Inaugural Partnership for Action on a Green Economy conference from March 4-5.
Dubai: February 5, 2014 - Economies have to focus their efforts on creating jobs and investing in skills of the workforce to achieve sustainable development for a green economy, said a UN official yesterday.
“When countries think of going green, they also have to think about investing in the talent of the young generation and the labour force because even though today’s knowledge may not be used tomorrow, it certainly will be essential down the line,” said Dr Steven Stone, chief of economics and trade branch, United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) in Geneva.
According to the International Labour Office, 600 million jobs have to be created worldwide in the next 10 years, and one of the global challenges is investing in the skills of the labour force. read more>>>
Feb 05 2014 - The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water in cooperation with UN Environment Programme has today (Wednesday, February 5, 2014) announced the agenda for the 1st Global Conference Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), a voluntary and demand-driven platform for meeting increasing global efforts for inclusive 'green economy' strategies. The announcement was made at a press conference held in Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai which unveiled the three-fold objective of the environmentally-themed event.
The two-day PAGE 2014 Conference will focus on three specific goals towards advancing the green economy: Policy Options, Good Practices and Recommendations; Announcement of Action; and the Strengthening and Widening of the PAGE Community. read more>>>
5 Feb 2014 - A US study has found that the recession apparently hit builders experienced in green construction with less severity than other home builders. Those builders remained in business at higher proportions than those not knowledgeable on the subject.
The Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study was unveiled Monday by McGraw Hill Construction at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) annual conference.
Green homes made up 23 percent of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26 percent and one-third of the market by 2016. This equates to a doubling in the value of green home construction over three years, growing from $36 billion in 2013 to $83-$105 billion in 2016, based on the current McGraw Hill Construction forecast for total residential construction. read more>>>
It’s time to revisit Thomas Edison’s strategy for providing people with electricity
6 Feb 2014 - It’s been more than a century since Thomas Edison lost the great technological battle he waged against George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla, the now-famous “War of Currents.” The idea Edison hoped to defend was that the world should run off direct current (DC) electricity. But his position just couldn’t stand up to the pounding it took from the logic of Westinghouse and Tesla’s competing scheme, which was to produce and distribute alternating current (AC).
With an AC system, the fledgling electricity industry would easily be able to shift voltages from one level to another, allowing power to be carried long distances at high voltages, which would minimize transmission losses. read more>>>
06/02/2014 - An on-site renewable power installation at the US Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Miramar, California, US is to gain a battery energy storage system in order to become a microgrid.
A 250-kW, 1-MWh battery system from Primus Power, called the EnergyPod, will be integrated with the air station’s existing 230-kW photovoltaic array in mid-2014. The combined microgrid system will reduce the station’s peak electrical demand on weekday afternoons and provide power to critical military systems when grid power is unavailable.
The installation is part of the air station’s plan to rely solely on on-site power by 2017, and to generate enough electricity to support the surrounding city of San Diego in the event of a grid outage. read more>>>
7 February 2014 - What is Green Economy?
Green Economy is an emerging concept, which in simple terms and as defined by UNEP is generally low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive model of development.
This concept is a mouthful and I think another way of explaining what I have just defined is to say that Green Economy focuses on the business as usual way of doing things but in this case in a more efficient and environmentally sustainable manner. read more>>>
February 5, 2014 - McGraw Hill Construction, a part of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), today released findings from a new Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Green homes comprised 23% of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26% and 33% of the market by 2016. This equates to a doubling in the value of green home construction over three years, growing from $36 billion in 2013 to $83-$105 billion in 2016, based on the current McGraw Hill Construction forecast for total residential construction.
According to McGraw Hill Construction research dating back to 2006, the green home building market most rapidly accelerated during the housing downturn when builders experienced in green remained in business at higher proportions than those not knowledgeable about energy-efficient and green home building. read more>>>
05 February 2014 - The aluminium giant Alcoa and technology company Phinergy have entered into a joint agreement to develop electric vehicle batteries that run on air and aluminium
The announcement was made at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in Atlanta. The agreement will see both companies collaborate on the further development of Phinergy’s EV battery project involving new materials, processes and components to commercialize the aluminium-air battery, which can extend electric vehicle range by 1,000 miles. read more>>>
30 January 2014 - The renewable energy consultancy Barlovento has signed an agreement with the International Company for Petroleum and Industrial Services (Income) to develop renewable energy facilities for the Egyptian market
Income is an Egyptian Company working in electricity, petroleum and renewables alongside other industrial services. The agreement between the two companies will strengthen their position in the continuously growing Egyptian renewable energy sector.
Both companies possess considerable expertise in sectors such as wind energy and Barlovento in particular has been working on renewable energy projects in over 50 countries around the world. read more>>>
06 February 2014 - The Port of Ardersier has been given the full backing of Highland Council for plans to turn the former oil fabrication yard on the Moray Firth into a manufacturing ‘super-hub’ for offshore wind
Onshore planning consent has been given by the local council for the Port of Ardersier to transform a 160 hectare (400 acres) site into a manufacturing, assembly and operations and maintenance base for new offshore wind fields off Scotland’s east coast. The site’s owners are now awaiting similar positive signals from the government and regulators Marine Scotland and Transport Scotland for the offshore elements of the site. These consents could be in place in the coming weeks, creating a potential jobs boom for the Highlands. read more>>>