What’s hot in corporate renewable energy procurement

May 19, 2022 by  
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What’s inside the Clean Energy Buyer Association’s latest ‘State of the Market’ report.

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Shares climate action through local ownership

April 27, 2022 by  
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Tackling global climate challenges by localizing climate finance and clean energy skills

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Zero-emission hydrogen-powered ferry coming to San Francisco

April 22, 2022 by  
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Sea Change, a zero-emission ferry, will soon start operation in San Francisco Bay. The ferry is fully propelled by hydrogen fuel cells, making it the first of its kind to be used for public transport. The 70-foot-long vessel will ferry 75 passengers per trip and service several stops along the San Francisco waterfront. Built at All American Marine shipyard in Bellingham, Washington , the ferry was tested by the U.S. Coast Guard. Related: First of its kind apartment complex in San Francisco “We’re here in the water, under hydrogen fuel cell power and it’s the first commercial vessel in the world that’s got that propulsion system,” said Pace Ralli, chief executive of Switch Maritime. Sea Change marks an industry milestone as the world rushes toward zero emissions . Previous years have seen the introduction of clean energy for trucks, cars, trains and luxury boats, but passenger ferry has fallen behind. Considered one of the best clean energy options, hydrogen fuel cells only emit water and heat. However, using hydrogen cells presents challenges due to bulky cell systems and cost. Ralli says he first came up with the idea for the ferry while living in New York. In a bid to decarbonize maritime travel, he thought of developing the hydrogen fuel-powered ferry. “There was a project in California that was being sponsored by the California Air Resources Board, and they were working on hydrogen fuel cell as a method for decarbonizing ships, so we joined up with them and funded their project in 2019,” Ralli said. The ferry is powered by three hydrogen fuel cell stacks that propel the system. It can navigate at speeds of up to 20 knots, and the automated system is operated via a digital touchscreen, which initiates communication with the engine. “This is going to be the next standard in fuel-cell driven vessels. They’re clean, they’re efficient and they make sense economically on scale,” said All American Marine project manager Jeff Sokolik. Via Reuters Lead image via Pexels

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Leonardo DiCaprio invests in sustainable Champagne Telmont

April 22, 2022 by  
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The Champagne Telmont story began in 1912, following the champagne riots in France . Fast forward over 100 years, and Telmont earned organic certification. Now, this sustainable champagne brand is being endorsed by actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Here’s what makes the brand so unique. Champagne Telmont was handed down through generations of family, and in 2007 the house began offering tourism as part of its operations. Just 10 years later in 2017, parts of the vineyard gained organic certification. In 2021, Champagne Telmont launched its first organic cuvée, with no transparent bottles or extra labels and packaging. Now, the champagne house has new investors and an invigorating vision for quality and sustainability in French champagne. Related: Champagne could lose its classic taste due to climate change DiCaprio’s involvement came in 2022 when he became a minority shareholder in the business. “Champagne Telmont, together with its partner wine-growers, has set its sights on producing 100% organic champagne, ensuring a completely sustainable production lifecycle in the coming years. From protecting biodiversity on its land, to using 100% renewable electricity, Champagne Telmont is determined to radically lower its environmental footprint, making me proud to join as an investor,” DiCaprio said. By 2025, Champagne Telmont plans to have the vineyard’s vines certified 100% organic. By 2031, 100% of the house’s wine-growing partners will be certified in organic agriculture . The goal is to cement Telmont as a leader in organic agriculture. Telmont’s plan is ambitious, as the city of Champagne’s climate is moist, making it hard to avoid using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Currently, certified organic vineyards make up under 4% of Champagne’s vineyards. Telmont continues the four-generation-long tradition of creating great champagne while eyeing a sustainable future. Ludovic du Plessis, CEO of Telmont, and Bertrand Lhopital, the champagne house’s fourth-generation cellar master and head of viticulture, are teaming up to create a new sustainable plan called Au Nom de la Terre, meaning In the Name of Mother Nature. Du Plessis drew in DiCaprio as an investor to help with the plan, as he knew him personally, and they shared an interest in sustainable champagne. The plan includes elements such as banning the use of air freight to ship Telmont products, protecting biodiversity through land conservation on-site, using 100% renewable electricity and shifting the large acreage to 100% organic farming. + Champagne Telmont Via Forbes Lead image via Pexels Images via Champagne Telmont

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Nature and art merge with these stunning, colorful lanterns

April 22, 2022 by  
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As the largest lantern festival producer in North America, Tianyu Arts & Culture has produced over 62 festivals in 32 cities. One might envision lit lanterns floating through the sky, only to later land and contribute to  pollution . In contrast, the events managed by Tianyu are stocked with reusable, colorful and educational displays that often emphasize nature and animals. While entertainment is an obvious goal, Tianyu believes the lantern festivals can, and should, focus on conservation and the  environment . To this end, the festivals highlight fun facts about the animals and objects represented by the lanterns.  Related: Dande-lier: Everyday objects transformed into stunning art in Singapore The Tianyu team works with parks, zoos and botanical gardens to ensure accurate representations of nature. In alignment with educational goals, the current festival features many endangered  animals  from all categories of birds, land mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish in their natural habitats. Some extinct species are also included. Tianyu believes that festivals can facilitate the spread of valuable information that can help protect  wildlife .  Despite the pandemic, Tianyu’s outdoor festivals have attracted record audiences over the last two years. In 2022, Tianyu will host more than a dozen festivals in locations such as Philadelphia , Reno, Chicago and more. Due to the lanterns’ durability, festivals can occur year-round without damage from the elements.  The company explained, “Tianyu’s custom lanterns use traditional materials such as wire, metal, silk, and  wood  and incorporate innovative lighting, animation, interactive components, and creative materials into their displays.” Tianyu lantern festivals are custom-made to meet the needs of the hosting facility. For example, in addition to animal lanterns, Tianyu also helped create a rotating Van Gogh-inspired walk-through tunnel. Other displays appear on the water or suspended in air, captivating visitors at every turn.  With a goal to entertain and engage, the Tianyu team said, “Inventive new displays incorporate guests’ movements to make the lanterns interactive , like a Pufferfish lantern where visitors step on a pedal to fill the fish with air. One exhibit allows guests to ride bikes alongside mechanical lantern monkeys where the monkeys match the pedal speed of the visitors. Tianyu’s production team created a parrot lantern that visitors can talk to; the parrot can mimic words and act on specific commands. A new heart-shaped lantern lights up when visitors touch its handrail after holding hands or sharing a kiss.” + Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc.  Images via Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., Fred Ernst, Edmond Wong, Bobbi Sheridan and Marvin Sandoval

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Hydropower sparks debate as New York fights for clean energy

April 14, 2022 by  
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Renewable energy faces an uncertain future in New York. After the Indian Point nuclear plant shut down last year, the state returned to fossil fuels. Now, fossil fuels power about 90% of New York’s grid. As the state finds new energy sources to meet emission targets, divided opinions complicate the way forward. While some experts push for hydropower , others voice concerns.  Today, state regulators decide the fate of a proposal to run a transmission line down the Hudson River from hydropower dams in Québec . The Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) could cover half of the capacity lost when the nuclear plant was closed. CHPE would provide reliable, sufficient power compared to wind and solar. Related: Lake Powell hits historic low, endangering hydropower supply While considered a green energy source, hydropower faces criticism for ecosystem disruption. Indigenous groups have also opposed dam development. However, the CHPE proposal seems to have gained support despite this. With all permits and approval from the governor, construction could start in a few weeks. In the meantime, conservationists are speaking out against the project. John Lipscomb, vice president of conservation group Hudson Riverkeeper, says that the project is unethical and steals from First Nations tribes. “We talk in New York about how we want to support traditionally marginalized communities, but we find a way to overlook [that] so we can check a green box,” Lipscomb said. As the debate continues, the New York power grid keeps burning fossil fuels. The New York Communities for Change, a climate group that initially opposed the CHPE project, now urges other environmental groups to accept it. “While we respect opponents making good faith arguments against this project, we believe there is simply no time left to waste to bring renewable energy to New York City,” the group said in a statement. “No transmission project is perfect. All have real and painful downsides. Nonetheless, we have decided to support CHPE because it will rapidly reduce New York City’s massive climate impact.” Via HuffPost Lead image via Pexels

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Climate risks are larger than clean energy transition anxieties

March 24, 2022 by  
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To act or not to act? Climate risks are outstripping clean energy transition anxieties for major corporations.

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Tapping into the power of effective ESG storytelling

March 24, 2022 by  
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Our stories are as important as our strategies when it comes to advancing ESG.

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A 100 percent clean power sector by 2035? Only if we clear the path for storage

March 16, 2022 by  
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Sponsored: Dependable, renewable power supply relies on advancing battery storage policies and solutions. A clean energy CEO weighs in on what’s next.

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