All UK’s electricity will come from clean sources by 2035, says PM

Good News Notes: “Speaking from Manchester, the prime minister said the target could be achieved through advances in wind power and other renewable sources. The shift towards renewable energy is part of government efforts to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. However some green groups have warned that the UK is behind schedule for…

Volvo Is Removing All Leather From Its Future Cars

Good News Notes: “Volvo will lead the sustainability movement into the automobile industry by setting a new animal-free standard for car production. The international car company will begin its transition to sustainable, fully animal-free production with leather. The Swedish car company will start this transition with its new C40 Recharges – an electric coupe SUV…

Ecoriginals Brings World’s Greenest Diapers and Wipes Stateside With U.S. Expansion

Good News Notes: “Loved by green-minded parents in Australia and New Zealand for the past decade, Ecoriginals, the world’s first and only plastic-neutral diapers and wipes company, today announced that its eco-friendly products are now available in the United States. Ecoriginals’ diapers are ninety percent plant-based and up to forty percent more absorbent than standard disposable diapers. The mix-and-match packs of…

Boston University to Divest from Fossil Fuel Industry

Good News Notes: “Boston University will divest from fossil fuels, starting immediately, President Robert A. Brown announced on Thursday, a decision reached amid increasing proof that burning fossil fuels is accelerating the harmful effects of climate change—and after nearly a decade of campus activism and protests. “This has been a long journey within the BU…

World’s largest carbon-capture plant Orca opens in Iceland

Good News Notes: “The world’s largest direct air carbon capture and storage plant has started operating in Iceland, run by Swiss company Climeworks. Named Orca, the plant sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and buries it as rocks deep underground, using technology from Climeworks‘ Icelandic partner Carbfix. Orca has the capacity to remove 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the…

Opec member urges oil producers to focus more on renewable energy

Good News Notes: “The finance minister of Iraq, one of the founding members of the global oil cartel Opec, has made an unprecedented call to fellow oil producers to move away from fossil fuel dependency and into renewable energy, ahead of a key Opec meeting. Ali Allawi, who is also the deputy prime minister of Iraq,…

Heimdal pulls CO2 and cement-making materials out of seawater using renewable energy

Good News Notes: “One of the consequences of rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere is that levels also rise proportionately in the ocean, harming wildlife and changing ecosystems. Heimdal is a startup working to pull that CO2 back out at scale using renewable energy and producing carbon-negative industrial materials, including limestone for making concrete, in the process,…

Protective Life’s corporate headquarters powered with 100% renewable energy from Alabama Power

Good News Notes: “Protective Life Corporation’s Alabama headquarters will now have 100% renewable energy thanks to a new collaboration with Alabama Power. Protective, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, on Thursday announced the deal with the power company. Protective’s 620,000-square-foot headquarters on U.S. 280 anchors the company’s Birmingham-based workforce of 1,500 and will now…

West Lafayette improving city sustainability with new food waste collecting bin

Good News Notes: “Food waste is at the forefront for West Lafayette leaders right now. That’s because it’s helping fuel energy for city facilities, in turn, making the city more environmentally friendly. A new food waste collecting bin is really behind this movement. The bin is attached to the back of a city Streets and Sanitation Department…