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Tokyu railway to be 1st in Japan to run all lines on green energy

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Tokyu said it will purchase so-called non-fossil certificates for electricity 

can anyone explain this to me? I always wonder about this "offset" system.... isn't that rather like robbing Peter to pay Paul?

if this move on the part of Tokyū will

effectively cut the company's carbon dioxide emissions to zero.

why this?

The operator plans to slash emissions by 46.2 percent in 2030 from 2019 levels and aims to cut them to virtually zero by 2050.

is there a jiggery-pokery factor at play here? or what? colour me bamboozled, bothered, and bewildered (not to mention suffering a mild case of alliterative-verbosity-disorder)

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Didn't mention the anticipated cost in this piece. So looked up their 12 month trailing payout ratio, 12 month trailing return on investment, and most recent quarterly debt to equity ratio. And realized that it isn't important in the long run compared to everything else.

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It’s like what Tesla does. It sells carbon offsets from its cars to other carmakers with internal combustion engines so they can claim to be going “green.” It’s selling a piece of paper. Tesla took in $3.3 billion in the last five years by selling emission credits.

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With most trains under the sunlight all day, it’s a wonder why more solar panels were NOT used up until now.

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Ah great, so this is not electricity from the off-line NPPs, and it's not electricity from coal-fired powerplants then.

Or is it? Partly?

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Do you realise how many solar panels would be needed to to run trains?

With most trains under the sunlight all day, it’s a wonder why more solar panels were NOT used up until now.

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Traction drive transformers for trains usually operate at 5kV. Not possible with solar.

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Traction drive for trains is 5,000 volts. Solar can create 24 volts. I know math is hard for some people, but think about it for awhile.

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can anyone explain this to me? I always wonder about this "offset" system.... isn't that rather like robbing Peter to pay Paul?

diagonalslip, it's called "incentive." There would be no incentive for companies to go to the trouble of using renewable energy without some form of compensation.

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With most trains under the sunlight all day, it’s a wonder why more solar panels were NOT used up until now.

I feel the same about car roofs.

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Taki MataToday  09:48 am JST

thank you very much.... very clear explanation, now I understand how it works.... m ( ) m

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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/antarctic-ice-shelves-are-shattering-how-fast-will-seas-rise

In the above article, there is a statement that NOAA estimates that we are very likely to see one foot of sea-level rise by 2050, and two feet of rise by 2100. So, actions like those by Tokyo Railway need to be repeated, a million times over.

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They are not plugging their network into wind turbines and solar cells. They are giving money to the government to buy a piece of paper and improve their PR.

Climate change has been leveraged by government as a novel revenue stream. What a scam.

The energy efficient trains are a real benefit, and anything similar that they do to their properties will also benefit. But giving money to the government for a certificate does not.

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