Port Amsterdam coal free

Port Amsterdam coal free

In the transition period, storage and transportation of fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene will grow. International cargo flows remain important als long as societies still can not fully rely on green alternatives.

Coal free in 2030. That is one of the ambitions of the Port of Amsterdam.

And the Port of Amsterdam has more ambitions: it aims to become the battery of the city by producing and storing more renewable energy and heat for the city.

The next five years, the port will transform to the center of cities heat and sustainable electricity.
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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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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

Port of Amsterdam relies on fossils

Port of Amsterdam relies on fossils

Why anticipate? The world will not change that fast.

The Amsterdam Port Authority is taking big risks. The harbor still relies entirely on fossils.

As soon as it turns out that the Port Authority were sleeping, the municipality has to pay all the costs. 

Drs. Rens van Tilburg, an economist and member of the Sustainable Finance Lab Utrecht University, has warned the City of Amsterdam.  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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25% emissions from coal

25% global emissions from coal

Burning coal is the most polluting form of energy production: 25% of all greenhouse gases is from coal. Within the built environment a large share of emissions is because of coal combustion.

Coal is the main cause of global greenhouse gas emissions. A quarter of the emissions is because of the worldwide coal combustion.

World Resources Institute concluded this out of their latest calculation. Read More

Students chose nuclear

Students chose nuclear to save the world

Thinking small is big deal: DOE to push US manufacturing of small modular reactors

Students chose nuclear – University of California-Berkeley professor Rachel Slaybaugh summed up the buzz around nuclear technology innovation during a recent roundtable on advanced nuclear power: “Now is an exciting time to be in nuclear energy,” she said.

 

“Nobody told today’s students that nuclear innovation is supposed to be slow. They chose nuclear because they want to save the world.

Defining how the universities facilitate collaboration between students and industry will be key to our success.”

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Solar energy – 7 reasons

Solar energy - 7 reasons

On average, manufacturers give 25 to 30 years warranty on solar panels. In practice, the panels will last much longer.

Now, solar energy is really going to break through. This is what the US Rocky Mountains Institute believes. 

The institute listed ten reasons for it. BetterWorldSolutions is pointing out 7 of them. 

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The world could be 100% renewable by 2050

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Adoption of a global green energy infrastructure would provide power to 4 billion! people and the energy independence of countries would eliminate a major cause of global conflict.

A new study by Stanford University’s Atmosphere/Energy Program makes the case that the world could be fully powered by renewable energy as early as 2050 by detailing the necessary resources for each country.

Researchers analyzed energy roadmaps for 139 countries and calculated how much energy they would need to meet demand for:

  • household electricity
  • industry
  • agriculture
  • transportation
  • heating
  • cooling

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Are fossils lucrative for investors?

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G20 Summit: India and Saudi Arabia rejected world climate ambitions

Are fossils still lucrative for investors? Does the divestment campaign have a material effect on the industry that they are attacking, and thus the transition to sustainability and the reduction of CO2 emissions? Read More

Climate deal Paris a success

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We should be grateful to them, because without them, Paris would not have been such a success.

The Paris Climate Agreement will change the world into a green era. Already, smart investors ignore the fossil industry.

They started to move because of the brutal pressure from activists 350.org and their divestment movement.

A portrait of the most successful climate campaign ever. Read More

Fossil industries wastes $ 2.2 million investments

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The United States is the greatest risk, CarbonTracker states, with a cost of $ 412 billion in stranded assets “unnecessary fossil projects in 2025.
Second in risk is Canada (220 billion). Than China (179 million), Russia (147 billion ) and Australia (US $ 103 billion).

The next decade fossil energy companies will lose possibly $ 2.2 trillion in investments, according CarbonTracker in a recent report.

The money will be lost in a low carbon future.

Global action on climate change and renewable energy investments will ensure the waste for fossil energy companies. Research was done at the current and future projects from oil, gas and coal companies until 2025. It concluded which projects would stop because of political actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to below two degrees global warming.

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ABP lost $ 9 billion investing in fossils

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Decarbonizer doesn’t judge, so why not see if you’re leaving money on the table?

Not only fossil investments are undesirable because they annoy the green energy supplies, it also scores badly financially.

Pension Fund ABP have lost $ 9 billion investing in fossils according to 350.org, a movement against fossil investment. Read More

Paris – Two CEOs stimulate international business climate action

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Monster greenhouse gas levels seen

Two Dutch CEO’s are firmly stimulating international companies to major climate action: Paul Polman (CEO Unilever) and Peter Bakker (president of the WBCSD) are leading the ‘Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi).

Already 86 large enterprises have signed the LCTPi. Read More

The Future Of Solar Energy by MIT

Energy storage and transport are the greatest challenges

Energy storage and transport are the greatest challenges

A few weeks ago, MIT published an interesting report about the future of solar energy. An important conclusion of the report is that solar energy in its various forms, is essential for our future.

Another important conclusion is that solar energy on a large scale, will develop best if governments ensure that there is a price attached to CO2 emissions. 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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