Is it possible to make money simply by parking your car? Will London’s new environmental strategy really make it the greenest city on earth? And, how can algae oil transform our automotive industry?
This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories.
UK set to be ‘self-sufficient’ in battery recycling by year end
Resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety and reuse and recycling solutions firm Belmont Trading UK have partnered to develop a battery recycling facility in Glasgow. They plan to be able to take up to 20,000 tonnes of waste batteries a year, which would enable the UK to become self-sufficient in battery recycling.
UK set to be 'self-sufficient' in battery recycling by year end https://t.co/qJkeQXzcBv
— BusinessGreen (@BusinessGreen) August 15, 2017
People in Denmark are earning up to €1,300 just by parking their EVs
Electric vehicle owners in Denmark have been able to collect about €1,300 ($1,530) a year by feeding excess power back into the grid. Nissan Motor Company conducted trials in the country with Italy’s utility company Enel SpA to show how EV batteries could help ease constraints on the electrical grid.
— Ars Technica (@arstechnica) August 14, 2017
Could bio-energy crops offer British farmers a post-Brexit boost?
An ETI report this week suggests bio-energy crops could provide a valuable new revenue stream for the UK while cutting carbon emissions.
— ETI (@the_ETI) August 8, 2017
Trucost launches corporate carbon pricing risk assessment tool
Green data specialist Trucost has launched a new tool to help companies assess their potential exposure to risks presented by changing carbon pricing mechanisms around the world, such as emissions trading.
— Sustainable Brands (@SustainBrands) August 17, 2017
ABN AMRO launches green home service in bid to slash Dutch emissions
With a new suite of climate-focused tools and services, Dutch banking giant ABN AMRO aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and customers by two megatonnes by 2030, the equivalent to taking 800,000 cars off the roads. One such tool is the Energy Saving Check, which offers a quick overview of how sustainable a user’s home is and what green modifications will yield: in terms of payback time, comfort and environmental contribution.
— PCMG (@PCMGLtd) August 10, 2017
The UK will require electric car chargers at all major gas stations
The UK just announced a new law that requires all major petrol (gas) stations and motorway services to install electric car chargers.
— inhabitat (@inhabitat) August 10, 2017
NorthVolt Starts Biggest Fundraising for €4 Billion Battery Plan
NorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in €100 million ($118 million).
— Climate Changed (@climate) August 15, 2017
Electric autobahn: Siemens to debut on-the-go truck charging technology
To supply power to hybrid electric trucks, Siemen’s eHighway trial will erect a 10km overhead contact line on a stretch of autobahn in the German state of Hesse.
— Siemens Press Office (@siemens_press) August 11, 2017
London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030.
— Solar Power Portal (@SolarPowerPort) August 11, 2017