Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 20 February 2013

New Green Economy Partnership Responds to Rio+20 Call for Action
Nairobi, 19 February 2013 - A new partnership launched today by four UN agencies aims to support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental risks and poverty.

The new Partnership for Action on Green Economy, or PAGE, is a response to the outcomedocument of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), entitled The Future We Want, which recognizes the green economy as a vehicle for sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Governments at Rio+20 called on UN agencies to support countries interested in accelerating their transition to an inclusive green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. read more>>>

Forecasts estimate £880 billion green economy boost to 2050
19 Feb 2013 - Britain’s manufacturers have called on the government to provide a "green economy vision" needed for industry to build a low carbon economy by the end of 2013.

A new report launched today by EEF reveals estimates that the UK economy could be boosted by up to £880 billion between now and 2050, if companies can fully exploit opportunities in manufacturing for the low carbon economy.

‘Tech for Growth’ – Delivering green growth through technology, looks at how government can help key manufacturing sectors unlock investments in breakthrough technologies that will reduce carbon emissions.

This would help manufacturers to develop these solutions and export them to the rest of the world, the manufacturers’ group says. read more>>>

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Energy efficiency standard delays means $3.7B savings loss
February 20, 2013 - President Barack Obama says addressing climate change is smart economic policy as well as a moral imperative, but his administration keeps delaying stronger appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards.

These standards are among the most successful ways to quickly cut energy consumption and contribute to economic growth. They create hundreds of thousands of jobs and save billions of dollars on utility bills across the economy.

In 2010, existing standards cut U.S. electricity use 7 percent, and that will rise to 14 percent by 2035 as people buy the new products. It also created 340,000 jobs. Upgrading and adding new standards would shave another 7 percent off electricity use by 2035. read more>>>

Oliver Green Interview-The Green Economy Coalition
20 February 2013 - We pose several questions to Oliver Greenfield, Convener for the Green Economy Coalition.

The Green Economy Coalition is a unique global alliance tackling an urgent agenda. It is made up of different constituencies (labour, environment, development, UN, business). Despite their differences they have come together because they recognise that the current economic order is failing these constituencies – from global workers, poor and marginalised groups and local communities, businesses for the long term, and the rich diversity of life on our planet. Members have proved they can work together, advance the debate and influence the corridors of power. The GRC works to create prosperity for all within planetary limits. IUCN was one of the coalition’s founding partners. read more>>>

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Hybrid Air Car Debuts at Geneva Motor Show
PARIS, France, February 19, 2013 (ENS) – PSA Peugeot-Citro├źn has developed a unique hybrid car powered by gasoline and compressed air called Hybrid Air that will debut in Geneva next month aboard a Citroen C3.

The new hybrid uses compressed air for energy storage instead of a battery, making it lighter weight and more affordable than other types of hybrid vehicles.

The Hybrid Air system combines a compressed air energy storage unit located in the center of the floor, a hydraulic pump/motor unit and an automatic transmission with an epicyclic geartrain and couples it with a PureTech petrol engine. read more>>>

After White Stallion Power Plant Canceled, Coal Faces Dark Future in Texas
February 15, 2013 - The company behind what would have been the last new coal power plant in Texas, called White Stallion, is no longer pursuing the project, the company announced Thursday.

The news marks a victory for opponents of coal in Texas, notably the Environmental Defense Fund and the Sierra Club, who have worked for years to oppose the White Stallion and other coal power projects in the state. At this point, there are no longer any major new traditional coal power plants planned in Texas. All of the new projects are primarily natural gas and wind power, with some solar. read more>>>


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