The High Cost of High Tech: Lithium Mining in the Atacama Desert

Navigating the trade-offs between global benefits of decarbonization and localized impacts of lithium mining operations   By Emily Haworth Boasting experimental floating solar panels, South America’s only solar-thermal project, and a recent commitment to complete, industry-wide carbon neutrality by 2050, Chile has made commendable progress in renewable energy investments and energy security in the last …

Q&A With ED Jennifer Martin: Renewable Energy Markets Are Interdependent

Originally published in the Argus Air Daily. by William Fleeson Washington, 19 March (Argus) — Jennifer Martin is executive director of the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a non-profit that administers the Green-e certification program for renewable electricity. In this interview, edited for length and clarity, Martin discusses how the interdependence of compliance and voluntary …

How Does Carbon Regulation Affect My Renewable Energy Purchase (and Vice Versa)?

  It’s no secret that corporate purchasing—from tech companies to financial institutions—is driving the global growth of renewable energy markets. Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports that 43 corporations signed 5.4GW of renewable energy contracts across 10 countries in 2017 (more than a 25% increase in capacity compared to 2016). While there are instances where renewable …