Apex Clean Energy’s Mark Goodwin on how to reach escalating renewable energy demands

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Apex Clean Energy’s Mark Goodwin on how to reach escalating renewable energy demands This video is sponsored by Apex Clean Energy. “One of the best ways to do that is to procure utility scale electricity from wind and solar so what’s needed in order to keep the momentum going is to ensure the ability of companies like Apex to deliver those projects.” Sarah Golden, senior energy analyst & VERGE energy chair at GreenBiz, interviewed Mark Goodwin, president & CEO of Apex Clean Energy, during the VERGE 20 virtual event (October 26-30, 2020). View archived videos from the conference here: https://bit.ly/3kMjeXt . taylor flores Sun, 11/22/2020 – 19:34 Featured Off

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Wartsila’s Risto Paldanius on the pathways to 100% clean energy

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Wartsila’s Risto Paldanius on the pathways to 100% clean energy This video is sponsored by Wartsila. “Right now the industry grid scale energy storage is dominated by lithium-ion technology as restoring waste thanks to the EV car and battery development and the costs coming down, but I think we’ll be seeing more and more longer duration batteries in different view formats which we might even not know yet.” Sarah Golden, senior energy analyst & VERGE energy chair at GreenBiz, interviewed Risto Paldanius, vice president of Wartsila Americas, during the VERGE 20 virtual event (October 26-30, 2020). View archived videos from the conference here: https://bit.ly/3kMjeXt . taylor flores Sun, 11/22/2020 – 19:14 Featured Off

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LevelTen’s Bryce Smith on the state of the renewable procurement market during the pandemic

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LevelTen’s Bryce Smith on the state of the renewable procurement market during the pandemic This video is sponsored by LevelTen. “It is clear that that corporate commitment to renewables is very strong remains strong and in in some ways maybe even stronger than it was at the end of the year.” Sarah Golden, senior energy analyst & VERGE energy chair at GreenBiz, interviewed Bryce Smith, CEO of LevelTen, during the VERGE 20 virtual event (October 26-30, 2020). View archived videos from the conference here: https://bit.ly/3kMjeXt . taylor flores Sun, 11/22/2020 – 18:57 Featured Off

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Anne Alonzo on how Corteva Agriscience aims to increase the resilience of our global food systems

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Anne Alonzo on how Corteva Agriscience aims to increase the resilience of our global food systems This video is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience.    “These commitments that we’ve made are a direct result of the learnings that we had from our farmers, and we know that we can achieve these goals without sacrificing farmers’ productivity or profitability.”   Jim Giles, Senior Analyst, Food & Carbon Systems, Greenbiz interviews Anne Alonzo, SVP External Affairs & CSO, Corteva Agriscience, during VERGE 20, which took place 10/26-10/30/20. View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/topics/verge-20-archive . YanniGuo Fri, 11/20/2020 – 11:46 Featured Off

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Cargill’s Ryann Sirolli on how their 10 million acre initiative creates impact through agriculture

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Cargill’s Ryann Sirolli on how their 10 million acre initiative creates impact through agriculture This video is sponsored by Cargill.    “Agriculture is a means for us to achieve and make real impact in some of the world’s most pressing challenges around climate, water, feeding and clothing the world, and more.”    Jim Giles, Senior Analyst, Food & Carbon Systems, Greenbiz interviews Ryan Sirolli, Global Row Crop Sustainability Director, Cargill, during VERGE 20, which took place 10/26-10/30/20. View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/topics/verge-20-archive .   YanniGuo Fri, 11/20/2020 – 11:43 Featured Off

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Kwik-Lok’s Stephanie Paxton-Jackson on how small companies can use innovation to drive sustainability

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Kwik-Lok’s Stephanie Paxton-Jackson on how small companies can use innovation to drive sustainability This video is sponsored by Kwik-Lok.   “As a plastics company, something that was really important for us to impact the world and have a lighter impact in places that we could.”   John Davies, VP & Senior Analyst, Greenbiz interviewed Stephanie Paxton-Jackson, Co-owner, Kwik-Lok during VERGE 20, which took place 10/26-10/30/20. View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/topics/verge-20-archive . YanniGuo Fri, 11/20/2020 – 11:39 Featured Off

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Edward Palmieri discusses Facebook’s 2030 net zero goals and environmental justice initiatives

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Edward Palmieri discusses Facebook’s 2030 net zero goals and environmental justice initiatives This video is sponsored by Facebook. “The way we’re going to do that is by taking a lot of the strategies that we’ve deployed for operations and partnering with our suppliers and our value chain to realize decarbonization, switching to different materials, reducing our carbon footprint wherever we can, and also then balancing whatever is remaining in our portfolio by the end of 2030 with carbon removal projects.” Heather Clancy, editorial director at GreenBiz, interviewed Edward Palmieri, director of sustainability at Facebook during the VERGE 20 virtual event (October 26-30, 2020). View archived videos from the conference here: https://bit.ly/3kMjeXt . taylor flores Fri, 11/20/2020 – 08:41 Featured Off

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Meet the VERGE 20 Emerging Leaders

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Meet the VERGE 20 Emerging Leaders The Emerging Leaders program, supported at VERGE 20 by Verizon, aims to empower a diverse group of up-and-coming leaders by giving them a front-row seat to the emerging clean economy. Meet this year’s cohort and learn a bit about their inspiring work! This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 20, October 26-30, 2020. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/ve…   Watch our other must-see talks here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwW3…   OUR LINKS Website: https://www.greenbiz.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/greenbiz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gree… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenbiz_group Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBiz YanniGuo Tue, 11/10/2020 – 09:17 Featured Off

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VERGE 20: Wednesday Opening

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VERGE 20: Wednesday Opening GreenBiz VP and VERGE Executive Director, Shana Rappaport, kicks off the third day of VERGE 20. This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 20, October 26-30, 2020. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/ve…   Watch our other must-see talks here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwW3…   OUR LINKS Website: https://www.greenbiz.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/greenbiz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gree… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenbiz_group Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBiz YanniGuo Tue, 11/10/2020 – 09:15 Featured Off

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Shooting for the moon: 3 radical innovations to remove atmospheric CO2

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Shooting for the moon: 3 radical innovations to remove atmospheric CO2 Tali Zuckerman Tue, 11/10/2020 – 01:00 Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere may be as difficult as getting to the moon.  That’s because every day, human activity pumps out 38 tons of CO2 into the air. Currently, our atmosphere is saturated with around 415 parts per million (ppm) CO2, a number we urgently need to reduce to 280 ppm to avoid the most devastating climate impacts.  But to take out just one ton of CO2, we must first filter one Roman colosseum’s worth of air. Several pioneers in the field are developing revolutionary systems to do just that. During the “Carbon Removal Moonshots” session in late October at VERGE 20, co-founders from innovative carbon removal initiatives Project Vesta, Charm Industrial and IdeaLab joined moderator Tito Jankowski, co-founder of the online community Air Miners, on the virtual stage to share the stories and missions behind their innovations. 1. Project Vesta: Enhancing natural weathering to capture CO2 in ocean-bound volcanic sand Launched on Earth Day 2019, Project Vesta aims to enhance natural weathering processes to accelerate carbon capture and storage in the world’s oceans. The nonprofit organization plans to do this by accelerating Earth’s carbonate-silicate cycle, in which volcanic rock is weathered by rain and creates a chemical reaction that sequesters CO2 from the air. Over time, this carbon turns into limestone on the ocean floor and melts back into the Earth’s core.  During the session, co-founder Kelly Erhart explained the natural inspiration for the project: “This [process] has been working for millions of years and slowly locking up trillions of tons of carbon dioxide into the earth over geologic time scales. We looked at this and we asked: How can we speed this up?” Specifically, Project Vesta has developed a way to take olivine, a naturally abundant, green volcanic rock, and grind it into sand to be distributed over beaches around the world. After the olivine sand is set in place, ocean waves, tides and currents will be left to do the rest.  If we want to create a world that we know is possible, we have to be able to imagine it. Erhart believes that the process is not only feasible, but scalable. Olivine is found on every continent, and makes up over 50 percent of Earth’s upper mantle. The solution does not compete for land use or other economic activities, and only requires that 2 percent of global shelf seas are covered with a few millimeters of olivine sand to sequester one year’s worth of human CO2 emissions, Erhart said. Of the three innovations presented, Project Vesta comes in at the lowest estimated price point. The organization aims to reach $10 per ton of CO2 equivalent, which is five to 10 times cheaper than direct air capture (DAC) or other techniques. So far, Project Vesta has raised $2.5 million in philanthropic and corporate donations (including a large purchase from Stripe) and is deploying its technology on a few heavily instrumented pilot beaches to monitor the rate of weathering and any effects on ocean life. The team believes that any impact will be beneficial, as olivine deacidifies the ocean and therefore helps support the life and health of marine ecosystems. Ultimately, the project’s goal is to advance this technology all over the world. It hopes to establish an open-source integrated algorithm and protocol that will enable governments, nonprofits and companies to deploy this solution with predictable results. The Charm Industrial team. 2. Charm Industrial: Turning biomass waste into CO2-dense bio-oil Charm Industrial is working to reverse the process of crude-oil production — that is, to take the carbon stored in biomass, turn it into CO2-dense biofuel through fast pyrolysis (superheating) and inject it back into the Earth’s crust. The startup is on a mission to “return the atmosphere to 280 ppm” through its technology, which it claims is more permanent and cost-effective than traditional nature-based offsets and direct air capture (DAC) methods.  Currently, Charm makes its bio-oil from excess sawdust and wood, but it plans to use agricultural residues such as corn stover, rice straw, sugar cane and almond shells in the future. Its aim is for the process to have additionality, meaning that if the feedstock was left unused, such residues would be left in fields to rot and emit CO2 back into the air.  The bio-oil Charm produces has properties similar to crude oil but with half the energy content and a very high carbon content. This, along with its tendency to form a solid over time, make the product safe for injection into existing oil wells, according to the company. Further, the oil is less likely to leak back into the atmosphere or groundwater than CO2 gas (or CO2 dissolved in water) when injected into the same wells, according to Charm, and the oil also can better help prevent seismic activity in large underground caverns created by past mining activities.  “What’s interesting about sequestration of bio-oil is that it sort of closes the carbon cycle that started about 200 years ago with the initial removal of oil from these formations,” said Charm co-founder Shaun Meehan. “There’s enormous infrastructure that exists to get oil out of the earth, and we just need to run it backwards.” Charm says its model is unique because it plans to use small-scale facilities. Meehan explained that previously, large biomass facilities have been unsuccessful because they quickly depleted nearby biomass stores and caused prices to skyrocket. By opening multiple smaller plants, Charm hopes to have a more stable quantity of biomass to work with. What does it cost for this form of sequestration? Charm’s current projections are around $475 per ton of CO2 equivalent for the first few years — a number it hopes to get down to $200 by its 10th plant and eventually to $50 per ton of CO2 equivalent.  Like Project Vesta, Charm believes its solution is scalable. The company already has received regulatory approval for its first injection site in Kansas. “As far as scale, there is about 140 gigatons per year of global biomass availability,” Meehan said. “If we are even able to take a small subset of that biomass, then we are able to have a meaningful impact on negative emissions.” Bill Gross, founder of Heliogen, said every acre of land served by the technology would remove 1 ton of CO2 per day, a rate of capture equivalent to that in roughly 100 acres of forest. Courtesy of Heliogen 3. Heliogen (IdeaLab): Capturing carbon with solar-powered, desert-based DAC plants Bill Gross , founder and chairman of the IdeaLab technology incubator and company Heliogen, began his presentation with several eye-opening statistics and visuals about humanity’s emissions. These included the fact that humans emit 31 times (by weight) the amount of CO2 into the atmosphere as they do garbage into their trash cans, and that to remove 1 ton of carbon from the atmosphere requires capturing a volume of air equivalent to the Colosseum in Rome.  Gross then described the solar-powered DAC process his team at Heliogen has designed. The process involves first funneling air through a desiccant (a hygroscopic substance that absorbs water), then moving it through zeolite, a mineral that effectively takes up any CO2 in the air, Gross said. Water is then removed from the desiccant and CO2 from the zeolite using solar-powered thermal energy. Ideally, this technology would be situated in desert environments so as not to compete for land and harness the brilliant power of the sun. According to Gross, every acre of land of this technology would remove 1 ton of CO2 per day, a rate of capture equivalent to that in roughly 100 acres of forest. Multiplied over 390 acres (a rectangle that fits well within the Sahara desert) this technology theoretically could neutralize all 38 gigatons of CO2 humans produce every year. Of course, this is a big ask. Actually achieving it would require that the technology be cheap enough to set up and account for any emissions created during its installation. At the moment, the estimated price of this technology is $100 per ton of CO2, according to Gross. He hopes to reach $50 per ton and dreams of getting to $25. When asked about plans for the use of CO2 after it is captured and compressed, Gross reckoned that he focuses solely on the removal of CO2, several startups will emerge to find creative uses for the gas once it can be captured at a low price. Like the previous two technologies, Gross stressed that the success of this solution relies on the global shift towards valuing CO2 emissions.  Although private players are increasingly taking responsibility for their emissions (tech companies such as Shopify, Square and Microsoft were mentioned) the public sector must move to put a price on carbon to drive change on a larger scale. Once global regulations mandate that corporations pay for their emissions, companies will look towards such innovations for cheaper ways to offset their emissions, he said. To the moon and beyond  Ultimately, a real solution to the global CO2 crisis necessitates collaboration between sectors and individual innovators, something Jankowksi’s online community Air Miners is working to facilitate. As each speaker stressed, no one solution is big enough to bring us back to 280ppm — we need several of them to go to work at once.  As Gross put it, “We need the same diversity of ideas to take [CO2] out as the people who put it up there.” The time to act is now, the speakers urged: Spread the message, get people excited and, as Jankowski said, believe that even this trip to the moon can succeed.  “If we want to create a world that we know is possible,” Erhart echoed, “we have to be able to imagine it.” Pull Quote If we want to create a world that we know is possible, we have to be able to imagine it. 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