Author: Phil Covington
This week’s Economist ran a couple of articles reporting that demand for lithium-ion batteries is surging, with lithium itself being, “one of the world’s only hot commodities.” That’s remarkable with crude at today’s rock-bottom prices.
Another year, another resolution to shed those stubborn pounds. You’ll probably see some good results at first, and then … well, you know how the story typically ends. TriplePundit contributor Bill Roth knows the struggle, so he devised an alternative plan from his perspective as a professional economist.
It seems EV owners are a loyal bunch: 92 percent of battery electric vehicle (BEV) owners and 94 percent of plug-in hybrid-electric (PHEV) vehicle owners plan to purchase another electric vehicle in the future, according to a recent Ford survey.
Ford is about to launch a data-driven initiative to track urban cyclists as they commute through city streets. By mounting a device on a thousand bikes across the country, the automaker hopes to understand more about urban cycling and how it fits into a modern multi-modal transportation system.
Feb. 5 marked the two-year anniversary of paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper’s commitment to halt further felling of the natural rainforest in all of its 38 supplier concessions in Indonesia. This month, Rainforest Alliance published its evaluation of the first 18 months of its conservation efforts — revealing some success but still much work to be done.
Four-year-old California company Wrightspeed, started by Tesla co-founder Ian Wright, has developed a technology that zeros in on a specific niche of the commercial fleet market, bringing both fuel savings and emissions mitigation for commercial fleet operators.
“We are pleased to be able to reassure everyone that APP and its suppliers have sufficient resource for the company’s 100 percent plantation target,” said Scott Poynton, executive director of TFT, which recently conducted an independent study on the pulp and paper company.
The average Californian estimates they use half the amount of water than they actually do use. People want to do their part, but don’t have the tools and direction to make a contribution.
“Most responsible companies are thrilled to be able to help; they want to help, and it’s easier to help with product and services than it is with money.”
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
How will peering into the future drive the industry to adapt to growing resource constraints, and how will this impact the design process to make the fashion industry more sustainable?
Asia Pulp & Paper is taking sustainability a step further has gone a step further still with its announcement that it will conserve and restore 1 million hectares of forest across vital landscapes in Indonesia.
This week at the Abu Dhabi Ascent meeting in the UAE, renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), announced that it will sponsor the region’s first solar electric car competition to take place in the United Arab Emirates next January.
Masdar Chairman Dr. Ahmed Al Jaber said, “Seawater desalination is an energy intensive process that if left unchecked will become unsustainable over time. We must innovate and discover commercially viable solutions to meet our long-terms water needs.”