Weekend Reads: Leading Companies Reducing Emissions; Smart Cities Key to Sustainable Living - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables  -  May 27, 2023

Weekend Reads: Leading Companies Reducing Emissions; Smart Cities Key to Sustainable Living

It's the weekend! Kick back and catch up with these must-read articles from around the web:

Climate change calls for cuts in carbon emissions. These US companies are leading the way. (USA Today) Industry produces 23% of U.S. GHG emissions, which makes cleaning up businesses a crucial part of the fight against climate change. To help cut through the confusion of which companies have reduced their GHG emissions, America's Climate Leaders was developed for USA TODAY. It is a recognition of companies that cut their carbon footprint, a noteworthy achievement for investors, customers, and anyone who is trying to make sense of these still-evolving measures.

Why Smart Cities Are the Path to a Sustainable Future (Entrepreneur) Smart cities can provide real-time data people need to stay safe and have a good quality of life: An emergency response system can alert you to accidents. Sensors can alert you that something within your infrastructure needs maintenance. Data also can result in increased accessibility that influences health and well-being. As in other areas of business, people want to see proof of concept. Thanks to forward-thinking leaders, we now have multiple examples of what sustainable living can look like in real life.

Can Utilities Prep The Market For A Deluge Of Electric Vehicles? (Forbes) The Edison Electric Institute projects 26.4 million electric vehicles in 2030, giving utilities new revenues but putting pressure on them to make substantial outlays. The goal is to build the charging infrastructure to at least 10 million new ports. To get there, the U.S. Department of Energy says that the transmission and distribution network must expand by 60% by 2030 and triple by 2050. The Edison Electric Institute says it is ahead of the game, working with policymakers and various stakeholders to make this happen.

Top climate change scientist explains how to ‘get the work done’ (World Economic Forum) The science is unequivocal: climate change from burning fossil fuels is undeniable. We need to reach net zero globally by 2050 and decarbonise rapidly by 2030. That means radically reducing fossil fuel use, whilst scaling renewable energy, decarbonising industry, and protecting and restoring our natural ecosystems. Delivering this requires immediate, bold action from governments and the private sector. As we look ahead to key climate targets, what does the future hold for climate science and how will it inform urgent action now?

10-Month Voyage Proves Solar Cell Material Survives, Thrives In Space (CleanTechnica) Dr. Lyndsey McMillon-Brown was hoping to see anything but mustard yellow. When the NASA research electrical engineer clicked open the photo of a small sample, she let out a cheer. The film was still dark black after spending 10 months on the International Space Station, proving her team’s innovative solar cell material is suitable for possible use on future space missions. The dark color she saw was an early indication the demonstration had been successful.

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