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Hi Again,

Welcome to a new edition of the State of Charge Newsletter. A concise monthly overview of the renewable energy transition and the advent of electric mobility.

This month we read about how we should fund the renewable energy transition, an EV 🚗 that can be parked on a wall, and we listen to a podcast talking about how sand is the substance of our world.

📣 Some words from our benevolent editors; Although we try to keep these newsletters concise, they seem to become denser every month. Please let us know how we are doing and if we need to change the format. For now, grab a cup of green tea with a piece of apple pie 😉and dig in. 

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SoC Big Story

This month's big story is a report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development on how to best pay for an energy revolution. They suggest a “subsidy swap”  which is a shorthand term for a wide range of policies that redirect government support in the form of subsidies, from fossil fuels to clean energy.
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The State of Charge June 2019

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world. Sales have picked up again: June has the most EVs sold in any month since the start of the year! Find previous editions at:
State of Charge - Stats

These statistics only include 100% Electric Vehicles, no hybrids. Statistics are provided by our partner The Electric Vehicle World Sales Database.

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SoC Must Read

A study into the impact of large scale adoption of EVs in the state of Colorado (US), led to the surprising conclusion that electrifying vehicles would reduce carbon more than completely decarbonizing the state electricity sector. 

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SoC Good Reads

3 months ago we shared an article following the challenges of a road trip across Europe using an EV, here is an update and the final part of the journey.

Fossil fuels have long been thought to have a high energy return, but a study found they are not much better than renewable options. If we take into account that fossil fuels become harder to extract once easily accessible wells run dry, the high energy return from renewables become even better than fossil fuels.   

SoC Deep Dive 

This month's deep dive is on the difficulty of recycling plastics. We feel this write-up by Gerald Altnau is one of the best we've come across when it comes to discussing the pros and cons of the available technologies. Big thank you to Miranda Wang from our friends at Biocellection for the share. 

Did you know, Germany recycled 45% of its plastics in 2016 but only 15,6% of post-consumer plastic waste was processed to recyclates and thereof only 7,8% were comparable to virgin plastic. Read on!
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Last month plastics were a hot topic, here's a short overview: 
There were also some positive signs out of Costa Rica, where they recently signed legislation banning the import, marketing, and distribution of styrofoam, and Germany, where they plan to ban plastic bags. 

Lastly, ever heard of the 
🐝 Bee's Wrap...? Some alternatives to plastic wrap.

SoC Other News

Take a look at the world's largest electric vehicle, a 110-ton weighing dump truck operated in Switzerland. But what's especially cool, it never has to charge due to its regenerative braking! Read more. 

Also, what about an electric vehicle that can be parked on a wall? 

Along with many European countries, Greenland has recently experienced extreme weather. In June the average temperature was 9C above the average from 1981 to 2010 average. An estimated 180 billion tons of Greenland’s ice had melted into the ocean since the beginning of July, causing sea levels to rise .5mm. 

Recently we shared with you the IPCC report; if you missed it here's a link (the most IPCC report you can find here). Pete Smith is one of the scientists that worked on the report and took part in the adoption plenary, which is the process by which the 195 governments reach consensus on the wording of a summary of the report. Here's a short article by him on the importance and difficulty of getting 195 government representatives on the same page.

SoC Something Awesome

Have a look at this very cool tour of the major moons in our celestial menagerie, and, if you have time, the National Geographic also made an overview of what the world eats. For example, look up the average caloric intake or dietary specifics in a country.

SoC Listen to This

Roads, buildings, glass, and silicon chips are all made from sand, essentially no sand means no modern civilization and although it is the most abundant resource on earth, we are starting to run out.  On this episode, Vince Beiser, author of the book The World in a Grain, explains why sand is the most important substance on Earth. 

99% invisible is a podcast that focusses specifically on the power of architecture and design created and hosted by Roman Mars. 
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