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UK Survey – More Would Invest In Solar If They Knew The Financial Benefits

UK Survey – More Would Invest In Solar If They Knew The Financial Benefits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The real picture — solar PV power is a good venture to invest in, surveys predict. However, there isn’t much publicity of what may be the actual financial benefits, so many are left simply guessing what they could save… if they are even asked or ask themselves. And, apparently, the large majority of citizens don’t realize how much money they could save if they installed a solar power system on their roof.
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Hans De Keulenaer's curator insight, December 12, 2012 6:56 AM

Good implementation of policy is as important as good policy design.

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Nonprofit hopes to help small biz plug into energy efficiency

While programs to aid and encourage large firms to reduce their energy consumption have been popular and helped to keep electricity consumption in check over the last few years in the state, small businesses have had difficulty accessing the programs due to financial and time constraints, Wrice said.

"You can't keep doing the Pratt & Whitneys of the world," she said. "At some point, you have to target these smaller businesses. Otherwise you're going to have ... boarded up main streets."


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Realizing Private Capital’s Public Benefits

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"Financial-market reform has fallen far short of securing the sector’s resilience, let alone driving investment in the technology, energy systems, infrastructure, and business models needed to develop a sustainable world economy."

 

Good article in Project Syndicate by sustainability expert Simon Zadek on the need to tackle the financial sector.


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Difficult Labour: the birth of the financial transaction tax

"Video "Difficult Labour" for the financial transaction tax of Oxfam Germany with Heike Makatsch, Mark Waschke, Stephan Grossman & Rike Eckermann."

 

Brilliant and funny video on the Tobin Tax


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Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse

Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"This new study explores the implications of a major financial crisis for the supply-chains that feed us, keep production running and maintain our critical infrastructure. I use a scenario involving the collapse of the Eurozone to show that increasing socio-economic complexity could rapidly spread irretrievable supply-chain failure across the world."

 

Excellent new report from Irish think tank Feasta on the interconnectness between global energy insecurity, economic supply chains and the financial system. Worth reading full report.


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Can disruptive policy create a sustainable finance system?

Can disruptive policy create a sustainable finance system? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The ideas for creating a new and sustainable finance system are out there. If this thinking doesn't get greater exposure to policy makers and the media, the world of finance will remain a barrier to social and environmental progress."

 

Good analysis by Chris Hewett on the Open Democracy site.


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