The UK Offshore Wind Industry Council has detailed a new 2030 Vision that would lift the nation's installed offshore wind capacity from 13 gigawatts to 30 GW by 2030.
Kohler's Waste Lab project helps the company look at industrial waste differently and reduce its footprint, project manager Theresa Millard says. "As long as we can keep one foot in the business world and show we're sustainable from a self-sufficiency point of view, that is how we drive change -- not just for Kohler, but for all businesses and industries," she says.
A successful corporate social responsibility program can start with something as simple as a charitable match program. Companies should survey their employees about what causes are important to them and keep them informed on CSR efforts to encourage buy-in, writes Caitlin Hotchkiss of FrontStream.
Renewable sources provided the energy required to meet one-quarter of the world's electricity demand in 2017, according to the International Energy Agency. "Unprecedented growth" in the US and China contributed to the increase.
European organization Ecobulk is working on methods for recycling bulky composite materials, such as the thermoset fiber-reinforced plastics used in wind turbine blades. "Recycling composites is a great obstacle not only to the circular economy but also to more widespread use of these materials that otherwise can have great environmental benefits," says Conenor's Markku Vilkki, who is working on an Ecobulk project.
Starbucks has teamed with Closed Loop Partners in a challenge to inventors to develop a more sustainable coffee cup. The chain's customers account for about 1% of the 600 billion paper and plastic cups used annually around the world, and the $10 million NextGen Cup Challenge will seek a fully compostable cup over the next three years.
Efficiency measures are helping the US curb its energy consumption and that, combined with renewables growth, has led to declines in coal and natural gas over the past year, writes John Timmer, citing Energy Information Agency data. Renewables, including biomass, account for more than 18% of US electrical generation.
A bill that would temporarily block wind farms near New York's Fort Drum from receiving state support is unnecessary because state and federal systems, such as the Defense Department's Siting ClearingHouse, already oversee energy development near military sites, according to separate statements from the Natural Resources Defense Council and veterans Dave Belote and Jon Powers. The legislation could also "stifle economic growth in the area and prevent hundreds of clean energy jobs from being created," said the NRDC.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted the request of the American Wind Energy Association and 10 other industry groups and extended the timeline for them to comment on its resiliency docket 30 days until May 9. "The 30-day extension requested by the Energy Industry Associations will help ensure that a robust record is developed on the resilience issues identified by the Commission in this docket," wrote the groups.