⚡ COP28 Summit, Space-Based Power, Net Zero Greenwashing and more

Navigating COP28, Exploring , and 10 Pioneering Ideas for Energy Transition.

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  • 🔥Critical topic, COP28: The United Nations climate summit set to convene in Dubai this week.

  • Top curated links: From space-based power to “Net Zero Greenwashing”, it’s all here.

  • This week’s top ideas :💡 Ten best clean energy transition ideas from this week's curated links.

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Curated links, handpicked and summarized.

 🔥Cop28: the United Nations climate summit.

  • What is COP28? Everything you need to know before the UN climate summit begins in Dubai this week. The article outlines the criticality of COP28 in addressing escalating climate challenges, underscoring the urgency for global action.(Read more at www.euronews.com)

  • COP28: a glossary of climate change terminology. Understanding climate change terminology is crucial for effective communication and policy-making at COP28. (Read more at www.raconteur.net)

  • COP28: Oil Producers For Net Zero?. COP28's president, also the CEO of a major oil company, spotlights the contentious role of fossil fuel leaders in climate talks, underscoring a critical debate on energy transition. (Read more at www.forbes.com)

⚡️ Clean Energy

  • Beam Clean Energy From Space: Scientists Advance Technology. Harnessing constant solar energy in space and beaming it to Earth could revolutionize clean energy by providing an uninterrupted power supply. (Read more at www.bloomberg.com)

  • InfluenceMap “Net Zero Greenwash”: The Gap Between Corporate Commitments and their Policy Engagement. The article is compelling for Clean Energy as it highlights the discrepancy between corporate clean energy commitments and their actual support for climate policy, essential for transitioning to clean energy. (Read more at influencemap.org)

  • US government deploys $41M to train clean energy. The $41M investment by the US government to train workers in clean energy fields is a strategic move to bolster the clean energy economy and address climate change. (Read more at www.canarymedia.com)

  • What Happened to the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Boom?. The article examines the unrealized potential of offshore wind energy in the Great Lakes, highlighting its importance for expanding renewable energy infrastructure. (Read more at insideclimatenews.org)

🚙 Mobility & Transport

  • SUVs could be the latest casualty of climate change as Paris tries to drive them out. The environmental impact of SUVs, prompting actions that align with the shift towards renewable energy and sustainable transportation. (Read more at www.euronews.com)

  • A glimpse of optimism on climate change. The surging domestic sales of electric vehicles, which now represent one in 10 new vehicles sold, highlight the significant growth and potential impact of electric transportation technology on reducing emissions. (Read more at thehill.com)

  • In a first, EV new car registrations surpass diesel in Europe. EV registrations surpassing diesel in Europe signifies a pivotal shift towards electric transportation, highlighting consumer acceptance and market transformation. (Read more at electrek.co)

🏠 Buildings & Cities

  • Building Less Parking Space Helps Us Fight Climate Change and the Housing Crisis. Smart cities optimize space and resources; less parking means more room for housing and green areas, aiding in climate and housing challenges. (Read more at truthout.org)

  • Transit agencies’ financial woes continue. Strained transit finances impact smart city evolution by challenging the integration of efficient, sustainable public transportation systems. (Read more at www.smartcitiesdive.com)

  • In 1st trial of its kind in the U.S., Irish startup spreads concrete dust on Illinois farm field to remove CO2 from the air. Irish startup's trial on enhancing weathering with concrete dust could innovate carbon capture, pivotal for sustainable building's climate goals. (Read more at www.chicagotribune.com)

  • Exclusive: New Tax Rules Could Make It Cheaper to Hook Up Clean Energy to the Grid. New tax rules reducing the cost of connecting clean energy to the grid bolster sustainable building by easing financial barriers to renewable energy integration. (Read more at heatmap.news)

  • A New Solar Water Heating System Goes Online as Its Developer Enters the US Market. Harnessing solar thermal energy for water heating at Creighton University exemplifies sustainable building through carbon-free energy systems.(Read more at insideclimatenews.org)

💡This week’s top ideas, summarized from our curated links.

Ideas from this week’s curated links (in no particular order):

  1. Space-based energy transmission. Investigating the concept of beaming solar energy from space to Earth, enabling efficient and long-distance energy transmission without the need for traditional power grids. (Source...)

  2. Banning SUV advertisements. Banning SUV advertisements that condone environmentally harmful behavior can raise awareness about the impact of these vehicles and encourage alternative transportation options. (Source...)

  3. Concrete dust to remove CO2. Concrete dust as an enhanced weathering technique offers a low-cost and low-maintenance solution for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Source...)

  4. Streamlined interconnection process. A new tax credit covers up to 30% of interconnection costs, reducing financial barriers and speeding up the connection of clean energy projects to the power grid. (Source...)

  5. Competing zero-emission heating technologies. Encouraging competition and innovation in various zero-emission heating technologies, including solar thermal, can contribute to the decarbonization of heating and cooling systems. (Source...)

  6. Linking parking charges to vehicle weight. Linking parking charges to vehicle weight, as proposed in Paris, can incentivize the use of lighter electric vehicles and discourage the use of heavy SUVs. (Source...)

  7. Resistance from local communities. Offshore wind turbines being built within sight of beloved coastlines can face opposition from communities, leading to delays and uncertainty in project development. (Source...)

  8. Reduced parking minimums. Eliminating parking minimums allows for the construction of denser housing and increased public transit options, reducing carbon emissions and addressing the housing crisis. (Source...)

  9. Vehicle-to-grid technology. Vehicle-to-grid technology enables electric vehicles to not only consume energy but also contribute back to the grid, creating a more sustainable and balanced energy ecosystem. (Source...)

  10. Climate-friendly parking policy. Repealing parking minimums is a step towards building more climate-friendly cities by reducing reliance on cars and decreasing carbon emissions. (Source...)

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