User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Independent
Category: Conservation and Efficiency
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Seven Things That Need to Happen to Keep Global Temperature Rise Below 2C 22.3.2017 Truthout.com
In late 2015, the world agreed to limit the global temperature rise to "well below 2C". Ever since the signing of the  Paris Agreement  on climate change,  scientists ,  think tanks  and  policymakers  have been scrambling to define exactly what meeting this temperature limit will mean in policy and investment terms. A new  report  released this week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is the latest attempt to address this question. Commissioned by the German government in its role this year as G20 president, the report sets out the "essential elements" needed to create an energy sector transition consistent with the Paris Agreement. The  G20  is a group of 20 major economies, including China, India, Germany, the UK and US, which  accounts  for 63% of global population and 83% of emissions. The IEA and IRENA each took a separate approach to modelling the most cost effective decarbonisation pathway, with the IEA using a so-called ...
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UK's 'Victorian era' CO2 emissions achieved without driving up energy costs 17.3.2017 TreeHugger
In the last few decades, emissions have plummeted in the UK. Luckily, energy bills have remained stable too.
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8 ways cities are upping the ante on building efficiency 15.3.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Leading by example and linking up with utilities are among the strategies cities are deploying.
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Copenhagen, Striving To Be Carbon-Neutral: Part 1, The Economic Payoffs 14.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
“Making environmental sense, makes economic sense.” — Morton Kabell, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs Copenhagen’s rapid energy transition creates new jobs, new economic activity, and new businesses. Copenhagen, Denmark— By focusing on reducing carbon emissions and becoming more sustainable, can cities enhance their citizens’ health, well-being, and comfort, while improving their economies? One need not knock on too many doors in Copenhagen’s Town Hall to find city officials who find this proposition self-evident. They point toward a mounting body of evidence indicating that the same policies that protect the climate also improve the capital city’s economy and global competitiveness. Unpretentious in blue jeans and close-cropped blond beard, Morten Kabell, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs, clearly enjoys explaining the rapid progress Copenhagen is making toward becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Global Recognition Copenhagen has ...
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Energy Star Is Cheap, Popular And Saves Billions Of Dollars. Trump Wants To Gut It. 11.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Over the past 25 years, the federal government’s Energy Star program has become a valuable marker for all kinds of industries. Real estate agents upsell buildings that have been Energy Star-certified as energy efficient. Homeowners seek out its blue logo on electricity-guzzling appliances and devices. But the White House has proposed eliminating funding for Energy Star and instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to “begin developing legislative options and associated groundwork for transferring ownership and implementation of Energy Star to a non-governmental entity,” according to a draft budget the energy news service E&E News obtained this week. The cuts come as part of President Donald Trump  administration’s effort to channel federal spending away from a variety of other programs and toward a $54 billion military buildup. But Energy Star helps save even more than the $57 million that the federal government spends on it each year, according to more than a dozen business executives, building ...
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Energy efficiency isn’t enough anymore. 7.3.2017 TreeHugger
Health, embodied energy and walkability all matter too.
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Why ExxonMobil's new CEO, like the old one, backs a carbon tax 27.2.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Darren Woods, who took the helm in early 2017, doubles down on oil giant's commitment to drive down emissions.
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Meet the data center clean energy giants 16.2.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Switch SuperNAP and Digital Realty prioritize renewables, as the industry looks beyond efficiency.
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Stress Test: How banks are looking at climate risk 10.2.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
More banks are increasingly seeing climate change as a financial risk, but, according to a recent report, few are disclosing these risks.
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The long view: A conversation with RMI's CEO Jules Kortenhorst 2.2.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
General Motors, Salesforce and many others prove corporate demand for renewable energy is charging forward, never mind the moves from Washington.
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3 important data questions about smart buildings 18.1.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Data plays an important role in enabling our building stock to play a productive role in the low-carbon electricity system of the future. Here is what we need to ask it.
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California's grid geeks: Deep green in the time of Trump 18.1.2017 GreenBiz.com
This exclusive six-part series takes an in-depth look at California’s transition to over 50 percent renewable electricity. In the face of President-elect Trump’s apparent indifference to global warming, the state has become a beacon of hope for climate activists. The entire series will appear here."You can’t bullshit the electric grid," he said.
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10 companies moving up in smart buildings 19.12.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Some of these big players may surprise you.
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What do we have to do to make people care about sustainability? 16.12.2016 TreeHugger
This year, it might all be about comfort and coziness.
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Regulatory Rollback List Targets Health, Safety, And Environment 16.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At Risk: The Air We Breathe, Water We Drink, and Food We Eat The conservative House Freedom Caucus has provided President-Elect Trump a "recommended list of regulations to remove." Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), chair of the all-Republican Freedom Caucus, identified 228 federal rules they hope Trump will help eliminate. Thirty-two of the proposals would roll back safety, health and environmental standards that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and our nation's infrastructure (from pipelines to airports). By rolling back these regulations, the plan would essentially prevent the agencies responsible for protecting us from doing their job. Another 43 proposals are aimed at undermining America's progress on clean energy and climate change, pushing us away from energy efficiency and renewable energy sources toward more reliance on fossil fuels. This includes eliminating two dozen Department of Energy energy efficiency standards that save families money on energy bills, reduce ...
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White House releases strategy for deep decarbonization by 2050 12.12.2016 TreeHugger
Download it while you can.
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How many jobs does clean energy create? 5.12.2016 GreenBiz.com
Jobs in solar power exceed those in oil, gas or coal extraction. And there are more surprises.
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Clean Energy Victory In IL Shows We Can Still Win In The Age of Trump 2.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kenvo Esquivel, Diane Fager

With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency this November, many on the left are rightfully frightened about what the next four years portend for the fight against climate change, when even the most basic environmental protections are now under threat. The sense of dread deepens everyday, as we get news of a new climate denier or oil executive being considered for a cabinet post. Many are preparing for years of long, defensive fights to preserve what policies we have won, both on environmental protection and on every other front.

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Melbourne & Sydney Win C40 Award For Best Building Energy Efficiency Project Of 2016 2.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Melbourne & Sydney were honoured today at an awards ceremony in Mexico City. The C40 Cities Awards recognize the world's most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. Sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD, the C40 Cities Awards ceremony was held during the C40 Mayors Summit, where more than 40 mayors from around the world gathered to create sustainable and liveable cities for citizens. "On behalf of C40, I want to congratulate all the winning cities for their commitment to their citizens and their dedication to tackling climate change," said outgoing C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. "Throughout my tenure as C40 Chair, I have been increasingly impressed by the calibre of the C40 Cities Award winners, and I look forward to seeing other mayors around the world adapting and implementing these models in their own cities." "The C40 Cities Awards recognize the best and boldest work being done by mayors to fight climate change and protect people from risks," said C40 ...
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Military Rivals Face Off In An Energy-Saving Web Series 30.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Without totally sidelining their historic rivalry, the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy  joined forces to improve energy efficiency at both campuses. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy  launched the second season of its “ Better Buildings Challenge Swap ,” a reality web series in which two organizations swap three-person teams to find ways to increase energy efficiency.  In this season, an energy team from each military institution travels to the other’s campus to explore how it can reduce its energy footprint. Russell Hume, energy program manager at the Air Force Academy, told The Huffington Post that each team has an opportunity to share its expertise and pinpoint where the other is falling short. At the end of the day, however, he said these friendly rivals’ different perspectives result in innovative and, in some cases, simple and low-cost solutions that can be applied beyond a dormitory or cafeteria. “It was great to have an extra set of eyes,” Hume told HuffPost.  The first ...
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