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House and Senate Energy Efficiency Standards Bill and Amendments

House and Senate Energy Efficiency Standards Bill and Amendments | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
House and Senate Energy Efficiency Standards bill and amendments. On September 22, 2012, its last day before the November elections, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that combined energy efficiency measures from both the Senate (S.1000) ...
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GLOBAL CHANCE : L’efficacité énergétique à travers le monde : sur le chemin de la transition

GLOBAL CHANCE : L’efficacité énergétique à travers le monde : sur le chemin de la transition | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Trente ans après la naissance en France du concept de « maîtrise de l’énergie » et la création de l’Agence publique qui en porte depuis le nom, l’action sur la demande d’énergie et en particulier son volet « efficacité énergétique » s’affirment de plus en plus comme priorités de premier rang. Les crises énergétiques récurrentes, les préoccupations environnementales locales et globales, l’irrésistible montée des inégalités énergétiques mondiales et de la précarité énergétique sont en effet venues confirmer la nécessité et l’urgence d’une « transition énergétique » rapide vers une approche et des usages véritablement soutenables de l’énergie. C’est pourquoi nous avons souhaité mettre en perspective l’enjeu que représente l’efficacité énergétique dans l’optique de la transition énergétique et souligner l’importance en la matière des questions de gouvernance et de volonté politique, en particulier au niveau territorial, tout en proposant à nos lecteurs un panorama des avancées, des expériences, des réussites qu’ont rencontrées les porteurs de cette ambition d’efficacité énergétique dans des pays très divers, à travers les témoignages d’une série d’acteurs de différentes origines.


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What Obama’s Re-Election Means For Coal, Climate Change, And America’s Energy Future

What Obama’s Re-Election Means For Coal, Climate Change, And America’s Energy Future | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

"President Obama’s victory yesterday was a victory for clean energy, one that gives us a fighting chance to slash coal pollution and turn the corner on climate change, in the wake of a devastating hurricane that brought global warming into sharp, painful focus for millions of Americans."


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Bilan carbone des journaux: match nul entre versions papier et en ligne (étude)

Bilan carbone des journaux: match nul entre versions papier et en ligne (étude) | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Le bilan carbone d'un journal imprimé n'est pas forcément plus mauvais que celui d'un média en ligne, indique mercredi un rapport réalisé pour le compte l'Association mondiale des journaux et éditeurs de médias d'information (Wan-Ifra).

Le rapport publié mercredi est basé sur six études réalisées en Finlande et en Suède entre 2010 et 2012 sur l'impact environnemental de la production dans le secteur de la presse.

Intitulé "L'empreinte carbone du secteur de l'édition", il établit que la lecture d'un magazine imprimé en Suède et celui d'une édition en ligne ont des bilans carbone similaires mais aussi très variables.
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Alors oui, effectivement, dans les hypothèses le lecteur en ligne imprime ses articles ... Mais l'article ne s'étend pas sur le sujet....
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Renouvelables: les grands réseaux électriques devront investir 700 milliards de dollars

Renouvelables: les grands réseaux électriques devront investir 700 milliards de dollars | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
PARIS (AFP) - Les gestionnaires des principaux réseaux électriques mondiaux devront investir 700 milliards de dollars (environ 550 milliards d'euros) en dix ans pour développer leurs...
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Sustainability a ‘New Concept’ for 12% of CEOs - Study

Sustainability a ‘New Concept’ for 12% of CEOs - Study | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

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More than one third (38 percent) of corporate sustainability leaders say their CEOs take a long-term perspective on sustainability, according to a Verdantix report.
Verdantix interviewed 250 sustainability decision-makers at firms with revenues ... http://www.environmentalleader.com/2012/11/06/sustainability-a-new-concept-for-12-of-ceos-verdantix-says/

 


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Ecoislands: Smart-grid tests in Isle of Wight 'living laboratory' | Recharge

Ecoislands: Smart-grid tests in Isle of Wight 'living laboratory' | Recharge | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Chief executive David Green claims that self-sufficiency is feasible with smart-grid technologies delivering 40% savings in energy use across the 380sq-km island.

 

The strategy aims to use smart grids to reduce peak demand from 167MW to 120MW, while a proposed tidal array could provide up to 20MW, and the local solar sector could have its capacity nearly doubled to more than 70MW.

 

“We have already got 40MW of solar with hardly anyone noticing. So all this talk about ‘unsightly wind turbines’ is, I think, an unnecessary distraction,” says Green.

 

A combination of tidal-stream generators, geothermal, solar technologies and an energy-from-waste plant could cover the 30MW base load and the 167MW peak demand, Ecoisland claims.

 

Plans for a tidal research centre off the southeast of the island are at an early stage. The Isle of Wight, which lies just off the southern English coast where the Solent strait mixes with the English Channel, has some of the UK’s strongest tidal currents.

 

The Isle of Wight Council has raised £3m ($4.82m) for a trial phase of the tidal research project. “It is at a stage of readiness with the Crown Estate, and we think we can come up with further funding to deploy the whole 20MW trial site,” says Green.

 

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Pour limiter le réchauffement climatique à 2 degrés, il faudra diviser par 5 nos émissions

Pour limiter le réchauffement climatique à 2 degrés, il faudra diviser par 5 nos émissions | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
CLIMAT - Deux degrés. Deux tout petits degrés d'augmentation, c'est l'objectif que s'étaient fixé les 200 nations qui avaient participé au sommet de Copenhague en 2012. Le problème, c'est que nous en sommes très loin.
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Arctique: la neige printanière fond plus vite que prévu | Dene Moore | Environnement

Arctique: la neige printanière fond plus vite que prévu | Dene Moore | Environnement | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La neige printanière de l'Arctique disparaît à un rythme beaucoup plus expéditif que prévu -  plus rapidement encore que le prédisent les modèles de changements...
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L'Eolien continue son ascension aux Etats-Unis

L'Eolien continue son ascension aux Etats-Unis | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Selon le dernier rapport de l'American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), l'industrie éolienne américaine a connu la meilleure année de son histoire avec une capacité installée qui a augmenté de manière significative au troisième trimestre 2012 : + 40% par rapport à 2011.


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McKibben vs. Epstein: Are Fossil Fuels a Risk to the Planet?

McKibben vs. Epstein: Are Fossil Fuels a Risk to the Planet? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
McKibben kindly replied to a late night email from me and provided this statement regarding the debate:
“I’m not a great debater, and I guess these guys have been preparing for this all fall, so it makes me a mite nervous, but I will do my best as always to explain the trouble we’re in. The topic we agreed on is ‘fossil fuel is a risk to the planet,’ and I think that’s the most important message I can imagine.”
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Independent Evaluation Group Assesses World Bank Group's Climate Adaptation Activities

Independent Evaluation Group Assesses World Bank Group's Climate Adaptation Activities | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Investing in projects that enhance resiliency to climate change impacts continues to emerge as a central focal point in the World Bank Group's strategic policy framework, but results could be much improved by focusing on "closing today's adaptation...

The World Bank Group continues to play a leading role in international development, assisting less developed and developing nations build the organizational structures and institutional frameworks, as well as the physical infrastructure, that serve as a foundation for social and economic development. As is true for intergovernmental organizations more generally, sustainable development continues to emerge as the centerpiece of the World Bank Group’s strategic policy and investment framework.
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Cities: Drivers of Sustainable Human Development & Prosperity

Cities: Drivers of Sustainable Human Development & Prosperity | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
As we plan for the future of our planet, it is imperative that we consider the effects of development on both the environment and human populations. A city is only truly sustainable if it uses natural resources efficiently while still fully meeting the needs of its inhabitants and a decent standard of living.

Recently, the UN Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) launched its “State of the World’s Cities Report 2012/2013” which addresses the prosperity of cities. According to the report, the first step to achieving prosperity is to define the goal: What does prosperity mean in 2012? This is a difficult question to answer given the vast disparity of living conditions throughout the world. Additionally, it is imperative that the definition of prosperity today consider the needs of future generations. To this end, UN-Habitat developed a “City Prosperity Index,” which translates the five dimensions of prosperity identified by UN-Habitiat—productivity, infrastructure development, quality of life, equity and social inclusion, environmental sustainability—into measurable indicators (see page 15 of the report).


This definition of the prosperous city is consistent with the principles of a smart, sustainable and just city... further reading at the article link


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New Research reveals how climate change impacts economic growth.

New Research reveals how climate change impacts economic growth. | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

'Climate & Limits To Growth' blog post by Lars Moratis.

 

The effects of climate change on modern society have by now become huge and oftentimes disastrous. And they are quickly becoming an imminent threat to economies, human wellbeing and democracy...

In 1972 the global think tank, the Club of Rome, reported on the findings of its computer simulations on unbridled economic and population growth and their effects on resource depletion in the book The Limits to Growth.

Investigating the consequences of interactions between the Earth's and human systems, the findings of the research team at MIT led by Dennis Meadows mainly prognosticated a “state overshoot and collapse” of the global system forty years from now.... http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/600-climate-limits-to-growth

 

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How do we bow to the power of our natural world that sustains all life on the planet and which without we do not exist? In the final analysis we cannot eat money or drink oil.


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Final answer: U.S. hits Chinese solar makers with tariffs | GigaOM Cleantech News

Final answer: U.S. hits Chinese solar makers with tariffs | GigaOM Cleantech News | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The trade complaint against Chinese solar cell makers drew to an end on Wednesday when the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) sided with U.S. solar manufacturers, agreeing that yes, U.S. solar makers have indeed been harmed by Chinese competitors. It’s a decision that will keep in place tariffs on silicon solar cells coming out of China.

 

The ITC agreed in a 6-0 vote that Chinese solar producers have benefited from illegal subsidies from the Chinese government and sold products at below fair market value. The ITC’s findings corroborate with the decision by the U.S. Commerce Department in October. The two agencies have to agree on the allegations before the tariffs set by the Commerce Department last month officially take effect.

 

Whether slapping tariffs on imported Chinese solar cells will achieve the ultimate goal of the trade dispute – to even the playing field and foster healthy competition – remains to be seen. So far, the dire predictions about the impact of tariffs from both sides of the disputes haven’t taken hold even though the U.S. government began collecting tariffs –as a result of a preliminary decision by the Commerce Department – earlier this year. Major Chinese solar manufacturers include Suntech Power, Trina Solar, Yingli Green Energy and JA Solar.

 

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Vision Becomes Reality – Smart and Sustainable Buildings | The Energy Collective

Vision Becomes Reality – Smart and Sustainable Buildings | The Energy Collective | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Buildings consume significant amounts of energy. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that buildings accounted for 72 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption in 2006 and this number will rise to 75% by 2025. This is split almost 50/50 between commercial and residential buildings.
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Osez l'économie circulaire !

Osez l'économie circulaire ! | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Le 59ème numéro de l'«Ademe et Vous» consacre un dossier facile d'accés et plutot intéssant à l'économie circulaire.
A télécharger gratuitement...

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Investing in Green... [infographic]

Investing in Green... [infographic] | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

In their feature essay, “China’s Green Rise: Growing Ambition, Growing Challenges,” Genia Kostka and Sarah Eaton detail the rise of China’s green energy sector.

Here, we consider the bigger picture. This infographic details global investment in utility-scale green energy companies and projects between 2004 and 2010...


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Panasonic développe une ville 100% énergies renouvelables au Japon

Panasonic développe une ville 100% énergies renouvelables au Japon | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Neuf industriels s’associent sous la direction de Panasonic pour construire 1 000 foyers qui redéfiniront l’urbanisme écologique. Construit sur un ancien site industriel japonais, ce projet ambitieux s’appuiera sur un florilège de technologies propres. Cette ville côtière nommée Fugisawa est située à 50 km à l’ouest de Tokyo.
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PwC: Supply Chains Threatened by Six-Degree Global Warming

PwC: Supply Chains Threatened by Six-Degree Global Warming | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Some 85 percent of companies have more complex supply chains as a result of globalization, and adjusted climate forecasts mean businesses should expect climate change to have an even more destructive effect than previously assumed on supply ...

 

Two new remarkable reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers paint a scary 6-degrees climate future and economic turmoil for global business. High time one of the big consultancies goes beyond the usual "let's keep it positive" approach and starts talking reality.


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Every part of our society depends on energy. Yet we don't have a plan

Every part of our society depends on energy. Yet we don't have a plan | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Why is Britain not better insulated against volatile energy prices? It's an issue much bigger than how we heat our homes. More than a decade ago, rising fuel prices triggered protests by truck drivers that revealed the fragile nature of the nation's infrastructure. The government and the protesters seemed equally stunned at the swiftness with which a blockade of a handful of fuel depots could interrupt so many vital supply lines and services.


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What is it really like to be responsible for corporate responsibility in a large company?

What is it really like to be responsible for corporate responsibility in a large company? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
In a critique of Tim Mohin's guide for CSR managers in large companies, Adrian Henriques finds it lacking some much-needed context...

What is it really like to be responsible for corporate responsibility in a large company? Tim Mohin's book, Changing Business from the Inside Out: A Treehugger's guide to working in Corporations, answers this question very well indeed.

Addressed in the main to the aspiring CSR manager, it tells the story of how you will be "responsible for a wide range of corporate behaviours and programs for which you have almost no control.".. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/csr-mohin-guide-hugging-trees-critique... http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/csr-mohin-guide-hugging-trees-critique


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ENERGY STAR Set to Tackle the Future of Energy Efficient Products | Energy Efficiency Matters

ENERGY STAR Set to Tackle the Future of Energy Efficient Products | Energy Efficiency Matters | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

A pat on the back for the ENERGY STAR brand was well deserved at this year’s Partners Meeting where attendees celebrated 20 years of the brand’s


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UK: Ethical living: where are the incentives to go green? | The Guardian

UK: Ethical living: where are the incentives to go green? | The Guardian | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Consider moving to France or the Isle of Wight. I'm not being facetious. In France they're aiming to be the first nation to allow consumers to sell "negawatts" of electricity back to the grid. Negawatts are theoretical units of power which represent energy saved as a result of energy conservation. "Imagine a 15W lightbulb replacing a 100W bulb. The 85W saved can be used elsewhere: these are negawatts," explains the Green Alliance, which is championing the scheme here. The concept was conceived by Amory Lovins, an American eco-energy visionary from the Rocky Mountain Institute base in the 1970s when – post Oil Shock – energy efficiency had a brief moment in the sun before going quiet. Now payday may have arrived.

 

If we all created negawatts the energy saved could be reallocated to other consumers. This would help us out with our power-gap problem. Human beings are extremely predictable: we arrive home en masse, boil a kettle and watch TV, so the electricity grid is put under extraordinary pressure every weekday evening at peak times. At the moment, the grid can supply a buffer of 14% capacity. By 2015 that's predicted to fall to just 4%, possibly leading to power cuts.

 

Imagine if you were incentivised to turn off at peak times whenever possible and, instead, use electricity when it was most plentiful and at its cheapest. In policy terms this electrical utopia would be an energy-efficiency feed-in tariff (FIT) where you could sell your energy efficiency and profit in cold, hard currency.

 

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How Solar Energy is Moving India Beyond Coal « EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement

How Solar Energy is Moving India Beyond Coal « EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
India has a history of peoples movements that have taken on big infrastructure projects impacting their way of life, and coal mines and power plants are a major driver behind a lot of these struggles in the country. The reasons are obvious given the hugely destructive impacts of coal on peoples health, livelihoods and environment. From hunger strikes to dharnasto foot marches, impacted communities have worked with little resources to varying effects.
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