May 17, 2020

Mango Energy Greenwashing Desktop Wind Turbines

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Greenwashing desktop wind turbines
Greenwashing is the attempt of a company to sell their products and/or services as “green” or “sustainable” when they truly are...
Greenwashing is the attempt of a company to sell their products and/or services as “green” or “sustainable” when they truly are not. In the past few years, as the green movement has made its way to the forefront of consumer decision-making, companies have found clever ways to sell their products off as “green” without having actually changed their products at all, or making minor changes that aren’t as green as their marketing campaigns lead on.

One good example of this is Mango Energy’s desktop wind turbines. These mini desktop toys serve no actual purpose, and are being hailed by the company as a tribute to alternative energy. They feature small solar panels that turn the desktop wind turbine’s blades.

So let’s break this product down shall we? First of all, you have the choice of either a metal or plastic desktop wind turbine, which means that either oil had to be pumped to make the plastic, or mining operations were conducted to recover the metal. Both of these options aren’t in the least bit green and sustainable (not to say they do not serve their vital pruposes). Then you have the components making up the miniature solar panel on the mini turbine… again, fossil fuel-derived and mined materials. Plus, it seems counterproductive to need to generate energy to turn a wind turbine’s blades.

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Of course, the desktop wind turbines could be made of 100 percent recycled materials, but unfortunately they are not. In fact, as Mango Energy boasts thousands of these desktop wind turbines having been sold, the sad reality is that the majority of them are produced… where else? In China. It seems like that’s where most useless plastic junk being pawned off to consumers is coming from these days.

The bottom line is this: While oil and mining operations certainly do serve a vital purpose in our world, I’d like to think that at this day-in-age the precious resources that are carefully extracted from the ground—with devastating consequences at times—would be utilized for far better purposes than a greenwashed product like a Chinese-made plastic wind turbine that is somehow supposed to pay tribute to renewable energy. Don’t be fooled people, especially you renewable energy executives out there who may want one for your desk! How do we solve the world’s energy problem? We could start by using our resources a little more wisely, and not try to trick the general public just to turn a profit.

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Apr 21, 2021

UK Government pledges to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035

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UK Government to enshrine new emission targets in law by the end of June as Prime Minister Boris Johnson targets new technologies and green innovation
The UK government has agreed to stick to Climate Change Committee recommendations and cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, it announced today.
The sixth Carbon Budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a 5-year period from 2033 to 2037, taking the UK more than three-quarters of the way to reaching net zero by 2050.
The budget will ensure Britain remains on track to end its contribution to climate change while remaining consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts towards 1.5°C.
For the first time, the budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions – an important part of the government’s decarbonisation efforts that will allow for these emissions to be accounted for consistently.
This comes ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the opening session of the US Leaders’ Summit on Climate, hosted by President Biden on Earth Day (April 22). The Prime Minister will urge countries to raise ambition on tackling climate change and join the UK in setting stretching targets for reducing emissions by 2030 to align with net zero.
The government is already working towards its commitment to reduce emissions in 2030 by at least 68% compared to 1990 levels through the UK’s latest Nationally Determined Contribution - the highest reduction target made by a major economy to date. Today’s world-leading announcement builds on this goal to achieve a 78% reduction by 2035.
The new target will become enshrined in law by the end of June, with legislation setting out the UK government’s commitments laid in Parliament tomorrow.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will be home to "pioneering businesses, new technologies and green innovation as we make progress to net zero emissions".
Through its presidency of the crucial UN climate summit, COP26, which will take place in Glasgow later this year, the UK is urging countries and companies around the world to join the UK in delivering net zero globally by the middle of the century and set ambitious targets for cutting emissions by 2030.
The government has already laid the groundwork to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050, starting with ambitious strategies that support polluting industries to decarbonise while growing the economy and creating new, long-term green jobs.
This includes the publication of the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, an ambitious blueprint for the world’s first low carbon industrial sector, slashing emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years, as well as over £1 billion government funding to cut emissions from industry, schools and hospitals.
Further, the UK is the first G7 country to agree a landmark North Sea Transition Deal to support the oil and gas industry’s transition to clean, green energy while supporting 40,000 jobs.
Through the deal, the sector has committed to cut emissions by 50% by 2030, while the government, sector and trade unions will work together over the next decade and beyond to deliver the skills, innovation and new infrastructure required to decarbonise North Sea production.

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