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Keystone XL : les raisons du rejet américain

Keystone XL : les raisons du rejet américain | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Le rejet de Keystone XL a une forte portée symbolique à 3 semaines de la COP21. Barack Obama a rappelé que les États-Unis étaient prêts à assumer un rôle de « leader » dans la lutte contre le changement climatique.
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Global companies sign White House pledge on climate change action - FT.com

Global companies sign White House pledge on climate change action - FT.com | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Nike and Ikea are among dozens of global companies that have signed a White House-sponsored pledge to take more aggressive action on climate change, as part of a broad push by President Barack Obama to corral
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In the gear up to COP21 in Paris, President Obama is trying to counter one of the most often used arguments against climate action in the US: the notion that protecting the environment can only be done to the detriment of competitiveness and economic success of businesses.

 

81 companies, representing 30% of the US's 50 largest companies and 9m employees accross the US, have signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, sponsored by the White House to show their support for action against climate change.

 

The White House hopes that this show of support for climate action from the business community will help the delegates at COP21 to reach conclusive results.

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Oklahoma governor signs legislation to prevent local fracturing bans

Oklahoma governor signs legislation to prevent local fracturing bans | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Oklahoma cities and counties would be unable to ban hydraulic fracturing or other oil and gas operations under Senate Bill 809 that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law.
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Norway oil fund plans to withdraw from coal-burning utilities - FT.com

Norway oil fund plans to withdraw from coal-burning utilities - FT.com | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Norway’s $916bn oil fund will consider pulling billions of dollars of investments out of coal in a move that threatens European utilities using the fossil fuel to generate power. Members of the finance committee of Norway’s parliament confirmed on
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The proposal will be voted on on June 5th. If it passes, will others follow?

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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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« Route solaire » du futur Wattway : présentation et perspectives

« Route solaire » du futur Wattway : présentation et perspectives | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it

La société française Colas présente « Wattway », des panneaux solaires photovoltaïques conçus pour faire partie intégrante du revêtement des routes. 

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Feu vert pour la fracturation hydraulique

Feu vert pour la fracturation hydraulique | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Le 23 juin, le conseil du comté de Lancashire devrait accorder une licence à Cuadrilla pour extraire du gaz de schiste. C’est une première depuis le moratoire mis en place après deux légers séismes en 2011.
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On June 23d 2015, the county of Lancashire should authorize Cuadrilla to extract shale gas. This comes after a moratorium on shale gas extraction after 2 earthquakes linked to this activity in 2011. Will this pave the way for shale gas extraction elsewhere in Europe?

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Europe's top oil firms jointly call for carbon pricing

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's top oil and gas companies urged governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions, as governments meet in Bonn, Germany, on Monday to work on a
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▶ Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla Powerwall - YouTube

▶ Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla Powerwall - YouTube | Renewable Energy Policy | Scoop.it
Tesla Powerwall Keynote by Elon Musk "The Missing Piece"
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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
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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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