How are we going to reduce emissions from aluminium and steel? Can we go plastic free, and reduce waste? And, how will we sustainably re-fashion the fashion industry?
This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories.
No Electricity? No Problem! UK Hopes To Solve Diesel Train Problem With Hydrogen
Hydrogen could help the UK overcome a financial roadblock in its ambitious plans to ditch diesel in favour of an electrified rail transport system.
— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) May 15, 2018
Architects propose a giant circular park in the sky for Asti, Italy
This green-roofed car park in Italy doubles as public space. The project, designed by architects Angelo Salamone and Ilaria Filippi of AS-DOES, is an example of green social infrastructure that creates a programmatic symbiosis.
Architects propose a giant circular park in the sky for Asti, Italy https://t.co/B6abzDrjAY
— inhabitat (@inhabitat) May 11, 2018
EU to withhold 16 per cent of carbon permits next year to curb oversupply
Around 1.65 billion carbon permits were in circulation in Europe’s carbon market last year and almost 265 million of those will be withheld from auctions in 2019 as a step to curb oversupply, the European Commission has said.
A new ratchet mechanism kicks-off next year with preparations now underway: https://t.co/jgbVYO1gdS
— Mark Johnston (@mark_johnston) May 16, 2018
World’s first ‘plastic free’ label unveiled
The world’s first Plastic Free Trust Mark has launched to support the growing band of companies that have committed to phasing out plastic packaging. Campaign group A Plastic Planet is to debut the new label, which will be awarded to food and drink products that are packaged without any plastic.
— James Murray (@James_BG) May 16, 2018
This could be the biggest advance in aluminium production in 130 years
Apple, the largest publicly traded company in the world, joined a major collaboration last week that could change how it gets one of the key components that makes its ubiquitous gadgets look so sleek: aluminium.
Aluminium accounts for 24% of Apple's "manufacturing carbon footprint" & with Alcoa & Rio Tinto they are investing in a non-carbon anode to reduce emissions. Great news, but still requires carbon free electricity to make a substantial dent in emissions. https://t.co/5xJTJi2sVs
— Glen Peters (@Peters_Glen) May 16, 2018
Carbon Emissions From Travel Industry Are 4 Times Higher Than Estimates
A study by the University of Sydney finds that carbon emissions from tourism and travel are four times greater than previously believed. With tourism growing faster than the overall world economy, those emissions are likely to increase even more.
Carbon Emissions From Travel Industry Are 4 Times Higher Than Estimates https://t.co/YH1W8WP51P
— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) May 14, 2018
How sustainable designer Bill McDonough is re-fashioning the fashion industry
Through Fashion for Good, Bill McDonough has created “platform for innovation” through accelerator and scaling programs, which bring together brands, manufacturers, retailers and innovators to address issues of unsustainability in supply chains.
By open-sourcing technologies down to the molecule and across-industry, Fashion for Good hopes to “close the loop” and “move this industry towards circularity.”
Thanks to @GreenBiz for highlighting the need to make #fashion circular. I'm at @cphfashsummit this week because fashion is a living thing, and it needs to grow in the right way. #RestartFashion #CopenhagenFashionSummit #CircularEconomy #CradletoCradle https://t.co/bC6QX4nqUl
— William McDonough (@billmcdonough) May 14, 2018
Carbon emissions could be halved by avoiding waste from food, clothing and electronics
‘This important report challenges us to address the less obvious, but significant opportunities that come from using less and reusing more’
We need to use less and reuse more to protect the environment. https://t.co/KMQp9fLQdN
— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) May 16, 2018
New electric car with tiny carbon footprint to be rolled out in Sweden next year
The car, Uniti One, needs a smaller battery because the chassis is built with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, making it lighter and thus significantly lower carbon pollution than normal. The first models will roll out in Sweden next year, before moving into the rest of Europe, the Mideast, and India.
“Its agility is more important in a city, so sharp turning radius, …automated parking, better visibility… Whereas a normal car is sort of big, heavy, …this is more of a clean, minimal, sleek – quite a futuristic design” #ActOnClimate #ClimateChangehttps://t.co/TUbMxLLjJH
— Paul Dawson (@PaulEDawson) May 17, 2018
Swedish steel boss: ‘Our pilot plant will only emit water vapour’
A new pilot facility under construction in northern Sweden will produce steel using hydrogen from renewable electricity.
This looks promising: Sweden is building a pilot plant to manufacture emissions-free steel using hydrogen and renewable power. (Steelmaking accounts for ~5% of global emissions.) https://t.co/er4yqYsffo
— brad plumer (@bradplumer) May 14, 2018