News round-up: Global news in sustainability & climate change – February 2021

 

USA-CNN: Former Tesla exec signs new recycling deal as battery costs soar
Recycling of batteries is taking off as a necessary and must-have counter-weight to mining and to supply battery makers and auto companies with raw materials in short supply. “The largest lithium mine is in the junk drawers of America”
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USA-QUARTZ NEWS: The collapse of its energy grid may make Texas the next solar hot spot

Texas to add 35GW of solar and wind power capacity in just the next 2 years – as well as 10 times more storage. Renewables become widely distributed, decentralized, reliable and resilient.

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GLOBAL-PV-MAGAZINE: Global hydrogen projects expected to exceed $300 billion by 2030

A new report by the Hydrogen Council states that 228 large-scale projects are planned primarily in Europe, Asia and Australia.

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GLOBAL-BLOOMBERG: Ship Giant Maersk Bids Farewell to New, Fossil-Fuel Only Ships

100 years after coal-powered global shipping, the world’s largest shipping line takes historic step toward zero fossil fuels for propulsion – including no natural gas. “If you don’t do this, 10 years from now we risk becoming irrelevant,” said Maersk

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GERMANY-CNBC: German cement giants turn to green hydrogen & CO2 capture

Cement manufacture is one of the most energy & carbon-intensive industries. It’s a perfect place to start making impacts in carbon reduction.

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JAPAN-CLEANTECHNICA: World’s 1st Zero-Emission Tanker

The new vessel for Asahi Tanker is the first of two all-electric vessels that will be built. The battery-powered vessel was designed by e5 Lab Inc. a consortium of leading Japanese shipping and maritime services companies.

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GLOBAL-FT: Green steel’: the race to clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries

The steel sector is the largest industrial producer of CO2, accounting for +7 percent of all direct fossil fuel emissions, according to the World Steel Association, greater than the total for India.

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GLOBAL-BLOOMBERG: France central bank governor urges ECB to decarbonise €2.4tn corporate bonds portfolio, take into account climate risk

The ECB’s current contributions to tackling global warming include incorporating risks in their own models and projections.

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