If you haven’t had time to read through all the latest cleantech news, here are a few recent developments you might have missed:
- Scottish Bioenergy Cooperative Ventures is developing a technology that would enable distilleries to convert brewing waste into algae-based biofuel. The company is using a £40,000 Springboard award from Shell to move ahead with the project;
- The mayors of 350-plus cities across Europe this week signed a pledge to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent or more by 2020. The Associated Press reports the programme would reduce energy costs by about €8 billion;
- According to the Met Office, climate change could permanently shutter Scotland’s ski resorts within 50 years. Despite this winter’s heavy snows, snowfall across the Scottish mountains has been steadily declining over past 40 years and will likely keep doing so, according to an article in the Telegraph;
- A Swedish company that helps convert “black liquor” waste from the paper industry into synthetic gas for fuel production has formed a new subsidiary in the US, Chemrec USA;
- Zumbox has launched its new service, which aims to promote paperless mail delivery across the US. The service offers a virtual mailbox for every one of the 150 million street addresses in the country;
- Ali Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister, warns that the rush to develop renewable energy sources could drive down investment in oil exploration too rapidly, resulting in a “nightmare scenario” in which neither source was adequate to meet energy needs.
Good news: Obama just directed the Environmental Protection Agency to drop an appeal of a Bush administration mercury control plan for coal-fired power plants because of health hazards it would have implied: http://blog.cleantechies.com/2009/02/11/mercury-rising-controls-next/
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