The Finnish government has penned an agreement with the main auto industry group aimed at halving road traffic carbon emissions by 2030.The Central Organisation for Motor Trades and Repairs (AKL) and the state unveiled their Green Deal climate agreement on Thursday. It is intended to lower the average carbon emissions from new cars by four percent annually.The non-binding pact aims to reduce the average age of vehicles on the road while encouraging consumers to buy low-emission or alternative-fuel cars.Finland only has one significant car manufacturer, Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki. It currently produces three Mercedes-Benz models as well as electric vehicle solutions such as battery packs, having produced several electric car models in the past.More biofuel and fossil gasTransport Minister Anne Berner said low-emission or alternative-fuel cars will become "mainstream". Under the plan, a quarter of all new cars sold will be electric or run on natural gas by 2025. Natural gas, a … [Read more...] about Finnish auto sector targets 25% of new cars using electricity or natural gas by 2025
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Huge farms of computers used to mine Bitcoin produce the same amount of carbon dioxide per year as every car in the UK combined, warns a new study. They could produce enough greenhouse gases to raise global temperatures 2C (3.6F) within the next 15 years. This level of warming is forecast to bring catastrophic droughts, flooding and storms to regions across the globe by scientists. Bitcoins are generated using a free computer program to solve complex mathematical problems - a process known as mining. Creating Bitcoins requires huge amounts of computing power and energy but in the rush to get rich its environmental impact has not been addressed by miners, scientists behind the new study said. Scroll down for video Pictured are two technicians inspecting processors at a Bitcoin farm in Quebec, Canada. Scientists have warned so-called Bitfarms produce the same amount of carbon dioxide as every car in the UK combined Experts at the University of Hawaii at Manoa … [Read more...] about Bitcoin mining farms could push global temperatures up 2C by 2033
Environmental campaign groups have long highlighted how plastic pollution is harming both marine and land wildlife. Following a pledge earlier this year by more than 40 companies, including major supermarket chains, to ensure that all plastic packaging they use in the UK will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, it seems the world is finally responding to this call for action. But are we doing enough to tackle plastic pollution locally in Sheffield? We asked the experts as part of our latest Telegraph Voices feature. Dr Rebecca Atkinson and Dr Kirsty Burnet, co-owners of zero waste shop Unwrapped in Crookes The ‘plastic problem’ and the issues surrounding single use packaging are in the forefront of our collective psyche thanks to Sir David Attenborough and Blue Planet.As scientifically-trained environmentalists, we knew we could contribute to local action to address the plastic problem. This led us to open … [Read more...] about TELEGRAPH VOICES: Are we doing enough to tackle plastic pollution in Sheffield?
European plans to tackle vehicle emissions that cause climate change are at risk of coming undone, sending manufacturers like Daimler AG back to the drawing board to avoid potential fines.A series of events over the past weeks have highlighted the region’s struggle to contain greenhouse gases and air pollution, wrong-footing carmakers including BMW AG and Volkswagen AG that remain reliant on engines running on diesel.“It’s safe to say our original premises and plans to meet fleet emissions goals are good for the bin,” said Dieter Zetsche, chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler. “We think we can meet them still, but it’s not totally up to us but depends on how the customer decides to act.”Policies to lower emissions were clouded by the revelation last month by the European Union that the amount of carbon dioxide produced by new cars rose last year, reversing at least seven years of steady decline of the greenhouse gas in many … [Read more...] about Europe’s Rising Car Emissions Box BMW, Daimler Into Tight Corner
Briony Bennett for The Spinoff New Zealand must map out a path to carbon neutrality by 2050. Small-emitting nations are responsible for up to 30 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. What we do here matters greatly and our challenges are harbingers for the rest of the world. Government plans to go carbon neutral by 2050 How a carbon neutral economy could impact Kiwis' pockets How NZ can reach target of zero carbon emissions by 2050 - Productivity Commission We already have a 85 percent renewable power mix, but we must figure out how to close this gap. Transport is responsible for most of New Zealand's carbon dioxide emissions and 20 percent of total emissions, as is the case globally. Agricultural emissions make up more than half of our emissions profile. Dairy, meat, crops and horticultural products are exported, so international dietary preferences must figure in our national debate on climate change. We must also determine how many trees to plant each year. Before … [Read more...] about NZ has pledged zero carbon by 2050