Sunday, February 10, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 10 February 2013

A New Manhattan Project
A new study by the research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance has found that unsubsidized renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels like coal and gas.

In fact, it’s a lot cheaper.

Data shows that wind farms in Australia can produce energy at AU$80/MWh. Meanwhile, coal plants are producing energy at AU$143/MWh and gas at AU$116/MWh.

Unlike the United States, where energy companies can pollute and have the costs (from illness to environmental degradation) picked up by the taxpayers, Australia has a carbon tax, which partially explains why renewables have a price advantage. But the data shows that even without the cost of carbon tax factored in; wind energy is still 14-cents cheaper than coal and 18-cents cheaper than gas. read more>>>

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China to develop circular, green economy
February 07, 2013 - China’s highest executive body, the State Council has unveiled a blueprint and action plan to develop China into a "circular" economy, the first of its kind in the country.

A circular economy is one which attempts to strike a balance between economic development with environmental and resources protection. According to the plan, China will actively promote a circular economy and green consumption for both the mid and long term.

The move aims to boost resource efficiency and ensure sustainable development. The State Council also set out a short-term goal of raising resource efficiency by 15 percent by the end of 2015...while also vowing to improve related green policies, its legal framework, and strengthening environmental regulation and cooperation. read more w/video report>>>

Leading paper firm pledges to halt Indonesian deforestation
Asia Pulp and Paper will end the clearing of forest across its supply chain by preserving high-carbon stock rainforests

5 February 2013 - The world's third biggest paper company has pledged to halt deforestation in Indonesia, and help to restore the habitats of the rare Sumatran tiger and orangutan, following a long-running campaign by environmentalists.

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) said on Tuesday that it would end the "clearing of natural forest" across its entire supply chain, with immediate effect. From now on, it has pledged to work to preserve "high conservation value" and "high-carbon stock" forests.

The move marks a major victory for green campaigners, as paper made from the pulped remains of some of the last virgin rainforests of south-east Asia has been found in products across the world, and its manufacture has contributed to the endangerment of threatened wildlife. read more>>>

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AQE 2013 registration now open!
Feb. 6, 2013 - Visitors to AQE 2013, the Air Quality and Emissions show (formerly ‘MCERTS’) taking place in Telford, UK, 13th/14th March, can now register for free at .

Previous events were known as ‘MCERTS’ because they addressed industrial emissions to air, but the focus of AQE 2013 ( ) has been expanded to incorporate all aspects of air quality, including ambient monitoring.

Pre-registered visitors will receive free parking, refreshments and lunch, in addition to complimentary access to all Workshops and the International Exhibition. Non-registered visitors will be charged £20/day. read more w/backlinks>>>

Newly found Health Effects Of Air Pollution call for stronger EU Air Policies
Jan. 31, 2013 - Long-term exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) can trigger atherosclerosis, adverse birth outcomes and childhood respiratory diseases, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) review released today. REVIHAAP – the “Review of evidence on health aspects of air pollution” – also suggests a possible link with neurodevelopment, cognitive function and diabetes, and strengthens the causal link between PM2.5 and cardiovascular and respiratory deaths. The research was carried out at the request of the European Commission in the framework of the 2013 review of the European Union’s air policy. read more>>>

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Groundbreaking research identifies IP arms race in wind
04 February 2013 - A new research report published at EWEA 2013 by consultancy Totaro & Associates has catalogued over 27,500 global patent filings related to horizontal-axis, utility-scale wind turbine technology.

The report indicates that GE, Vestas, Siemens, Mitsubishi, Enercon and Gamesa together control almost 50 percent of all global patent filings. Other Tier 1 global turbine manufacturers, such as Sinovel and Goldwind are gaining ground, but until recently, they have filed their patents exclusively in China, the consultancy said.. read more>>>

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