New Jersey is in danger of failing to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2050, according to the Rutgers Climate Institute. The report noted that offshore wind has the potential to meet 40% of the New Jersey's electricity needs, but hasn't been able to get off the ground due to the Chris Christie administration and other challenges.
West Chester, Pa., pledges to source 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, making it the 45th municipality in the country to set such as goal, according to the Sierra Club. "The actions we will take to conserve energy and transition to renewable energy will also bring a multitude of benefits to our residents, economy and environment," said Mayor Jordan Norley.
Athens, Ga.-based Kindercore Vinyl is meeting a renewed interest in phonograph records with an eye toward greener, modernized manufacturing. Kindercore's record-pressing plant uses an innovative press developed by a Canadian company, and Kindercore wants to be the first to produce petroleum-free records.
Lowering carbon emissions has emerged as a big-business theme among corporations attending Climate Week NYC 2017. "To listen to these execs, you would think climate change defined a new marketplace, not a threat to every marketplace," Alec Appelbaum writes.
General Motors plans to power its seven manufacturing plants in Indiana and Ohio using 100% wind by 2018. "GM underscores the role of corporate culture in ensuring that sustainable initiatives weave into a holistic path forward," Tina Casey writes.
Citigroup has set a new goal to source 100% of its global electricity needs from renewables by 2020, according to the company. "We're committed to using renewable power sources for our global operations while continuing to provide financing for our clients' renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the world," said CEO Michael Corbat.
Smart logistics and better freight supply chain management can help corporations cut their transportation greenhouse gas emissions and save money. Home Depot and Walmart have revamped their freight delivery networks using low-tech strategies, such as mapping out more direct truck routes, filling trucks with more to haul and reducing total delivery miles.
Emotionally intelligent leaders set aside their egos to recognize weaknesses and work through them, writes LaRae Quy. Embrace the discomfort, practice and experiment, and hire smart people to fill in the gaps, she writes.
New York, California and Washington state and the other 11 states in the United States Climate Alliance are on track to meet their share of the goals outlined in the Paris climate accord due, in part, to local renewable energy targets and electric vehicles, according to a report from research firm Rhodium Group. Vibrant Clean Energy CEO Christopher Clack said, however, that a national grid would be the best option for decarbonization because a states-only approach could lead to a system unable to support large wind and solar capacities.
As turbines scale up and wind and solar costs fall, clean energy will become more affordable and more widespread than fossil fuels in many parts of the world, said Bloomberg New Energy Finance founder Michael Liebreich. A report from BNEF said clean energy would likely account for 86% of the roughly $10.2 trillion that will be spent on generation by 2040.