What decarbonizing buildings teaches us about climate priorities

January 27, 2022 by  
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A new Urban Land Institute report captures something valuable about this moment: the maturation of professionals’ understanding of what key trends mean and the complexity of how to get there. 

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Oatly wants farmers to plant more oats. Here’s how it’s helping

January 27, 2022 by  
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Oatly is working with farmers and millers to bring oats into their crop rotations for food, economic and environmental benefits

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Food, ag and forestry get their own science-based targets

January 27, 2022 by  
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Land-conversion emissions have always been hard to measure and reduce but these new guidelines will help lay the path for the food, ag and forestry sector.

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Advanced Rate Designs Harnessing Vehicle-Grid Integration Technology

January 27, 2022 by  
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As we transition to an intelligent electric vehicle (EV) future, charging loads pose a potential major challenge for utilities without proper planning and management. Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) technologies convert EVs from a potential grid strain to a valuable new grid resource. EV customers want to minimize their EV charging costs, which are governed by their utility’s rates. Through Vehicle-Grid Integration, managing the time and power of this charging can create costs or benefits throughout the value chain. Time-of-Use (TOU) rates are by far the most common EV rate implemented by utilities, but these do not fully realize potential VGI benefits. Advanced metering, declining technology and communication costs, and rapid commercialization of smart charging technologies make advanced rate designs a viable and broadly available VGI pathway. Honda has set a target to sell 100 percent electric vehicles in North America by 2040. This paper, commissioned by Honda and authored by Energy + Environmental Economics (E3), presents a roadmap to new rate designs that harness active VGI technology and EV charging aggregators with the goal of benefitting customers, utilities, and the grid. To receive the companion paper, “Design Principles and Options for Retail Tariffs that Support Vehicle-Grid Integration,” click here.

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How NextEra is gearing up to be the energy giant of tomorrow

January 27, 2022 by  
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Jim Robo’s quest to turn a dirty old electric utility into the world’s mostly-green energy powerhouse.

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How the commercial real estate sector is building a greener future

January 27, 2022 by  
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The reasons to take action to cut carbon emissions from real estate are overwhelmingly greater than the reasons to do nothing.

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First ceramic geodesic dome in the world is affordable

January 26, 2022 by  
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Geoship installed its first bio-ceramic geodesic dome in a bid to create long-lasting, zero-carbon , fireproof and biologically resonant architecture for a new way of building homes. The company is relatively young, with just 400 paid deposits for homes, but they work by a co-op model and have over 2,000 investors. “Homebuilding is a massive, multi-trillion dollar industry that is unsustainable,” the designers said in a press release. “The Geoship micro-factory and village building platform is a new model for the regenerative future.” Related: Are these zero-carbon domes the future of sustainable housing? The idea is to create more than a new home design , but a new way of creating communities to build homes. Morgan Bierschenk, co-founder and CEO of Geoship, said this all started with community. “My brother and I started building a home for our family,” he said. “We did it on a shoestring budget, with reclaimed materials and lumber we milled on the land. Then we started questioning why — with all of our technology — are we still building with sticks and nails? How does nature build protective shells? Why does it feel so good to step outside the boxes we live in? We started engineering a new kind of home.” To build a bio-ceramic dome, Geoship mixes a type of ceramic crystals and forms them into triangular molds. The pieces are then assembled into a geodesic dome like any other construction material. The carbon used to create the triangular components is far less than traditional sandstone, passive solar or highly efficient house building materials. Plus, the operational energy use is markedly lower as well. The panels are installed on a network of struts that support the dome structure, almost like the interior structure of a mushroom cap. The end product is recyclable , mold-proof, fire-proof and flood-proof. The domes are also hurricane, earthquake and insect resistant. It even comes in cool colors. The next round of funding will be used to build out Geoship’s pilot production, micro-factory and village design platforms. That’s because Geoship is really a materials science company. Bioceramics are a new kind of material designed to create multi-century structures. The materials products used in the builds needs certification, and the pilot program still has to be built out. Their goal is to build “living environments that resonate with nature and catalyze the evolution of consciousness.” + Geoship Images via Geoship

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Greener Shopping for Business: Circular Ink and Toner from Doorstep Ink

January 26, 2022 by  
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Editor’s note: Greener Shopping recognizes companies that provide genuine improvements in product and service environmental… The post Greener Shopping for Business: Circular Ink and Toner from Doorstep Ink appeared first on Earth911.

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Winning the war for ESG talent in an era of distrust

January 26, 2022 by  
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Employees’ expectation of an authentic, transparent and data-driven commitment to tackling the climate crisis is here to stay.

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Whither climate tech? A new fund, plus some predictions

January 26, 2022 by  
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Energy Impact Partners is raising a $350 million fund focused on supporting “deep decarbonization” technologies.

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