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There’s soooo much going on in the global energy transition, it’s nearly impossible to know where to start, but start we must. So we’ve brought together a tantalising smorgasbord of tasty episodes, podcasts, blogs and news to sustain the hungriest of minds. We will do our best to keep your finger firmly on the pulse of clean energy & transport. Hold on!

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This month our roving 'Roberter' looks at:

-Electric buses in Russia
-SHOCKING news that electric cars are cleaner
-The PV factory running on clean energy
-The rise of driverless cars in the UK.

Oh, and he has a new anchorman too. 😉

#ElectricVehicles #greennews
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Is this the WORLD'S FIRST croudfunded WIND TURBINE? ⚡👇

@bobbyllew visits a pretty, but chilly Welsh hilltop to see the World's first CROUDFUNDED wind turbine constructed by @rippleenergy 🏗️

It's incredibly exciting to see them reach this huge milestone of completing their first wind turbine owned by more than 900 members. 👨‍👩‍👦

This consumer ownership model allows everyone who has invested in the turbine to benefit from the renewable energy it creates, reducing their monthly bills and giving them the opportunity to generate their own green power. 🏡

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⚡"The airline company Lufthansa will operate 18,000 “empty, unnecessary” flights this winter that would have otherwise been cancelled due to lack of passengers.

The empty flights will run because of rules imposed by the European Union which mean that airlines must use 80 percent of their airport slots. If they don’t, they risk losing their take-off and landing rights to rival carriers. 🙄

Brussels Airlines, one of Lufthansa’s subsidiaries, expects 3,000 passenger-less flights by the end of March.

The flights are “empty, unnecessary flights just to secure our landing and take-off rights” according to Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s chief executive.

Belgium’s mobility minister, Georges Gilkinet, has written to the European Commission to demand a law change to stop flights that are “environmental, economic and social nonsense”.

The European Union’s current climate pledge is to cut carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030, and reach climate neutrality by 2030.

The news comes just two months after the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow. Greta Thunberg Tweeted about the news, saying: “The EU surely is in a climate emergency mode…”

In December, The Lufthansa Group announced they had axed 33,000 flights from the winter schedule due to the Omicron variant – the equivalent of 10 percent of its entire network plan.

They also have their own climate target – similar to the EU, the group aims to halve net CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2019 and to achieve a neutral CO2 balance by 2050."

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"Climate change continues to create “cascading disruptions” in the Arctic as the region experiences rapid warming, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) writes in its 16th annual Arctic Report Card released earlier today.

Pulling together the most recent data on temperature trends, sea ice cover, and more gathered in 2020 and 2021, this year’s Arctic Report Card includes 111 contributing writers from 12 countries, who detail the transformation taking place across the far north as a result of human-caused climate change. That includes dramatic sea ice losses, rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet, and exceptionally warm autumns. The Arctic experienced its warmest autumn on record between October and December 2020.

None of these observations are terribly surprising at this point — the Arctic is one of the fastest-warming regions on the planet, and scientists at NOAA and elsewhere have been documenting a cascade of impacts for decades.

“The trends are consistent, alarming, and undeniable,” NOAA administrator Rick Spinrad said at a press conference at the American Geophysical Union today.

In addition to melting ice on the land and at sea, the report highlights how rising temperatures are shifting the ecosystems of the Arctic. One species in particular gets spotlit in the new report: beavers. According to NOAA, these ecological engineers are rapidly colonizing the warming Alaskan tundra, modifying the landscapes as they go by creating ponds that can affect the underlying permafrost soil.

Populations in the Arctic region have made efforts to adapt to the changing conditions, but the Arctic’s rapid evolution calls for more attention from those who reside there.

“Our people live in these extremely variable conditions for thousands of years, and we’re very worried about the changes..

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How’s this for a charge point spot?!! 😮😮 ...

NEWSFLASH:⚡@gridserve_hq announces the BIGGEST motorway EV charging upgrade in HISTORY

- 11 NEW #Electric Hubs across the UK with up to 12 350kW chargers (with more Hubs to follow) 🔌

- 2 NEW Electric Forecourt sites including a world-first site at GATWICK AIRPORT

"Over 20 of GRIDSERVE’s Electric Hubs are set to open by Q2 2022, with 11 now in construction alongside two Electric Forecourts.

These hubs, alongside the replacement of legacy Electric Highway chargers by the company, constitute what GRIDSERVE is claiming to be the biggest motorway EV charging upgrade in UK history.

The Electric Hubs are to each feature 6-12 350kW EV chargers with contactless payment, with a further 50 additional sites to follow in the next phase.

Some of the Electric Hubs currently under development are located in areas traditionally left behind in the EV transition, including Wales and Cornwall.

The two new Electric Forecourts, meanwhile, are to be situated adjacent to major transport routes and motorways. One will be at Gatwick Airport, while the other will be in Norwich. With both under construction, they are due to open in 2022.

Further Electric Forecourt sites have also secured planning permission, including Uckfield, Gateshead, Plymouth and Bromborough, with over 30 additional sites also under development. It follows GRIDSERVE opening the Braintree Electric Forecourt in December 2020, with ambitions of rolling out 100 across the UK over the next five years.

The new Gatwick Electric Forecourt is to be the first in the world to be hosted at an international airport. Located on the Ring Road South approach to Gatwick’s South Terminal and adjacent to the M23, the Forecourt will enable 36 EVs to be charged simultaneously with high-power chargers that can deliver 350kW of charging power.

The site is due to open in autumn 2022, with a café, waiting lounge with free WiFi, convenience supermarket, children’s play area and a dedicated educational space to increase EV awareness also on site.

The Norwich Electric Forecourt is scheduled to open a little earlier, in April 2022, and will mirror the set up at Gatwick."

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So this happened today. We took a private tour of VW’s remarkable transparent factory in Dresden. Tomorrow is the main event: Zwickau. Video coming soon 👀 ...

Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen is good with wood and is now proposing the largest contemporary wood structure in Denmark in Nordhavn, the former industrial port that is now a giant construction site.

The architects note that Nordhavn is "a testing ground for prototypical concepts, from self-driving buses to buildings made of recycled bricks," not to mention a school clad in solar panels.

Henning Larsen is testing how far it can push wood construction as a substitute for concrete, noting the 300,000 square foot building being developed for a pension fund "puts UN's sustainable development goals first."

As the case against concrete construction gains more evidence, solid timber is emerging as leader in the list of sustainable alternatives. Timber, in stark contrast to concrete, stores embodied carbon. Thus, by swapping out the structural concrete with timber, the structure will embed tons of carbon instead of emitting tons."

“Today, it is imperative that architecture challenges our usual notion of structures and materials. The construction industry is a major emitter of CO2, and we therefore also have great opportunities to make things better," says Søren Øllgaard, partner and design director at Henning Larsen.

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