Climate change: Electric car target ‘needs to be sooner’ – BBC News
The UK's target to remove fossil-only cars from sale by 2040 needs to be improved, a review will claim. They're proposing bringing in the ban by 2030, which will have a dramatic and positive effect on air quality, as well as accelerate moves to drive down the relatively high cost of EVs. But there are wider issues, not least the provision of charging points and Government paralysis, that could hinder any progress.
Lawmakers act on New York state Environmental Bill of Rights – WNYT.com
A state-wide "Environmental Bill of Rights" has passed in New York. It sets out fundamental rights to clean air and a non-toxic environment that could have widespread impacts on businesses. Reducing their environmental impact is going to be a priority now, unless they want to defend themselves in court.
Drax launches turn-key commercial EV solution
Renewables energy generator Drax has launched an EV leasing service for commercial fleets in the UK. The service will help companies move their cars and vans onto electric and includes not only vehicles, but also advice on how to optimise the fleet, and renewable energy to charge them.
Sustainable Grocery Stores: 9 Ways Grocery Stores Are Changing – Green Matters
Grocery stores are taking a stand on reducing their environmental impact. From reducing plastic bags to cutting back on packaging to using renewable energy, US shopping is getting greener by the day.
South Australian pilot program uses human waste biogas to deliver renewable energy – ABC News
The technique takes biogas from a waste water treatment plant, stores it in molten silicon and then returns it as power. Initially the pilot is generating 10-megawatts, which is being fed to SA Water, although 1414 degrees, who developed the technology, says it could scale to deliver grid-capacity volumes of power. Interestingly, the technology is being described as a battery.
Ireland: playing catch up with renewables – Power Technology
The path to a renewable grid is a difficult one for Ireland. Hit hard by the Financial Crisis, the coffers weren't full enough to divert investment to building up green power generation. Although it may be playing catch-up, there's little doubt Ireland is going all-out for a sustainable future, as this extensive report shows.
Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Launches Sustainability Initiative – Business Wire
Options for eco-friendly footwear are about to get a bit wider with Dr Scholl launching two new sneakers made from sustainable materials. It's more than a product launch though, as the new shoes are the first public signs of a move to an eco-friendly business model. Over the coming years, the company will increase the amount of sustainable materials it uses, as well as build on other initiatives to reduce or offset its impact.