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First Closed-Loop Metal-Recycling Technology Offers Sustainable Future for a Battery-Powered World

First Closed-Loop Metal-Recycling Technology Offers Sustainable Future for a Battery-Powered World

Aqua Metals’ closed-loop metal-recycling process is revolutionizing metal sourcing and disposal — and eliminating the negative side effects of EV battery production.

3 Easy Steps to Transitioning Your Business to Solar Energy

The benefits of going solar come from a combination of reduced costs, tax incentives and how much sunlight your panels collect. So, no matter where you are, the benefits are easy to see.

Why 2023 Is (Finally) The Year of the Sustainability Pivot

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Four key trends are converging this year to create a permanent shift toward sustainability across industries — with implications for tech innovation, the planet and companies that have yet to start their sustainability transformation.

Though Short Lived, Methane Has an Outsized Impact on Short-Term Warming

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Decades ago, had we gotten a handle on our CO2, our additional methane emissions might not have mattered — but those days are gone.

IKEA Has a Plan to Help All of Its Suppliers More Easily Switch to Clean Energy

So far, the company is facilitating access to renewables for suppliers in 13 countries through PPAs and a finance mechanism for suppliers keen to invest in onsite projects.

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Mixed-Income, Net-Zero Community Under Development in Michigan

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. THRIVE Collaborative designed Veridian from an honest look at what is actually required for a housing community to achieve net-zero goals.

First Liquid-Heat Engine Can Upcycle 70% of the World’s Waste Heat Into Clean Energy

Luminescent’s circular solution uses isothermal processes to capture and store waste heat, transforming a previously inaccessible resource into zero-waste power.

New Coalition Hailing Blockchain as Linchpin of Successful Climate Action

The Blockchain x Climate Leadership Network is an activist-to-industry coalition of international stakeholders collaborating to define and create principles for meaningful blockchain initiatives to address the climate crisis.

3 Energy and Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2023

With the year in full swing, we expect to see further innovations to increase energy efficiency, reduce water consumption; and overall, advance sustainability in the energy industry.

Sobering Report Says Auto Industry Will Spend Remaining Carbon Budget Well Ahead of Schedule

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Commissioned by EV makers Polestar and Rivian, the report details three levers that need to be pulled in unison and at full tilt for the industry to meet critical climate-action targets.

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Report: People in US More Concerned Over Climate Than Ever

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Yale’s latest ‘Climate Change in the American Mind’ report reveals respondents’ feelings about climate change and the role of business and government in driving meaningful action — beginning with a transition to clean energy.

We Must Protect and Support Our Local Dairy Farms

In many parts of the US, the dairy farmer is a staple in the agricultural landscape; yet many multi-generational dairies are closing their barn doors. Solutions such as anaerobic digesters not only help farms mitigate their environmental impacts, they create new revenue streams and cost savings.

Outdoor Apparel Brands Present Path to Lower-Impact Textile, Apparel Factories

Study by Burton, New Balance, Patagonia, REI, Gore and the Outdoor Industry Association reveal major CO2, cost and energy savings with decarbonized heating processes.

CPG Giants Partner to Scale Captured Carbon in Consumer Products

Unilever, BASF, P&G and 12 other organizations have joined forces to scale carbon capture to help the UK reach net zero by 2050; and CCEP teams up with two more universities to continue its research into the technology and its many potential applications.

Next-Gen Underwater Turbines Blow Wind Model Out of the Water

Brazilian startup TidalWatt has rethought underwater turbines — theirs are 60x smaller and produce 3x as much energy as wind turbines, are harmless to marine life, and promote the formation of artificial reefs.

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Panasonic, Samsung Unveil Latest Sustainability Innovations at CES 2023

The electronics giants announced a series of innovations including personal-care device recycling, smart home energy-efficiency improvements, and a new laundry cycle and filter designed to eliminate microplastic pollution from synthetic materials.

Energy Startup’s Biomimetic Solar Trees Planting Roots for a Net-Zero Future

Inspired by nature, SolarBotanic’s solar trees use leaf-shaped, thin-film, photovoltaic nanotechnology to harness both sun and eventually wind energy to power houses, charge EVs or be stored for future use.

Breaking Through the Logjam to Accelerate Decarbonization in the Energy Sector

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Why have the collective efforts of national governments, NGOs, forward-looking companies and citizens had so little impact on curbing carbon emissions? Here are three reasons why high-level pledges are not translating into concrete actions — and what’s needed to break through.

Vail Resorts Meets 100% Renewable Energy Goal, on Track to Achieve Net-Zero Operating Footprint By 2030

The company reports progress in its climate goals, as well as its work to support local communities and increase equitable access to snow sports and recreation.

IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World

The second cohort of the IBM Sustainability Accelerator comprises five organizations helping marginalized communities get just and equitable access to sustainable energy resources around the world.

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