The successes of the week in terms of sustainable development


As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly roundup of five of the week’s top sustainable business success stories from around the world.

Edie’s long-running weekly roundup continues, bringing you positive news from the green economy

Published weekly, this series shows how businesses and sustainability professionals are working to achieve their “Mission Possible” through the campaign’s five key pillars: energy, resources, infrastructure, mobility and company management.

As the dust settles on COP26 COP26, companies are keen to show that they can turn their environmental ambitions into action – potentially going further and faster than national governments. Here, we put together five positive sustainability stories from this week.

ENERGY: UK tidal industry to receive £ 20million per year through CfD

For the first time in the history of the UK government’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) program, the marine energy sector has received ring-fenced funding. It was announced on Thursday (25 November) that £ 20million will be paid out annually from the fourth round of allocation.

The allocation round will open next month. Trade bodies and companies in the sector had campaigned for the funding, claiming that without it the future prosperity of the sector would be in jeopardy.

Earlier this year, an edition of this weekly article reported that a tidal turbine located in Orkney – said to be the most powerful in the world – had started producing electricity.

“This dedicated support for tidal power opens a new chapter for UK coastal communities and advances opportunities for the UK marine energy sector to play an important role in delivering the UK’s Green Industrial Revolution” , said Energy Minister Greg Hands.

RESOURCES: Bristol marks Black Friday with electronics take-back and redistribution program

November 26 marked Black Friday – arguably the biggest shopping day of the year in the US and UK. In recent times, the environmental impact of the event has been much more closely monitored, including increased levels of waste and packaging, and emissions related to the delivery of packages the next day.

Providing an alternative, the environmental charity Hubbub has partnered with Bristol Waste Company and Ecosurety to run a pop-up shop in Bristol, where they can donate working electronic items ready to be repaired and redistributed. As an incentive, a £ 50 voucher, which can be used towards another item in the program, is offered as part of a raffle.

The program is called Electric Avenue and will run until Sunday, December 5. Its aim is to highlight the fact that the UK produces the second highest level of e-waste per person per year (Norway comes first), despite the fact that these items are still of value.

“While it’s easy to be drawn to Black Friday deals, our electrifying new pop-up store aims to challenge the need to buy new and shines a light on the value of electrical items that often get thrown away when not in use. are no longer needed. “said Gavin Ellis, co-founder of Hubbub.

MOBILITY: Johnson Matthey Expands Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership

Last year, British chemicals and technology company Johnson Matthey (JM) partnered with Chinese fuel cell company REFIRE to help accelerate the adoption of heavy-duty hydrogen-powered vehicles.

JM this week announced plans to expand the collaboration and confirmed that 170 zero-emission heavy trucks have been deployed in China as a result of the project. JM supplies Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA), a performance component, to REFIRE. In turn, REFIRE produces fuel cell systems that are integrated into JM’s fleet and those of its customers.

Another 110 vehicles from the partnership will be deployed “in the coming months,” JM said. In total, REFIRE has delivered more than 2,700 heavy goods vehicles equipped with fuel cell technology to commercial customers, which represents about 40% of China’s total inventory.

JM Managing Director Jo Godden said: “With their long battery life, low weight and quick refueling, it is becoming evident that FCEVs are ideally suited for decarbonizing logistics and transit.

“To provide these large-scale applications, we have focused our efforts on optimizing critical fuel cell components to improve cell output power and efficiency. This is where the lab meets the road.

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: Dark roof ban planned in New South Wales, Australia

When cities are built to replace natural land cover with dark, dense buildings, sidewalks, and other structures, heat is absorbed. Global warming is therefore felt more intensely in some urban areas than in the rest of their nations, in what is known as the urban heat island effect.

To help tackle this challenge, the state of New South Wales, Australia is proposing to ban dark roofs on new buildings. The government says the move could reduce room temperatures in Sydney – the state’s largest city – by as much as 2.4 ° C. Developers and residents are also being told that temperatures inside homes at Light roofs could be at least 4 ° C lower during a heat wave.

A requirement for developers to provide larger back gardens for homes in the area, so that more green space can be developed, will also be proposed. In addition, there will be an upgrade of the technology that the state uses to assess water and energy consumption in domestic buildings.

SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP: University of Exeter launches ‘Green Futures’ scholarship program

The UK’s current overall goal for green jobs is to develop low carbon and nature sectors to cover two million full time equivalent positions by 2030. But it is not on track. on track to achieve this goal – the recently released Net-Zero strategy claims to support 440,000 jobs by 2030, and there are fewer than 300,000 currently.

In a positive move in this space, the University of Exeter has launched a new ‘Green Futures’ scholarship program, which will financially support students from low- and middle-income countries to take Masters courses in order to prepare them for careers in sustainable development.

The program is co-funded by alumni donations and University coffers, with a 40:60 split. Successful applicants will have their travel to and from England, tuition and accommodation costs will be covered.

“Exeter is open to anyone with the academic ability, regardless of background or financial situation and we are committed to supporting those most affected by the climate and ecological crisis,” said the director of the institute of Global Systems University, Tim Lenton.

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