Norway aviation firm orders 60 electric planes tipped to be “Tesla” of flight – The Driven
OSM Aviation has ordered the planes to help train a new generation of aviation pilots. The aircraft eFLyers, sourced from Colorado-based Bye Aerospace. The company now claims to have over 300 orders for its fully electric model, which has yet to be fully certified.
AEMO to model rapid transition to renewables, quicker exit from coal – RenewEconomy
While Australia's politicians argue about climate change, the energy industry is taking matters into its own hands. Australian Energy Market Operator is modelling the effects of moving to a zero-carbon grid faster than the government is asking for. The increasing cost of maintaining aging coal stations and concerns about emissions has prompted the move. Interested parties have been asked to contribute. Announcements about which scenarios will be modelled are expected in early May.
New partnership with China to develop renewable energy technologies – Energy Magazine
An additional $4.7 million in funding has been allocated to the Australia-China Science and Research Fund to support development of green technologies. The aim is to help Australia build collaborative links with Chinese universities in developing green energy technologies.
New UN environmental pact could face September vote – The Straits Times
The various UN treaties covering environmental issues have left gaps and inconsistencies. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the UN General Assembly, has been leading efforts to negotiate an agreement to resolve these. Although controversial and with legal questions hanging over it, she hopes the Global Pact for the Environment will be ready by the autumn, introducing new rights for citizens and obligations on governments to ensure a clean environment for all.
Value of green buildings touted at conference in St. Paul – StarTribune.com
The US LEED standard is intended to promote greener, healthier buildings. However, it seems the standard isn't clearly understood or acknowledged by the wider population. Mahesh Ramanujam, chief executive of the U.S. Green Building Council, wants to change that and raise awareness of the benefits green buildings can bring to people's lives.
Microsoft has been quietly lobbying against Right to Repair legislation – MSPoweruser
The US has been moving forward with legislation to require electronic products to be repairable by their users. While Apple has resisted these moves, it's been revealed Microsoft has also campaigned against the moves. In exchange for supporting tax legislation to fund STEM education, Microsoft has asked for the legislation to die. Forcing electronics companies to make their products more easily repaired and upgraded is seen as a key measure in reducing waste from consumer electronics.
PM sets environment benchmark amid hotel boom – Jamaica Gleaner
With tourism in Jamaica growing, prime minister Andrew Holness has warned a greater awareness of the environment will be needed. Over 50,000 hotel rooms are expected to be available in the country over the next decade, placing increased demand on energy, water and food supplies. The current building boom will need to be tempered if Jamaica's ambitions to become a highly regarded tourism destination are to be met.
Trending: Cannabis Companies Cultivating Circular, Degradable Packaging Solutions – Sustainable Brands
Cannabis is a fast growing sector in the US where legalisation has encouraged update of the drug. It's also creating a packaging dilemma as growers look for ways to establish their brands and build an identity. Front-and-centre of these efforts are sustainable and reusable packaging.
Sustainable air travel: The small steps the world’s airlines are taking to help reduce emissions – traveller.com-au
Air travel is one of the largest contributor to global pollution levels, yet shows little sign of slowing down. Airlines are taking the initiative on combating climate change by reducing their fuel use, adopting biofuels and regular upgrades to their fleets. But is there more than can be done - and does the passenger have a role?
Brexit: British Steel seeks £100m government loan to meet EU rules – BBC News
To meet tougher emission targets, British Steel needs to invest. Previous plans had relied on being able to trade EU carbon credits, but since Brexit the UK has been suspended from the scheme. Now the company is looking for government funding to help bridge the gap. If it doesn't, the future could be an uncertain one of forced remedial action and fines.