Making it happen — the road ahead

June 29, 2018 by  
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Last December, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to commit to 100% renewable fuel sources for public and private ground transportation, with a target of 2045 (and a pledge to transition all fleet vehicles to 100% renewables by 2035). This was not only historic, but an incredibly ambitious proclamation by the state’s four mayors.

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Clearing the path for 100% clean energy and transportation

June 27, 2018 by  
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Hawaii is now into its third year of carving a path to achieve its  100% renewable electricity mandate by 2045; Meanwhile, Hawaii recently became the first U.S. state to commit to 100% renewable fuel sources for public and private ground transportation, with a target of 2045. To lead the charge, the City and County of Honolulu, the County of Maui, and the County of Kauai pledged to transition all fleet vehicles to 100% renewable power by 2035.

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VERGE Talk: Connecting the dots to transcend oil

June 26, 2018 by  
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In 2008, Hawaii signed into law the most aggressive clean energy goals of any state in the Union. It set the islands on a path to clean energy. Ten years later, the four counties matched the State’s clean energy goal with a commitment to 100% renewable ground transportation and new data tells the story of how Hawaii can move faster than anyone originally thought, more than doubling its renewable energy potential to up to 84% by 2030.

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10 years after: the view from here, standing on the shoulders of giants

June 26, 2018 by  
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Revisiting the relevance of a world view based on respect for this planet and future generations in an age that continues to revere and depend on technology, the indigenous leaders who were involved with Hawaii’s initial clean energy and sustainability ambitions “talk story” about what’s happened over the past decade and offer their candid recommendations on what still needs to change. 

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One of the world’s largest mining companies is ditching coal

November 10, 2017 by  
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Rio Tinto Group, the world’s second largest mining company, is selling off its coal mines with the goal of getting out of the business. Although environmental concerns are motivating some to act against coal, London-based Rio Tinto is choosing to dump coal due to its declining profitability. Still, Rio Tinto’s stated reason for moving away from coal must be taken in the context of a world that is shifting towards a low-carbon economy, in which renewable energy is steadily overtaking fossil fuels as the more economic choice to power the planet. Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques framed the decision as a question of making the most out of limited resources, according to Bloomberg , stating that even a company as large as Rio Tinto needs to maximize its human and financial resources. Although Rio Tinto’s decision is based on effective usage of resources and profitability, it and other mining companies are wrestling with the future returns on dirty and increasingly cost-ineffective energy sources like coal. “The big diversified miners are all trying to work out which commodities are going to be most disadvantaged in the future, and the low-carbon transition is one of the big uncertainties that they and other companies are facing,” said Helen Wildsmith, head of climate change at CCLA Investment Management, according to Bloomberg . “We’re seeing more companies integrating their thinking on climate change scenarios into the macro-economic and cyclical scenarios that they work with.” Related: Biggest grid operator in US attacks Perry’s proposal to prop up coal Despite coal’s declining prospects, Rio Tinto is finding buyers for its coal mines, much of which are located in Australia . The mining giant has been selling off its coal assets since 2015. In early 2017, Rio Tinto reached an agreement to sell its Coal & Allied Industries Ltd. to China’s Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. With coal out of the picture, Rio Tinto will be focus more of its resources on extracting more valuable materials. Via Bloomberg Images via Depositphotos (1)  ( 2 )

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Virgin, Qantas, United and the revival of alt jet fuels

July 6, 2015 by  
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In the last five years or so, an entire genre of reporting on the aviation industry has emerged around the potential of sustainable fuel sources. Usually opening with something like, “watch out, oil companies,” those stories have all pointed out that while there is no shortage of viable biofuel possibilities, a lack of new industry regulation and uncertainty about cost structures have kept those lofty aspirations firmly on the ground.

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