This Amazon-backed startup makes net-zero fuel for planes, ships, and trucks

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Infinium uses captured CO2 to create synthetic gas to power engines. Amazon says it wants to hit the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 . Reaching that goal will require emissions cuts across the company’s operations, but one of the biggest challenges will be long-distance transportation—it’s possible to switch to electric delivery vans now for short trips, but cargo ships and large jets can’t yet feasibly run on electricity. Read Full Story

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How to tell if a company’s ‘net zero’ goals are serious—or just greenwashing

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Here are some questions to ask when a company says it plans to get to zero emissions. The number of companies that have set net-zero climate goals—meaning that they’ll cut their CO2 emissions as much as possible, and any they still emit will be offset by projects that capture carbon—has more than tripled over roughly the last year. Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, says that it plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Unilever, another consumer product giant with hundreds of brands, plans to get there by 2039 . Duke Energy, the North Carolina-based electric utility with a long history of using coal, plans to reach net zero by 2050. Even oil companies such as BP now say that they are aiming for the same thing. Others, including Amazon and Microsoft , plan to hit the goal much sooner. Read Full Story

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This new coalition of heavy industry companies is collaborating on net-zero tech

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From shipping to chemicals to cement, heavy industry is harder to decarbonize than other sectors. But a new group is going to work together to find possible solutions. It’s easier for some companies to reach net-zero emissions than others—Google was able to get most of the way there just by shifting to renewable electricity . But almost all of its footprint involves the energy used to power its offices and its servers, which is simple to convert to renewable sources. For airlines or steel or cement companies that burn a lot of fuel in their day-to-day operations, there isn’t technology available yet for them to decarbonize at the same speed. Read Full Story

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8 things that need to happen this decade to reach net zero emissions by 2050

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We’re running out of time to hit 2050 goals, but there is a path to get there. The U.S., like the rest of the world, has to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of the century for the planet to avoid the worst impacts of climate change—a goal that Biden has pledged to support. A new report says that there are multiple realistic paths the country can take to succeed, but all of them require the same eight things to happen before 2030. Read Full Story

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The U.S. can get to net-zero emissions by 2050. Here’s how

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The Biden administration is expected to announce 2050 as the deadline for decarbonizing the economy. A new report looks at how we can get there. Dozens of countries, including Japan, the U.K., and Germany, plan to hit “net-zero” by 2050, meaning that any greenhouse gas emissions that still remain will be offset by carbon captured by methods like reforestation or direct air capture . China, the world’s largest emitter, plans to get to net-zero by 2060. When Biden takes office, the U.S. is expected to make a pledge to reach the goal by 2050. Can we do it? Read Full Story

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PepsiCo says it will reach net-zero emissions by 2040

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In two decades, the giant food and beverage company plans a major shift to renewables and changes throughout its supply chain. As one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, PepsiCo has a correspondingly massive carbon footprint—it generated 57 million metric tons in 2019. But by 2040, 10 years ahead of what’s necessary to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement, it plans to reach net-zero emissions. Read Full Story

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5 years after the Paris climate agreement, the world is far off track of its goals

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On the anniversary of the landmark global climate deal, we can see the path to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius—but we’re not remotely far enough down it. It’s been five years since the world’s leaders met in Paris and hammered out the terms of the Paris Agreement, the landmark climate deal with the goal to cut emissions quickly enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Since then, solar power has become the cheapest form of electricity in history . Countries like China and the U.K. have committed to reach net-zero emissions. But the world is still very far from on track to actually addressing global warming. Read Full Story

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Why isn’t the USPS fully electrifying its fleet? It’s a mystery

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The agency just announced the design of its new truck, but only 10% of the vehicles will be electric. Congress is trying to find out why. Amazon is shifting to electric delivery vehicles in its aim to become carbon-neutral by 2040. FedEx, which has the same goal, plans to buy only electric delivery vehicles by 2030 . But when the Postal Service recently announced a major new order for mail delivery vans it’ll obtain over the next decade, it said that only 10% of the new vehicles would be electric—even though the Biden administration wants to move the entire federal fleet to zero-emissions vehicles. Read Full Story

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