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Business leaders to announce new plans to tackle climate change at UN event

Business leaders to announce new plans to tackle climate change at UN event | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Political figureheads will join leaders from business and civil society to announce new commitments and practical actions to address climate change at a climate summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon next month.”
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The one-day summit, which takes place in New York on 23 September, will mark the first time in five years that world leaders will get together to chart a new course of action on climate change.
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Get the App for our 3rd Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Soon all of the talks and presentations will become available. 

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Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House takes the Dalai Lama Center’s teachings to heart

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House takes the Dalai Lama Center’s teachings to heart | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
East Vancouver’s Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House has nurtured thousands of preschool-aged children and their families over the years with the goal of creating a caring community. What better place to start educating the hearts of children?
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is supporting thousands using Appreciative Inquiry in Canada. Dalai Lama who believes that "we all must make the effort to do positive things" has been engaged in Appreciative Inquiry projects with world religious interfaith efforts as well as dialogues with CEOs about "ethics for the new millennium. This time it is with positive education in schools. 


As this article cites, Frog Hollow is several years into its relationship with the Dalai Lama Center, the main outcome of which is a two-year appreciative inquiry called Compassionate Children, Caring Community that engaged more than 2,000 people from their surrounding community to share their experiences with compassion and their ideas about encouraging children to be more compassionate.


“People told their own stories about compassion and that turned out to be a really powerful experience for a lot of people, more than we ever could have imagined,” said Frog Hollow executive director Gary Dobbin. “They really wanted to share that and had thought hard about it and then people really connected with each other after talking about it.”


In addition to collecting hundreds of ideas for creating compassion and community, by pioneering the appreciative inquiry process Frog Hollow learned a great deal about how to engage with a far-flung community that is defined by the sheer range of ages, languages and incomes in East Vancouver’s polyglot. That is knowledge they can pass on to other communities as the Heart-Mind Index — recently pilot tested in six communities — rolls out across B.C.

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Climate change and circular economy take centre stage at Davos

Climate change and circular economy take centre stage at Davos | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“After leading a design and sustainability workshop at this year's World Economic Forum, William McDonough reflects on why he is hopeful for sustainable change”
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WEF (World Economic Forum) and Ellen MacArthur Foundation offer hope for deep systemic change with Project Mainstream, an action plan for scaling up the circular economy. The first Project Mainstream report estimates that the transition to a circular economy would provide $1tn in annual savings by 2025 and create 100,000 new jobs within five years. Crucially, the circular economy provides an alternative to resource scarcity. We know it works. Cradle to Cradle, which I co-developed, is a combination of design and science and one of the sources of the circular economy model. By design, its two distinct material flows are safe and regenerative: biological materials are designed to be returned to nature, technical materials are designed for perpetual cycles of use by industry. Powered by renewable energy, fed by regenerative material flows, the circular economy is designed to decouple economic growth from resource consumption. Many companies have profitably engaged in the Cradle to Cradle certified programme. One of the things the programme does well is help companies extend their values and material health goals throughout their supply chains, which is crucial for making a successful transition to the circular economy. By targeting signature material stocks and ambitiously cultivating a multi-stakeholder community of circular economy champions, the WEF and Ellen MacArthur Foundation appear poised to become influential catalysts of positive global change.
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Cheng Kin Ming Has His Investments Focused on Green Cities

Cheng Kin Ming Has His Investments Focused on Green Cities | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“By investing in companies that together bring total solutions, we enable cities to transform the ways they grow and consume resources and we can ensure a high quality of life for us and for future generations.”
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Cheng Kin Ming, whose recent investments in solar companies are estimated to be worth nearly $20 billion – making him the world’s largest private investor in clean technologies – is speaking publicly for the first time about his strategy to accelerate the world’s transition to green cities. His approach is to identify the world’s best, complementary clean technology companies to create entire supply chains, across multiple verticals, to produce integrated solutions on an enormous scale.
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The Termite and the Architect: Biomimicry Shifts from Mere Content, to Complex Process

The Termite and the Architect: Biomimicry Shifts from Mere Content, to Complex Process | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Are you in the mind of the wasp? Do you know what an ‘error’ is? You can only measure. Just measure.”

A truer biomimicry, Soar believes, would abandon simple biophilia and its crude design metaphors—bullet trains as bird beaks, sharkskins as swimsuits, or termite mounds as skyscrapers. Instead, architects and designers would begin building things as nature builds them. That is, iteratively and algorithmically, with each form sculpted by many optimized functions, each of which acts as its own independent agent. Soar and many others have experimented with simulating insects and insect homes using “agent modeling systems” in which thousands, millions, even billions of individual programs— each a very primitive “virtual insect” with its own objective—compete over limited resources within some carefully arranged digital domain. Following the “right” set of rules in their virtual world, the agents can replicate the structures and morphologies actual insects create in reality. These systems are not limited to replication, however—they can also be used for innovation. Sometimes, complex optimizations can emerge that bear little resemblance to anything produced by the minds of insects or of humans.

“For architectural problems, one agent may want to resolve a door, another a window, another the flow of water or of heat, and collectively they negotiate a solution,” Soar says. “This is possible now because computers can handle the massive amounts of information required.”
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“Are you in the mind of the wasp? Do you know what an‘error’ is? You can only measure. Just measure.”

 

A truer biomimicry, requires that we not only appreciate "what works" in nature (the content), but that we study the process of creating itself....and then build those insights into our own creative process, which is usually quite collaborative, relational, and communal. Architectural genius is not a lone genius at all. Its an interplay. An inter-fusion. A double interact. 

 

 

 

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SolarCity Factory In New York Could Create 5000 Jobs

SolarCity Factory In New York Could Create 5000 Jobs | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Solar Love. The state of New York will provide $750 million dollars for a huge solar plant in Buffalo Governor Cuomo announced this week.”
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Buffalo NY is happy: green jobs, lots of them. There is also somewhat of a poetic historical connection. Buffalo was the first large city to have electric streetlights. The electricity came from the hydroelectric project built by Nikola Tesla at Niagara Falls. Elon Musk is the CEO of the Tesla electric car company and he is an investor in SolarCity. So having another renewable energy source located in the area seems fitting.
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For sustainability, time has come for solar power

For sustainability, time has come for solar power | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The largest climate-change march in history took place Sept. 21 in New York City. More than 400,000 people joined together to demand genuine action on the issue. This is no longer considered the radical fringe.”
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Soar with solar. This is no longer considered the radical fringe. It is time to stop using fossil fuels. Even those who made fortunes selling fossil fuels are bailing out. The Rockefeller Foundation has announced it will divest $50 billion from fossil fuel investments. Stephen Heintz, an heir of Standard Oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, said the move to divest away from fossil fuels would be in line with Rockefeller’s wishes. “We are quite convinced that if he were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy,” Heintz said.
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Invite people to be part of your sustainable design committee

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Hamburg is the gateway for the offshore wind industry

Hamburg is the gateway for the offshore wind industry | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Hamburg is the gateway for Germany’s offshore wind industry Visiting Germany's biggest port during the Sept 2014 Hamburg Wind Conference”
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“Hamburg has firmly established itself as a leading global location for wind energy,” said Jan Rispens, Managing Director of the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency. “In the wake of the growing offshore wind energy market in Germany, Hamburg has developed a remarkable force of attraction, drawing companies with management, sales and product capabilities to our city.” Nearly all the leading international wind companies have offices in Hamburg. Nordex SE, Senvion SE are headquartered there. The Offshore divisions of Siemens, Vattenfall, and E.ON all work out of Hamburg. Vestas, Dong Energy and Gamesa are among the companies with sales offices.
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Employee engagement holds the key to building sustainability

Employee engagement holds the key to building sustainability | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Jonathan Jordan of Sermelo says sustainability is a mind-set that should resonate through the organisation and its operations”
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I just worked with J&J and it is true...the sustainability mindset is everywhere and in every conversation. It's about caring. And it's deep in the culture there. Here is how they put it: Caring for the world, one person at a time…inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science ‒ bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Our approximately 128,000 employees at more than 275 Johnson & Johnson operating companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.
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Climate Change Is Changing Gravity, Not Just Glaciers

Climate Change Is Changing Gravity, Not Just Glaciers | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“No, we're not kidding. (Climate Change Has Found a New Victim: Gravity by Eileen Shim http://t.co/QmEr9RUSew via @MicNews)”
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Solar Power Plant Shaped Like A Heart: sustainability is powered by love

Solar Power Plant Shaped Like A Heart: sustainability is powered by love | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Solar Love. The UN climate talks were held last week in New York City, and Conergy announced during the event a one-of-a-kind solar power plant that it was building in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia.”
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I've written about sustainability as "enchanting enrichment" and now we need to add to that...so often sustainability is powered by love. Here is one symbolic example from France. The heart-shaped solar plant will save our planet an estimated two million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over its projected 25-year lifetime. Compare this to power from oil, gas, and coal, which generate the majority of the islands’ power today, and one finds this solar heart brings hope for cleaner air. The unique design is said to be inspired by the Coeur de Voh. Coeur de Voh or Heart of Voh is a naturally heart-shaped area of nearby wild mangrove vegetation.
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This Is The #1 Cause of Human Induced Climate Change & Environmental Degradation & Nobody Knows About It

This Is The #1 Cause of Human Induced Climate Change & Environmental Degradation & Nobody Knows About It | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“by Arjun Walia Collective Evolution We are constantly bombarded with the idea that fossil fuels are the number one cause of human induced climate change on the planet.”
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Forget fossil fuels for transportation for a moment. Now, if you had a magic wand to make one wish come true to reduce the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, and that the solution requires no new technology, no extra money, money, and it will help end diabetes, heart disease, and the obesity epidemic worldwide--and the solution is available for every person, what do you suppose would have the greatest impact in realizing a carbon healthy world? In late November 2006, the U.N Food and Agriculture Organization issued a report stating that the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined, and it’s true.(1)(2)(3)(4) If greenhouse gases are contributing to climate change, it’s staggering to realize 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to the Worldwatch Institute. (5)
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Business as an Agent of World Benefit - YouTube

Business is a powerful force for change in the world. Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB) unites the best in business with the call of our times. At...
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Last week, The Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit was a major success. Over 600 people from companies as diverse as Google and Unilever to Fairmount Santrol and Clarke Industries heard from Nobel Laureates and CEOs and entrepreneurs building a world that not just sustains or survives but flourishes and prospers. Based on the book by Laszlo and others called "The Flourishing Enterprise" people explored the practices, the mind shifts, and the cooperative advantages of aiming higher where doing good and doing well are so seamless that there is no tradeoff between the two.  

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Business Forum in Cleveland to Focus on Purpose Over Profit - The Good News Network

Business Forum in Cleveland to Focus on Purpose Over Profit - The Good News Network | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Call it flourishing. It’s a movement beyond traditional notions of corporate sustainability, demanding more than just doing less harm. The vision for flourishing companies builds on best practices toward a higher purpose than profits. It’s about creating a world where enterprises prosper, people excel, and nature thrives.

Business thought-leaders are joining together on October 15-17 to co-create these possibilities at the Third Global Forum For Business as an Agent of World Benefit. The theme for the gathering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland is “Fourish and Prosper.”
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This article sums up what we are up to at Case Western Reserve University:

 

"Call it flourishing. It’s a movement beyond traditional notions of corporate sustainability, demanding more than just doing less harm. The vision for flourishing companies builds on best practices toward a higher purpose than profits. It’s about creating a world where enterprises prosper, people excel, and nature thrives.

Business thought-leaders are joining together on October 15-17 to co-create these possibilities at the Third Global Forum For Business as an Agent of World Benefit. The theme for the gathering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland is “Fourish and Prosper.”

 

sign up and join us--but do it quick--its next week!

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The audacious optimism of Climate Week

The audacious optimism of Climate Week | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Why is the private sector so gosh-darn positive about solving climate change?”
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The successes at the Un meetings, increasingly, are due to the can do, pragmatic, entrepreneurial capacities of business. The optimism also reflected the private sector’s innate sense of the possible, added Seabright. “Leaders in business tend to be fairly positive and aggressive and have an optimistic can-do spirit about what they can achieve, and then they set out the plans and execute against them. Sometimes they fail and they get up and they try another brand or another product and another. So I think there’s an inherent spirit of opportunity that underpins most business mentalities.” That sentiment was echoed by others. “Business is bullish,” observed Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, who also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk. “They’re seeing the problem. It’s hitting them in a very real way and they are can-do people. These are people who know how to make things happen.” Lubber was among the several I talked to who believed the positivity of this year’s Climate Week boded well for the U.N. climate talks in Paris at the end of 2015 — the next big opportunity for governments to come together to create the kind of global agreement that wasn’t possible in Copenhagen in 2009. Said Lubber: “We’re all optimistic that something is going to happen in the next 15 months. Something will happen.”
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'Inspiration, not just grim reality, needed to engage millennials on sustainability'

'Inspiration, not just grim reality, needed to engage millennials on sustainability' | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Jonathon Porritt: a new website launches Tuesday that we hope will help galvanize sustainable innovation
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In a tiny but powerful book on "Hope, Inspiration, and Joy" the brilliant author Verena Kast talks about the transformational power of those emotions when the are experienced deeply. Inspiration, not just grim reality is needed to reach our young people. So how about unconstrained excitement at the rising surge of brilliant organisations and people already crafting the solutions to today’s converging crises? We live in a remarkable time. That’s what plan is at collectively.org. The aim is to provide a dynamic showcase of technologies, campaigns and entrepreneurs for young people (18-30 years old) to participate in, celebrate, share and draw on to change their own lives and the lives of others. The premise is a very simple one: everything we need to co-create a sustainable world is already out there. The pace of innovation accelerates all the time. Investors are finally getting the hang of finding the right deals. Even mainstream media are waking up. So let’s get all that out there, in a way that resonates with young people today, so they can keep on celebrating the genius of the human spirit rather than having to turn away from all that is ugly and destructive about our current way of life.
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The 4 Forces of Abundance: Why the Future Is Better Than You Think

The 4 Forces of Abundance: Why the Future Is Better Than You Think | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Every second our senses are deluged with data, more than we can possibly process. To deal with this overload, the brain is continuously sifting and sorting, trying to tease apart the critical from the casual. Since nothing is more critical to the brain than survival, the first filter most of this incoming information encounters is the amygdala.

The amygdala is an almond-shaped portion of the temporal lobe responsible for primal emotions like rage, hate, and fear. It's also our early-warning system, an organ on high alert, constantly scanning our environment for anything that could threaten survival. Anxious under normal conditions, once stimulated, the amygdala becomes hypervigilant. But so potent is this response that once turned on, it's difficult to shut off, and this is a problem in the modern world.
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It is difficult for us to see, to savor, and to share all the good news that is happening in our world.  Increasingly, with the help of brain research, tools such as Appreciative Inquiry, and books such as Abundance or Getting Better, we are able to step back and see the positive big picture. But make no mistake: we are drawn almost biologically to anxiety and fear based knowing. Every second our senses are deluged with data, more than we can possibly process. To deal with this overload, the brain is continuously sifting and sorting, trying to tease apart the critical from the casual. Since nothing is more critical to the brain than survival, the first filter most of this incoming information encounters is the amygdala.

 

The amygdala is an almond-shaped portion of the temporal lobe responsible for primal emotions like rage, hate, and fear. It's also our early-warning system, an organ on high alert, constantly scanning our environment for anything that could threaten survival. Anxious under normal conditions, once stimulated, the amygdala becomes hypervigilant. But so potent is this response that once turned on, it's difficult to shut off, and this is a problem in the modern world.

 

But did you know that the rate of positive change is rising exponentially? Bill Clinton is pictured holding up the book Abundance, and this article is a great summary of the huge positive forces at work in our world.  

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Morgan Freeman Narrates The Inspiring UN Climate Summit Opening Film

Morgan Freeman Narrates The Inspiring UN Climate Summit Opening Film | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Morgan Freeman’s strong and gentle voice describes a day that begins with a breeze-powered alarm clock in the short film Whats Possible from Take Part. He goes on to discuss a day when our electricity comes from the solar rays of the sun.”
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Morgan Freeman is a solution focused voice of hope. With Freeman’s strong voice, we feel that although the crisis is big, we have everything we need to change it. Watch this film designed foe the UN. Watch the sequel as well: A World of Solution. It continues the hope that we will meet the challenge of ecological balance.
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sustainable mega-airport for Mexico City shows the enchantment of sustainable designing.

sustainable mega-airport for Mexico City shows the enchantment of sustainable designing. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Norman Foster and Mexican architect Fernando Romero have won a competition to design one of the largest and “most sustainable” airports in the world for Mexico City.”
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The future is green for business schools

The future is green for business schools | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“For 30 years business education has focused disproportionately on economic models based on financial valuation, to the exclusion of other factors.”
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Business schools are behind in terms of sustainability, and are in danger of thinking these issues are simply about “doing good”, when the reality is that they represent the more sophisticated business models of a new economic era. The green economy is no longer the “nice” thing to do; it is the most risk-reduced way of generating durable value, taking us forward to a sustainable ecological future.
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Solar energy: a sunflower solution

Solar energy: a sunflower solution | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
A new piece of solar technology from IBM not only provides electricity – it can desalinate water for sanitation and drinking, writes Robin McKie (“@guardianeco: Solar energy: a sunflower solution to electricity shortage
Via Janine Benyus
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Sustainability designers are making energy devices that are enchanting and useful. Computer giant IBM last week revealed the prototype of its advanced solar electricity generators: a 30ft-high concrete “sunflower” fitted with wafer-thin aluminium mirrors and a maze of tiny tubes for carrying coolant through the heart of each device. The machines, which will be built in conjunction with the Swiss company Airlight Energy, can convert 80% of the sun’s radiation into electricity and hot water, it is claimed, with each generating 12 kilowatts of electricity and 20kW of heat on a sunny day, enough to supply several homes.
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India will be renewables superpower.

India will be renewables superpower. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“$100bn investment likely in five years but coal power plants will also expand rapidly to provide electricity to every Indian village ("A diesel-generator free-India in five years" http://t.co/Xo5LnPzEV8...”;
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A new World Bank report titled, "Building Competitive Green Industries: the Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries," points out that a vast market opportunity to the tune of $1.6 trillion is waiting to be seized in clean technology in the developing countries. According to the report, China with a potential market size of $415 billion, Latin America with $349 billion, and Africa with $235 billion are the largest markets for SMEs in clean technology. And India is now investing $100 billion.
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GE Financial Services Supports Over 11 GW Of Renewables Installed In Japan During Last 2 Years

GE Financial Services Supports Over 11 GW Of Renewables Installed In Japan During Last 2 Years | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“More than 11 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity have been installed in Japan over the past two years, when the country’s notable feed-in tariff incentive plan was launched, according to the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.”
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Sushil Verma, a managing director and Japan business leader at GE Energy Financial Services, noted: “Japan’s favorable regulatory policies make solar power attractive and diversify the country’s power generation sources. For us, the Kuni Umi project expands our international and renewable energy footprints, which already include investment commitments of $1.8 billion in equity and debt in more than one gigawatt of solar power projects worldwide.”
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