December 13 Energy News

December 13, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Rising To The Challenge Five Years After The Paris Climate Agreement'” • A new report produced by the UN Environment Program – the Emissions Gap Report 2020 and the Production Gap Report – highlights the urgency of the task ahead. We know how to deliver a safer climate trajectory right now, but major action is necessary. [CleanTechnica]

Nissan LEAF and Renault Zoe in Paris

¶ “Major Department of Energy #FAIL” • The US Department of Energy has just finalized a rule that allows the manufacturers of  residential and commercial appliances and equipment to have an opportunity to write their own tests for measuring how much energy their products consume – and to do so with little government oversight. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The End Of Coal? Why Investors Aren’t Buying The Myth Of The Industry’s ‘Renaissance'” • Three years ago, pictures of bulk carriers queued off the coast of Mackay in central Queensland were framed as evidence of a “renaissance” in the coal industry. Now, there are no ships waiting to load at all. Instead, they are waiting to unload at China. [The Guardian]

Open pit mine in Germany (C M, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Antarctica’s Melting Ice Shelves Are Dangerous” • Half of Antarctica’s ice shelves could collapse in a flash, Live Science reports. A study, which was published in August, suggested that around 50% to 70% of the ice shelves holding Antarctic glaciers in place could become weak and even collapse with surges of meltwater. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Aptera Reveals Solar Calculator” • After CleanTechnica’s deep dive into Aptera’s technologies, one of the questions from readers was how much of a charge they can really expect from the Aptera’s solar cells. Aptera has come through on answering the question by giving everyone a useful tool to help get their answers. [CleanTechnica]

Aptera solar tool (Please click on the image to enlarge it)

World:

¶ “Not Enough Climate Ambition Shown By Leaders” • At the conclusion of a virtual climate summit organised by the UK, UN, and France, Alok Sharma, the UK minister tasked with leading UN climate talks, said that world leaders are failing to show the necessary level of ambition. Nevertheless, he said “real progress” had been made. [BBC]

¶ “Colac’s Renewable Organics Network Is Turning Food Waste Into Biogas, Hot Water And Power” • Colac is a town in south-west Victoria. Its largest employers, Bulla Dairy Foods and the Australian Lamb Company, are working with the regional water company, Barwon Water, to build an Australian-first facility using food waste to make energy. [ABC News]

Colac (Steven Schubert | ABC News)

¶ “After Fires, Australia Gets Ready For Floods” • After bushfires threatened an Australian World Heritage site, it was only days before thousands were bracing for floods on the subtropical east coast, with beaches closed and the authorities urging people to sandbag their homes. As much as 475 mm (18.7 in) of rain fell in 24 hours. [Successful Farming]

¶ “World Bank Supports Maldives To Accelerate Renewable Energy Transition” • The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a $107.4 million project to help Maldives transition to renewable energy and support sustainable recovery. Added renewable resources will help the Maldives shift away from fossil fuels. [Mirage News]

House in the Maldives (Sebastian Pena Lambarri, Unsplash

¶ “PM Imran Vows To Scrap Coal Based Power Projects” • Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan is committed to mitigate impacts of climate change. He vowed to scrap its coal based power projects, produce 60% clean energy through renewable resources and run 30% of its vehicles on electricity by the year 2030. [Aaj News]

US:

¶ “US Pushes Harder For Electric Vehicle Makeover” • The latest development, as the Trump administration tries to make things easier for the fossil fuel industry on its way out of office, seems to be that not everyone got the message. It has just unleashed a new round of funding to help launch the US electric vehicle industry into the mainstream. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla at an EVgo charging station

¶ “Trump Administration Drops Green Hydrogen Bomb On Fossil Energy – Just For Starters” • To twist the knife one last time before a new President takes the helm, the US DOE has just earmarked $128 million for sustainable transportation R&D, including $33 million for green hydrogen and other fossil-killing hydrogen projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indiana’s Plans For Coal Ash Cleanup Are Insufficient, Report Says” • Indiana’s plans to clean up coal ash sites are insufficient, leaving toxins that could further poison drinking water and the environment, according to a report. In 2018, Indiana produced 6.8 million tons of coal ash, a figure that is actually a decline from earlier years. [Chicago Tribune]

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