, is for Stockholm.
The new ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index explores the three demands of social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s major cities. Read More
In the body of the study it becomes clear that FCVs do not beat internal combustion engines (ICEs) by much in equivalent fuel economy, And they are not much better in greenhouse gas emissions either, particularly in the liquid hydrogen versions, because of the energy required to transport and compress the hydrogen.
Hydrogen fuel cell cars appear to be making a comeback. But is this real? The comparison in question includes discussion of:
the wider process behind producing hydrogen fuel
the production itself
the transportation of the fuel
The future is a bit cloudy for hydrogen fuel cells (HFC), as electric vehicles have developed quickly and taken significant market share. Read More
Even if global warming is capped at 2C, 20% of the world’s population will have to migrate away from coasts swamped by rising oceans.
Even if global warming is capped at governments’ target of 2C, 20% of the world’s population will be to migrate to higher area’s because of rising sea levels.
Countries like the Netherlands and Bangladesh and cities including New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Calcutta, Jakarta and Shanghai would all be submerged because of melting polar ice caps and sea-level rise. Read More
Tehachapi is nominally a wind energy-related project attached to the 4.5 GW Tehachapi Wind Resource Area, although in actual fact the plant was conceived as a two-year test bed for a wide range of potential grid applications. When it opened, in September 2014, it was credited with being the largest battery storage project in the North of the US, with 604,832 Li-ion cells housed in 10,872 modules.
Everyone knows California and New York do have behind-the-meter energy storage at a large scale. But there are some sleeper states where the economics already work.
The U.S. government haven’t studied the impact of the chemicals that these companies are allowed to dump directly into the ocean including critical habitat and fracking-endangered species.
The shale industry is dumping en masse, fracking waste oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Center for Biological Diversity has releasedfederal documents that reveal that officials approved more than 1,200 offshore fracks in 630 different wells in the four years from 2010 to 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More
The City of Los Angeles took a significant step toward realizing its global leadership potential. Mayor Garcetti released LA’s first-ever urban sustainability plan: the pLAn.
LA City Council members Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin coauthored legislation for a fast route to 100% renewables for LA. With an appreciative nod from the Sierra Club, the news reported at 11district.comfollows:
“LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.”
Under the current plan, emissions are expected to drop. Under a new plan, they could drop to zero!
This ferry the ‘Ampere’ is the first full electric Norwegian ferry. A study has shown that 127 of the 180 ferries could be driven using battery power or a hybrid propulsion system and still remain profitable.
Norway goes for all-electric cars by 2025. The country will ban all petrol cars.
The Progressive Party is well advanced in negotiations with coalition partners to reach agreement on it.
This news was reported by the big Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. Read More