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Oxford launches net zero initiative to advise on climate change solutions

The University of Oxford has launched the Oxford Net Zero initiative to address the critical issue of how to reach global ‘net zero’ by achieving equitable, science-based solutions.

The initiative will draw on the university’s expertise in climate science and policy, as well as leading academics from across the university’s disciplines, including Geography, Physics, Economics, Biology, Law and Earth Sciences.

The team will be led by research director Professor Sam Fankhauser, who is joining Oxford from his current position as director of the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and director Professor Myles Allen, physicist and head of the Climate Research Program in Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute.

Oxford Net Zero is a growing network and collaboration of leading researchers from across the university to provide advice and expertise in the global ‘race’ to net zero. The group convenes and undertakes research to support policy interventions, and this month has been boosted by a £2.2 million ($3 million) investment from the University’s new Strategic Research Fund (SRF).

Novartis to power 100% of its operations with a healthy dose of wind and solar

Novartis announced last week that it signed five virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs), which are expected to collectively add more than 275 megawatts of clean power to the electrical grid. This move makes Novartis the first pharmaceutical company set to achieve 100% renewable electricity in its European operations through VPPAs.

“At Novartis, environmental sustainability is aligned with our purpose to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives,” said Montse Montaner, Chief Sustainability Officer at Novartis.

“Energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions are the cornerstones of our strategy for reducing emissions. These agreements mark a major milestone on the Novartis environmental sustainability journey to be carbon neutral across its operations by 2025 and across its value chain by 2030.”

IRENA and GWEC unite to accelerate green transformation

The International Renewable Energy Agency and the Global Wind Energy Council have teamed up to accelerate the adoption and deployment of windpower and other renewables worldwide to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

This agreement was signed by IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera and GWEC chief executive Ben Backwell.

“Wind energy as a scalable, clean and affordable technology will be critical to supporting countries, companies and other parties on the road to net zero and a green recovery,” said Backwell. La Camera added that “wind energy “is a cornerstone of the global energy transformation”.

IRENA’s Global Renewable Outlook report shows that a Paris Agreement compliant future by 2050 requires transformative changes to policy, behaviour and international cooperation. 

Renewable technologies such as onshore and offshore wind, as well as energy efficiency measures, can deliver more than 90% of the emission reductions needed while providing net employment and economic gains in the process.

FCC Environment CEE has introduced two new electric vehicle charging stations in Himberg, Lower Austria

On May 20th, 2020, 2 new charging stations were introduced in Himberg.

Even though a mass expansion of electric vehicles is still seen as something for the future, interest in them is increasing, and more and more people are turning to eMobility. It‘s become far more common to see people on the roads driving fully electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, and since electric cars produce less emissions, they definitely offer a solution for the future.

Going electric has never been this easy.

However, the expansion of eMobility faces a number of challenges, especially in terms of infrastructure and recharging, that have to be addressed. The biggest challenge can be planning trips – electric car drivers still have to think about when, where and if it’s possible to recharge their cars en route.

FCC Environment winner of the World Smart City Awards in the Innovative Idea category

The award-winning project is a 100% electric modular chassis-platform for urban service vehicles.This revolutionary equipment has been developed by a consortium led by FCC Environment and the Irizar group.

Within the framework of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2019, FCC Environment was declared winner of the World Smart City Awards in the Innovative Idea category for its affordable, versatile, self-supporting, high efficiency industrial platform for urban service vehicles. The company was awarded the prize in hard competition with several top-level projects. For FCC Environment this award represents a great recognition of the team work that has enabled the creation of this technology.

This 100% electric platform chassis has been developed by a consortium led by FCC Environment and Irizar group, and funded by European Funds in the framework of the programme CIEN by CDTI (Centre for Industrial Technological Development from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

The purpose of this project is to develop a self-supporting modular lorry chassis with permanent electric traction, plug-in function, high-power batteries and advanced low entry cab, suitable to all urban service purposes and economic due to industrial development.