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

Climate Change Quiz

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Do you understand global warming? This quiz from the Guardian is a real challenge. What do you know about climate change? 

According to a new analysis, which country has the most ambitious pledge at COP21? In this Quiz, you will find the answers. Please share in your network. 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

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

Coal producer Shenhua invests in sun

Coal producer Shenhua invests in sun

That molten salt can be used immediately to superheat water, or stored in insulated tanks to drive the thermal-power process during cloudy weather or at night.

Shenhua Group in China, the biggest coal producer in the world, and the American company SolarReserve intent to invest 2 billion dollars in concentrated solar power.

The aim is to realize 1GW of solar projects in China.

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Paris signed, what’s next?

Paris COP21 agreement

At the North Pole, the temperature is so high that the mass of sea ice is much smaller than normal. In many places, the Greenland ice is covered with a layer of water. Fortunately, the United States and China are the major drivers behind the Paris agreement.

The Paris COP21 agreements have been signed by 160 countries. 

This many signatures in one day have been a record for an international UN document.

The treaty aims to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, which gives it a symbolic boost.

This is needed because the last few months, climate changing has again assert worldwide. Read More

China’s goal 2020: 10 GW CSP

China's goal 2020: 10 GW CSP

Four big CSP plants will be realized gradually from 2018-2020, using the experiences of demonstration projects.

CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) is growing in China. Before, China tested two small-scale CSP-plants in the operational phase.

Bloomberg: ‘China plans to more than triple solar power capacity by 2020 to as much as 143 gigawatts to help reduce carbon emissions’

Right now, China is building seven plants and again zeven in the near future.  Read More

Developing countries invested more in green power

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Global New Investment in Renewable Energy by Region from 2004 to 2014

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported beautiful news. Since 2013 the world develops more capacity for the generation of green electricity than there is for coal, gas and oil together!

143 GigaWatts renewables versus 141 GigaWatts fossils.

And even better: the developing countries India, Kenya and Brazil have been investing more in renewables than all OESO countries together! Read More

Prefabricated modular sustainable skyscraper build in 19 days

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Sustainable Building – a construction company based in Changsha, China – records time-lap, building a skyscraper in 19 days

In China, an ultramodern skyscraper has been build within 19 days.

The building can handle earthquakes, and is build with many sustainable materials.

Named ‘The Mini Sky City’, has 57 floors and 180,000 square meters for 800 apartments and offices. Read More

NASA Data will help forecasting Hurricanes

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Because of sea level rising, historical cities will be lost

Researchers of NASA are now able to simulate a heavy storm, typhoon or hurricane and help local authorities saving their people in an early stage.

The researchers used data, including temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction. With this model they can predict a disaster because of the climate change. Read More

China invests in renewables – coal production falls

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Much of the pressure on the coal industry is the result of demanding new environmental regulations from the Chinese government

In 2014, the coal production fell 2.1% in China.

Further decreases are expected this year Business Green reports.

The impact of China’s clean air and renewable energy policies are beginning to have an impact on the country’s coal industry. 

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10 cities in danger Sea Level Rising

10 cities in danger Sea Level Rising

Building with Nature: wood is used for the restoration of mangrove forests in Indonesia

10 cities are in danger because of Sea Level Rising. And 44% of all people on Earth live within 100 miles of the shore.

Luckily, a growing number of studies have measured the risk from rising oceans, in different areas.

They made predictions for sea level rising in 2030, 2050 and 2070.  Read More

Mega Water Project China Is Useless

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Mega water diversion project China will only solve water shortage of 5%

Enormous water transportation from the South of China to the dryer Northern regions seems to be useless. This is one of the conclusions mentioned in a scientific report which is published in PNAS. China has been building a canal from the South to Peking. A distance of 750 miles (1200 km). Transportation of water will supply only 5% in the water needs of Beijing while the Southern exporting provincies will be running out of water. Read More

65% of China is running out of water

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China is one of the world’s largest water-using nations and is considered by the UN as one of the 13 countries with serious shortage of water.

China is running out of water. People in cities like Shanghai already search for water by drilling for groundwater themselves.

Throughout the city you see water hoses hanging at private houses providing groundwater because the supply of water from the tap is already for months heavily rationed by the government.

Already, water is scarce for two-thirds of China’s 660 cities and as China’s economy expands, so will its demand for water. Read More

Reforestation to rescue the world

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The area of restoration on the Loess Plateau in China is the size of Belgium and thousands of years of subsistence farming had made it barren and infertile.

Large, decimated ecosystems can be restored. Bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and the results are key to stabilizing the earth’s climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality.
Under the guidance of a few people who have knowledge and vision, local uneducated rural poor can to restore empty, degraded ecosystems — transforming them into fertile, life-sustaining environments which enable people to break free from entrenched poverty.

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The sun will be the world’s leading power in 2050

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China leads the global PV market, followed by Japan and the United States

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that solar energy is growing fast. Mainly due to the technological developments and the announced policy on CO2. As a result, the share of solar energy (renewable energy) may be greater in 2050 than any of the shares of fossil energy, wind power and nuclear energy. More than a quarter of the electricity will be Sun Power in 2050. Especially by an increasing amout of solar panels installed by consumers and industries. Read More

Sustainable water management in China’s cities

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Chinese sanitation workers in Shanghai fish out thousands of dead pigs found floating in the Huangpu (March 2013)

China has not only problems solving their air pollution. Poor water quality is also of serious concern.

Therefore the Minister of Environmental Protection announced a trillion-yuan plan to reduce water pollution in a country where a fifth of the rivers are consider to be toxic, and two fifths of poor or very poor quality. Read More

China invests in water treatment solutions

The environment is high on China’s political agenda. It’s all about 'war on water pollution'.

The environment is high on China’s political agenda. It’s all about ‘war on water pollution’.

The environment is high on China’s political agenda. It’s all about ‘war on pollution’. The message is clear: policies to tackle pollution and water scarcity will ‘spill over’ to impact industry. Financial analysts are trying to quantify the financial implications of these regulations. On the flip-side, there is increased interest in the water & wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy sectors.  Read More

Let creativity inspire your innovation process

China’s ‘Airpocalypse’ Pollution:

Dutch Artist Daan Roosegaarde Proposes ‘Vacuum’ Technology

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