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Greenhouse Gas, Law & Policy, Regulatory Affairs

A Court Ruling and a Revised GHG Metric Gives the Green Light to New Drilling

13 May , 2022  

oil drilling

Matt Montalbano, Zondits staff, 5/13/2022 The Biden administration in March announced plans to resume drilling for oil and gas on federal lands. The reversal in policy was made after a federal appeals court granted a White House request to allow the administration to use a revamped metric for calculating the potential cost to society of […]

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Emerging Technology, Markets & Trends

Will Direct Lithium Extraction be a Driver or Passenger in Electrification?

12 May , 2022  

lithium mining

Matt Montalbano, Zondits staff, 5/12/2022 Electrification in the transportation sector will be driven by batteries. And for the foreseeable future, specifically lithium-ion batteries. With the demand for electric vehicles (EV) around the world on the rise, producers will look to increase lithium extraction to meet the market needs. According to a World Bank Group report, […]

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Climate Change, Markets & Business

“Disobedient” Scientists Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

6 May , 2022  

There's no planet B

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 5/6/2022 Scientists in the United States and around the world are using civil disobedience to dramatize the risks of climate change. Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and multiple other news outlets have reported on the growing frustration of climate scientists who contend that their warnings are not being heeded. “The scientists […]

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Emerging Technology, Markets & Business

Alia, The “Flying Battery,” Flight Tested

6 May , 2022  

clouds from airplane window

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 5/6/2022 Last month, Zondits reported on Alice, an electric commuter airplane that is currently under development and is now scheduled to be flight tested this summer. A second airplane, named Alia, has joined the mission to bring clean energy to aviation. Alia, developed by Beta Technologies, is intended for cargo service […]

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Energy Storage, Renewables

Government Report Details the Usage of Utility-Scale Battery Storage

27 Apr , 2022  

battery storage

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 4/27/2022 A recent report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the status of utility-scale energy storage illustrates that battery storage is a proven technology for the shifting of electrical loads and improving grid stability. It also makes it clear that storage systems must continue to grow along with […]

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Markets & Business, Markets & Trends, Renewables

Europe’s Choices for Natural Gas Will Have Climate Impacts

25 Apr , 2022  

natural gas pipeline

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 4/25/2022 According to a study published by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Europe has impactful choices to make regarding the importing of natural gas (NG). Most sources state that more than 40% of Europe’s NG is imported from Russia. Replacing that energy with renewable energy sources will take time. The interim […]

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Climate Change, Decarbonization

Weather Report

14 Apr , 2022  

heat wave

Mark D’Antonio, Zondits staff, 4/14/2022 There is enormous focus in the news on climate change these days and it has become a frequent occurrence to hear of extreme weather affecting some part of the world. Two articles caught the attention of Zondits recently that emphasize the imperative to implement decarbonization measures globally to positively impact […]

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Climate Change, Efficiency in Action, Law & Policy, Markets & Business

SEC Proposal for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting  

13 Apr , 2022  

carbon emissions

Mark D’Antonio, Zondits staff, 4/13/2022 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently released a proposed rule amendment titled “The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors.” The rule changes propose that all publicly traded companies report greenhouse-gas emissions from their own operations, including the energy they consume (known as Scope 1 and Scope […]

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Codes & Standards, Efficiency in Action, Law & Policy, Programs & Policy

The EPA Overturns a Key Trump Administration Ruling on Auto Emissions

13 Apr , 2022  

Nozzle fueling car

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 4/13/2022 The EPA is reinstating the right of the State of California to set automobile fuel efficiency and emissions at a stricter standard than current federal regulations. Sixteen other states: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, […]

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