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Eden Project heads Down Under
The brains behind the Eden Project, a scheme that transformed a china clay quarry in Cornwall into an eco-tourist attraction, this week revealed plans to repeat the trick at an old coal mine in Australia.
Eden Project International said it has teamed up with mining firm Alcoa to create a "world class" eco-tourism attraction at a former coal mine in Anglesea, Victoria.
Eden said it will present specific proposals to the local community within the next fortnight, but promised the scheme would amplify the region's environmental and cultural attributes, including the scenic Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway National Park, one of the richest and most biodiverse areas in the state.
The scheme would cost around AU$150m (£81.5m) and support 300 jobs, Eden Project International said.
"We've envisioned a place of extraordinary experiences, fusing science and wonder to immerse visitors in the extreme elements - fire, air, earth and water - which have shaped the surf coast region and its inhabitants for millennia, creating a must-see prelude for a journey on the Great Ocean Road," said CEO David Harland. "This concept will be a global exemplar of sustainability and environmental excellence."
China to end onshore wind subsidy by 2021
China will stop subsidising new onshore wind projects from 2021, the country's planning agency announced today.
Onshore wind will be expected to compete on an equal footing with coal and gas power from the start of 2021 as a way of promoting "grid price parity" for the country's electricity sector, according to Reuters.
Amsterdam signals plans to deploy 'V2X' technology
The municipality of Amsterdam has signed a letter of intent with electric vehicle charging firm NewMotion and carmakers including Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan to scale up 'vehicle to anything' (V2X) technologies throughout the city.
V2X is an advancement of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology; where V2G technology allows electric vehicles to feed stored power back into the national grid, V2X allows electricity to also be fed into private power grids like office buildings or private homes.
"For Amsterdam and the region, this is the next step in the transition to a fully sustainable transport system," said Amsterdam's Deputy Mayor Sharon Dijksma. "Amsterdam is already a leader in the field of electric driving and charging infrastructure, but in order to make the region future-proof and to support further growth of e-mobility, more needs to be done."
Daimler to convert factory to make electric trucks
Daimler Trucks North America this week announced plans to convert its existing Freightliner factory in Portland, Oregon, to make electric vehicles.
In a sign of the rapid growth of the low-carbon freight sector, Daimler said it will move production of its electrification technology from its nearby research laboratory to the factory from 2021.
"The road to emissions-free transportation is going to be driven with battery-electric vehicles," said Daimler Trucks chief executive Roger Nielsen. "I believe the future is electric."
The firm unveiled two new electric truck models, with a range of 230 miles and 250 miles each, last year. The firm is facing fierce competition from rival automakers including Tesla, which unveiled the Tesla Semi in 2017.
Modi emerges victorious from Indian elections
Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a landslide victory in the Indian election this week, sparking hopes for a fresh surge of renewables deployment across the country.
Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured an outright majority in the Indian Parliament, an outcome that promises policy continuity for the country's solar and wind sector.
Despite some criticism of his government's policy approach, Modi has been broadly pro-renewables throughout his tenure and keen to demonstrate India as contributing to international climate efforts. Hopes are therefore high that new government initiatives could be in the offing to ramp up progress on green energy even further.
France holds first meeting of 'Ecological Defense Council'
French President Emmanuel Macron addressed attendees at the first meeting of his new Ecological Defense Council this week, in an attempt to demonstrate to France's climate-concerned voters that the environment is a top priority for the government.
Macron and his Ecology Minister François de Rugy announced the axeing of a gold mining project in French Guiana and a loan scheme to fund energy efficiency work on homes across France at the meeting.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Rugy reportedly said the council is meant to be "the ultimate decision-making tool" for climate policy in government.
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