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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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Sales for electric, plug-in cars strong in October

Sales for electric, plug-in cars strong in October | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Plug-in and electric vehicles had their strongest month of 2012 in October.
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Canada’s oil producers eye Port of Churchill as backup export point | Energy | News | Financial Post

Canada’s oil producers eye Port of Churchill as backup export point | Energy | News | Financial Post | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Oil producers worried about pipeline bottlenecks and the future of proposed pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Canada’s West Coast are taking a serious look at an Arctic backup — the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba — to get their oil to tidal water.
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La biomasse mondiale bientôt mesurée par laser depuis l’espace

La biomasse mondiale bientôt mesurée par laser depuis l’espace | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
À partir de 2016, avec le lancement du satellite IceSat 2, la biomasse mondiale stockée dans les forêts pourra estimée rapidement et par une seule méthode.
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Shell veut un soutien pour son gaz, pas pour l'éolien et le charbon - Contrepoints

Shell veut un soutien pour son gaz, pas pour l'éolien et le charbon - Contrepoints | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Shell veut un soutien pour son gaz, pas pour l'éolien et le charbonContrepointsShell s'en prend aux effets « ridicules » de la politique énergétique européenne, estimant que les avantages obtenus des énergies renouvelables sont perdus par une trop...
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China Is Building A Huge Eco-City Where No One Will Need To Drive

China Is Building A Huge Eco-City Where No One Will Need To Drive | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

"Outside Chengdu, in central China, a 78 million square foot site has been determined for an unconventional sort of construction project. It will be a city built from scratch, for 80,000 people, none of whom will need a car to get around."


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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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Valoriser la vase en énergie grâce aux algues

Valoriser la vase en énergie grâce aux algues | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Une entreprise néo-zélandaise fait d’une pierre deux coups en répondant à deux problèmes cruciaux : l’eau potable et l’énergie. Comment ? Grâce à la vase recyclée des bassins municipaux d’eaux usagées.
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China Issues White Paper on Energy Policy | Regulatory Updates ...

China Issues White Paper on Energy Policy | Regulatory Updates ... | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
China's Information Office of the State Council released the "White Paper on China's Energy Policies 2012" on October 24. The Paper summarizes the current status of energy development in China.

The basic contents of China’s energy policies are:
-Giving priority to energy-saving
-Relying on domestic resources
-Facilitating diverse development
-Protecting the environment
-Promoting scientific and technological innovation
-Deepening reform
-Expanding international cooperation
-Improving people’s livelihood

By 2015, non-fossil energy will account for 11.4 percent of national primary energy consumption, with energy consumption per unit of GDP decreasing by 16 percent from that of 2010. Additionally, CO2 emissions per unit of GDP will see a 17 percent decrease, compared with that of 2010.

By 2020, non-fossil energy will account for 15 percent of national primary energy consumption, and CO2 emissions per unit of GDP will be 40-45 percent lower than that in 2005.
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'Jusqu'à 30.000 emplois dans l'énergie verte'

'Jusqu'à 30.000 emplois dans l'énergie verte' | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
L'énergie verte peut entraîner jusqu'à la création de 30.000 emplois dans le secteur des énergies renouvelables, indique lundi Agoria, la fédération de l'industrie technologique en Belgique.
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Solar Thermodynamic Panels and How They Can Work For You - Integr8 Renewable Energy Ltd

Solar Thermodynamic Panels and How They Can Work For You - Integr8 Renewable Energy Ltd | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Solar thermodynamic panels are an exciting innovation in renewable energy for heating in homes and businesses. This technology has been in development and use for 30 years in Scandinavian countries and is now entering the U.K. market. In addition to savings on electricity and fossil fuel bills, installing solar thermodynamic panels makes homeowners and businesses eligible for government backed energy incentive rebate schemes for the cost of installation.
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