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Quotes from Jeffrey Sachs

Quotes from Jeffrey Sachs

At the Asian Development Bank annual meeting this week, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute and professor of sustainable development at Columbia University in the US, said: “We won’t meet the carbon targets if nuclear is taken off the table,” and further: “Emissions per unit of energy need to fall by a factor of … Continue reading

More from the Clean Energy Ministerial

More from the Clean Energy Ministerial

The Clean Energy Ministerial also had more to say on carbon capture and storage. At the 2011 CEM meeting in Abu Dhabi, the CEM Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Action Group (CCUS AG) presented seven recommendations on concrete, near-term actions to accelerate global carbon capture and storage deployment. This week, at the 2012 CEM meeting … Continue reading

Quote of the week

Quote of the week

Edvard Munch’s painting, The Scream, will soon be sold by auction and is expected to reach a sizable sum.  The Norwegian’s painting (there are actually four versions of The Scream) is one of the most well recognised globally.  The Norwegian businessman, Petter Olsen, whose family has owned the painting since 1937, recently gave his view … Continue reading

Achim Steiner:  head of UN Environment Programme

Achim Steiner: head of UN Environment Programme

Michael McCarthy of the Independent newspaper from the UK has provided an excellent article on Achim Steiner.  In the lead up to Rio+20, this is excellent background information on one of the leading figures in the preparation of the summit for all EiD readers.   Achim Steiner: ‘We haven’t even begun to understand the damage … Continue reading

Thought for today

Thought for today

We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and … Continue reading

More interesting reading . . .

More interesting reading . . .

Two new reports from the OECD and the UK government should definitely be on EiD readers’ bookshelves. From the OECD The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction presents the latest projections of socio-economic trends over the next four decades, and their implications for four key areas of concern: climate change, biodiversity, water and health … Continue reading

Video-in-Demand

Video-in-Demand

EiD has come across two excellent videos for EiD readers. The first is by Peter Sweatman for Eurima, the European Insulation Manufacturers, on Financing Mechanisms for Europe’s Buildings Renovations.  This is an excellent argument for an ambitious energy efficiency directive and the need for incentives for building refurbishment. The second is by the UNFCCC Executive … Continue reading

Interesting reading . . .

Interesting reading . . .

Renewable Energies in Africa:  Current Knowledge This report summarises current knowledge at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre regarding Renewable Energy in Africa. It assesses current energy consumption and the share of renewables in African states, and attempts to estimate the technical potential of available resources of solar, wind, biomass and hydropower that could be … Continue reading

Let’s meet in Paris

Let’s meet in Paris

It is almost springtime and the meeting season has already started.  It is Energy Efficiency Week at the IEA from March 12th to 16th and there are three important workshops. On Wednesday, March 14th a workshop on “The Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency” will expand on previous IEA work on multiple benefits for fuel poverty … Continue reading

New Report on Recent Real-time Feedback Studies

New Report on Recent Real-time Feedback Studies

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently published a report on pilot projects and experiments concerning real-time feedback.  One of the major barriers to changing consumer behaviour is lack of feedback about the impact that their energy-saving behaviour has on energy use. Residential electricity savings from real-time feedback in the nine pilots reviewed … Continue reading