Described as the most prestigious global environmental prize in history, the Earthshot Prize, launched by Prince William and David Attenborough last year, has been designed to incentivise change and to catalyse a decade of action to repair the Earth. On Sunday 17th October 2021, in a star-studded ceremony held in London, the first ever winners of the Earthshot Prize were announced.
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With increased interest in climate-neutral technologies, it is clear that storage of hydrogen is an area of significant, and increasing, research and development activity resulting in rapid growth in patent applications for hydrogen storage.
We are pleased to introduce our new newsletter, Sustainable Future: Exploring innovations for the Energy Transition and Circular Economy.
Last month, LanzaTech announced a partnership with the athletic clothing retailer Lululemon to create a fabric using recycled carbon emissions.
Countries around the world are pledging to the goal of net-zero by mid-century. However, the energy transition needed to achieve this presents huge challenges. As the global energy sector moves to renewable energy sources, many of the technologies needed to replace fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions are not yet fully mature. A recent report from the EPO outlines why the net-zero goal cannot be achieved without further efforts in clean energy innovation.
Reddie & Grose LLP recently participated in London Climate Action Week, delivering a presentation entitled “Innovations for a Sustainable Lifestyle”. Rather than focussing on large-scale global or societal technological fixes, we very much wanted to highlight the changes that individuals could make in their own lives to be better ancestors to future generations. The presentation focussed on innovation in four areas of our everyday lives – food, fashion, home and plastics – and discussed ways in which innovation can help us reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the planet.
This article is the second in our renewable energy patent tracker series. The first, published early March 2021, compared patent trends for renewable energy generation technology from 2016 to 2020 with data from the first two months of this year. Using the Y02 classification scheme developed by the EPO for labelling climate change mitigation technologies, we compared the number of publications in different renewable energy fields (solar PV, solar thermal, wind, geothermal, hydro and from the sea) and ranked the biggest patent filers in these areas. In this instalment, we update our statistics for this year, incorporating data from up until the 19th May, and extend our trend analysis over the ten years leading up to 2021.
The first long-haul flight powered by biofuels took off on 18th May 2021. An Air France-KLM flight from Paris to Montreal used a mix of conventional jet fuel and a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from used cooking oils. Also, the UK Government has recently announced that it will mandate the introduction of E10 fuel (petrol containing up to 10% of sustainable bioethanol) from September this year