Monday, April 8, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 8 April 2013

MPA Responds to Green Construction Board’s Low Carbon Routemap
05 April 2013 - In response to the publication of the Green Construction Board’s 2050 Low Carbon Routemap, Dr Pal Chana, Executive Director of MPA Cement, said:

“The Green Construction Board’s routemap calls on individual sectors of the economy to come forward with their own plans to cut carbon by 2050. I am delighted to say that the UK cement industry has not only embraced this challenge but has led the way by publishing its 2050 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Strategy last month. This is the first time any national cement body in the world has done this and we are proud to be setting the pace.” read more>>>

Folding Lotus Mobile Solar Array Provides Pop-Up Power Generation
04/05/13 - Arizona-based Monarch Power has unveiled a folding, flower-shaped solar array that creator Joseph Hui hopes will take solar power from being “strapped down” to being “light, personal and portable.” While the demonstration of the Lotus Mobile sprouting out of—and dwarfing—Hui’s own bright orange Tesla could make the device appear less than practical, the array in its standalone form is designed to provide pop-up power generation for everything from EVs to remote villages and disaster zones.

Monarch Power hasn’t revealed much by way of specs for the Lotus Mobile, so it’s not clear how much power the array’s 18 petals can generate or just how lightweight the array is—though Clean Technica reports the system is made from plastic and metal, while the modules are mounted on carbon fiber composite boards. read more>>>

Green Economy - Baltimore Office of Sustainability
The numerous factors motivating individuals, companies, and governments to act and invest more sustainably is also creating demand for new "green" products, services and jobs.

The "green economy" is based on business opportunities and jobs that help protect and restore the environment, often through reducing resource use or rehabilitating natural resources. In a 2008 study evaluating U.S. cities on different aspects of sustainability, Baltimore ranked 5th place in terms of green economy. read more>>>

Bridging the Gap: Connecting Black Communities to the Green Economy
The emerging green economy is largely framed as centering on advancing energy efficiency and “clean” energy initiatives. As this new field expands, we, as black communities, must be in a position to steer focus and practices to ensure that new developments fully incorporate a civil and human rights lens. We must also view this as an opportunity to address economic inequities. Furthermore, we must make certain that our black communities are involved at every step of the green economy sector - from legislation to implementation in local communities.

The Bridging the Gap: Connecting Black Communities to the Green Economy event on April 15, 2013 is an NAACP hosted pre-conference being held in advance of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference on April 16- April 18, 2013 at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Bridging the Gap is a full-day conference geared toward solution-focused discussions to advance justice based energy policies and practices with engagement and leadership from black communities. read more>>>

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Colombia’s refrigeration industry promoting green economy
02 April 2013 - Since 2010, Colombia has been taking steps to reduce the substances that harm the environment and deplete the ozone layer, which protects humanity from more than 90 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

As of 1 January 2013, the initiative – done in partnership between the Government of Colombia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – has resulted in the complete elimination in the use of hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) in the manufacturing of refrigerators domestically. HCFCs contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer and cause global warming.

In fact, one tonne of CFC can warm the atmosphere 10,000 times more than one tonne of CO2.The project has already shown dramatic results. read more>>>

Reporters Say Exxon Is Impeding Spill Coverage in Arkansas
Apr. 5, 2013 - Reporters covering the oil spill from ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas, are reporting that they've been blocked from the site and threatened with arrest.

On Friday morning, Inside Climate News reported that an Exxon spokesperson told reporter Lisa Song that she could be "arrested for criminal trespass" when she went to the command center to try to find representatives from the EPA and the Department of Transportation. On Friday afternoon, I spoke to the news director from the local NPR affiliate who said he, too, had been threatened with arrest while trying to cover the spill. read more>>>

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