CSP will power Dubai

CSP will power Dubai

The Clean Energy Strategy 2050 plan consists of five main pillars that include Infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills.

CSP – Concentrated Solar Power – will power Dubai. Finally.

The Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will allocate a 200-megawatt concentrated solar power project in June 2017.

Almost $17 billion will be invested to expand the current Solar Park. 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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Renewable Energy for a Clean, Healthy World

Public anger, Shell is not too big to fall

Public anger: never too big to fall

At present, we don’t have to burn fossils fuels anymore. We have all these renewable energy resources that will supply more than enough energy for current and future energy demands. 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

Portugal 72 hours on renewables

Portugal 72 hours on renewables

Last week the German government reported that the Portugal produced so much renewable energy on a particularly sunny, windy Sunday that there was a power surplus.

In may 2016, Portugal ran for more than half a week without having to resort to fossil fuels.
Thanks to a big push toward solar, wind, and hydro power and a little nudge from the EU, for four days, Portugal produced enough clean, sustainable electricity to meet the needs of its people. Read More

US Supreme Court freezes Climate Power Plan Obama

US Supreme Court freezes Climate Power Plan Obama, Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said the supreme court decision was “an unfortunate setback and short sighted.”

Coal plants account for a majority of US greenhouse gas emissions. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said the supreme court decision was “an unfortunate setback and short sighted”

The Clean Power Plan from Obama to green the energy production in the United States, does not need to be performed. That is the ruling of the US Supreme Court.

By 2030, Obama wants the US power plants, to decrease with 32 percent greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

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 summit: the final

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Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a doubling of the US payments on climate aid from 430 to $ 860 million in 2020. With this gesture of goodwill the White House hopes for a possible signal from the developing countries.

Yesterday, the new concept agreement was finished. Just two hours later than promised.

  • It is 29 pages shorter than the previous one (43)
  • More than three quarters of the discussion have been resolved.
  • The choices are reduced from 200 to 40

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COP21 – 1.5 degrees? Only with CO2 storage and fossil-free by 2030

 

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1.5 degree is only feasible if we take CO2 from the air and store it underground. Alternatives to remain at 1.5 degree are no longer realistic.

While the political will is increased to limit the global warming at 1.5 degrees, scientists point on the technical challenge.

CO2 storage is needed and the world must be fossil free by 2030, say scientists.

At an event on the sidelines of the climate summit, focussing on CO2 emissions in 2015, scientists are warning 1.5 degrees warming will be difficult. Read More

Green energy is cheaper than fossils

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If we continue on the InAction scenario, we will pay 1.8 trillion dollars more

The Paris climate summit has entered its next round. Now leaders from all over the world are trying to agree to limit the global warming.

Enough reason for us to examine what climate change actions actually do cost in hard money.

And guess what: it is even cheaper than fossils! 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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5 questions about our climate

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COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action

Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.

Five questions about the climate issues. Read More

Climate Paris in Figures

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Berkeley Earth has just released analysis of land-surface temperature records going back 250 years, about 100 years further than previous studies. The analysis shows that the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5 degrees C in the past 250 years, and about 0.9 degrees in the past 50 years.

With 195 participating countries and 3000 journalists we can expect a lot of news from Paris during the next days.

In advance, a summary of the top in figures. Read More

Will climate agreement be ambitious enough?

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Businesses have a major role to play in driving low-carbon growth

Fear is a bad counselor, when it’s about terrorists and refugees. But it’s a welcome guest at the big climate summit that begins today in Paris. Global warming needs to be stopped, we are running running out of time.

The fear will wrap in many guises: crumbling icebergs, dried-up lakes, burning forests, raging water and millions of people in need. Read More

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

It is time to close coal power plants

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Monster greenhouse gas levels seen

In the fight against CO2 emissions, it is now time to close coal power plants In Europe. Investments in renewables and storage are crucial. 

Coal plants are big polluters.

The commissioning of new coal plants in Europe, is the main cause of the fact that the CO2 emissions has increased rather than decreased.

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Shell cancelled billions project Canadian tar sands oil

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Greenpeace campagned to shut down Shell oil sand production

Forced by the low oil prices, Shell stops the Carmon Creek project in Canada for the extraction of tar sands oil.

The proposed construction of the production plant has been canceled. Read More

Scenarios: A green revolution has winners and losers

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List of oil producing countries in the world

A green revolution will ensure winners and losers. The coffers of the oil-producing countries will become discharged and that leads to riots and instability.

Germany and Denmark are Europe’s big winners in this green revolution. Why?

  • Since 20 years, they closed all the nuclear power and coal plants
  • Roofs without solar panels are a rarity
  • Windmills seems to be the new high voltage towers: ugly but indispensable
  • Efficient appliances and lighting hardly costs for electricity are very low
  • Heating the house becomes from the heat of the earth
  • Electricity excess is stored in batteries with ammonia, as big as garage

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Bill Gates boosts $2bn to accelerate renewable breakthroughs

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There is an urgent need for “high risk” investments in breakthrough technologies for renewables

Bill Gates intents to double his investments in green energy technology and research to limit global warming.

In his interview with the Financial Times, Gates told the journalist that he would double his investments in renewables to 2020. Read More

The solar revolution by Bloomberg

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The shift to renewables is happening shockingly fast, but not fast enough to prevent perilous levels of global warming.

A new report from Bloomberg, looking ahead to the next 25 years of renewables, has been containing something new. But for who want to know the highlights. Here they come. 

  • The costs of a power plant based on solar panels, will be halve, the next 25 years

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Increased solar power threatens energy companies

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Energy companies need flexible plants that can quickly respond to peaks in demand and supply

Because of the growth in the number of solar panels in Europe, Energy Companies have to consider new business models.

Strategy consultant Berger:
‘By 2030, solar power will supply half of the peak demands for energy.’

The fact that more and more consumers produce their own power, is forcing energy companies to think about their future. On sunny days Europe scores enormous energy surpluses. This distorts the market for energy companies. They feel the impact of solar energy and therefore must adjust their operations. Read More

G7 agrees on ending global warming

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Stephen Harper (Canada), Barack Obama (USA) and the other G7-leaders agreed on the 2015 climate deal

In their final declaration, the G7 word power nations agreed collectively on an increase of maximum 2 degrees Celsius compared to 1990. Together we will tackle climate-fragility.

Environmental organizations Oxfam Novib and Greenpeace, responded positively. Especially the fact that Japan has resigned, was seen as a surprise.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said that it was not hard to convince Japan.  Read More

Shell will pay for cleaning up polluted Niger Delta

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Theft, fraud, opacity, pollution characterize Nigeria’s years of oil production. This a new agreement is a giant step forward to a healthy delta area.

Since 2008, the area of ​​Bodo, is a horribly polluted part of the Niger Delta in Nigeria

Several oil spills, destroyed all nature and colored the area black.

Now there is an agreement between all parties involved to Bodo, to clean the area and restore nature. And Shell will pay all costs.  Read More