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Monday, 31 August 2021
Good morning kwippers. Summer is officially coming to an end and we're entering back to school season. Whatever that might look like this year, here's how to make it a bit more sustainable (and affordable).

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SUSTAINABILITY  

Sustainable scotch

Like any of Scotland's 134 whisky producers, Islay's Bruichladdich distillery relies on fuel oil, brought in on diesel-powered ferries, to fire the boilers. Islay's 9 distilleries alone burn 15m litres of oil every year, and this idyllic spot may have the highest per capita CO2 emissions of any community in Scotland. However, Bruichladdich has set itself the challenge of ensuring that its distillation process will be net zero by 2025, with production of malted barley to follow. The company aims to pioneer the use of an innovative type of green hydrogen production using green electricity and water electrolysis, unlike the conventional method, which uses natural gas and creates CO2 in the process. It is currently dependent on a green tariff, but plans to use renewables installed around the island over the next few years, and hopes that the technique can help power Islay's other distilleries, businesses and homes as well. 

INNOVATION

IKEA sells energy

Everyone's favourite furniture giant IKEA is on a mission to make sustainable electricity affordable, starting with its home market of Sweden. The company is going to sell certified renewable energy from solar and wind plants, and residential customers will be able to use an app to track their own electricity usage. Customers who already own solar panels from IKEA can also track their own electricity production in the app and sell back the electricity they don't use themselves. The retailer is already selling solar panels in 11 markets, and plans to become 'climate positive' by 2030, i.e. reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than the emissions from the entire IKEA value chain, from raw material production to customers' disposal of their furniture.

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THE LOW DOWN

  • Light pollution from street lamps linked to insect loss
  • U.S. health department sets up climate change office
  • Scientists have accidentally discovered a new island in the Arctic
  • China restricts kids’ online gaming to three hours a week
  • Paris speed limit falls to 30km/h to improve the environment
  • Nigeria to partner with Bitt Inc to launch 'eNaira' digital currency

#Showerthoughts

  • Jeff Bezos actually has more money than brain cells.
  • Schools advertise their small class sizes when they're trying to increase their class sizes.
  • The sign of a good vacation is not knowing what day it is.
  • Technically most flat earthers think the earth is round, they just don’t think it’s spherical.
  • If someone says eleven hundred, it sounds perfectly fine. But if someone says ten hundred, you question if they passed kindergarten.

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