Refugee camp powered by solar

Refugee camp powered by solar

Power decreases unsafe situations especially for women, because light reduces the risk of abuse.

Jordan’s Azraq Refugee Camp is powered by solar energy. While still most of the refugee camps don’t have any electricity, this camp with 54,000 Syrian refugees will have.

Power decreases unsafe situations especially for women, because light reduces the risk of abuse.

By providing lighting in for example toilets, women feel a lot safer.

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Hydrogen vs batteries

Japan, new energy, hydrogen, climate change

Japan leads the race for a hydrogen

Many people argue that Hydrogen is not an energy source but an energy carrier. Hydrogen is certainly an energy source by itself but is to be derived from other primary sources such as water or natural gas because is not available in a free form.

Generation of Hydrogen from its sources require an additional energy but when such an energy is provided by renewable sources such as sun, wind and sea then the cost becomes secondary in the long run.

  • Therefore, battery may not be able to compete with hydrogen in the long run though it provides a temporary solution to pressing power problems in short term.
  • Moreover, batteries rely on materials like Lithium whose availability is limited even though they are recyclable.

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Kofi Annan Boosts African Energy

Kofi Annan Boosts African Energy

Of the 315 million people who are expected to gain access to electricity in Africa’s rural areas by 2040, it is predicted that only 30% will gain access to national grid-connected electricity

A new report from former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel has called for a “significant boost” in investment to help African governments and their partners to “bridge the continent’s huge energy gap.”

The new report, Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africawas launched Monday at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan by the Africa Progress Panel, the brainchild of the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. Read More

Megacities need strong visions

Megacities need strong visions

The megacities of the future solve traffic congestion, housing shortages and their residents enjoy much more than high employment and clean air.

Megacities such as Sydney (Australia) need strong visions to effectively compete on the global stage to respond to the needs of people, the environment, energy and other resources and fundings.

Sydney is forecast to have an additional 1.6 million people by 2031  with 33,000 more houses needed.

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Record high CO2 increase

Record high CO2 increase

Even if we stopped all our greenhouse gas emissions today. It’s not only atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide that we have to worry about, but also oceanic levels as well.

New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), showed that CO2 levels jumped by three parts per million in both 2015 and 2016 and now rest at about 405 parts per million.

Throughout the last decade, the average rate of increase has been around 2.3 parts per million per year. Read More

EU Climate Leaders 2017

EU Climate Leaders 2017

This climate leader board allows citizens to hold their governments accountable for the positions they take on the EU’s largest climate tool to implement the Paris Agreement.

Towards the Effort Sharing Regulation – a legislation to regulate the European CO2 reduction between 2021 and 2030 – Carbon Market Watch published a ranking of the climate leaders.

Sweden is committed to the most stringent law.

The European member states are negotiating the Effort Sharing Regulation, a European environment legislation which regulates the emission reduction in Europe for the period 2021 to 2030. This concerns the emissions not covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme EU ETS.

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High ambition countries

High ambition countries

IRENA will enable the sharing of expertise, exchange of best practices, and development of innovative approaches to accelerate power sector transformation through integrating higher shares of renewable energy in energy supply and energy use and improving energy efficiency.

These high ambition countries are collaborating to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future. 

China, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates, agreed to work together to establish an Energy Transition Coalition in the course of this year.

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Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Renewable energy now accounts for 24% of global power generation and 16% of primary energy supply. To achieve decarbonisation, the report states that, by 2050, renewables should be 80% of power generation and 65% of total primary energy supply.

Irena (International Renewable Energy Agency) concluded in a new study that is possible to produce CO2-free global energy in 2060. According to Irena, by 2050 it would by possible to decrease emissions by 70%.

From a press release by IRENA

‘(…) Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, launched on the occasion of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, presents the case that increased deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in G20 countries and globally can achieve the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature rise to no more than two-degrees Celsius, avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change.

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Breeam Awards for most sustainable buildings

Breeam Awards for most sustainable buildingsThe Breeam Awards 2017 – the international award for exceptional sustainable places and projects around the world – have been awarded to beautiful, sustainable buildings.

The high performing winners contribute to high sustainability performance coupled with commitment and vision to creating and maintaining healthy, productive places.

For the first year, the Breeam partnered with GRESB to introduce new award categories for socially responsible investment based on the use of BREEAM and GRESB. Read More

Threat to the climate? – Our brains!

Threat to the climate? - Our brains!

We install LED lights in our house and then we step with a clear conscience in the aircraft for a holiday in Thailand.

Our brains and hearts are the biggest obstacles towards more sustainability. Technology is not the issue.

That concludes Scientias in an interview with the Norwegian psychologist Per Espen Stoknes. Read More

Bans on diesel cars in Munich

Bans on diesel cars in Munich

In response to worsening air pollution problems in many of Europe’s largest cities, Barcelona (Spain) and Munich (Germany) have been moved to action. In Barcelona’s case, voluntarily, and in Munich’s case, as the result of a court order.

From 2018 there will be bans on diesel cars in Munich. 

The court order in Munich follows legal action taken by Transport and Environment’s German member DUH to force action on Bavaria’s breaching of EU air pollution limits in some locations.

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What Shell knew about climate change in 1991

What Shell knew about climate change in 1991

In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.

Shell produced a report on global warming called ‘Climate of Concern’ in 1986. In 1991 they made the video documentary for the public. It warned that trends in global temperatures raised serious risks of famines, floods and climate refugees.

But in the quarter century since, Shell has continued to invest heavily in fossil fuels. 

Already in the eighties, Shell understood that climate change would affect its own operations. In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.

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New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

Between the years 1986 and 2006, Toronto experienced not one but eight storms of the magnitude that had been predicted to occur no more than once in a quarter-century. The Finch Avenue Washout was the capper, a one-in-100-years storm for which the city’s infrastructure was woefully under-designed.

The Netherlands is to host a new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCEA), set up by the Dutch and Japanese governments in collaboration with the UN environment programme (UNEP).

Paris agreement

The centre will advise countries, businesses and organizations on how to adapt their practices to comply with the Paris climate change agreement, which comprises measures designed to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.

Last year it was ratified by 193 countries.

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12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017

12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017

Startup Events understands how important live events can be to the success of your startup.

12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017 for you.

Startups try to attend as many events as possible, but not all the events can be compared to each other in their scope and efficiency.

We are sharing the list of the biggest startup events in 2017, choose those ones that you would like to attend and go ahead!

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87 multinationals RE100 member

87 multinationals RE100-member

“IKEA Group investments into wind and solar energy generation contribute to the shift to a low carbon economy, and from a business perspective, help to secure our future as we become energy independent.” – Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group

87 of the world’s leading companies are now members of RE100.

Together they have a creating demand for around 107 Terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity – around the same amount of power consumed by the United Arab Emirates or The Netherlands. Read More

Dubai sets for renewables

Dubai sets for renewables

Just over $27.2 billion in investments has been earmarked for a Green Fund, while $13.6 billion will be invested to further expand the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Dubai sees the green light! The country announced ambitious plans in which renewable energy dominates the countries energy mix by 2050.  Read More

China launches 200MW solar plant

China launches 200MW solar plantSince January 11, 2017, a giant solar plant supplies China with green energy.

China ’s largest photovoltaic power station built on a fish farm covers an area of 300 hectares, with a total installed capacity of 200MW.

Its average annual production capacity is expected to reach 220 million kilowatt-hours. Read More

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil Search Yemen Field Flare

Flared gas is a bigger problem than thought. Contrary to what has been agreed with the oil industry, worldwide the industry flared not less, but more gas.

In 2015, about 147 billion cubic meters which is a CO2 footprint of around 350 million tonnes!

The world bank published the figures in a report. Globally, over 16,000 oil wells are flaring gas.

The amount of wasted gas corresponds to the gas consumption of the UK, Germany and Switzerland together. If the gas was burned in a power plant, it could supply the whole of Africa with electricity. Read More

Obama stops Arctic drilling

Obama stops Arctic drilling

Greenpeace: “We’re closer to saving the Arctic because of you”

In his last days as the US president, Obama banned future drilling in Atlantic and Arctic waters. 

Obama relies on a law from 1953, which allows governors to exclude areas at sea of drilling because “it is in the public interest.” Read More

100% renewables for South America

100% renewables for South America

The researchers compared the results with former studies of North America, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Russia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

A study by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. shows that a 100% renewables is the cheapest electricity production option.

The transition can be achieved with very few energy storages and could be realized by 2030.  Read More

COP climate resilience insights

COP climate pledges global warming

COP climate pledges global warming

COP 21 report overview

The historic Paris Agreement on climate change sets the course for a fundamental transformation of the global economy over the next decades.
The Agreement’s overarching goal of limiting global average temperature rise to “well below 2°C” will entail profound changes in the global energy system.

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Investing in renewables interesting

Investing in renewables interesting

Smart Grid projects Europe including investments 2014

Investing in renewables is increasingly interesting. The rise of renewable energy seems unstoppable.

In 2015, 50% of all energy was already renewable energy. Worldwide! And figures are growing. investment dollars are starting to move to renewable energy.

Even the Rockefeller family sells out of fossil fuels and invests in clean energy. Read More

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

Trump may disrupt the transition towards renewables, but he can not reverse it. The revolution to clean energy is irreversible.

With Trump as the new president, the world is worrying about the climate damage, he will cause.

Still we hear an increasingly interviews with relativizations.

Jan Rotmans, professor transition science and international authority in the field of transition and sustainability, gave his reaction. Read More

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030 recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the European energy storage market

This Roadmap and recommendations aim to describe the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. It also gives recommendations on which development will be required to meet the needs. Read More

Zurich nr 1 sustainable cities

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top 100 2016

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top100 2016

Zurich leads the list of the Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index 2016 top 100. Second in the 2016 list is Singapore.

The third place, which isn’t bad at all, is for Stockholm. 

The new ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index explores the three demands of social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s major cities. Read More