User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Independent
Category: Conservation and Efficiency
Last updated: Sep 21 2016 04:29 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Energy Is at the Core of the Sustainable Development Goals 21.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is crucial to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goal 7 is all about saving energy. But why is it so important to think energy efficiency first? Let me start with some context. This week, hundreds of leaders from politics, business and civil society gather in New York for Climate Week . The fact that Climate Week and the United Nations Private Sector Forum are now an annual event along with the World Economic Forum shows the importance and opportunity to mitigate climate change and create sustainable growth. We have the opportunity to work together across sectors, businesses, civil society and at all levels of government to capture what is truly the opportunity of our lifetime - to create liveable, sustainable and competitive solutions that will benefit us all. How are we taking action? We are saving energy At this point, you might be thinking: While that all sounds great, how do we actually go from talk to ...
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China's New Role in Climate Action Raises Hope for Change 21.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Strong, sustainable growth is high on the agenda for the G20, which met earlier this month in Hangzhou, China. The gathering of 20 of the world's most important economies offered a unique opportunity for these countries to send a powerful message of unity in climate action to the world, building upon last year's Paris Climate Agreement. Indeed, with China and the United States having formally committed to the Paris Agreement, the moment marked an important turning point in the global climate conversation and - importantly - reinforced China's new role in that dialogue. Considered by the global community as a key member to climate action, China has made significant strides in recent years to drive the clean energy revolution and climate change fight across the world. China's commitment to reduce GHG emission is integral to the passage of the Paris Agreement. As a country with the world's largest population, China worked closely with the United States to secure a crucial bilateral climate deal that set the ...
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Meet the ex-White House official growing the market for community power 15.9.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Solar is at a pivotal point: How many people will get access? Enter Michelle Moore and Groundswell.
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How cities and counties are showing the way on climate action 7.9.2016 GreenBiz.com
As leaders emerge from the business and governmental sectors to address climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeing trends reflected in this year’s Climate Leadership Awardee accomplishments, including collaboration among cities and counties taking a stance on climate action.
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The water-energy nexus is not what you expect 23.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
While saving water does save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there are other benefits, too.
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Can zero-energy buildings become the norm? 17.8.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
More and more buildings are being equipped with energy efficiency technologies and solar panels. What will it take before all buildings are energy independent?
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Here's What California's Climate Policies Have Done To The State's Economy 12.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What have California’s climate policies done for the state’s economy? Injected about $48 billion into communities across the state in the past decade and helped create about 500,000 jobs. That’s the synopsis of a new analysis by my organization, the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) of available data on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act — also known as AB 32 — and related policies. Lawmakers in Sacramento are now debating legislation (under the aptly named SB 32) that would extend the emissions targets set by AB 32 for an additional 10 years past the current deadline of 2020. It’s clear that AB 32 and related policies are already paying off big time for California’s economy. Today, the state is by far the nation’s leader in clean energy jobs and investments. No other state comes close. The state’s existing emission reduction goals and related programs have funded solar, wind and energy efficiency projects in communities from Shasta to San Diego, helping ...
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Canada needs a bold national action plan for energy efficient buildings 9.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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AMD and chip-makers' efforts to create energy-efficient CPUs 9.8.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Amid growing awareness of the huge energy appetite of computer processing and particularly high end graphics, computer chip-maker AMD releases a more energy efficient chip — and a study to prove it.
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If utilities moved to the cloud, would they use more renewables? 5.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
If utilities adopted cloud technologies, they'd be better able to integrate renewable energy sources into their mix, a Navigant study finds.
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What teaching kids about energy efficiency can teach us 4.8.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Find out how educating the next generation on energy efficiency can help reach parents, and make a powerful impact in homes.
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Sleeping Giant of Climate Change (Hint: It's Before Your Eyes) 28.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One-third or more of all the global food produced never makes it from the farm to our fork. In fact, if measured as a country, food waste would be the third largest for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which revised upward its estimated carbon footprint of food waste to a staggering 3.6 gigatons of CO2. With nations around the world starting to design programs to meet COP21 climate commitments, now is the time to address food waste as the sleeping climate giant surprisingly hidden before our eyes. The Model for Success may be the Age of Energy Efficiency As we tackle food waste, we can learn lessons from the energy conservation movement. The last 20 years was the Age of Energy Efficiency. Technology allowed the increasingly more efficient use of electricity distributed to more people and more buildings without new power plants and the resulting climate emissions. Since 1990, the 29 member countries of the International Energy Agency saved enough electricity ...
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New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity 25.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight. But such batteries have some pretty serious drawbacks: They waste much of the injected energy as heat and degrade relatively quickly. They also require expensive extra components to pump oxygen gas in and out, in an open-cell configuration that is very different from conventional sealed batteries.But a new variation of the battery chemistry, which could be used in a conventional, fully sealed battery, promises similar theoretical performance as lithium-air batteries, while overcoming all of these drawbacks.The new battery concept, called a nanolithia cathode battery, is described in the journalNature Energy in a paper by Ju Li, the Battelle Energy Alliance Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT; postdoc Zhi Zhu; and five others at MIT, Argonne National Laboratory, and Peking ...
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Leaked Document Reveals Alarming New Environmental Threats of Transatlantic Trade Pact 11.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Sierra Club This morning, as the most recent round of trade negotiations between the United States and European Union began in Brussels, the Guardian reported a leaked document from the EU that reveals its intentions to include new, dangerous language in the proposed energy chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ...
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California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant 21.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Rhea Suh

For years, some have claimed that we can’t fight climate change without nuclear power, because shutting down nuclear plants would mean burning more fossil fuels to generate replacement electricity.

That’s wrong, of course, and now we have the proof.

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PG&E Reaches Historic Agreement with Green Groups & Unions to Close Last Nuclear Plant in California 21.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Pacific Gas and Electric will shut down California’s last operating nuclear plant by 2025 and make up the difference with renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to a landmark agreement announced today by PG&E, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California, IBEW, Coalition of California Utility Employees, and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility.

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How China Can Peak Emissions Through Low-Carbon Buildings 21.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Speakers at Low Carbon Buildings: Innovative Strategies, Policies and Incentives Session On June 7-8, NRDC hosted a session on low-carbon buildings during the Second U.S.- China Climate-Smart/ Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing. Leading city officials, academics, and NGOs from the two countries convened to take firm steps toward more sustainable urban development. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and China State Councilor Yang Jiechi delivered opening remarks . This high-level summit aims to help both countries address climate change by assisting cities that have already taken significant steps to strengthen their sustainability efforts. At the first Summit, held in Los Angeles in 2015, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Sichuan province, among others, jointly launched the “ Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities ” initiative, which is modeled on China’s national commitment to peak carbon emissions by 2030. Some cities, such as Beijing and Guangzhou, even committed to peaking their emissions by the end of ...
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Net Zero Energy isn't perfect, but it's still a pretty good idea 18.5.2016 TreeHugger
Further thoughts on The Power of Zero
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Reinventing Green Building 17.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new book is less reinvention than it is revisionism. "The green building revolution has stalled," declares Jerry Yudelson in Reinventing Green Building , to be released June 1 by New Society Publishers. His premise is that certification programs such as the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system are too costly and cumbersome: "By 2015, LEED had certified less than 1 percent of commercial buildings and homes in the US during its first 15 years. Annual project registrations and certifications for LEED in the US are now fewer in number in 2015 than in 2010. It's time for a green building program that works for 'the other 99 percent'...." Yudelson calls for green building advocates to "abandon the approach they have taken for the past 25 years." Instead, he argues, "The entire green building assessment process could easily be turned over to algorithms, eliminating a need for third-party auditors or assessors, as well as expensive consultants, ...
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Taking a bigger Leap when it comes to building green 2.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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