Category: Policy Watch

PV module recycling policies in the United States

With the rapidly increasing solar PV capacity in the U.S. the volume of modules is also expanding significantly and so is the problem of their safe disposal. There has been a growing awareness regarding the recycling of PV modules either to extract their precious metals or to manufacture new modules once the old ones reach their end of life. These concerns have enabled government- and industry-led discussions, policies, and initiatives on recycling-based resource recovery of PV modules in the U.S.

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Can voluntary carbon markets change the game for climate change?

Carbon credits are created in projects where actors implement activities resulting in lower or negative emissions. These credits can be sold by the actor who implemented the carbon reduction and can be traded and purchased by other actors, e.g. companies, to ‘compensate’ for their emissions. The motivations of the actors purchasing these offsets might be to comply with emission standards or regulations, to voluntarily improve their carbon footprint, or to support decarbonization projects.

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PV waste management in India: Landfill ban recommended for all equipments in a PV system

As everywhere else in the world, the uptake of PV technology in India will generate waste. It is therefore important to carry out an assessment of PV waste generation over the next decades to provide solutions for a sustainable energy economy and to prevent adverse environmental impacts which could arise from the wrong practices of disposal of end-of-life PV modules and their components. The report, “PV Waste Management in India: Comparative Analysis of State of Play & Recommendations” provides key insights on this theme.

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US Energy Act of 2020: Redefines future energy strategy

The industry response to the Energy Act of 2020 has been quite positive. The Act is a major step towards ensuring decarbonisation of the US economy by fostering innovation across the spectrum of technologies that are critical for the country’s energy and national security as well as long-term economic competitiveness.

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Green Mobility: Achieving carbon neutrality through transport in the Middle East by 2030

The countries in the Middle East are making concrete efforts to introduce policies to promote sustainable transport. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are making notable efforts towards green mobility, while Saudi Arabia has announced its intention to build a zero-carbon city as part of its NEOM project. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are also on the agenda to explore more future-forward transportation.

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Climate Neutral Europe: EC publishes offshore renewable energy strategy

Europe is taking comprehensive steps to deliver on its commitment to become climate neutral by 2050 as set out in the European Green Deal. For this, the European Commission (EC) proposes an EU strategy to make offshore renewable energy a core component of the continent’s energy system by 2050. In November 2020, the EC presented to the European Parliament its offshore renewable energy strategy titled ‘An EU Strategy to harness the potential of offshore renewable energy for a climate neutral future’.

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The European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility strategy: Targets for and impact on the mass transit segment

The existing vehicle fleet has a small proportion of low- and zero-emission vehicles. To boost the uptake of such vehicles, the commission will propose a revised CO2 standard for cars and vans by June 2021. Secondly, the commission will adopt regulations to ensure that the batteries available in the European market are sustainable and safe for their entire life cycle. Overall, the flagship area focuses on increasing the use of electric and hydrogen fuel technology in all transport fleets.

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Upgrading New York’s grid as the state prepares for higher renewable energy generation

The US is steadily moving towards the adoption of clean energy generation and its integration into the grid. In particular, New York is working rigorously towards achieving its clean energy targets set by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which requires state-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be 40 per cent lower than the 1990 levels by 2030 and 85 per cent lower by 2050. The state also has plans to develop 9,000 MW of offshore wind (OSW) by 2035.

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Revision of the TEN-E Regulation: Future-proofing Europe’s energy infrastructure

The EC has adopted a proposal to revise the European Union (EU) rules on Trans-European Networks for Energy (the TEN-E Regulation). The need for this revision of the TEN-E framework was confirmed by the results of a thorough evaluation and stakeholder input. The move is aimed at supporting the modernisation of the continent’s cross-border energy infrastructure and the European Green Deal.

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Nigeria Moves Toward a Sustainable COVID-19 Recovery

To address the economic challenges of the pandemic, Nigeria’s federal government approved the $5.9 billion (N23 trillion) Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan in July 2020. The recovery plan includes investments in clean energy, agriculture and infrastructure. The most noteworthy piece of green spending is a $619 million commitment to the Solar Homes Systems Project, which will help install solar home systems for up to 5 million households, serving about 25 million individual Nigerians who are not currently connected to the national grid.

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Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020

As Australia works towards its goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the Climate Change National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020 comes at a crucial time to aid the cause. IEEFA comments on components of the Climate Change Bill 2020, and provides more detail on the increasing pressure being brought to bear by globally significant financial institutions as well as Australia’s major trading partners.

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Building a zero-emission goods-movement system in Canada

Several jurisdictions across Canada have already adopted strategies to increase ZEV uptake. In Quebec, the 2015–2020 Plan d’action en electrification des transports includes measures to promote electric transportation, develop the industry, and create a favorable environment. Similarly, the City of Toronto’s 2020 Electric Vehicle Strategy assists the strategy’s goal of transportation using 100% zero-carbon energy sources by 2050.

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Decommissioning of Onshore Wind Turbines

Today 34,000 turbines are 15 years or older, representing 36 GW of onshore wind capacity. Most of the ageing capacity is in Germany, followed by Spain, Italy and France. This is a significant volume that needs certain logistics in place to proceed with dismantling, collection, transportation, waste management treatment & finally site restoration.

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Thailand’s South East Asia EV Ambitions Boosted by Additional Incentives

On November 4, 2020, Thailand’s BOI announced a new package of incentives for automakers looking to set up EV production in the country. The incentives will attract automakers that did not take part in the first round of incentives, which expired in 2018. The new package now includes a full range of vehicle types such as passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles.

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European Green Deal: Targets for and impact on the mobility segment

The share of GHG emissions highlights the importance and urgency of reforms required in the transport sector. The European Green Deal outlines key guidelines to tackle all emission sources. The European Commission is developing a Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy as part of the European Green Deal and in line with these guidelines; it is scheduled for release before the end of 2020.

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