Antonio Pasolini

Antonio Pasolini
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He also works as a translator (Portuguese-English) and promotes veganism and animal rights in Brazil. Pasolini recently launched a book of short stories in Portuguese called Ponto de Fuga.

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6 years 1 month ago

As the expected environmental benefits of biofuel made from food crops such as corn, rapeseed and wheat have not materialized, the race is on to find a competitive second generation of biofuels whose raw material is wood, grasses and non-edible parts of plants, which do not compete with food crops and forest coverage.

Brazil, a world leader in sugar cane ethanol, has been investing  in cellulosic ethanol research, focusing on bagasse, the residue of sugar cane.

More research is also taking...

6 years 1 month ago

Ontario in Canada has big plans for renewable energy and a new contract signed by a group of companies last week signals the region is working seriously towards energy sustainability.

The deal in question involves a contract to supply and support a 5 MW ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system, composed of 20,410 modules. It was signed between Alderville First Nation, a First Nations community within Southeastern Ontario established in 1837, and Silfab Ontario, a...

6 years 1 month ago

The aviation industry has a significant impact (2%) on the global carbon footprint and it’s looking for ways to mitigate it with alternative fuels.

One of the latest news from this industry is that Honeywell successfully powered an Interjet Airbus A320-214 during a flight between Mexico City and Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas with its Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced using the company’s UOP process technology. The fuel does not requires any aircraft or...

6 years 1 month ago

The glass that covers buildings across North America and elsewhere could become a source of solar electricity if a technology currently under development becomes commercially viable.

A company that works to develop a solar type of technology that generates electricity on see-thru glass today announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. NREL is one of the world's most respected and advanced solar-...

6 years 2 months ago

Brazil, the world leader in sugar cane ethanol production and consumption, has announced that its national Development Bank (BNDES) and the Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP) have signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement, pledging R$1 billion between 2011 and 2014 for a Joint Plan to Support Industrial Technological Innovation in the sugar-based Energy and Chemical Sectors (PAISS).

According to a statement released earlier this week, the objective of the deal is to stimulate the development, production and commercialization of new technologies to process sugarcane biomass. The...

6 years 2 months ago

For the fifth time Chicago magazine dishes out awards to local businesses and professionals who are blazing new trails in environmental ideas and concepts.

The winners have been announced in the magazine’s April issue and the honorees are architect Nathan Kipnis, restaurateurs Dan Rosenthal and Ina Pinkney, fashion designer Lara Miller, activist Kimberly Wasserman, and city worker Matthew Stewart. Chosen from a list of more than 150 nominees, they will be congratulated at a reception at the Shedd Aquarium on March 30th.

Two of the winners have been recognized for their...

6 years 2 months ago

Ontario in Canada is on a roll to get greener. Last year the city launched the Open Ontario program to develop the regional economy. The plans puts the focus on clean energy initiatives, evidencing once again that public policy plays a crucial role in fostering a cleaner economy.

An integral part of the program is the Green Energy Act, whose goal is to provide a stable price for clean energy producers and create 50,000 Ontario jobs in the new field of renewable energy.

Ontario has already granted incentives to...

6 years 2 months ago

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) recently launched by the UK government has been met with mixed reactions.

The £860bn pound scheme is expected to increase green capital investment by £4.5bn by 2020 and will stimulate a new market in renewable heat. The number of industrial, commercial and public sector installations is expected to rise seven-fold by 2020.

Businesses that install low-carbon forms of heating such as Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) will be paid the RHI at 4.3p per kW hour of renewable heat produced for systems less than 100kW and 3p per kWh for systems above 100kW in...

6 years 2 months ago

Besides the horror of seeing villages being engulfed and mangled by the tsunami in Japan, the world is watching a nuclear soap opera unravel, with each chapter getting gloomier than the previous one.

The prospect of a nuclear meltdown in Japan is a nightmare come true, especially at the moment when Japan is so scarred by a natural disaster. Across the globe, the debate on nuclear safety has been reignited, particularly in Europe, where public sentiment...

6 years 2 months ago

Biomass fuels can help developing nations fight poverty, create jobs and gain energy independence, says a new report published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

The report urges developing nations to take advantage of biomass fuels such as wood and charcoal and move towards green economies in which “the poor benefit from producing sustainable, clean energy”.

Biomass refers to any organic matter of either plant (trees, waste agricultural crops etc.) or animal origin. IIED predicts biomass will...