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What governments and companies are doing worldwide to promote the development and use of renewable energies
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China has not yet censored "Under the dome", an online video exposing the country’s extreme air pollution problem

China has not yet censored "Under the dome", an online video exposing the country’s extreme air pollution problem | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
The documentary has been called “one of the most important pieces of public awareness of all time by the Chinese media."
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Carbon pricing: some companies are managing risk by setting high internal carbon prices

Carbon pricing: some companies are managing risk by setting high internal carbon prices | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
THE markets for CO2 have had about as good a year as Obamacare. Europe’s emissions-trading system (ETS), the world’s largest carbon market, collapsed in April....
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L’Assemblée nationale vote la transition énergétique

L’Assemblée nationale vote la transition énergétique | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Avec les voix de presque toute la gauche et particulièrement des écologistes, le gouvernement a fait adopter ce texte mastodonte de 64 articles.
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Researchers develop micro-windmills to recharge cell phones - UT Arlington

Researchers develop micro-windmills to recharge cell phones - UT Arlington | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
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Dr. Smitha Rao and J.C. Chiao, Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Texas - Arlington have desinged a micro-windmill that may enable cell phone users to recharge their devices by waving them in the air or by holding them up to an open window on a breezy day. The tiny windmills are so small that 10 of them could fit on a single grain of rice.

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Energie et collectivités : consommations en baisse, facture en hausse !

Energie et collectivités : consommations en baisse, facture en hausse ! | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
La consommation d’énergie des communes est passée 524 kWh / hab. en 2005 à 475 kWh / hab. en 2012. La facture énergétique a augmenté de 35,5%.
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Les réductions de consommation d'énergie effectuées par les communes entre 2005 et 2012 leur ont permis de contre-balancer en partie l'impact des hausses des coûts de l'énergie sur la facture, limitant son augmentation à 35,5%.

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"Le Capital Vert" de Jouvet et De Perthuis résumé par Pierre André du cabinet BeCitizen

"Le Capital Vert" de Jouvet et De Perthuis résumé par Pierre André du cabinet BeCitizen | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Les opinions des experts de BeCitizen - Le Capital Vert (Perthuis et Jouvet), résumé
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Ce livre part du postulat que la relance de la croissance économique est à la fois possible et souhaitable et qu'il faut, pour qu'elle soit optimale, mettre en place de nouveaux indicateurs économiques qui prendront en compte les dégradations faites aux grands systèmes de régulation de la planète. Cela encouragera l'innovation et développera de nouveaux marchés tout en rendant plus "verts" les habitudes et les méthodes de production.

 

La transition énergétique est traitée dans les chapitres 11-13.

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Europe's Energy Dilemma

Europe's Energy Dilemma | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
On May 28 the European Commission published its energy security strategy. In the midst of sanctions and strong rhetoric on the need to reduce dependence on Russian gas, this was to be the first salvo in a long term plan to reduce dependence on Russian natural gas. Tim Boersma takes a look at Europe's energy dilemma and lays out some suggestions of how Europe might approach the issue.
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FRANCE: Nouvelle loi sur la transition énergétique présentée hier en conseil des ministres

FRANCE: Nouvelle loi sur la transition énergétique présentée hier en conseil des ministres | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Le texte, présenté mercredi, compte 80 articles qui portent sur la rénovation des bâtiments, les transports durables, le nucléaire et les énergies renouvelables.
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Ce projet de loi concerne notamment l'habitat, le transport, le nucléaire, les énergies renouvelables et l'économie circulaire.

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President of Kiribati Anote Tong on climate change: "It's too late for us" on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS

President of Kiribati Anote Tong on climate change: "It's too late for us" on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Anote Tong, President of Kiribati. Tong speaks with Fareed about how climate change is critically effecting the island nation, and what role America plays in the debate.
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Steve Cohen on Obama's Proposed Climate Regulation: "the goal should be to make fossil fuels irrelevant"

Steve Cohen on Obama's Proposed Climate Regulation: "the goal should be to make fossil fuels irrelevant" | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
The goal should be to make fossil fuels irrelevant. Fossil fuels need to become the energy equivalent of the eight-track tape. They need to be driven from the marketplace by a better source of energy....
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Apple Stores will soon run on 100% renewable energy | Cult of Mac

Apple Stores will soon run on 100% renewable energy | Cult of Mac | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it

Apple's VP of Environmental Initiatives recently laid out the company's plans for its next eco-friendly moves. 

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Carbon Dioxide and Denmark's Plan for 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050

Carbon Dioxide and Denmark's Plan for 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050 | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it

Denmark has been titled a “EU trailblazer” for its efforts by a leading expert on renewable energy, Tobias Austrup. He believes that the nation is showing the rest of the world that a change to clean energy can be achieved by “industrialized countries.” Austrup has also reportedly said that Denmark’s efforts can be used as a “blueprint” for other surrounding nations in the EU.

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Les mécanismes d’ajustement aux frontières : éléments d’analyse économique et juridique | Conventions

Les mécanismes d’ajustement aux frontières : éléments d’analyse économique et juridique | Conventions | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
a négociation d’accords sectoriels avec nos partenaires dans les domaines d’activité présentant des risque
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Border adjustments can help to protect companies that are complying with European carbon pricing policies from unfair competition from countries with lower environmental standards. But these mechanisms are legally and practically difficult to design.

 

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La transition énergétique entre révolution des objectifs et adaptation des moyens

La transition énergétique entre révolution des objectifs et adaptation des moyens | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Les députés viennent d'achever l'examen en première lecture du projet de loi relatif à la transition énergétique. Un texte qui hésite entre quasi révolution des objectifs et simple adaptation des moyens pour y parvenir, selon Arnaud Gossement, avocat spécialisé en droit de l'environnement.
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Transparent solar collectors may replace conventional windows

Transparent solar collectors may replace conventional windows | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it

Researchers claim to have created a transparent solar collector which is so clear that it could replace conventional glass in windows.

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World Energy Issues Monitor 2014

World Energy Issues Monitor 2014 | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it

 

The World Energy Council (WEC) is the principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all.

 

Formed in 1923, WEC is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3000 member organisations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders.

 

WEC informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events, publishing authoritative studies, and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue.


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Understand the issues shaping the global and regional energy agenda: from the financial crisis to geopolitical issues and from energy policies to new technological developments...

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Australia: Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete

Australia: Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Giles Parkinson: As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it's used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over
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Beijing to enforce use of clean coal in anti-pollution drive ("low-sulphur coal but carbon-filled?")

Beijing to enforce use of clean coal in anti-pollution drive ("low-sulphur coal but carbon-filled?") | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's capital city, Beijing, will enforce the use of cleaner low-sulphur coal from Aug. 1 in a bid to tackle the soaring levels of air pollution that frequently clog the country's

This is the first time China has enforced the use of low-sulphur coal across all industries to tackle pollution.

Air quality in cities is of increasing concern to China's stability-obsessed leaders, anxious to douse potential unrest as a more affluent urban population turns against a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has poisoned much of the country's air, water and soil.

A Xinhua editorial earlier on Saturday called for China's population to "rein in their craze" for excessive consumption to help solve the country's growing environmental issues.

Beijing has previously established an array of laws and rules to battle the environmental consequences of three decades of unchecked growth, but weak monitoring and punishment make it tough to get powerful industrial interests to comply.

China unveiled plans at the end of last year to slash coal consumption and close polluting mills, factories and smelters to cut air pollution.

Beijing has also been pushing the country's steelmakers and power plants to buy higher-quality raw materials to meet tougher pollution targets.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 12, 2014 11:49 PM

I wouldn't want to be in the position of China right now. Even if they lower the sulfur content of coal, how about the nitrogen oxide and the carbon? Slowing down a coal-powered economy is difficult to do in the short term.

This is why I am questioning the coal-based energy solution of the Philippine government.

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China Requires 30% of State Cars Use Alternative Energy

China Requires 30% of State Cars Use Alternative Energy | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
China is mandating that electric cars make up at least 30 percent of government vehicle purchases by 2016, the latest measure to fight pollution and cut energy use after exempting the autos from a purchase tax.
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Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries sweeten their joint proposal for Alstom

Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries sweeten their joint proposal for Alstom | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it

German engineering giant Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on Friday sweetened their joint proposal for Alstom SA, after competitor General Electric revised its own bid for the French industrial firm's energy business.

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The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) - European Commission

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) - European Commission | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)
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The EU Emissions Trading System (#EUETS) explained simply.

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China plans absolute CO2 cap for first time | Reuters

China plans absolute CO2 cap for first time | Reuters | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - China, the world's biggest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016, a top government adviser said on Tuesday.The target
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The government has yet to announce what that cap will be however.

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EPA releases the Clean Power plan, its first guidelines to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants

EPA releases the Clean Power plan, its first guidelines to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it

Credit: Reuters/Jim Urquhart

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5 Do’s and Don’ts for the Green Climate Fund | World Resources Institute

5 Do’s and Don’ts for the Green Climate Fund | World Resources Institute | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Officials meeting in Songdo, Korea have had intense discussions on the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which will become the main vehicle for securing and delivering money to help developing nations mitigate and adapt to climate change.

WRI offers 5 do’s and don’ts to help Green Climate Fund members create policies that can mobilize the level of finance needed to address the future of climate finance and international climate action.
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