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World’s 1st full-size wind-powered RoRo set to be operational by 2025

First, there was the Oceanbird concept—a car-carrying vessel designed to utilize wind as its primary source of power. This time, the Norwegian maritime industry group Wilhelmsen introduced another ground-breaking maritime innovation. Presenting the Orcelle Wind—the ship builder’s wind-powered pure car and truck carrier capable of achieving up to 90% reduced emissions than today’s most efficient …

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Rubber farmers in Zamboanga Sibugay see more lucrative use for retired trees

(Editor’s note: This article has been updated as of September 14, 2021) Rubber farmers in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay have a more aesthetic and profitable use for their senile, unproductive rubberwood trees, thanks to the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI). Through the project “Processing and Utilization of Senile and Unproductive Rubberwood (Hevea brasiliensis) Trees …

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Hyundai Motor commits to carbon neutrality by 2045

This September 6, at the ongoing Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) Mobility 2021 in Munich, Germany, Hyundai Motor Co announced its commitment to become carbon neutral by 2045. Hyundai’s integrated strategy to achieve carbon neutrality rests on the following three pillars: Clean mobility; next-generation platforms, and; green energy. Hyundai is showcasing the full breadth of its electrified …

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EU to fly hydrogen-powered planes by 2035; JetBlue 1st airline to use UV light to disinfect cabins

(Editor’s note: This article has been updated as of September 7, 2021) Ambitious as it may sound, a hydrogen-powered short-range commercial passenger aircraft could be flying within Europe by 2035. That’s according to a major study commissioned by the European Union’s public-private Clean Sky 2 and Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertakings. This published report …

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From repurposed batteries to solar power systems, EV makers drive positive vibes home

(Editor’s note: This article has been updated as of September 5, 2021) American electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers Rivian and Tesla continue to display its commitment to provide power for communities and cost-friendly home solar power systems, respectively. By being producers of EVs, it’s not surprising to know that these builders would extend their respective core …

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Volvo makes bold electromobility statement with its VNR electric truck

Electric pickups and crossovers are not the only evolution paving its way to the mainstream market lately. Earlier this year, Volvo Trucks North America had announced the commercial introduction and start of sales of its zero-tailpipe emission, battery-electric vehicle to the North American market. The Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric truck model has begun production. …

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Boeing’s 2020 Global Environment report aims high for next 5 years

(Editor’s note: This article has been updated as of September 1, 2021) Despite the huge impact the pandemic has brought onto the aviation industry, manufacturers are not about to drop the ball on efforts to make the sector become carbon-neutral. In the American plane builder Boeing’s announcement of its 2020 Global Environment report, among the …

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PH’s biggest corporation continues mangrove-planting streak, eyes 80 more hectares in Bulacan

San Miguel Corp (SMC) is looking to start a mangrove plantation on an 80-hectare site in Paombong, Bulacan as part of its nationwide reforestation initiatives, that includes expanding the Bulakan Mangrove Ecopark in Barangay Taliptip—where it is set to build the New Manila International Airport project—and the planting of 7 million trees in at least …

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Rolls-Royce conducts 1st test of 100% sustainable aviation fuel

Rolls-Royce recently conducted the first 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) tests in a business jet engine, as part of the company’s ongoing ambition to play a leading role in enabling the sectors in which it operates to reach net-zero carbon by 2050. The tests on its latest business aviation engine in development, the Pearl 700, …

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Renewable fuels from sunlight and thin air? Here’s what the airline industry is concocting to become planet-friendly

(Editor’s note: This article has been updated as of August 24, 2021) CoViD-19 crisis or not, one of the critical goals of the aviation industry has been environmental sustainability. Truth be told, the aviation industry is one of the few businesses to have established agreed-upon carbon-emission-reduction standards for both equipment and operators internationally. Three goals …

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