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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories – 18 May

Credit: Kongsberg Seatex
Credit: Kongsberg Seatex

Norway’s autonomous electric ships, France’s green economy boost, and the latest efforts to make the stuff we eat and wear more sustainable.

This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories.

1.

Southern Europe backs stricter EU waste rules, unlike Nordic countries

Nordic countries oppose higher recycling targets and waste prevention because it would bring about a reduction in residual waste. Nordic countries need waste to feed the expensive incinerators they built, according to the EEB.

Read more on Euractiv

2.

EU’s low-carbon plan Energy Union pledges security and solidarity

The European Union will continue to assist and support the transition to a low-carbon economy, especially for countries with economies that are energy and carbon intensive, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said in Katowice.

Read more on New Europe

3.

Back to front: the struggle to renovate EU building stock persists

The EU’s building stock renovation is critical to achieving climate change targets. With revision of the EU legislation approaching, Euractiv discusses how Central Europe has been slow to embrace finance for renovation and how demand, not funding, is the biggest obstacle.

Read more on Euractiv

4.

Got plants? Bio-based shoes, lingerie, auto parts and more

Whether it’s Reebok’s corn shoes, or lingerie made with a cellulosic yarn, there is a plethora of bio-based, compostable packaging and electronics reaching the market.

Read more on Green Biz

5.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Circular Fibres initiative

The circular economy organisation backed by H&M and Nike,  has launched an initiative to promote circular economy models in the global textiles and clothing industry. Read more on Business Green.

In parallel, Guardian asks: do clothes companies do the right thing to reduce microfiber pollution?

6.

RenewableUK lays out renewable energy future for “powering Britain”

The UK has returned to the top ten most attractive locations for renewable energy investment. The UK trade body for renewable energy has published a general election manifesto, outlining the role renewable energy can play in building a strong energy future for the country. Green businesses have also stepped up calls for post-election climate action.

Read more on Clean Technica

7.

Light-powered device can purify air and generate clean energy

Researchers from the Netherlands have designed a handheld air purifying device that only needs light to work. The device has two small chambers divided by a membrane. In one chamber air is purified, and in the other hydrogen gas is generated. Nanomaterials act as catalysts to break down pollution and produce the gas.

Read more on Inhabitat

8.

France preps 17GW renewables surge

The European Commission has approved French state support of three renewable energy projects, including small-scale onshore wind, solar and sewage gas, which total more than 17 gigawatts.

Read more on Business Green

9.

Norway looks to autonomous electric ships to replace trucks

One Norwegian company is planning to replace lorry journeys with an electric ship next year.

Read more on Clean Technica

10.

Coffee flour and beer pizza on the menu as innovators fight food waste

Barack Obama has said that innovation is key to reducing emissions from agriculture, speaking at a conference in Milan. The conference showcased Italian food waste start-up Demetra which treats food post-harvest to extend its shelf life. 

Read more on Thomson Reuters

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