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How to tap the medium-scale clean energy market 30.9.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

In between the residential installations and gigantic utility-scale projects sits an overlooked market just waiting to be tapped.

How to tap the medium-scale clean energy market
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Connecting Productivity of Office Workers and Climate Change 29.9.2014 Environmental News Network
Energy efficiency in office buildings struggles to gain the attention of top management, writes John Alker - because energy is too cheap to really matter. But with 90% of operating costs spent on staff, a new report shows that green building design makes employees happier and more productive. There would seem to be no connection between the productivity of office workers and the great challenge of climate change. But a report published by the World Green Building Council suggests otherwise.
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The Climate Post: World Sees Some Tangible Outcomes from U.N. Climate Summit 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
World leaders gathered in New York this week for the United Nations Climate Summit , a meeting aimed at raising carbon reduction ambitions and mobilizing progress toward a global climate deal. In speeches at the summit, President Obama and other leaders recognized that countries across the world are feeling climate change effects, particularly extreme weather. "In America, the past decade has been our hottest on record," said Obama , who also announced the launch of new scientific and technological tools to increase global climate resilience and extend extreme weather risk outlooks. "Along our eastern coast, the city of Miami now floods at high tide. In our west, wildfire season now stretches most of year. In our heartland, farms have been parched by the worst drought in generations, and drenched by the wettest spring in our history. A hurricane left parts of this great city dark and underwater. And some nations already live with far worse." Like Obama, representatives of other major nations had their ...
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Nestlé, Kellogg’s join Ceres’ call for federal climate action 25.9.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Launched in 2008 with five companies, BICEP has expanded to 32 firms, including eBay and Symantec.

Nestlé, Kellogg’s join Ceres’ call for federal climate action
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5 tips from energy-efficient building innovators Google and NYU 23.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Two high-profile NYC Carbon Challenge participants shared practical lessons at the VERGE Salon in New York City.

5 tips from energy-efficient building innovators Google and NYU
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The 5 Climate Week reports you shouldn't miss 23.9.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Sneeze and you'll miss some Climate Week news. Here are the reports to skim by happy hour, then read fully at the office next week.

The 5 Climate Week reports you shouldn't miss
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How Walmart intends to spread sustainability, one retailer at a time 23.9.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

Sustainability platform RedE Tool is rolling out this month to suppliers in China. It was developed to be an industry mechanism, available to anyone and scalable everywhere.

How Walmart intends to spread sustainability, one retailer at a time
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Mayor Bill de Blasio Pivots Toward a Sustainable New York City 22.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nine months into his mayoralty, with over 300,000 climate marchers having massed in Manhattan, and a U.N. climate meeting set to start, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided the time is right to renew the city's sustainability effort. The mayor and his team have announced the goal of reducing New York City's greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by the year 2050. The mayor deserves high praise for articulating these new goals. The major focus of the program is increasing the energy efficiency of our built environment. According to New York Times reporter Matt Flegenheimer : New York would become the largest city in the world to make the commitment, according to the city's leaders. Though the proposal is likely to rankle some residential and commercial building owners, who will bear a portion of its cost, officials have framed the issue in part as an extension of the citywide focus on income inequality since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in January. High energy costs, the de Blasio ...
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Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More! 21.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 20, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought. The North Pole and much of the areas surrounding it are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface ...
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Energy Efficiency Is a Game Changer for Climate Protection 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We used to call it "being thrifty" -- maximizing the benefits while reducing costs. Any of our older relatives who lived through tough times from wars or economic depressions can readily describe the many ways they were 'efficient' with the meagre resources available. Economists like to call it 'resource efficiency,' 'energy efficiency,' or even 'productivity.' Either way, it means doing more with less, and in the run-up to the Climate Summit at the United Nations on 23 September 2014, this approach could be a real game changer for climate protection. Let us explain: The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative is working with partners, such as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to give everyone on Planet Earth access to clean and modern forms of energy by improving the way we use energy and doubling the use of renewable sources of energy. But it is the improvement in the way we use energy -- energy efficiency -- that is the real goldmine. If we can double our energy efficiency by 2030, a major objective ...
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Energy 2030: The Next Generation of Energy Policy 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
America sits at a crucial decision point that will affect its energy landscape far into the future. These are exciting times -- we are living in the midst of an energy boom. But the biggest game changer in this new era is one many Americans haven't heard of or don't fully understand -- improved national energy productivity. While the media is full of stories about the drastic expansion of the natural gas market and the potential of unlocked fossil resources, there is another energy revolution occurring. But the catalyst isn't renewable energy or newly discovered natural resource reserves. The real energy revolution is a massive improvement in energy efficiency and the vast potential for doubling energy productivity across all sectors by 2030 . According to the 2013 International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Efficiency Market Report , "The reduced energy demand stemming from energy efficiency over the past decades is larger than any other single supply-side energy source for a significant share of IEA ...
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What the sharing economy can learn from fleets 18.9.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Data analytics, education and thoughtful incentives can help sharing apps play a much more significant role in driving sustainability.

What the sharing economy can learn from fleets
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Are energy-efficient workplaces healthier? Just Google it 12.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The Internet search giant believes its strategy also can boost employee health and reduce sick days.

Are energy-efficient workplaces healthier? Just Google it
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Are global companies weighing a future without utilities? 12.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

At a GreenBiz webcast this week, execs from J&J, Microsoft and Walmart discussed on the future of renewables and utilities.

Are global companies weighing a future without utilities?
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This deep dive into 10 years of LEED unearths surprises 10.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What does the first decade of LEED project data reveal about architects, engineers and building energy efficiency?

This deep dive into 10 years of LEED unearths surprises
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How does sensor accuracy impact building energy management? 9.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Keeping buildings warm or cool takes even more energy when the sensors don't work correctly. When you add in reporting, the problem snowballs.

How does sensor accuracy impact building energy management?
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Promoting President Obama's Clean Energy Economy 8.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Interview with Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. Over the last decade, Colorado has emerged to boast one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the United States -- something that began under the administration of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. Now, as the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, Governor Bill Ritter is advising the White House on how to achieve its clean energy goals. Natalie Pace: Colorado has a goal of achieving 30 percent renewables by 2020 -- one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the nation. What role did your administration play in setting these standards? Governor Bill Ritter Jr.: In my time as governor, I signed 57 different pieces of legislation, many of which we initiated. We had a 10 percent renewable energy standard when I started. I signed a bill that took us to a 20 percent standard in the 1st year in office. By the 4th year in office, I signed a bill ...
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Hawaii's energy efficiency auction challenges innovators 8.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

A unique program could help the Aloha State to approach its goal of slashing electricity demand by 30 percent by 2030.

Hawaii's energy efficiency auction challenges innovators
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Rethinking Emissions Reduction 6.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Whether at United Nations climate change summits or one of many "green growth" forums, renewables and energy efficiency are consistently regarded as the solution to global warming. Even the coal industry adopted the efficiency line in its Warsaw Communiqué, released ahead of the UN's COP19 summit last November. But a closer look at the global energy system, together with a more refined understanding of the emissions challenge, reveals that fossil fuels will probably remain dominant through this century -- meaning that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may well be the critical technology for mitigating climate change. The widespread focus on efficiency and renewable energy stems from the dissemination of the Kaya Identity, which the Japanese economist Yoichi Kaya developed in 1993. Kaya calculated carbon dioxide emissions by multiplying total population by per capita GDP, energy efficiency (energy use per unit of GDP), and carbon intensity (carbon dioxide emissions per unit of energy). Given the ...
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Comparison of Energy Efficiency and Power Density in Pressure Retarded Osmosis and Reverse Electrodialysis 5.9.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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DOI: 10.1021/es5029316
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