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March 26, 2020

 

Thanks for reading our SnippETS newsletter this week. We have once again included a mixed selection of articles we hope you find interesting.

 

Well, Coronavirus (Covid 19) is on everyone’s minds. The virus, and day to day changes it brings with it, could actually teach us how to mitigate climate change! Surprisingly we already have the tools at hand to avoid catastrophic global warming. A combination of current technologies and processes all working together could achieve this. And in confirmation of the tools at hand, this is also the consensus of a 47 peer reviewed research papers from 13 independent groups with a total 91 authors. In every case the findings are ‘that the technology exists to achieve 100 per cent renewable power if the political will to achieve it can be mustered’.

 

And to ram the point home, South Korea has recently announced ambitions to reach net zero emissions by 2050. An industrial powerhouse making big plans, there seems to be this missing political will to achieve this regardless of which party is ruling the country.

 

Solar and wind are going to play important parts in the world's quest to reach 100% renewable, but what happens when these reach the end of service life. Can they be recycled or repurposed? Some serious thought and planning need to be done in this space. "Energy as a Service"  is a new concept that will also assist, and in this particular case we look at how they can help in indoor agriculture operations.

 

Could plastic offsetting be the next big thing in cleaning up the world’s oceans, beach and water ways? Tom Peacock-Nazil, founder of Seven Clean Seas discusses the ins and outs.

 

And finally, a protective coating over different food types means they last longer on the shelf. 'Apeel' has developed a product that makes perishable foods last longer. Watch this space as developments ramp up.

 

 

 

COVID-19 while being a nasty pandemic, might also teach us a few lessons about how we can reduce GHG emissions. Many of the actions required to reduce GHGs are the same or similar to those needed to combat a pandemic. Working from home and flying less, are two good examples cited in the article, that is certainly worth a read. Read more.....