12 PM EST – 5 PM CET
The City of Palo Alto is on track to meet its 2030 sustainability plans
This week has been very important for the city of Palo Alto, California, USA. The city council along with community members, stakeholders, and partners involved has approved a new sustainability roadmap plan. Thanks to a comprehensive approach encompassing energy, waste, transportation, and water, the city has already implemented numerous initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainability.
Palo Alto has achieved impressive results, including a substantial increase in renewable energy usage, the implementation of energy-efficient building codes, and the adoption of electric vehicles in the municipal fleet. The city’s efforts also extend to waste management, with a focus on recycling, composting, and reducing overall waste generation. Meet the 80% emission reduction by 2030 set by the city council, seems now quite possible.
10 AM EST – 3 PM CET
Hurtigruten introduces the first zero-emissions cruise ship
Hurtigruten, the Norwegian cruise line, introduces the final design of the world’s first zero-emission cruise ship. This new ship will be ready by 2030. It will be equipped with cutting-edge technology and powered by an electric engine. It will also feature solar panels to further reduce its emissions.
Its innovative design will be able to accommodate 500 guests in 270 cabins. Its streamlined shape reduces air resistance, further conserving energy, for silent and emission-free navigation, minimizing the environmental impact on marine life and coastal communities. Considering the cruise industry accounts for 3% of global emissions, this could be a huge improvement.
9:30 AM EST – 2:30 PM CET
Men’s semifinals are underway at Roland Garros
Roland Garros is the second Grand Slam tournament of the year and is the most important event held on red clay. But did you know that is not just one of the most sustainable tennis tournaments in the world, but actually one of the most sustainable sports events?
To find out more about check out our article about Roland Garros sustainability efforts.
9 AM EST – 2 PM CET
Cars competing in Le Mans 24 Hours race will be using biofuel made from grape
Cars racing the 100th edition of the Le Mans 24-Hous race – the most important race in the world – will be using special biofuel. This biofuel was made by the French company Green Bio Energy (GBE) with grape marc, which is the solid residue left after winemaking.
This biofuel, produced through a process called pyrolysis, offers a sustainable solution by utilizing a byproduct that would otherwise go to waste. The use of wine residue biofuel at Le Mans has several benefits. Firstly, it helps reduce carbon emissions and lowers the race’s environmental footprint. Biofuel also offers comparable performance to conventional fuels, ensuring that it meets the high-performance standards required for endurance racing. Le Mans organizers are also looking into adding a category for hydrogen-powered cars by 2030.
Today was the reveal of the @TOYOTA_GR #H2 concept! It is located in the #Hydrogen Village of the @24hoursoflemans next to the #LMPH2G, #MissionH24 's hydrogen prototype! 💦💨 pic.twitter.com/5rvL9E1Lzo
— Mission H24 (@MissionH24) June 9, 2023
8 AM EST – 1 PM CET
Wildfires are now raging in the Canadian province of British Columbia
The situation with wildfires in Quebec has shown signs of stabilization, providing some relief to the affected areas. However, a different story unfolds in another Canadian province, British Columbia, where the situation remains volatile and concerning. The wildfires have now advanced to the point of reaching Highway 1, a major transportation route on Vancouver Island, resulting in the closure of a section of the highway. This development not only poses a threat to the local communities but also disrupts the regional transportation network.
The severity of the situation in British Columbia has necessitated the evacuation of over 2,500 individuals from their homes. These forced evacuations reflect the immediate danger posed by the advancing wildfires
Fire activity is expected to increase across parts of British Columbia with Canada set to experience its worst year on record.
A video shared by British Columbia Wildfire Service shows a fire ripping its way through the forests of Tumbler Ridge.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 9, 2023
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by the authors are their own, not those of Impakter.com. In the cover photo: The Toyota GR H2 Powered by Hydrogen. Photo Credit: ACO – Le Mans/ Facebook.