Finnish Sustainable Fiber Startup Receives $4.1 Million Investment – Sourcing Journal
Fnnish textile startup Infinited Fiber Company has been developing a process to convert plastics, cardboard and other cellulose into usable fibres. Currently running a 50 tonne capacity pilot plant, the firm has received investment to expand its operations, with plans to grow to 500 tonnes. The fibre uses significantly less water to produce than cotton, and is price competitive.
How Wrangler Is Creating The Next Generation Of Sustainable Fashion – Forbes
Famed for their jeans, Wrangle has been investing in reducing its impact on the environment. From the soil cotton grows in to the dyes used to give their products their distinct colours, the company has reviewed its impact and taken measures to improve sustainability. The full effects of these changes may take time, but it demonstrates how large players are getting onboard with sustainable fashion and finding environmental and commercial returns are often aligned.
Tectonic shift as network owner buys solar farm, points to renewable future – RenewEconomy
The purchase of the Bomen solar farm by Spark Infrastructure could signal a substantial change in the Australian renewables market. A traditional "Chinese wall" limits the ability of networks to own generators and vice-versa. However, Spark has previously stated it needs to own the means of generating energy to drive down costs and ensure it's truly renewable. Whether this move will trigger a buying frenzy or disruption to traditional gentailer business models remains to be seen.
Sunshine states: India launches $5bn renewables infrastructure drive to tackle pollution issues – Independent.ie
With the 2022 target for renewables set to be broken early, Modi's government has announced plans to raise the target and boost investment in the sector. The investment is not only for renewable generation, getting power to communities through transmission line upgrades and installations is also being targeted. Some analysts are concerned India's ambitious targets won't be met though, citing negotiations with individual states, cancelled auctions and land acquisition as issues that could hold back progress.
Jump in renewable energy jobs as solar farms overtake hydro power – Sydney Herald
Australia has seen a boom in jobs in the renewables sector over 2018, fuelled by large scale projects and falling infrastructure costs. A 28 per cent increase in renewable jobs has seen almost 18,000 Australians employed in the sector. There are more projects in the pipeline, which could see the number rise further and break the levels seen in 2012.
Unwrapping the Galaxy S10’s Eco-Friendly Packaging – Samsung Global Newsroom
Samsung has pushed forward with a plans to remove plastic and improve sustainability in its packaging. To provide reassurance to consumers, it has produced an infographic setting out the Galaxy S10's environmental credentials. Is this an approach that other consumer electronics products could take?
Climate plan not ambitious and too passive – Times of Malta
The Island state's proposed plan to reduce carbon emissions by 19 per cent and increase renewables to 13 per cent by 2030 has been slammed by MEERA. The Malta Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies Association (Meerea) said the new strategy did not sufficiently build on or evaluate the success of previous plans. As such, it doubts if the plan has sufficient ambition to stimulate a new renewables sector, or to meet even its modest targets.
What Alberta’s new UCP majority government means for the environment – The Narwhal
The United Conservative Party will form a majority government in the Canadian Province and there are concerns it represents a move away from environmental protection. The UCP is expected to be a more "industry-friendly" force and has promised to reduce red tape, scrap fossil fuel caps and sue the Federal Government over plans to introduce a Federal Carbon Tax. This could be a significant step backwards for Canada's progressive moves to address environmental issues.
Colorado governor signs overhaul of oil and gas rules with focus on safety and environment – Los Angeles Times
The fifth largest oil and sixth largest gas producer in the US now requires companies to focus on their impact on the local environment. While this may reduce spills and leaks in the short-term, longer term the importance of the industry to the state's economy may come into play. There are already moves to overturn the rules, with elections in November targeting changes on a "protect jobs and tax income" ticket.
The Danish have designed a simple way to cope with loneliness – Quartz
A quarter of the population experience it almost constantly, it contributes to depression, and it's been described by the US Surgeon General as an "epidemic". In Denmark, Ventilen - friend to one - is an organisation helping people tackle loneliness by hosting meet-ups and networking events when young people can socialise. It's having a positive effect on people's lives and is spreading its wings into schools and onto the international stage.
Electric Car Price Tag Shrinks Along With Battery Cost – BNEF
Increasing volume is driving down the cost of electric vehicles as economies of scale take hold. Powertrain and battery technology has also been advancing rapidly, making electric cars more usable as ranges extend and manufacturers learn more about consumer driving habits. As a consequence the cross-over point when EVs become cheaper than traditional cars, is now slated to be 2024, and in some segments 2022.
Smart cities must pay more attention to the people who live in them – World Economic Forum
As urban populations grow, smart cities are being used to make city living easier, more enjoyable and more sustainable. However, an over reliance on flawed data gathering methods could mean many initiatives fail to achieve these goals. Inhabitant-centric approaches, such as those in Amsterdam and Montreal, may offer a faster and more reliable way to identify the real issues city residents want smart tech to tackle.