As COP23 wraps up in Bonn, Germany, the dedication of close to 200 nations – now including Syria – to struggle over strategies needed to meet the ambitions goals of the 2015 Paris agreement is encouraging indeed.
The food waste problem is becoming more widely recognized, with mainstream organizations and media reporting a staggering 30% of global food production worldwide goes to waste (up to 40% in the U.S.).
The recent milestone marches in Washington DC, New York and in cities across the country expressed the anxieties of millions about what the Trump Administration might do. Will it quash environmental regulation? Support unconstrained oil and gas drilling? Withdraw from global climate change initiatives?
Halving emissions in less than a decade requires immediate, concerted action. But the Department of Sanitation — the city agency with the highest vehicle fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions — plans to buy 340 new refuse trucks this year, with at least 300 powered by diesel engines. That would lock in high diesel emissions for the seven-year service life of these trucks — and put the 2025 emissions goal out of reach.
The Power of Waste Workshop, co-hosted by Energy Vision and the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition at Daniels Fund – 101 Monroe Street, Denver, CO, introduced renewable natural gas (RNG) as a new frontier for transportation. Colorado is poised to take the lead toward a cleaner, economical, and locally-sourced energy future.
Energy Vision’s Matt Tomich and Joanna Underwood toured the Heartland Biogas facility, a mere 40 minutes from downtown Denver. The project, developed by AgEnergy USA and operated by EDF Renewables and A1 Organics, sits on a 100-acre site and is the largest digester project of its kind in the world!
In this Inside Energy audio story — Making Energy From Waste: The Other Natural Gas — EV President Joanna Underwood applauds the Grand Junction project as a common sense way to both save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The NGV Achievement Awards recognize recipients for “outstanding leadership, vision and innovation” in advancing natural gas as a transportation fuel.
EV President Joanna Underwood’s opinion piece published in the New York Times on August 9th, 2015.