- Porsche & Audi ramp up debut electric car production
- WWF Launches Blockchain Tool to Track Food Along Supply Chain
- The world’s largest packaged food company will ditch single-use plastic
- The First Municipality In Denmark To Convert To Electric Buses Gets Closer To Launch
- Green-roofed home is built of waste bricks and wood in Poland
1) Porsche & Audi ramp up debut electric car production
Porsche and Audi are planning to expand their production capacities even before the market launch of their first electric car models due to the high demand. Porsche even speaks of doubling their output of the all-electric Taycan and to expand to another facility on top. Instead of the 20,000 units previously planned, Porsche wants to produce 40,000 Taycans per year at its new plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany.
Audi is also apparently planning to increase capacity at the Brussels plant in 2020 due to high demand for their e-Tron. “Demand for the e-Tron is developing positively. For this reason, we are constantly reviewing our production capacities and adapting them to the market situation if necessary,” Audi Brussels Managing Director Patrick Danau informed Automobilwoche.
2) WWF Launches Blockchain Tool to Track Food Along Supply Chain
According to a post on the WWF site, the system allows both businesses to track products they produce, and consumers to view the origins of said products via a “unique blockchain code at the product’s point of origin.” The platform distributes QR codes to products made by client corporations signing up to the scheme. The codes are then linked to a blockchain platform to allow consumers to check the origin and life cycle of the specific product.
3) The world’s largest packaged food company will ditch single-use plastic
The world’s largest packaged food company is finally taking some drastic steps to reduce its plastic footprint. Nestlé, which is on track to report nearly $90 billion in revenue for 2018, will begin eliminating all plastic straws in its products starting this February, and transition its chocolate milk brand Nesquik from plastic to paper. These are some of the first formal plans announced after Nestlé’s 2018 promise to eliminate all single-serve plastic from its line–and to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
4) The First Municipality In Denmark To Convert To Electric Buses Gets Closer To Launch
10 months ago, CleanTechnica’s Kyle Field wrote about the plans for the first municipality in Denmark to convert its bus fleet to all-electric . Now, the local media TV2 Lorry reports that the buses are ready to ship from China. In fact, Johnny Hansen, CEO of the company in charge, Umove , went there to make sure that the buses are shipped on time to the town of Roskilde with 50,000 residents. Umove East is the subsidiary that won the tender in early 2018 to add a fleet of 20 electric buses including service facilities to the city.
5) Green-roofed home is built of waste bricks and wood in Poland
Environmentally friendly principles guided the design of the Red House, which was built mainly from locally accessible timber and bricks. The spacious, 364-square-meter building was constructed on a clearing at the edge of the forest. Views of the forest are embraced through full-height glazing that pull the outdoors in. A green roof was also installed and will blend the building into the landscape as the roof grows increasingly lush and the brick walls develop a patina.