Gothenburg, Sweden develops world’s first zero-emissions zone

January 20, 2021 by  
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The Swedish city of Gothenburg is developing the world’s first large-scale zero-emissions city zone. In collaboration with Volvo Cars, Gothenburg’s Green City Zone  initiative will be open to economic activities, allowing people to participate in businesses while supporting a sustainable environment.  The developers hope to make the city one of the world’s largest-scale testing grounds for zero-emission technologies. If the initiative works as proposed, Gothenburg Green City Zone will implement 100% emission-free transport modes by 2030. Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, houses a population of about 570,000 people. The city is a popular tourist destination and has been a leader in sustainability research and technology seeking to combat climate change . The initiative’s developers anticipate a steady increase in tourists arriving in the city by 2030 and have plans to develop transport infrastructure that will cater to the population without polluting the environment. “In Gothenburg Green City Zone the city and the business and research communities will work together to make the transportation system emission-free in a very short time. With this collaboration we will take the lead on sustainability issues in Europe as well as show that we are serious about the city’s climate contract with the EU and about our ambitious sustainability goals for 2030,” said Axel Josefson, chair of Gothenburg’s City Executive Board. According to Gothenburg city, the Green City Zone is not a place of restrictions and bans. Partners will look for innovative technologies that allow city residents the freedom to do business sustainably. “Being able to test new ideas will be decisive for reducing climate emissions at the rate required. Zero-emission zones are a brilliant example of how we can reduce climate emissions while at the same time pushing for sustainable business development,” said Emmyly Bönfors, chair of the City of Gothenburg’s Environmental and Climate Committee. The initiative has already found collaborators across the world, including Volvo Cars and the Research Institute of Sweden . Other parties interested in the project include the Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre, the City of Mölndal, and Johanneberg Science Park. + News.Cision Lead image via Pixabay

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TAMassociati envisions a zero-emissions, future-proof urban development

December 3, 2020 by  
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Venice-based architecture firm TAMassociati has teamed up with sa_partners and Franco Giorgetta Landscape Architect to design Porta del Ticino — Urban Living Lab, a future-proof masterplan for a large post-industrial site in the southern Swiss city of Bellinzona. Developed as part of an invited competition by the Canton, Municipality and SBB-Swiss Railways, the urban proposal reimagines the heart of the cantonal capital as a living organism that flexibly adapts to change over time with a systemic and non-linear approach. The large-scale masterplan also aims to achieve zero emissions with 100% renewable energy. The Porta del Ticino — Urban Living Lab outlines a plan to redevelop a 120,000-square-meter site currently dominated by the industrial complex of the Officine Bellinzona, the area’s most important heavy-industry company with over 130 years of history that will be relocated to a new site within a few years. To offset the future industrial development outside of the city, the design team has centered their proposed masterplan on a large public green lung — dubbed the Almenda — that will comprise 6.4 hectares of biotic area and 3.2 hectares of agricultural area to naturally regulate the city’s climate. Related: SOM designs a low-carbon waterfront community for China’s “most livable city” In addition to a spacious re-naturalized area, the development will also emphasize the site’s history with visual connections to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bellinzona Castle and the “Cathedral,” an industrial stone building iconic of the Officine Bellinzona factory. A mix of commercial, educational, administrative, residential and other development typologies will be integrated along a “green kilometer” that will link the river and mountains along a north-south route. The masterplan would be implemented in phases to allow for modular and flexible growth at variable speeds with reduced environmental impact. To ensure sustainable growth, the project follows an “eMergetic evaluation” concept that considers the entire building lifecycle to minimize the city’s carbon footprint . The proposal also includes planned energy policy objectives with zero-emission targets, renewable energy systems and environmental monitoring. + TAMassociati Images via TAMassociati

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Niagara Falls welcomes zero-emission electric boats for sustainable tours

November 4, 2020 by  
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After nearly two centuries of bringing visitors up close and personal with the awe-inspiring waterfalls at Niagara Falls , the iconic Maid of the Mist attraction has been upgraded with two new all-electric, zero-emission boats. Launched in the first week of October, Niagara Falls’ new Maid of the Mist passenger vessels not only offer a greener experience but also a quieter and smoother ride in the nation’s oldest state park. The sustainable initiative helps advance Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal that mandates New York’s power be 100% carbon-free by 2040. First launched in 1846, the Maid of the Mist is one of North America’s longest running tourist attractions. The national park’s new electrified boats are the first passenger vessels of their kind in the U.S. and include the ‘James V. Glynn’ named in honor of the longtime Maid of the Mist chairman and CEO James V. Glynn as well as ‘Nikola Tesla’ in honor of the world-famous engineer who designed and constructed the world’s first hydroelectric power plant located on the American side of the Niagara Falls. The pair of zero-emission vessels were introduced as part of a $70 million revitalization of Niagara Falls State Park.  Related: Cold front turns Niagara Falls into a glorious icy wonderland To highlight the environmentally friendly benefits of the Maid of the Mist boats, the vessels feature a blue-and-green color pattern on the exterior as well as graphics of waves that represent Niagara Falls, a lightning bolt symbolic of electricity and a turbine in a nod to hydroelectric power. The blue lines on the sides of the vessels represent water flowing from the upper deck of the vessel into the turbine. “Niagara Falls is a wonder of the world unique to Western New York and Maid of the Mist has given people from all walks of life an up-close look at its majesty for more than 150 years,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in a press release. “Having this natural wonder in our backyard means we have a special responsibility as its steward and protecting it for future generations. This new fleet of all-electric vessels will protect the health of our waterways and environment, and is another example of New York State building back better, smarter and greener.” + Niagara Falls Images via New York Power Authority

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Wind-powered cargo vessel promises sustainable ocean shipping

October 28, 2020 by  
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Oceanbird is a massive sailing cargo ship designed to reinvent sustainable ocean shipping and reduce transatlantic travel emissions by 90%. The Swedish collaborative project is still in its sea trials stage but is poised for full-scale production by late 2021 and deliveries by 2024. Conceptually, the wind-powered cargo vessel is designed for car and truck shipments and will have the capacity to carry up to 7,000 cars at a time. Wallenius Marine, the company responsible for Oceanbird (along with the Royal Institute of Technology, SSPA and the Swedish Transport Administration), believes in the future of zero-emissions shipping using wind as the main energy source. Oceanbird shows that major sustainable changes are possible in the maritime shipping industry, which currently  accounts for 90% of global freight. While seafaring began with sails, diesel engines have become the mainstay over the past 100 years, accomplishing faster crossings at the expense of the environment. The project brings together experts in both the private and public sectors. Related: Retractable solar sails to help power “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship” This new ocean freighter will be 200 meters long by 40 meters wide with an average speed of 10 knots on a typical Atlantic journey. Its 80-meter-high sails are twice the height of the largest sailing ships on the seas today. The design features a combination theme where the hull and five rigs, specially designed for ocean sailing, work together as one. A transatlantic crossing will take about 12 days, compared to conventional vessels that take around eight days. The project is co-financed by the Swedish Transport Administration, while the Royal Institute of Technology is contributing expertise in aerodynamics, sailing mechanics and performance analysis. Similarly, SSPA is developing new testing methods, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic simulation and risk simulation. The learning gained from these experts will be used to develop sailing vessels in other capacities to further advance sustainable methods in various maritime industries. + Oceanbird Images via Oceanbird

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Airbus unveils worlds first zero-emission commercial aircrafts

October 20, 2020 by  
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European aerospace corporation Airbus has unveiled three designs for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircrafts that would rely on hydrogen as a primary power source. Collectively dubbed ZEROe, the climate-neutral, zero-emission concepts are designed to carry maximum passenger loads between 100 and 200 people for flights that range from short-haul trips to transcontinental journeys. Airbus’ hydrogen-powered commercial aircrafts could enter service as early as 2035. Revealed in late September, Airbus’ three concept designs are primarily fueled by hydrogen but differ in aerodynamic configurations and technological pathways. They will be further evaluated and assessed for feasibility. The zero-emission commercial concepts include the “turbofan” design that can accommodate 120 to 200 passengers with a range of over 2,000 nautical miles to make the aircraft ideal for transcontinental trips. The plane would be powered with a modified gas-turbine engine that runs on hydrogen, rather than jet fuel, on combustion. Related: The Skai hydrogen-powered aircraft produces zero emissions The second concept is the “turboprop” design that can hold up to 100 passengers. Named after its turboprop engine, the hydrogen combustion-powered aircraft also features a modified gas-turbine engine but would only be capable of traveling around 1,000 nautical miles on shorter trips. The last design is the “blended-wing body”, the most eye-catching concept of the three, that can accommodate up to 200 passengers. This model features an exceptionally wide fuselage thanks to the connection of the wings to the main body of the aircraft. “This is a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole and we intend to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen. The concepts we unveil today offer the world a glimpse of our ambition to drive a bold vision for the future of zero-emission flight,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO. Airbus plans to work together with government and industrial partners to provide increased funding for research and technology into sustainable fuels and the realization of the ZEROe prototypes. + Airbus Images via Airbus

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How the next coronavirus stimulus could be a win-win for cruise lines and the environment

April 7, 2020 by  
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As the federal government seeks to bail out the industry, environmental advocacy organizations urged Congress to ensure that any financial aid for cruise lines come with strings attached.

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Green hydrogen could curb one-third of fossil fuel and industry emissions by 2050

April 7, 2020 by  
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That’s according to a BloombergNEF report that calls policy support for the hydrogen economy “insufficient.”

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Dirty air, tailpipes and COVID-19

April 1, 2020 by  
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Air pollution impacts how the human body can fight infections and viruses. Coronavirus mortality rates could become another galvanizing force for cleaning up the air and simultaneously lowering carbon emissions.

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Minnesota to implement low- and zero-emission clean vehicle standards

September 27, 2019 by  
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In a move that would make both hybrid and electric car manufacturers see dollar signs, Minnesota announced a new proposal that will require auto manufacturers that sell within the state to deliver more hybrid cars and electric vehicles (EVs) to comply with its new low- and zero-emission initiative. The measure places the Gopher State alongside 13 other states that have implemented clean vehicle emissions standards. The standards will take a minimum of 18 months for roll-out, due to the rule-making process set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  Thus, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is expected to see more hybrid and electric cars in sales lots starting around the 2023 model year. This roll-out will also allow time for the state to beef up its investments in more public electric-charging stations, while similarly brokering anticipated alternative energy deals with the likes of none other than Tesla, as the latter ramps up its nationwide plant acquisition plans. Related: This calculator tracks the carbon emissions of your travels Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety currently reports that residents of Minnesota, on average, prefer large pickup trucks, followed by SUVs. Broad capacity recreational vehicles ( RVs ) are also a Minnesota favorite. Minnesotan loyalty to pickup trucks, SUVs and RVs could make the shift to relatively compact EVs challenging. However, the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy does offer EV tax credits and incentives that Minnesotans and other U.S. denizens can take advantage of. For instance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gives a tax credit “for $2,500 to $7,500 per new EV purchased for use in the U.S.” The tax credit varies depending on the vehicle and its battery capacity, but the incentive is a way to shift more consumers to EVs. The tax credit is “available until 200,000 qualified EVs have been sold in the United States by each manufacturer, at which point the credit begins to phase out for that manufacturer. Currently, no manufacturers have been phased out yet.” You can learn more about the tax credit here . Via Consumer Reports Image via MN Administration

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Nissan unveils a solar-powered, zero-emissions ice cream van

June 25, 2019 by  
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To celebrate the U.K.’s Clean Air Day, Nissan has unveiled an impressive electric ice cream van that generates zero emissions while serving up a variety of cool and refreshing ice cream flavors on the go. The van is a fully electric vehicle installed with two Nissan Energy ROAM power packs and rooftop solar panels in order to power the van as well as the on-board equipment that helps keep the scrumptious ice cream nice and cold. There’s nothing like a cold ice cream cone to help cool off on a hot summer’s day. But the problem with most conventional ice cream trucks is that they still run on harmful diesel fuel. Additionally, many older truck models must keep the engines running to power the ice cream freezers, emitting harmful carbon dioxide emissions with each scoop, all day long. Related: Pizza Hut unveils a zero-emissions delivery truck that makes pizzas on the go Now, with its new design for a zero-emissions prototype, Nissan is hoping to revolutionize the mobile ice cream sector by providing an alternative for vendors looking to reduce their carbon footprint . Based on the e-NV200, Nissan’s 100 percent electric LCV model, the prototype was built using lithium-ion cells recovered from first-generation Nissan electric vehicles . The van’s motor runs on a 40kWh battery, while the ice cream equipment is powered by Nissan’s portable power pack, ROAM. To bring its dream of creating an entirely sustainable ice cream truck to fruition, Nissan partnered with Scottish ice cream maker, Mackie’s — a company that uses wind and solar power to make its delicious ice creams. As a result, not only is Nissan able to provide a better, more eco-friendly way of selling ice cream, but it is also able to provide a fully eco-friendly system, meaning that the ice cream is green from “sky to scoop.” + Nissan Images via Nissan

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