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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories — 4 May

German scheme looks to store renewable power in domestic PV batteries | Business calls on the EU to scale up retrofitting of old buildings | New CO2 scrubbing prototype  |

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


‘High ambition’ nations band together to push for shipping climate deal

Ministers from Germany, France and Denmark, met with the Pacific Island nations at the end of April, and agreed to work together to ensure the delivery of a shipping emissions agreement that is aligned with the Paris Agreement goals.

Read more on Business Green


300 sustainable solutions to turn global challenges into business opportunities

Danish consultancy and thinktank Sustainia, together with energy consultancy DNV GL and the UN Global Compact have launched The ‘Global Opportunity Explorer’, a matchmaking website that categorises solutions, start-ups and ideas for sustainability in different sectors by which Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) they relate to.

Read more at Fast Company


Hydrogen gas grid for Leeds moves a step closer

Switching from natural gas to hydrogen is the biggest single thing the UK could do to decarbonise. Company ‘Northern Gas Networks’ has opened an office in Leeds with the aim of doing just that in the city.

Read more on Edie


German project looks to home photovoltaic systems to help grid

Grid operator Tennet and solar battery maker Sonnen GmbH have launched a pilot project in Germany that will store energy in home solar photovoltaic batteries to help balance the country’s power supply.

Read more on Reuters


The New Economy and Social Innovation Forum closes its doors with 94 proposals to build fairer institutions

The first New Economy and Social Innovation (NESI) Global Forum in Malaga has come up with 94 proposals to promote ethical banking, sustainability, organisations and education. Ideas included the promotion of circular economy through education.

Read more on Triple Pundit


EU clears tighter controls on power plant air pollution

New stricter rules have been agreed by the EU to reduce pollution from power plants. The measures could save 20,000 lives a year.

Read more on Euractiv



Artificial plants could turn carbon dioxide into fuel helping to reduce global warming

Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo of Central Florida University, together with a team of students, has built a device using titanium, some organic molecules and a blue LED photoreactor – a glowing cylinder that looks like a bit like a tanning bed — that turns carbon dioxide into a sugar. The inventor thinks the concept can be used to scrub the emissions from coal fired power plants.   

Read more on The Independent


Will the third industrial revolution create an economic boom that saves the planet?

Can a new documentary that explores the challenges of climate change persuade business leaders to buy into a third industrial revolution?

Read more on Fast Company


Crowd-funded firm aims to scale up African solar

TRINE, a Swedish company that raised funds for EcoZoom, is crowdfunding solar farms in Africa. The company has a community of about 1,000 young investors in northern Europe willing to each give a minimum of €25 to solar firms to empower the world’s poorest. 

Read more on CSMonitor


Businesses push for renewed European focus on building renovations

A group of 300 companies and organisations, including E.ON, Philips and Triodos Bank, has called for the EU to lead in retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient, to cut emissions and meet the Paris Agreement goals.

Read more on Edie