Norway: 64% of New Passenger Cars Sold in July 2021 were Zero Emission

From Leon Kaye of Triple Pundit Norway has long been a global leader in the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), but even this summer, the country made a breathtaking leap. Almost two-thirds of newly bought and registered automobiles that Norwegians purchased in July were zero-emission cars, according to the country's Road Traffic Information Council. Leading the pack in raw numbers was the Ford Mustang Mach-E (shown below), followed by the Skoda Enyaq, Toyota’s RAV4 (which sells a plug-in hybrid model in Norway) and the Volkswagen ID.4. Tesla’s Model 3 has been the best-selling car in Norway in 2021, to the point that it sold out in June, during which it boasted a 15 percent market share. And all this has been underway despite disruptions in global supply chains and the shortage of microchips. In July, the Mustang Mach E was the top selling model of all cars, including EVs (Image credit: Ford Europe)   Photo by Hendrik Morkel on Unsplash See the full a…
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Will the Green Growth Strategy Lead to Promising Business Opportunities? Exploring the Future Five Years from Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about great changes in our society and business environment. To grasp the nature of the social transformation arising from this ongoing event, since May 2020 Nikkei BP has been conducting a series of surveys of Japanese businesspeople (more than 11,000 in total). The results unveil major alterations in their mindsets. Following the Japanese government's declaration on realizing "Carbon Neutrality by 2050" in October 2020, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) took the lead in formulating the "Green Growth Strategy through Achieving Carbon Neutrality in 2050," which was unveiled in December of the same year. The Ministry positions this strategy as "an industrial policy to lead the challenging goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, a vision that is upheld by the Suga administration and aims toward a positive cycle of economic growth and the environmental protection." The strategy emphasizes 14 sectors as priority fields (Fig…
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Nikola Positioned to Accelerate Hydrogen Economy

Competitive electricity price paves the way for hydrogen production in Arizona Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ: NKLA) has secured an innovative electric rate schedule with Arizona Public Service Company (“APS”) that makes possible the accelerated development of hydrogen-based fueling solutions for the transportation industry. Nikola is a company dedicated to the advancement of innovative zero-emissions truck solutions and the energy infrastructure required to make this feasible. By facilitating low-cost production of hydrogen, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s (“ACC”) approval of this rate schedule paves the way for the curtailment of greenhouse gases in the transportation sector, while also providing benefits to key constituents via novel grid-balancing solutions. Today’s unanimous approval of this agreement by the ACC provides Nikola with a competitive electric rate specifically designed for the production, processing, and dispensing of hydrogen. This will support, among ot…
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Whole Foods Former Co-CEO Invests Big in Oversupplied Food Startup

Colorado Springs startup FoodMaven is getting a boost - financially and otherwise - from a big name in the food industry. Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has joined the board of directors of FoodMaven, a business based on "oversupplied" food. Robb is also investing in the company; Patrick Bultema, FoodMaven CEO and co-founder, declined to detail the size of that investment but called it "significant" and "sizeable." Robb's connections and credibility in the industry, meanwhile, are extremely valuable to FoodMaven, Bultema said. "Obviously, there's some degree of validation to what we are doing to have someone of his stature joining. He has great insights that he brings to us in terms of the food system." Robb stepped down as co-CEO of Whole Foods at the end of last year in a management shift that left co-founder John Mackey as sole chief executive. Once news of the change broke, Robb was presented with a wealth of opportunities, Bultema said. "We we…
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The Future Is Female: Mom’s Clean Air Force

Moms Clean Air Force is a community of over 1,000,000 moms and dads united against air pollution – including the urgent crisis of our changing climate – to protect our children’s health. We arm members with reliable information and solutions through online resources, articles, action tools, and on-the-ground events. We work across the US on national and local policy issues, through a vibrant network of state-based field teams. Our moms meet with lawmakers at every level of government to build support for commonsense solutions to pollution. Moms have passion and power – an unbeatable combination. We are harnessing the strength of mother love to fight back against polluters. Connecting the dots between climate change and children’s health; Building support for standards that limit climate pollution from carbon, methane, and ozone; Protecting children from potentially harmful chemical exposures through education and advocacy focused on toxic chemicals in consumer pr…
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BitSource Web Development #ExportingCode

Last week I was fortunate enough to go to Fast Company’s Meeting of the Most Creative Minds conference in Los Angeles. The conference featured several amazingly innovative companies that I will also write about later but my favorite aspect was the other attendees. Most of these companies were based in LA but a few flew from all over the nation (and some even other parts of the world!) and there is one that I cannot get out of my head. BitSource is a company who is breathing life back into a sleepy town in eastern Kentucky. The economy there had heavily relied on the coal industry and had suffered tremendously in the loss. Two former coal miners founded BitSource with a mission to bring back jobs to Appalachia country.   The company offers an array of web development services from programming languages to media and VR design to application development (and much more). The founders knew coal miners to be logic-based thinkers willing to work hard and learn. Afterall, w…
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