Shell Oil CEO says his next car will be electric

July 31, 2017 by  
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You know the electric vehicle era has arrived when even oil execs are giving up their gas-powered cars for battery-powered cars. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden just announced that his next car will be an electric Mercedes-Benz S550e. Beurden will be ditching his diesel car when he purchases the plug-in hybrid this September. When Beurden goes electric, he will be joining Chief Financial Officer Jessica Uhl, who already drives a BMW i3. “The whole move to electrify the economy, electrify mobility in places like northwest Europe, in the U.S., even in China, is a good thing,” Van Beurden said on Bloomberg TV. “We need to be at a much higher degree of electric vehicle penetration — or hydrogen vehicles or gas vehicles — if we want to stay within the 2-degrees Celsius outcome.” Related: Electric cars could reach cost parity with conventional cars by next year Shell is moving into the EV market, announcing in February that it will start installing chargers at its gas stations this year. Britain and the Netherlands are the first two countries that will see electric vehicle chargers at Shell gas stations with the battery charging infrastructure eventually being deployed at all of the 25,000 Shell-branded gas stations in the world. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that a third of the world’s cars will be plug-in by 2040, the same year that both Britain and France  plan to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars. Via Autoblog Image via Flickr

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Circular water companies make a splash heard ‘round the world

March 22, 2017 by  
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Apana, Shell and Veolia use circular principles to retain and recycle water used in farming, fracking and washing machines.

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Entrepreneurs can help in the quest for safe drinking water

March 22, 2017 by  
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Zero Mass Water is just one of the innovators providing access to safe, drinking water off the grid.

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Your relationship with fish is about to change

March 22, 2017 by  
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A wave of change is upending the seafood business as we know it. Here’s what it means for everyone from investors to fish stick aficionados.

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Oil giants are waking up to carbon bubble risks

March 15, 2017 by  
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Statoil releases a “climate roadmap” as Shell warns that public faith in fossil fuel industry is disappearing.

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A tiny beach shack in Essex wrapped in "magic" cork panels

July 20, 2016 by  
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The artist couple who commissioned the design, which replaces a “dilapidated timber framed 1920s beach house”, wanted a weekend home that would “surpass planning requirements in terms of flood risk mitigation, building control requirements in terms of part L, and expectations in terms of design innovation,” Lisa Shell told Inhabitat. She designed the home to resemble a “hide” that provides the residents with “privacy, peace, and a sense of isolation and distance.” But it also had to overcome a few site challenges – including floods that recently swathed the area in a meter of water, according to The Guardian . Related: Amazing hairdryer made with glass and cork Elevated on red steel stilts like a Redshank wader, the home is constructed in CLT with a 180mm thick expanded cork agglomerate overcoat. The cork panels are created from the by-product of wine cork production in Portugal, according to Shell, using only heat and compression to form a chemical bond between cork chips. Unusually, the designers decided not to apply a polyurethane coating to the panels, resulting in a bleached grey color facade with black flecks. An airtight enclosure, Redshank is heated with a small wood burning stove – reducing the energy required to keep the space warm. The new house increases the amount of land available to fauna and flora within the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). “Within two months of completion, sparrows have already taken up residence in one of the integrated nesting boxes,” writes Shell. “It was also important that support was won for the unconventional design from the community of both permanent and occasional residents in the small hamlet.” + Lisa Shell Architects

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Why business leaders are cheering the new Natural Capital Protocol

July 18, 2016 by  
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More than 50 companies including Coca-Cola, Dow, Shell and Interface already have piloted the open-source protocol.

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Chandelier-like canopy is made from 10,000 recycled BIC pens

August 25, 2015 by  
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Apple’s big promotion; changes at the top for Walmart, USGBC

June 30, 2015 by  
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The summer is off to a busy start with major sustainability shakeups at Apple, Walmart, the U.S. Green Building Council and Shell.

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Obama administration approves Shell to resume Arctic oil drilling

May 12, 2015 by  
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Just months after protecting 12.3 million acres of Alaskan wilderness from drilling, the Obama administration has given Shell the green light to drill for oil in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast. We reported last month that the request was pending review from the Interior Department and CNN reports that the a statement issued grants conditional approval to allow Shell to start drilling in the Chukchi Sea. Shell will be able to resume drilling as soon as it meets several environmental conditions, which include an assessment of the impact on endangered species, as well as a approval by state agencies. The agency said the drilling wouldn’t happen without “rigorous safety standards” and a long review process. Read the rest of Obama administration approves Shell to resume Arctic oil drilling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alaska oil drilling , drilling off alaska coast approved , obama administration approves shell driilling off alaska , obama approves artic oil drilling

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