By Emily Fendig
With Pandemic Fatigue settling in, it's starting to feel like we're living through 2020 part II. But the vaccine is not the only good news to come out of 2021. We've compiled a re-cap of climate positive news for your reading pleasure. Please enjoy.
A Lufthansa cargo plane is the first in history to achieve a carbon-neutral flight.
Aviation is responsible for 12% of CO2 emissions. Lufthansa’s use of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) has propelled Dallas Fort Worth airport to make plans to become carbon neutral by 2030, with other airports hopefully following in their footsteps.
Biden has already signed over three dozen executive orders since becoming president.
Not only do these executive orders combat climate change, but they also tackle environmental justice issues. These executive orders have halted all new fossil fuel leases on public lands, canceled the Keystone XL oil pipeline, will create more sustainable jobs, and boost conservation and renewable energy.
Food products are now responsible for 25% of carbon emissions worldwide. Felix is pricing its products to reflect that impact. Customers use a climate-based currency based on 18.9kg of CO2e each week, helping customers recognize their own carbon footprint and make a change.
China has banned single-use straws.
Last year, China used over 46 billion straws. A single straw can take 500 years to degrade. Therefore, companies all over China are taking more sustainable steps and investing in bamboo, wheat, and reed straws.
U.K.’s Climate Change Committee has set the stage for carbon neutrality by 2050.
The U.K. is the only country tracking what it would take each year to reach this goal. Their Sixth Carbon budget urges that national emissions be cut by 78% by 2035. This budget could help other countries maintain accountability and push themselves to create better goals towards carbon neutrality.
Places all around the world are taking steps towards renewable energy.
Europe’s renewable energy production beat fossil fuels this past year. Denmark is building an artificial island that will create a clean energy hub and store wind energy. In the U.S, the Empire State Building is now powered entirely by wind. These are just a few examples of many.