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Despite Growth, Boston Hospitals Slash Carbon Emissions

Facility Executive Summary A new report released by Health Care Without Harm on behalf of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) Health Care Working Group spotlights Boston hospitals’ achievements to reduce GHG emissions. “Healthcare organizations have an obligation to improve...

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Decarbonising construction: Plotting your path to net zero

PBC Today Summary We saw a flurry of government announcements in late 2020, including the ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution , closely followed by the publication of the long-awaited Energy White Paper and National Infrastructure Strategy , with much more promised for...

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Microsoft Outlines Its Vision For a Zero-Carbon Cloud, Around the Clock

Data Center Frontier Summary This week Microsoft outlined a vision to run its Azure “planetary computer” and its 4 million servers using entirely zero-carbon sources, including hourly matching of renewable energy. Microsoft says it will work with utilities and industry partners to “lay the...

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Eighty percent clean electricity generates large benefits

The Hill Summary Congressional proposals for cutting carbon pollution from the electricity sector are flying around Capitol Hill this week. Bold progress on cleaning up the nation’s electricity grid is central to curbing global climate change. It would also have a dramatic, but often under...

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Europe Has An Ambitious New Climate Plan That Imagines A Dramatic Cut In Emissions

NPR Summary The European Union unveiled sweeping new legislation Wednesday to help meet its pledge to cut emissions of the gases that cause global warming by 55% over this decade, including a controversial plan to tax foreign companies for the pollution they cause. The legislation...

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EBRD lends EUR 18 million for district heating decarbonization in Kragujevac

Balkan Green Energy News Summary Kragujevac, the fourth-largest city in Serbia, will abandon the use of coal in district heating with a loan of up to EUR 18 million obtained from EBRD. Natural gas boilers with a total capacity of 110 MW will replace the old facilities. The European Bank for...

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UK to end use of coal to generate electricity in 2024

Bioenergy Insight Summary From 1 October 2024, the UK will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned. The move forms part of ‘ambitious’ government commitments to transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonise the power sector to eliminate contributions...

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CO2 rally makes early German coal exit economical – Wartsila

Montel Summary This year’s rally in carbon prices has already made it both cheaper and greener for Germany to bring forward its coal exit by eight years, Finnish technology group Wartsila said on Tuesday. According to Wartsila modelling, carbon prices of around EUR 50/t made it 5-10%...

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Getting closer to carbon-neutral: District systems share warmth and cooling

The Globe and Mail Summary It’s one thing to aim to make a building carbon-neutral, but the challenge expands when you look to share the warmth with entire communities. A couple of innovative developments in Canada are getting closer to zero net carbon by getting nature to provide much of...

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UK modelling report 'decouples energy from emissions'

World Nuclear News Summary Diverse, scalable and low-cost applications for nuclear technologies have for the first time been fully represented across the whole energy system in a new modelling report published last week by the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). The work, which was...