Nov. 14, 2013 - For the first time ever, companies have a guide to manage and report on their direct and indirect influences on climate policy. The UN Global Compact, in cooperation with seven leading international organizations, today released guidelines to help companies engage in climate policy in a transparent and accountable way that is consistent with their sustainability commitments.
The Guide to Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy sets baseline expectations for companies to provide proactive, constructive input for governments to create effective climate policies. It helps companies to connect the dots between sustainability commitments, such as emissions reductions across their value chains and efficiency improvements, with their corporate policy positions. read more>>>
Nov. 19, 2013 - The call for papers for the World Summit for Small Wind organised by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and New Energy Husum has started. Experts have until 15 December 2013 to submit the subjects of their talks. The international summit of the small wind turbine industry is being held from 20 to 22 March 2014 parallel to the New Energy Husum trade fair. This year the organisers are introducing a special small wind turbine forum that is open to the general public.
Focus on successful international projects
“After the positive response in recent years, we are pleased that the World Summit for Small Wind 2014 will be taking place in Husum for the fifth time”, says Stefan Gsänger, secretary general of the WWEA. read more>>>
November 21, 2013 - The Bureau of Reclamation has released a sustainable energy strategic plan that will help guide the agency into the future as it develops and supports renewable energy production for the U.S. power grid.
"Reclamation continues to successfully generate renewable, clean and affordable hydropower as energy needs consistently grow across the western United States," Commissioner Michael L. Connor said. "It is only natural that Reclamation play a key role in facilitating the additional development and integration of renewables such as hydropower, solar, wind and geothermal to help meet the western energy demands." read more>>>
08 November 2013 - The protocol will be the first of its kind in Scotland, unlike any launched in other parts of the UK
A set of standards for new onshore wind farms has just been published by Scottish Renewables which will deliver numerous benefits for local communities including improved financial benefits and a more consistent approach to the development of community benefits packages.
The new protocol will be the first of its kind in Scotland. It outlines a number of key commitments from the Scottish onshore wind sector which includes £5,000 of community benefit for investment in local projects. read more>>>
07 November 2013 - MidAmerican Energy Co. has started Iowa's largest wind generation expansion, totaling 448 turbines and $1.9 billion at five sites around the state. The announcement was originally reported by the Omaha World Herald.
MidAmerican revealed its plan to developed as much as 1.050 MW of additional wind generation in the US state of Iowa in May 2013.
As of this week, construction is now underway in five sites located in Grundy, Madison, Marshall, O’Brien and Webster counties. The entire project is expected to be completed and generating power by late 2015.
Siemens Energy is supplying the turbines. read more>>>
19 November 2013 - They look, quite frankly, like ordinary streetside recycling bins, but an initiative being expanded in New York City's Times Square, represents a significant leap in deploying solar power to improve the quality of life in one of the world's premiere cities.
The Times Square Alliance, a coalition of city government and local businesses founded to improve and promote midtown Manhattan, is ramping up the number of Big Belly solar-powered waste and recycling stations in use in the high-profile commercial district.
The pilot program launched in March 2013 with just 30 stations and was funded by a $250,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation. This past week, the number of receptacles was increased to 46. read more>>>
November 20, 2013 - At least 20 percent of the entire European Union budget for 2014-2020 will be spent on climate-related projects and policies, after the European Parliament Tuesday approved the budget for that seven-year period.
The 20 percent commitment triples the current share and could yield as much as €180 billion in climate spending in all major EU policy areas over the seven-year period. (One euro equals US$1.34 at today’s rate of exchange.)
The EU’s development policy will contribute to achieving the 20 percent overall commitment, with an estimated €1.7 billion for climate spending in developing countries in 2014-2015 alone. read more>>>
BuildingGreen announces the winners of its 12th annual awards with a selection that indicate a move toward more product transparency and designing for resiliency.
November 20, 2013 - Sunny Boy 3000TL-USA and 5000TL-US Inverters from SMA AmericaSunny Boy non-transformer inverters provide daytime power in the event of a grid outage, and can switch from interactive operation to off-grid energy for a dedicated power outlet.sma-america.com
BuildingGreen has announced the 2014 winners of its annual Top 10 awards, a program that recognizes the most innovative of green building products reviewed by its editors over the previous 12 months. The winners were recently previewed in a webcast by BuildingGreen—the publisher of GreenSpec and Environmental Building News—but they will officially be presented at Greenbuild on Thursday. read more>>>
November 21, 2013 - Do you remember your parents telling you to share your toys?
Today, there is a grown-up version of sharing taking root. It is an economy in which people borrow everything from camping gear to wedding decorations to kitchen appliances and tools from their friends and neighbors.
Some call the phenomenon the sharing society. Others call it collaborative consumption or the sharing economy. No matter what you call it, sharing has its roots in the reduce, reuse, and recycle movement. It is also a reflection of the economic times, as people are looking for ways to do more with less. read more>>>
, 21 November 2013 - Myanmar’s green environment must be preserved for future generations and the country’s natural resources protected from exploitation for private interests.
That’s the view of President Thein Sein, who addressed the opening of Third Green Economy, Green Growth Forum at the MICC Hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“We need to place emphasis on continued production and consumption while sustaining natural resources and preserving green environments. read more>>>