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Shell Oil Invests in Solar Startup to Boost Enhanced Oil Recovery

Shell Oil Invests in Solar Startup to Boost Enhanced Oil Recovery | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Shell Oil recently became the second oil company to invest in solar energy to tap crude in older wells, putting $26 million into busy startup GlassPoint Solar.
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"In the complex world of enhanced oil recovery (EOR), sometimes low-tech trumps high. Case in point,


1) Royal Dutch Shell recently became the second oil major to invest in solar energy to coax heavy crude from older wells. Along with with two other investors, they’ve pumping $26 million into busy California startupGlassPoint Solar, because its low cost technology works so well in the dusty, dirty and often remote terrain of oil exploration

 

2) At the same time, competitors Chevron and Bright Source built a rival 27MW project just miles away (watch video), which used 3,822 expensive and unprotected heliostats, consisting of two 10′ x 7′ mirrors mounted on a steel pole.

 

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Energy Efficiency: Why? How? | Groupe Enerstat Inc.

Energy Efficiency: Why? How? | Groupe Enerstat Inc. | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Efficacité énergétique. Pourquoi ? Comment ?
Pour faire la différence dans votre organisation, économiser et faire un geste concret pour l'environnement, tout en réduisant le gaspillage et les excès.
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Sacramento boasts largest airport solar array in California 

Sacramento boasts largest airport solar array in California  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The 7.9 MW array will supply 30% of the airport's electricity needs at a price 2 cents lower than the going utility rate.

The project was made possible through a partnership between airport officials, Borrego Solar (which built the project) and NRG Energy (which will purchase the electricity produced over a 25-year period under a power-purchase agreement (PPA)).


Via Pol Bacquet
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The project was made possible through a partnership between airport officials, Borrego Solar (which built the project) and NRG Energy (which will purchase the electricity produced over a 25-year period under a power-purchase agreement (PPA)).
 
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The Forgotten Renewable: Geothermal Energy Production Heats Up

The Forgotten Renewable: Geothermal Energy Production Heats Up | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Experts say the American West is full of geothermal reservoirs whose energy could power millions of homes. But extracting that energy isn't easy.
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Geothermal energy uses the earth's natural heat to create electricity.  CTR CEO Rod Colwell confirms that Hell's Kitchen project s still in the permitting stages, and it's going to cost a lot of money – around a billion dollars. But if it's successful, Colwell plans to build more. He hopes to build enough plants to be able to produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity, which could power about 800,000 homes. 

With California looking to phase out its use of fossil fuels, that's no small number. "Particularly in California," Colwell says, "we will not be able to import any carbon-fired energy after 2025. So it's important that geothermal is that integral value in the mix." Geothermal's got a long way to go. But Colwell and others are betting that new technology and the demand for clean energy will someday bring this forgotten renewable to the forefront of clean power.
 
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Why energy efficiency speeds renewables adoption // Pourquoi l'efficacité énergétique accélère l'adoption des énergies renouvelables // 

Why energy efficiency speeds renewables adoption // Pourquoi l'efficacité énergétique accélère l'adoption des énergies renouvelables //  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Enter the search term "100 percent renewable energy" into Google, and you will find fierce debate. Is the possibility of 100 percent renewable energy a myth? Or is the world already close to achieving this goal? This debate tends to underemphasize energy efficiency. But recent research makes a case that energy efficiency is important in any discussion about 100 percent renewable energy. 

In August, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a working paper, "Synergies between Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PDF)." IRENA finds that energy efficiency can enable a more rapid shift to renewable energy in all countries and sectors.

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Pour atteindre 100% d'énergie renouvelable, le monde doit surmonter les défis techniques, politiques, culturels et financiers. Le rapport IRENA constate que l'efficacité énergétique peut aider à surmonter bon nombre de ces défis.

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To approach any 100 percent renewable energy scenario, improved energy efficiency is needed in both energy-supply sectors and energy-consumption sectors. More than 60 percent of energy produced in the United States in 2016 across all sectors was wasted, according to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, so there is plenty of room for improvement.

Driving the discussion about renewable energy is the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The 2015 Paris Agreement aims to limit the total global warming due to human activities to 2 degrees Celsius. Pairing energy efficiency with renewable energy deployment can achieve 90 percent of emissions reductions required to meet this goal, according to IRENA. 

 Only around 20 percent of the global energy supply is currently renewable. Moving closer to 100 percent will require deep shifts in the global energy system.

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Climate Change Is an Overwhelming Problem. Here Are 4 Things Executives Can Do Today 

Climate Change Is an Overwhelming Problem. Here Are 4 Things Executives Can Do Today  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Don’t let the scale of the problem paralyze you!


The threats that climate change poses to business, markets, and, indeed, capitalism are peculiarly hard for most top teams to spot, let alone act on. 


Our brains evolved to respond reflexively to immediate threats but ignore or downplay systemic crises that creep up on us. Such market dynamics behave like vortices — a whirlwind in the air, or a whirlpool in water. When a vortex is just beginning to form, it is virtually invisible unless you have extremely good peripheral vision and happen to know what you are looking for. In this stage, things move at a deceptively slow pace. Even the best-designed vessels — or ventures — find themselves drawn inexorably into the danger zone. Then, suddenly, there’s a point of no return. 


Such slow — but ultimately exponential — dynamics characterize what I call the carbon vortex. Picture the three major hurricanes photographed from space in the autumn of 2017 in a single, unparalleled NASA image. Think, too, of the forecast that carbon dioxide emissions, instead of declining, will probably have spiked by 2% in 2017, in part because much economic growth in China is still fueled by coal.

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Today’s climate challenge is so far beyond our collective experience that it demands a radically different kind of engagement from senior leadership teams in the private sector. John Elkington, Chairman and Chief Pollinator at Volans, offers 4 early steps to help your top team get a grip, spot the potential silver linings in the gathering storm clouds, and, over time, learn how to “speak carbon” with growing fluency. 

1. Plunge into the data. A growing number of indices now show the trajectory. Consider the work of Carbon Tracker on the growing risks of stranded assets and the death spiral impacting coal. See, too, PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index 2017, tracking the rate of the low carbon transition in each G20 economy. The top performers in 2016 were China and the UK, which reduced their carbon intensities by 6.5% and 7.7%, respectively. 

2. Embark on a learning journey. Growing numbers of senior teams are going on “learning journeys,” visiting regions and organizations that are at the cutting edge of change. 

3. Swallow hard — and raise the price of carbon. If we are to meet climate pledges made under the Paris climate agreement, the cost of emitting carbon dioxide must rise to $50–$100 per ton by 2030. 

4. Invert the vortex. This inversion approach is also championed by the Carbon Productivity Consortium, anchored by the German materials company Covestro. The aim: to work out how best to invest an increasingly squeezed global carbon budget for much-enhanced economic, social, and environmental returns.
 
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Les risques environnementaux à la première place des risques globaux pour 2018

Les risques environnementaux à la première place des risques globaux pour 2018 | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Ce mercredi 17 janvier, le World Economic Forum a publié son rapport annuel sur l'évaluation par un millier d'experts, des risques globaux pour 2018.

Via AgroParisTech DOC IST
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Parmi 30 risques globaux – économiques, sociétaux, géopolitiques, etc. - les cinq types de risques environnementaux, à savoir, les conditions météorologiques extrêmes, la perte de biodiversité et l’effondrement des écosystèmes, les catastrophes naturelles, les désastres environnementaux causés par l’homme et l’échec de l’atténuation et l’adaptation au changement climatique, apparaissent tous comme supérieurs à la moyenne. Les conditions météorologiques extrêmes ont été classées comme risque le plus proéminent d’entre eux, et arrive même en tête des 30 risques globaux en termes de probabilité (et en deuxième place au niveau des impacts).
 
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Weakening polar vortex may yield longer, harsher winters in North America

Weakening polar vortex may yield longer, harsher winters in North America | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Longer, harsher winters may be in store for the portions of North America as the polar vortex continues to weaken and shifts, according to a new study.
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"With warming and ridging in the Kara Sea, this typically allows for less ice cover but also is a conducive atmospheric pattern for lower temperatures in the North American mid-latitudes," AccuWeather Meteorologist Edward Vallee said.

Researchers at China's Lanzhou University penned the study, which was published in Nature Climate Change last month.

"It has been shown that increases in Eurasian and Siberian snow cover in the fall can launch upper-level warming events that reach into the stratosphere and weaken the stratospheric polar vortex," he said, stating that this Arctic warming can weaken and alter the placement of the polar vortex.

 
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Ces “graphiques manquants” pourraient changer votre manière de voir notre addiction aux combustibles fossiles

Ces “graphiques manquants” pourraient changer votre manière de voir notre addiction aux combustibles fossiles | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La réalité de la consommation des hydrocarbures (pétrole, charbon, gaz) suit le chemin exactement inverse des ambitions climatiques.

Via VLG, Pascal Teboul
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Cet article traduit du National Observer est clair et préoccupant: les combustibles fossiles sont encore totalement dominants dans la consommation mondiale d’énergie. 

Même après 25 ans d’effort global pour transitionner vers des énergies plus sûres, on n’observe pas la moindre inflexion significative de la domination des combustibles fossiles. Mis ensemble, ces trois graphiques « manquants » des données BP sur les combustibles fossiles – des quantités toujours croissantes; augmentant chaque année; et maintenant une domination écrasante – peignent un tableau consternant de la fort médiocre réponse de l’humanité à la menace croissante. 

Comme l’a regretté le gouverneur de Californie, Jerry Brown, dans une récente interview au New York Times : “Aucune nation ou État n’est en train de faire ce qu’il devrait. Ceci est très grave, et la plupart des gens le prennent beaucoup trop à la légère vue la gravité de la menace. On ne saurait trop en faire pour sonner l’alarme, car pour l’instant la réponse n’est pas du tout à la hauteur du défi.”
 
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Pour répondre à la double menace du changement climatique et de l’acidification des océans, presque toutes les nations ont promis de brûler moins de combustibles fossiles. Mais jusqu’à présent, l’humanité continue d’en brûler toujours plus.
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Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You'll Help The Planet

Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You'll Help The Planet | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Dozens of countries have government-recommended diets. That advice differs from country to country, but according to a new study, following it generally would help the environment.
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Behrens just published his analysis in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He looked at what would happen if people in 37 different countries followed the dietary recommendations of their own governments. In general, he says, those shifts would be good for the planet. Greenhouse gas emissions would fall, waterways would suffer less pollution from fertilizer, and less land would be required to feed people.
 
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The ultra-efficient, hidden heat source for Amazon's new HQ

The ultra-efficient, hidden heat source for Amazon's new HQ | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The "ecodistrict" project required cooperation from the city, architects and a corporate neighbor.
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The unique installation is far more energy-efficient than conventional options, according to Amazon's sustainability team. It also carries tangible sustainability benefits for Amazon's partners, including the city of Seattle and the Westin Building Exchange, which runs the 34-story "carrier hotel" providing source of the energy. "I'm familiar with other properties that have used waste heat from a data center, but not across owners," noted Mike Moriarty, the senior engineering manager for the site, in a blog post. "That's what made this one a little unique."
 
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This is the what the world will look like if we can curb global warming

This is the what the world will look like if we can curb global warming | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
This is what the Earth could look like within 100 years if we succeed in curbing climate change.
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"There's no stopping global warming," Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist who is the director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, previously told Business Insider. "Everything that's happened so far is baked into the system."
Right now, humanity is standing on a precipice. If we ignore the warning signs, we could end up with what Schmidt envisions as a "vastly different planet" — roughly as different as our current climate is from the most recent ice age. Or we can innovate. Many best-case scenarios assume we'll reach negative emissions by 2100 — that is, absorb more than we emit through carbon-capture technology. Schmidt says the Earth in 2100 will be somewhere between "a little bit warmer than today and a lot warmer than today." On a planet-wide scale, that difference could mean millions of lives saved, or not.
 
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Supply Chain Transparency and Climate Mitigation in China 

Supply Chain Transparency and Climate Mitigation in China  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, is experiencing massive health costs due to pollution, with some 1.6 million premature deaths attributed to air pollution annually. China is also leading the way in clean energy investment globally and has committed to reducing its carbon intensity. Its latest Five Year Plan included targets to restrict coal use domestically and accelerate green supply chain efforts. While China’s laws to limit emissions have improved significantly in recent years, enforcement remains a challenge.

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“Based on the micro-reporting mechanism enabled by the app, hundreds of major factories have openly addressed their pollution records and taken actions such as shutting down their most energy- and pollution-intensive industries and processes,” said Ma Jun, IPE’s Director. “Some have even gone so far as to tap into switching their energy sources from highly inefficient boilers to much more efficient power sources. Some have switched to other low-carbon and low-pollution product portfolios.” 

Ma highlighted two of China’s greatest mitigation challenges: the need to significantly reduce coal consumption and to restructure its industry. “For a long time, weak enforcement has been an issue, which takes away the incentive for companies to improve their environmental performance,” says Ma. “Weak enforcement means huge externalities from coal use, which makes it much harder to transform the energy mix and for individual factories to move beyond the use of coal.”
 
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Greening Cities – UN Environment – Medium

Greening Cities – UN Environment – Medium | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The great cities of the world are stepping up to meet the challenge of climate change. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Climate change is the greatest threat facing our planet. 


The leaders of the world’s great cities recognize that fact and are taking urgent action. But mayors need strong allies to deliver the transformations needed to create sustainable, green cities of the future. There is no greater partner for our campaign to save the planet than the Global Environment Facility. 


C40 is a network of the world’s megacities commited to addressing climate change. Recent research by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Deadline 2020, makes clear the urgency of the climate crisis. The scale of the challenge is formidable. Emissions from the 91 C40 cities need to have peaked by 2020 and average per capita emissions need to almost halve by 2030. 


There is no time to waste in order to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement, to keep global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and therefore avoid catastrophic climate change.

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"Achieving the ambition of the Paris Agreement will require $375 billion in investment focused on low carbon infrastructure in C40 cities up to 2020. These investments will transform and improve entire economies by creating jobs, bolstering infrastructure, improving public health and making cities more livable. As a byproduct, they will also help secure our planet for future generations."
 
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GRID: Utilities, NRDC to regulators: Clean energy is inevitable -- Wednesday, February 14, 2018 -- www.eenews.net

GRID: Utilities, NRDC to regulators: Clean energy is inevitable -- Wednesday, February 14, 2018 -- www.eenews.net | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The leading lobby for the electric utility industry and a prominent environmental group today issued a joint statement in support of an "accelerating" clean energy transition that is defined by energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and empowering states and customers.

 
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The 21 recommendations from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council speak not just to where the electricity industry is now, but — more important — to where it is headed in the coming decades.

"Our perspectives and constituencies are very different, but we find much common ground on clean energy progress, grid infrastructure needs, opportunities for regulated electric companies in electricity resource portfolio management and investment, and the potential need for collaboratively developed rate design and other regulatory reforms," EEI and NRDC said.
 
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A bold bid for climate justice

A bold bid for climate justice | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 -- Harvey, Irma and Maria -- cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced climate change has greatly increased the frequency and intensity of such disasters


Jeffrey Sachs says New York City took key steps this week in announcing that it was divesting fossil fuel stocks and suing major oil companies to recover damages from climate change.

 
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"To meet the limits on global warming set in Paris, we have to decarbonize the energy system by midcentury at the latest. Even if we do, we still will face high costs for generations to come from the climate change that has already occurred. Yet we still have the chance to head off a catastrophic rise in warming that could lead to several meters of sea level rise and other disasters to health and safety. 

By divesting, New York joins other investors who have gotten rid of fossil fuel investments in sending a powerful message to the major oil companies: Transition out of your world-threatening activities. It's past time to stop drilling for more oil and gas when the world already has in proven reserves much more than could ever safely be used, and invest instead in wind, solar, hydro and other low-carbon energy sources. The world will have to "strand" some large portion of the coal, oil and gas reserves already discovered. There is certainly no need to develop new, high-cost oil and gas fields in Alaska, the Arctic or coastal waters."
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Game Over for the #Climate? #vidéo

Eminent Arctic and Ocean Physics scientist, Dr. Peter Wadhams, and Dr. Maria Pia Casarini discuss the possibility that it's 'game over' for the climate. Hosted by Stuart Scott, at COP22 Marrakesh. 

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Via Wes Thomas, François GARREAU
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The current state of feedbacks suggest that we may already be past the ‘tipping points’, or to say it another way, over the threshold of the runaway state and accelerating down that slippery slope. 

The show focuses on the perils of climate change if things stay “business as usual–b.a.u.” It shows a clip from Dr. Matthew Watson from the School of Earth Science, University of Bristol, UK who was one of the first scientists to speak out about the rapid trajectory of climate change if b.a.u. continues.

While this video cannot establish a categorical answer to that question, it certainly puts the question in the front of your mind where it should be, rather than somewhere in the back.
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Americans pull ahead of Canadians in the race against climate change

Americans pull ahead of Canadians in the race against climate change | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Since 1990, Americans have cleaned up their climate pollution — per person — twice as fast as Canadians. Americans have come from well behind in the climate race to catch up and current estimates show they have probably passed us already.

 
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The most recent emissions projections from the Trudeau government show the situation is rapidly getting worse. 

Share of Canadian climate targets taken up by Oil & Gas and Transport Sectors, 1990 to 2050 Back in 1990, Oil & Gas and Transportation emitted 38 per cent of the nation's climate pollution. Since then these two sectors' combined emissions have kept rising even as we made commitments for stronger climate targets. 

The result has been that they capture an ever larger share of our climate targets: 53% of our 2005 target 58% of our 2010 Kyoto target 60% of our 2020 Copenhagen target 72% of our 2030 Paris target under current policies; 65% if all proposed polices in the Pan-Canadian Framework and elsewhere get enacted on time and work as well as advertised 

By continuing to drag our feet towards the low-carbon future, we've allowed pollution from these two sectors to eat up ever more of our nation's safe climate budget — leaving less and less room for the rest of the Canadian economy.
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Does Wall Street Finally Care About #Sustainability?  

Does Wall Street Finally Care About #Sustainability?   | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Last year there was significant movement by the financial community to push companies to look harder at climate change in particular, but also at other factors that matter to long-term performance, such as LGBT rights, economic inequality, and boardroom diversity. Then 2018 started with a bang — one that could indicate a further shift in investor priorities.

 

Via François GARREAU
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In his annual letter to S&P 500 CEOs, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, made a full-throated defense of both long-term value creation and corporate purpose. 
And it’s powerful stuff, especially coming from the world’s largest asset owner. Fink points out that governments seem to be failing to prepare for long-term issues and that “society is increasingly turning to the private sector” to step up on societal challenges. (Interestingly, Apple CEO Tim Cook used remarkably similar language about the role of business in society last summer). 
But the money quote from Fink was this: 
"Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society."
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Bomb Cyclones and Polar Vortexes—This Winter's Scary Weather Explained

Bomb Cyclones and Polar Vortexes—This Winter's Scary Weather Explained | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
What's behind the record-shattering cold heading our way?
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The term Nor'easter simply refers to a midlatitude winter storm. Many Nor'easters form when that same polar jet stream collides with warm currents from the Gulf jet stream.

This collision facilitates winter storms like bomb cyclones, notes meteorologist for Weather Underground Bob Henson. "Any areas that lose power due to heavy snow and strong winds will be vulnerable to intense cold," says Henson, making conditions more dangerous for people at risk. 

What role does climate change play in all this? It's well known that climate change can influence weather. The effect is known to exacerbate natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, and warming Arctic regions may even be making U.S. winters colder.
 
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Nearly half of Puerto Rico customers still lack power, officials say | Timothy Cama | TheHill.com

Nearly half of Puerto Rico customers still lack power, officials say | Timothy Cama | TheHill.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Almost half of the electricity customers in Puerto Rico lack power, according to officials on the island, 100 days after Hurricane Maria hit the island.

Government officials on the island told The Associated Press on Friday that only 55 percent of Puerto Rico's 1.5 million electricity customers have power.

Before Friday, the only official figures from the Puerto Rican government concerned the amount of electric generating capacity that the island-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) had running.

As of Friday, the generation figure stands at 69.8 percent, the utility says.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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The Army Corps of Engineers has taken a leading role in electric infrastructure recovery after PREPA ended a highly controversial contract with Montana-based Whitefish Energy. The Corps now hopes to return power to the entire island by May, eight months after Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm.
 
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The 4th Industrial Revolution, is it all in the mind?

The 4th Industrial Revolution, is it all in the mind? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The 4th Industrial Revolution : Cambium LLP Associate, Richard Lanyon-Hogg, asks "Is it time to step out of your cocooned intellectual echo chamber?"

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"There is possibly a broader issue facing the companies and workforce of today. Our mental approach to change, or put another way, how our cognitive thought-processes react to new technologies. Consider this thought: as our attention spans have shortened, and as we zoom along trying to make mental shortcuts (heuristics) to make decisions rapidly, is it possible when it comes to innovation we may naturally be being handicapped due to ‘cognitive biases’, or even a ‘cognitive capacity limit’. 
Quite possibly, we may ‘anchor’ to a piece of data we are exposed to while making a decision, regardless of pertinence or just simply doing what we’ve always done because we know no better. We may also ‘frame’, often drawing different conclusions from the same underlying information, depending on how it is presented. 
Over the last 50 years, many technological innovations have spread with stunning speed; don’t expect 4IR to be any less dramatic. This may terrify some people, it may also liberate others. There are potentially many amazing benefits, and of course, anybody used to “old fashioned” ways of working might question whether any new-fangled technique with its amazing benefits will outweigh all the effort and cost. Therefore, can a company, and its workers, afford to let the 4th industrial Revolution pass them by."
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The 4th Industrial Revolution : "Is it all in the mind?"

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A sign of the huge trade imbalance for global commodities: 45% of ships travel empty

A sign of the huge trade imbalance for global commodities: 45% of ships travel empty | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Imagine a ship carrying commodities from Australia to China, and another carrying the same, but in the opposite direction. Both routes are equal in distance. Yet that first journey, from Australia to China, costs 33% more, on average, than the return trip. This isn't because of tariffs, subsidies, or some other government policy...
Via Pascal Teboul
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"While China and Australia are extreme examples, these dynamics are largely the global norm. Looking at satellite data since 2012, Kalouptsidi and her colleagues determined that most countries are either net importers of commodities—like China and India—or net exporters, such as Australia, Brazil, the US, and Canada. So great are these trade asymmetries that, at any given time, around 45% of dry-bulk ships are cruising the seas carrying no cargo whatsoever."
 
 
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Community Solar Heads for Rooftops of NYC’s Public Housing Projects

Community Solar Heads for Rooftops of NYC’s Public Housing Projects | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
New York City’s public housing authority is taking bids in a plan to lease its roofs for community solar projects that could power thousands of urban homes.
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"Our goal is to help solar power be accessible by anybody in New York City, which is not the case currently," said Daphne Boret-Camguilhem, senior program manager for energy and sustainability at NYCHA. 
By expanding the use of rooftop solar, New York City would not only reduce its carbon footprint―the city has a goal to cut emissions 80 percent by 2050, and buildings are its largest sources of greenhouse gases―but also create renewable energy jobs for low-income residents and connect more communities to cleaner, cheaper power.
 
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COP23 : une coalition de 25 pays s'engage à sortir du charbon d'ici 2030

COP23 : une coalition de 25 pays s'engage à sortir du charbon d'ici 2030 | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Une coalition de 25 pays s'est engagé à ne plus utiliser de charbon, énergie fossile la plus polluante, d'ici l'horizon 2030.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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La coalition « pour faire du charbon une énergie du passé » a été lancée à la veille de la clôture des négociations de la COP23 par la Canada et le Royaume-Uni. L’initiative de ces deux nations a rapidement été soutenue par 23 autres pays ou collectivités : on trouve notamment la France, le Danemark, la Belgique, l’Italie, le Mexique, le Costa Rica, la Nouvelle-Zélande, le Portugal et les États américains de l’Oregon et de Washington. 

La Powering Past Coal Alliance se définie comme un rassemblement de gouvernements, d’entreprises et d’organisations qui ont pour objectif commun l’accélération de la croissance propre et la protection du climat grâce à l’élimination rapide du charbon conventionnel. L’engagement des membres de cette coalition est donc simple : fermer progressivement toutes les centrales à charbon en activité sur leur territoire. Et ainsi se passer définitivement de cette énergie fossile d’ici 2030.
 
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Energies renouvelables : Google s’achète une image de bon élève

Energies renouvelables : Google s’achète une image de bon élève | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Le géant du web est en passe d’atteindre son objectif « 100 % d’énergies renouvelables » pour tous ses bureaux et data centers. Que cela signifie-t-il réellement ?

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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À chaque utilisation du moteur de recherche Google, à chaque page actualisée sur les comptes Gmail, à chaque vidéo téléchargée sur la plateforme Youtube… de l’énergie est utilisée. L’ensemble des infrastructures Google consommerait ainsi 5,7 térawatts-heures par an, soit à peu près l’équivalent d’une ville comme San Francisco (865 000 habitants). « Mais ce sont les data centers qui utilisent, de loin, le plus d’énergie », explique Marc Oman, responsable de l’approvisionnement en électricité pour les data centers de Google en Europe. 

Disons-le tout de suite : « 100 % d’énergies renouvelables » ne veut pas dire que la firme américaine alimente ses infrastructures uniquement avec de l’énergie propre. Ce chiffre signifie que la somme des énergies renouvelables achetées est égale à l’ensemble de l’électricité utilisée par l’entreprise.
 
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Annual ASEAN green investment needs to grow 400% to guard against environmental risks

Annual ASEAN green investment needs to grow 400% to guard against environmental risks | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Singapore, 15 November 2017 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region needs to increase green investment by 400 percent each year to protect its people and economies from climate change and other environmental shocks, according to new research released today.
- Green investment opportunity of USD 3 trillion from 2016-2030
- Current ASEAN green finance flows estimated at USD 40 billion per year 
- Green finance from private sector will need to increase tenfold
 

Via Dominique Martin- Ferrari
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Green Finance Opportunities in ASEAN, produced by financial services group DBS and the UN Environment Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, finds that USD 3 trillion in green investment is needed between 2016 and 2030. This represents a new ASEAN green investment market 37 times the size of the global 2016 green bond market. 

 “ASEAN is undergoing transformational changes as it adapts to climate change and pivots towards a more sustainable path of development,” said Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of DBS. “At DBS, we believe there is no trade-off between promoting sustainable development and value creation for our shareholders – green finance can be good business too.”
 
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