Panel recommends Japan to focus more on renewable energy abroad

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Panel submits recommendations concerning Japan’s clean power plans A panel advising the Japanese Foreign Ministry has suggested that Japan could have a major global impact on the world if it increases its support of renewable energy in developing countries. The panel submitted its recommendations concerning this to Taro Kono, Japan’s Foreign Minister. Kono has ordered that the panel be formed following the ratification of the Paris Agreement. The agreement established a framework that countries throughout the world could use to combat climate change. Japan may need to show more support…

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Renewable energy makes impressive gains in the United States

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Report highlights the growth that clean power saw in 2017 Clean power saw impressive growth in the United States last year. The country’s renewable energy capacity grew significantly in 2017, with wind, solar, and hydropower finding greater degrees of success throughout the country. Efforts to embrace clean technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells, also grow more aggressive, as many states worked to make transportation more environmentally friendly. Last year, approximately 18% of all electricity generated in the United States was generated using renewable energy sources, according to a report from…

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Air Force begins testing new hydrogen fuel production solutions in Hawaii

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Project to focus more heavily on hydrogen as an alternative fuel The United States Air Force has begun a new demonstration project focused on hydrogen fuel. The Air Force has developed a new hydrogen production facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The hydrogen produced at the facility is used to power a variety of vehicles equipped with fuel cells. The facility is part of a project that is aimed at showcasing how hydrogen fuel can be effectively used to power a new generation of vehicles that produce no…

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Hawaii is making progress with its renewable energy goals

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Hawaiian utilities reach a new milestone in clean power production Utilities in Hawaii have reached a new milestone in terms of renewable energy production. Hawaii has been working aggressively to embrace clean power in recent years and has become one of the fastest growing new energy markets in the United States. Notably, solar energy has begun to thrive in the state thanks to government support and the abundant amount of sunlight it receives throughout the year. Hawaii intends to take more aggressive steps to cut its consumption of fossil-fuels in…

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Toyota is making progress with its environmental goals

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Automaker releases its latest environmental report Toyota has released its latest North American Environmental Report. In the report, the company outlines the progress it has made on its environmental goals throughout North America. The report also highlights the fact that much of the company’s efforts have been guided by its Environmental Challenge 2050. Toyota notes that many of its environmental goals are quite ambitious, but they are still quite attainable. These goals have allowed the company to shift its focus toward renewable energy and clean technology. Report highlights Toyota’s efforts…

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Legislation aims to boost renewable energy in Virginia

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New bill aims to trigger a major energy shift in Virginia Virginia lawmakers have introduced a new legislation that could have a major impact on renewable energy in the state. The legislation was introduced by Delegate Sam Rasoul and is being considered one of the most aggressive energy bills the state has seen in recent history. The bill would require the state to commit itself to 100% renewable energy by 2035. It would also establish a moratorium on the approval of all fossil-fuel projects. Several states are looking to embrace…

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New floating solar energy farm to be built in China

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Floating solar farm is helping China combat air pollution The Chinese government is working to combat air pollutions through the use of renewable energy. The government plans to invest no less than $360 billion into clean power by 2020. By that year, an estimated 13 million new jobs will have been created through this endeavor. The country recently completed a major solar energy project, which is one of several other projects that are set to be built in various parts of China. Solar farm will help power 15,000 homes A…

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Cost of renewable energy continues to plummet throughout the world

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Report predicts that clean power will be less expensive than fossil-fuels in two years Renewable energy is set to become less expensive than fossil-fuels within two years, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA). The report suggests that aggressive investments in clean power will lead to a steep decline in the cost of energy for consumers and businesses alike. Advances in technology have also made clean energy systems more efficient and less expensive to produce. This has made clean energy, as a whole, much more…

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UK may need to accelerate its plan for clean vehicles

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Report suggests that UK may miss its environmental goals by 2040 The United Kingdom may have to accelerate plans to ban internal combustion vehicles in order to meet its environmental goals, according to a new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The report suggests that the government’s Clean Growth Strategy may not be enough to ensure success in reducing emissions. The government’s current plan is to place a ban on the sale of all new internal combustion vehicles in 2040. The report claims that this plan must be…

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3 Top Tips for the Eco Conscious Shopper

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We are all much more environmentally conscious today than we were just a few years ago. In the modern world we don’t have much of a choice about it, global warming is a hot button issue and we are all beginning to experience the effects of climate change first hand. Just as surely as we are all learning to love the environment however, we still need to keep our inner consumer fed. Moving towards a more environmentally friendly world doesn’t mean that we have to completely turn our backs on…

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South Korea looks to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel

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Government agency is investing in clean hydrogen The South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is working to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel. The government agency has announced that it will be investing some $11 million over the next three years to commercially produce hydrogen. The agency intends to make use of a microbe called NA1, which will act as a catalyst to produce hydrogen from carbon monoxide and seawater. The microbe will be put to work at a demonstration facility that is expected to begin hydrogen production at some…

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Partnership aims to equip clean vehicles with autonomous technology

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Volkswagen and Aurora will be working to improve clean vehicles German automaker Volkswagen has partnered with Aurora, a startup company based in California. Together, the two companies will work to research and develop autonomous vehicles. Volkswagen is one of several automakers that have taken an interest in driverless technology, which may eventually power clean vehicles of the future. Such vehicles are expected to be powered by clean technologies, such as batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. These technologies coupled with driverless systems would make the vehicles significantly more efficient. Automaker plans…

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Cryptocurrency could unlock a new future for renewable energy

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Digital currency are beginning to establish a presence in clean power Cryptocurrency may be the way forward for renewable energy in 2018. Various types of digital currency have already embedded themselves in the clean power world, but these currencies may soon play a major role in the market beginning this year. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, an open-source blockchain organization, has already formed partnerships with major companies like BP and Microsoft, both of which have become heavily invested in renewable energy. Such partnerships may show that large corporations are ready to…

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Japan continues efforts to embrace hydrogen fuel

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Japan is working to build a hydrogen society The Japanese government is working to move forward with its plans to establish a functioning hydrogen society. The country has become heavily invested in hydrogen fuel in recent years, hoping to distance itself from fossil-fuels and make more use of clean energy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now calling for both the public and private sectors to come together and promote the use of hydrogen fuel for energy and transportation. Cost of hydrogen may drop significantly by 2050 One of the government’s…

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China to extend tax rebates for clean vehicles

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Clean cars will continue to receive financial support from the Chinese government China’s finance ministry has announced that it will be extending tax rebates for clean vehicles. This tax rebate was meant to expire at the end of this year, but has been extended until December of 2020. The announcement has been welcomed by automakers, many of whom plan to release new clean vehicles in China within the next year. The tax rebate covers vehicles that are equipped with batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as plug-in hybrids. Government…

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France bans production and exploration for natural gas and oil

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France will no longer produce natural gas or oil domestically per new legislation Lawmakers in France have approved new legislation that will ban all exploration for and production of oil and natural gas by 2040. Per the new law, existing drilling permits are not to be renewed. Furthermore, the licenses needed for oil and natural gas exploration projects will not be issued in the future. The legislation is part of France’s overarching efforts to become more environmentally friendly and focus on cleaner forms of power, such as wind energy and…

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