Scotland have exemplified how possible it is for the world to cut down on the usage of plastic bags. Their endeavor took wings when shoppers were compelled to pay 5 pence per bag at stores. It goes without saying that there was not only a drop in the usage of plastic bags but a sharp one. Over 650 million fewer plastic bags were used across Scotland. The money earned from the 5 pence charges amounted to $10 million. This was given away to charitable institutions. Whoever would have thought that plastic brought so much good with it?
The London Taxi Company is a legacy in itself with the hallmark black cabs that have effortlessly topped the world’s most popular public transport charts for decades. However, with the world moving towards an eco-friendlier legion of cars, the cab will be seeing a transition into its all new electric avatar. The four-cylinder taxis will run on emission-free electric power and will also manage to do so for longer durations. The new cabs will match up to the performance requirements for London Cabs. The best part is that the electric renditions do not shed away the classic distinguishing characteristics that mark them in everyone’s memory.
While the Teslas of the world are putting their best resources and brains forward to truly create a world with renewable energy, Panasonic has surprised many. The company has announced that their upcoming solar panels will be a lot more efficient. Their upcoming solar-power harnesser will offer an efficiency rating of 22.5 percent. The previous best was a record held by SolarCity, who have been ousted by 1.4 percent. While SolarCity’s 22.1 percent of sunlight converting technology seems to be coming our way by next year, we hope that Panasonic’s offering isn’t too far in the distant future.
Sweden has always been leading the charge of the green revolution with fellow Scandinavian nation, Norway. The country is not all set to comfortably settle in the position of the world’s first nation to be completely driven by renewable energy. The Ecologist reported the news that underlines the purpose of the $546 million investment by the country on creating renewable energy channels. Their climate change action is commendable. Solar energy alone has enjoyed a budget increase of up to 300 percent. “Sweden will become one of the first fossil-free welfare states in the world,” said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a press event. “When European regulations do not go far enough Sweden will lead the way”.
When designers take their briefs too literally you can expect nothing short of a shocking concoction. While you may imagine this to be something strewn with bovine macabre but hey, when you look at the result it isn’t so bad after all. Yi-Wen Tseng, a graduate from the Royal College of Art has imagine a car that is powered by bio-printed organs! He has been inspired by a cow’s digestive process to fuel a car and set it in motion. Cows are known to expel large amounts of methane gas and this was the model used by Tseng in his model. He paired a cow’s digestive process with a 3D bio-printing process, which is normally used to develop artificial organs for transplants, he managed to create an alternative fuel system. The four synthetic stomachs of a cow are housed at the rear of the car and facilitates filtration, methane production and digestion.
Energy is spent in a number of forms but not recycled. As a result, we rely heavily on energy generation methods that often result in pollution or consumption of resources. While renewable energy is taking strong roots, London’s underground system has a new approach to harvest enough energy to power up to 104 homes! The braking energy is drawn from Victoria line trains. The energy captured can effectively power up the entire Holborn station for more than two days a week. Currently, the London Underground is testing an inverter system on a trial basis. This alone promises savings of up to 6 million pounds each year. An additional advantage of harvesting braking energy is the reduction of heat produced from the brakes, which means the stations are cooler. In fact, this leads to a saving of up to 1 MWh of cooling power per day.
It all starts with the big players when it comes to trends in the business world. So it goes with inspiring clean energy and sustainable efforts to preserve the planet. Some of the largest American companies including Walmart, Salesforce, Nike and Starbucks have committed to using clean energy that is generated from solar and wind sources. Spearheaded by a non-profit group called The Climate Group and environment data firm CDP, the group of nine Fortune 500 companies pledged to join the RE100 campaign. The Climate Group had also hosted a week-long event in New York to focus on climate change around the same time.
Back in 2008, Norway, a country far away from all things amazon, decided to support Brazil’s rainforest with a payout of $1 billion to the latter. It’s been years and the Scandinavian nation is finally paying out its final $100 million to the Brazilian authorities with much pride and joy, all thanks to Brazil’s conservationists who have more than fulfilled their end of the bargain. The country has seen a reduction of amazon destruction rate by 75%. Brazilian farmers and rangers have saved more than 33,000 square miles of land, which equals nearly 14.3 million soccer fields, from being cut down. Since we’re talking numbers, the Norway-subsidized efforts in Brazil’s portion of the amazon has led to a reduction of 3.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This is how much America would save by ridding its streets of cars for three years!
Do you remember the 2011 Geneva Motor Show where Rolls Royce showed off a concept called 102EX that was based on the Phantom? While it did match up to the legendary car to some degree it was powered up with two 194-horsepower electric motors and a 71 kWh battery that charged them up. This made it clear that the brand wasn’t averse to trying electric-powered cars. This model for instance could range an impressive 124 miles at start-off speeds of up to 60 miles per hour in under eight seconds. We didn’t hear much more about this beauty, maybe because the brand loyalists weren’t too impressed with the idea. Then we ask ourselves, what could be the reason for the brand to not pitch the idea in again? The company’s brand boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös said, “Suppose we find a battery technology that can offer ranges that are acceptable to our customers. I can definitely imagine a fully electric Rolls-Royce.”
The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has made it mandatory for all new high-rises to include a solar generation facility. The state has categorized all buildings above 4 floors as high rises. The rule will apply to all group development projects that contain over eight dwelling units. This will cover almost 90 percent of all residential and commercial establishments in buzzing cities such as Chennai and Coimbatore. Chennai has been a leading Indian state with a number of green initiatives spearheaded by the government. Back in 2001, they made rainwater harvesting mandatory for all buildings. The state has also managed to generate wind energy at a capacity of over 8,000 MW.