The Biden Plan to Build a Modern, Sustainable Infrastructure

At this moment of profound crisis, we have the opportunity to build a more resilient, sustainable economy – one that will put the United States on an irreversible path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050. Joe Biden will seize that opportunity and, in the process, create millions of good-paying jobs that provide workers with the choice to join a union and bargain collectively with their employers.

President Trump has a devastating pattern of denying science and leaving our country unprepared and vulnerable. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, he ignored public health experts, praised the Chinese government, and failed to take the actions needed to protect the American people. And as the crisis accelerated, Trump rolled back environmental standards that protect public health — adding to the 100 similar environmental and public health protections he has rolled back since taking office — even though early data suggests a link between exposure to pollution and serious negative health impacts from the virus. Continue reading “The Biden Plan to Build a Modern, Sustainable Infrastructure”

NASA research into the development of clean energy

Clean Energy

Researchers at NASA Ames are conducting cutting-edge research in the development of clean energy technologies for NASA mission needs in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and the Science Mission Directorate. Our renewable energy focus is on advancing biofuels, solar, and wind technologies that also help reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum-based fuels. By advancing clean energy technologies, NASA Ames hopes to help our nation reduce its generation of greenhouse gases and create a sustainable future here on Earth.

View online video archives of the Council on Competitiveness Western Energy Summit, courtesy of Clean Skies TV. The event was held at NASA Ames Research Center on July 30, 2009. Here’s the press release. Continue reading “NASA research into the development of clean energy”

Sustainable investment funds surpass $1 trillion for the first time

Assets under management in funds that abide by environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles have surpassed $1 trillion for the first time on record, according to data compiled by Morningstar.

It comes after net inflows of $71.1 billion between April of June this year, driven by growing investor interest in sustainable investment funds in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Governments around the world have been stepping up their support for green projects in recent years, both through regulation and through fiscal spending,” analysts at UBS said in a research note published on Tuesday. Continue reading “Sustainable investment funds surpass $1 trillion for the first time”

ESG funds & sustainable investing

Are you interested in investing based on your personal principles? If so, you might want to consider sustainable investing.

In the past, some investors have avoided sustainable investing strategies for fear of sacrificing performance. Yet numerous studies have not concluded that incorporating sustainable investing factors results in a negative impact on performance. Additionally, the growth in sustainable investing vehicles has been substantial, providing investors with an increasing number of opportunities to potentially find investments that align with their goals. The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance estimates there has been a 34% increase over the past 2 years in global sustainable investing assets under management, reaching $30.7 trillion. Growth has been particularly strong in Japan, as well as in the US, where sustainable investing assets have soared 38% since 2016 to nearly $12 trillion (see Sustainable investing growth in the United States). Continue reading “ESG funds & sustainable investing”

What is Sustainable Energy

Sustainability: According to the United Nations (the UN’s Brundtland Commission popularized the term in 1987), sustainability is defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” True sustainability is when everyone, everywhere can meet their basic needs forever.

Using the above definition for sustainability, sustainable energy is energy that meets the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable energy is about finding clean, renewable sources of energy—sources that renew themselves, rather than sources that can be depleted. Continue reading “What is Sustainable Energy”

5 reasons we should be optimistic about the world’s clean energy future

Five recent interlinked trends have great potential to prevent the worst ravages of climate change and ensure people worldwide have access to the energy and economic opportunities they need to enjoy healthier and more prosperous lives.

The Key Trends

Solar is leading renewables to new heights. The cost of solar power has been declining dramatically for years, and it has now become the cheapest option in many economies. China, Europe, India and the United States have driven solar’s rise in recent years. But solar projects are now springing up fast in many countries across the globe, ranging from Vietnam to the United Arab Emirates, and from Egypt to Brazil. Meanwhile, offshore wind has achieved game-changing technological leaps and cost declines that give it the potential to become a key source of clean power in many parts of the world. Continue reading “5 reasons we should be optimistic about the world’s clean energy future”

Renewable Natural Gas For New York City MTA Buses

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) announced it has been contracted by New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to provide its Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG), a fuel derived from organic waste, to power the MTA’s 800 natural gas transit buses.

“The MTA is a prime example of a major transit agency recognizing the environmental benefits and financial value of RNG,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO, Clean Energy. “We’re pleased to support their efforts by supplying low-carbon RNG, a cleaner fuel option that will help improve air quality and fight climate change in the region.”

The multi-year agreement for an estimated 25 million gallons of Clean Energy’s Redeem™ RNG will reduce greenhouse gas emissions annually by 25,351 metric tons—the equivalent of removing 5,477 gasoline cars from the road, planting 419,184 trees, and recycling 8,623 tons of landfill waste—by switching to RNG from fossil natural gas. Continue reading “Renewable Natural Gas For New York City MTA Buses”

How clean energy jobs can power an equitable COVID-19 recovery

This July, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released his $2 trillion climate plan, touching on many interconnected themes, from clean energy to resilient infrastructure to environmental justice. But the plan’s emphasis on jobs was most apparent. “When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs,’” Biden said in his announcement.

Investing in infrastructure and creating more jobs remain areas of bipartisan interest at the federal level, especially given their potential to stimulate the economy after COVID-19. Biden’s plan goes one step further by linking infrastructure job creation to climate action, specifically in the transition to a clean energy economy.

Continue reading “How clean energy jobs can power an equitable COVID-19 recovery”

The Case For Pivoting Into Renewable Energy

Wind energy farmBernard Looney, BP’s new chief executive, wants to cut his company’s greenhouse gas emissions down to zero by 2050. To do that, the world’s sixth-largest energy company is committing itself to massive investment in renewable energy, including wind, solar and biofuels.

The U.K.-based energy provider may be more aggressive than its peers when it comes to plotting a carbon-free future, but it’s certainly not alone. Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Equinor and other traditional fossil fuel producers have also recently been diverting significant amounts of capital to renewable energy. Continue reading “The Case For Pivoting Into Renewable Energy”

Watch these four clean energy trends in U.S. cities

clean energy - wind farmAt the start of this new decade, American cities, states and businesses already have come a long way on the road to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to help tackle the climate crisis:

  • 155 cities have committed to 100 percent community-wide renewable energy;
  • 15 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have official targets to get over 50 percent of their electricity from clean resources;
  • Businesses are going beyond merely purchasing renewable energy to investing in battery storage, pairing electric vehicle charging with renewables and matching energy consumption to renewable resources (PDF) on an hourly basis, and
  • Many of the largest investor-owned utilities have set decarbonization goals and committed to a clean energy transition.

Continue reading “Watch these four clean energy trends in U.S. cities”