Sungevity's Klimaatnieuws - Week 37
We helpen je graag energie besparen. Daarom zetten we het laatste (internationale) solar-, klimaat-, en energienieuws voor je op een rijtje. Hoef je dat niet meer zelf te doen.
- ‘The Netherlands is only halfway reducing greenhouse gas emissions’, reports the NOS (Dutch). Dutch CO2 emissions were the same in 2017 as in 1990. The total GHG emission were down with 13% compared to 2017. This means that the Netherlands need to make as much progress in the next 3 years as it did in the last 27 to reach its goal of a GHG reduction of at least 25% in 2020.
- ‘Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air’ - The New York Times. Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are expected to bring proposals forward this week that will make it ‘significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere.’ Methane (one of the most powerful greenhouse gasses) ‘routinely leaks from oil and gas wells’ and the new proposals will require less effort from energy companies to limit this.
- ‘More wind turbines and solar panels? That also means more rain’, according to a podcast (06:18-10:48) from De Standaard (Flemish). According to calculations by researchers of the University of Illinois, wind and solar parks cause changes in hot air distribution, that in turn cause more rain and vegetation growth around these parks. Measurements done in the Sahara backup their claims.
- ‘EU climate law could cause 'catastrophic' deforestation’- The Guardian. The EU climate law will count energy created from burning whole trees as carbon neutral, arguing that planting new trees can offset the carbon released during the burning. However, as this process can take up to several decades, climate scientists fear that the law will encourage wood imports and pose a threat to global carbon sinks.
- Research by the ‘Social Enterprise Monitor 2018 shows growth in entrepreneurial activists’, reports Duurzaamnieuws (Dutch). More and more social enterprises (now around 6000 in the Netherlands) have been profitable in the last year. Revenue and employment opportunities have also improved. 24% of Dutch social enterprises focus on environmental issues, such as circularity, food and pollution.
- Let’s end with some good news: humanity could save $26 trillion by 2030 through a global shift to sustainable development! In ‘We could shift to sustainability and save $26 trillion. Why aren’t we doing it?’, Vox dives deeper into this number and looks at what we need to realise these savings.