BusinessGreen brings you all the green news from around the world this week
Australia approves Adani coal mine
Australia's government this week granted final approval to the controversial Carmichael coal mine project, to be built in Queensland by Indian company Adani.
The project has been subject to years of delays by environmental protestors who argue it should not be allowed on climate grounds and fear it could pave the way for more coal mines in the area.
But its supporters say the mine will create thousands of job in the area, which has suffered from high unemployment.
Construction on the mine is expected to start within days.
Tyson unveils 'blended' approach to plant-based meat
US meat processing giant Tyson Foods - the world's second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork - yesterday unveiled a new range of alternative meats and 'blended' products, in the hope of appealing to consumers looking to cut back on their meat intake.
In a clear sign of the impact plant-based eating is having on the global food industry, Tyson Foods yesterday announced its new 'Raised and Rooted' brand, "created to provide great-tasting plant-based and blended foods that are rooted in how people eat today".
The Raised and Rooted range, which will be available in US stores later this year, will offer plant-based nuggets as well as blended burgers made with a combination of beef and pea protein. Meanwhile, Tyson's 'Aidells' brand has also launched 'Aidells Whole Blends' sausage and meatballs, made with a mix of chicken and plant-based ingredients.
Tyson CEO Noel White said he wanted the company to be a market leader in alternative protein, while continuing to expand its meat processing business. "Today's consumers are seeking more protein options so we're creating new products for the growing number of people open to flexible diets that include both meat and plant-based protein," he said.
Italy bans coal from capacity market
Italy will only allow capacity providers that comply with stringent CO2 emission limits to compete in its Capacity Market, due to launch later this year.
The European Commission today approved new rules to prevent high-emission electricity generation, such as coal-fired power plants, from taking part in the system's auctionprocess. Instead Italy wants to foster the participation of greener technologies, such as demand side response.
The Commission said the adjustments to the plans for how the Capacity Market will work, complied with State Aid rules.
US Pentagon emits more than Sweden or Portugal
A new study released this week has found that if the US Pentagon were a country it would be the 55th highest emittor in the world, with an emissions footprint bigger than that of Sweden or Portugal.
The US Department of Defence released about 59 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in 2017, researchers from Brown University said, with using and moving troops and weapons accounting for about 70 per cent of the total.
Green Investment Group drops anchor in Korea offshore wind market
Macquarie's Green Investment Group (GIG) has completed the installation of South Korea's first floating LiDAR, a crucial step towards developing the country's first offshore wind farm.
GIG said this week the LiDAR would collect wind data off the coast of Ulsan City in Korea, to assess the site's potential for a 1.4GW offshore wind farm.
If built, the Ulsan project would be Korea's first ever offshore wind installation, with the first phase earmarked to be up and running by 2022.
New Jersey unveils blueprint for net zero energy by 2050
The US state of New Jersey this week unveiled a blueprint to transform its energy grid to become carbon neutral by 2050.
The Draft 2019 Energy Master Plan says New Jersey will pursue "carbon neutral" generation technologies and "maximum electrification" of the state's transportation and building sectors to deliver the 2050 target.
The State has an overarching target to reduce emissions 80 per cent below 2006 levels by 2050.
"The Draft Energy Master Plan is a comprehensive roadmap toward achieving our goal of a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050," said Governor Phil Murphy. "The strategies set forth in this draft plan will foster economic growth by creating thousands of jobs in New Jersey's energy, building, and transportation sectors. Today's draft plan is a critical step forward in reducing the effects of climate change and securing our state's clean energy future for the benefit of all New Jerseyans and for generations to come."
The government's failure to act on fashion waste is damning evidence Ministers do not yet comprehend the environmental crisis, but businesses need to be aware reforms will come eventually
Finance and green building sectors will need to work closely together to develop market for energy efficient mortgages, according to new report from the World Green Building Council
UK Energy Research Centre study analyses extent of disruption that will be necessary across heat, transport, power, and construction sectors to meet climate goals
Current plans fall short of 2030 targets, official European Commission assessment warns