Transport efficiency, carpooling and resource sharing tools win tech competition

Cross posted from Business Green When it launched back in October the Decarbonathon competition – run by the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders initiative – aimed to uncover some of the best ideas to tackle the carbon footprint of the world’s cities. The results are in, and it appears the future of our cities lies in smart speedbumps, green …

Areas around the Mediterranean, central Brazil and the contiguous United States could see 2°C of warming by 2030

The increase in regional average temperatures around the world when global average temperatures reach 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Credit: From authors’ Nature paper, Allowable CO2 emissions based on regional and impact-related climate targets This is despite the fact that under a business as usual scenario the world is not expected to see global average temperatures rise by 2°C compared to …

Temperature increases in most parts of the world responding linearly to cumulative emissions, local impacts calculated

This is a map of climate change. Credit: Nature Climate Change Earth’s temperature has increased by 1°C over the past century, and most of this warming has been caused by carbon dioxide emissions. But what does that mean locally? A new study published in Nature Climate Change pinpoints the temperature increases caused by CO2 emissions in different regions around the …

One more (African) country moves to get 100% of its energy from renewable energy, with large scale solar development

The East African country of Djibouti has announced plans for a new large-scale solar power project, to be developed by an international developer, as it aims to source 100% of its energy from renewable energy. Switzerland’s Green Enesys will develop a 300 MW solar power plant in Djibouti, the government has recently announced. Once commissioned, the project will possibly be among …

China aims to save lives with aggressive 3 GW target to expand the country’s high-efficiency rooftop solar installations

China has launched an aggressive 3 GW target to expand the country’s high-efficiency rooftop solar installations. Such a renewable energy footprint will hopefully help reduce the widespread impacts of China’s too-visible air pollution. The China announcement mandates an increase in model PV installations using modules with high-energy conversion solar cells. China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has set the target installation capacity …

World Energy Council says energy storage platforms have solid future – new battery technologies are driving prices down

A report from the World Energy Council states worldwide solar energy storage platforms will become more competitive as new battery technologies drive prices down. On the wind storage front, technical advances in areas such as composite materials appears to enable the power generated by wind turbines to increase. With the cost of capturing and storing wind and solar energy coming down, …

Germany says solar and wind have won technology race

From Renew Economy, By Giles Parkinson on 25 January 2016 The minister responsible for Germany’s ambitious Energiewende, or energy transition, from coal and nuclear to renewable energy says it is clear that solar and wind energy have won the technology race. In an interview with RenewEconomy in Abu Dhabi last week, special minister of state Rainer Baake said the task …

Onshore wind is now officially as cheap as coal

According to an analyst from the International Renewable Energy Agency, onshore wind has dropped in cost to the level of coal-fired production. Michael Taylor, an energy analyst and renewable energy expert at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), has recently analyzed the cost of onshore wind power, and found that it has dropped to the level of coal-fired generation — …

US could cut energy-produced GHG emissions by 78% below 1990 levels within 15 years, while still meeting increased energy demand across the country – at similar cost!

According to a new study conducted by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States could cut energy-produced greenhouse gas emissions by 78% below 1990 levels within 15 years, while still meeting increased energy demand across the country. The new study, published online in the journal Nature Climate Change, is based on a sophisticated mathematical model that evaluated …

Solar PV installations grew by 34% globally in 2015, according to GTM

Global solar PV installation for 2015 increased 34% over 2014 numbers, reaching an estimated 59 GW by the end of the year.  US share of expected global PV demand between 2015 and 2020 is expected to be 15%.   GTM Research is also predicting a substantial increase in solar PV demand in the Asia Pacific region (excluding China) in 2016 and …