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Solar power and the rising clout of the energy “pro-sumer”

In Advice, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Greener Business, Investment, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

The next 10 years are going to bring a host of new energy choices and a lot more market clout for the so-called energy “pro-sumer”. This is the view held by Stellar Solar founding partner, Michael Powers, who believes that “pro-sumers” – utility customers who consume energy but also produce it, using their own rooftop solar systems – hold the …

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How to make positive investments in the green economy

In Advice, Consultancy, Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Positive investment platform Ethex tells us how to make our money go further in the green economy. How we use our money is one of the most powerful ways in which we can make a difference and create a greener world. This includes the products we buy, the companies we buy from, the businesses we invest in, and the banks …

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Latest addition to U.S. JOBS Act opens new chapter in crowdfunding

In Advice, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Greener Business, Growing Businesses, Innovation, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Startups, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Regulation crowdfunding comes into effect in the U.S., offering a positive outlook for green tech entrepreneurs. Four years ago, President Obama signed the Jumpstart our Businesses Startup Act (JOBS Act) into law in the Rose Garden of the White House. The overwhelmingly bipartisan bill, which focused on stimulating the U.S. economy by promoting capital formation and private sector jobs, represented …

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How to invest in the green economy: the new Innovative Finance ISA explained

In Advice, Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Greener Business, Growing Businesses, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Startups, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

New Innovative Finance ISA will drive the green economy, allowing savers and investors to directly fund renewable energy and environmental projects. Yesterday, the UK Government introduced the new Innovative Finance ISA to allow individual savers to earn tax-free interest from peer to peer lending. As many as 400,000 savers are expected to lend money via the new Innovative Finance ISA …

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5 ways your business can go green

In Advice, Editor's Choice, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Greener Business, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainable Purchasing, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Five simple steps to a green business. A brand’s social purpose and green footprint are among the factors that influence purchasing decisions, reports Nielsen. Globally, more than half of all consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products and services from businesses that are committed to social and environmental impact. With Earth Day 2016 scheduled for April 22, there’s no time like …

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Experts say R&D funding more important than carbon tax in hastening the green revolution

In Advice, Clean Tech, Consultancy, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A new study has been published by MIT economists that presents R&D funding as more important than carbon tax in the quest for a greener planet. “Most people know we are frying the planet,” says MIT economist Daron Acemoglu, referring to the effects of climate change. After all, 2015 was the hottest year on record, portending drastic long-term problems involving …

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How to create a sustainable microgrid toolkit: an interview with EDF’s Devashree Ghosh

In Advice, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Planning, Green Technology, Implementation, Renewables, Smart Grids, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Devashree Ghosh, Alumni, 2015 Fellowship at EDF Climate Corps, explains how microgrids can increase energy efficiency and community resilience in the face of climate change. Microgrids represent a paradigm shift for the electric markets around the globe. The convergence of technological advances in Distributed Energy Resources (DER), energy storage and telecommunications has allowed innovators to produce resilient and efficient microgrid …

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What are green bonds?

In Advice, Editor's Choice, Energy Efficiency, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Economics, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market.  They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable waste management, sustainable land use and biodiversity conservation. Green Bonds have similar features to regular bonds and can be issued on a tax exempt …

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True Green vs. Carbon Offsetting: finding a web host that works for you

In Advice, Carbon Capture & Storage, Clean Tech, Consultancy, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Enterprise, Green Technology, Greener Business, Growing Businesses, Investment, Renewables, Solar, Startups, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Wind by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Have you decided to go “green” this year by choosing a web host that claims to be eco-friendly? It sounds like a great resolution for the New Year, but the issue is that some web hosting companies are confusing clients in what they are really offering. It’s tricky enough to pick a web host, but when you’ve decided to go …

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World Bank steps up to help build global low carbon economy following COP21

In Advice, Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Consultancy, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Enterprise, Environmental Planning, Green Technology, Greener Business, Growing Businesses, Implementation, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Startups, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

With the passing of a global climate change agreement on December 12, the World Bank Group is moving quickly to help countries achieve the pledges they have made in Paris. More than 180 countries have submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions – or INDCs – to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to or during its …

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First 20 speakers announced for Dronetech Europe 2017

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Dronetech confirms 20 inspiring speakers at Europe’s most exciting drone event.  A diverse and inspiring group of experts in aviation, technology and commercial drones will speak at Dronetech Europe 2017 (DTE17) in Bristol next May. DTE17, taking place from 10th-12th May 2017, will be a forum for cutting edge ideas in commercial drone technology. A free exhibition will bring together …

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Genome Project-write to launch in 2016

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

The Genome Project-write (HGP-write) marks the beginning of a grand challenge to understand the blueprint for life, which will benefit sectors from medicine to energy. A group of scientific, business and policy leaders have announced their intent to launch The Genome Project-write (HGP-write) in 2016. As detailed in Science (http://science.sciencemag.org/cgi/doi/10.1126/science.aaf6850), the goal of HGP-write is to reduce the costs of engineering …

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Greentech on green politics

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Editor's Choice, Energy, Policy, regulation & finance, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by William BlacklerLeave a Comment

Greentech’s fortnightly round-up of the biggest news stories in green politics from around the world. Conservative mayoral candidate for London pledges support for fossil fuel divestment House of Commons committee stresses environmental benefits of European Union membership Danish think tank proposes tax on red meat Goldsmith goes for green in mayoral elections  Conservative Party mayoral candidate for London, Zac Goldsmith, …

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UK supermarkets pledge to cut food waste 20% by 2025

In Editor's Choice, Farming, Greener Business, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Leading UK supermarkets, manufacturers, restaurant chains, local authorities and food organisations have signed a pioneering commitment to reduce food waste. WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2025 is the world–leading voluntary agreement to work along the entire food chain to reduce the environmental impact of our food and drink, from farm to fork and beyond. Signatories announced at the launch of the agreement …

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Researchers grow cyberforests to predict climate change

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Editor's Choice, Forestry, Green Technology, Innovation by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Researchers at Washington State University are growing virtual forests to help predict the effects of climate change. It can take Mother Nature 1,000 years to grow a forest. But Nikolay Strigul, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at Washington State University Vancouver, can grow one on a computer in three weeks. He and Jean Lienard, a mathematics postdoctoral researcher, created …

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UN report says business is key activist in fighting climate change

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A new report from the UN presents business as the key activist in turning global risks, from youth unemployment to climate change, into opportunities. From all corners of the world, business leaders echo the same message: societal risks need urgent action. However, some of the most pressing risks are also where leaders see the greatest business opportunities. Business increasingly sees …

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U.S. prepares students for jobs in the clean economy

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Smart Grids, Storage, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A new plan has been launched in the U.S. to train millions of community college students for a new, clean economy workforce. Following President Obama’s State of the Union Address and COP21 Global Climate Resolutions, Jobs for the Future, the National Wildlife Federation, Bank of America and education leaders across North America have released Greenprint: A Plan to Prepare Community College …

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Greentech exclusive: WeFarm CEO & founder Kenny Ewan on how to start a modern agricultural revolution

In Agri-business, Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Crop Management, Editor's Choice, Farming, Forestry, Green Technology, Innovation, Startups, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

CEO and founder of WeFarm, Kenny Ewan, tells us how to use simple technology in a big way. Kenny Ewan and his colleagues at WeFarm have started an agricultural revolution, changing the lives of smallholder farmers in some of the world’s remotest regions, from Africa to South America. The secret to their success? The humble SMS. In a world where …

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Why millennials will be the driving force behind renewables & green tech

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A survey carried out by Deloitte reveals that millennials’ concerns over the environment will push electric utility companies towards renewables and green technology.   According to Deloitte’s “Resources 2016 Study – Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds”, a motivational trifecta of environmental sensitivity, practicality and affordability is driving residential consumers and businesses to find ways to utilise more renewables and expand …

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Robots, delivery drones and routine space flights: the technologies Britons think will change our lives

In Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Startups, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

As London Technology Week 2016 kicks off today, Britons have predicted the technologies that will change our lives by 2036. Technology could boost global economic output by $2 trillion by 2020, and London aims to be at the centre of its growth. To mark the start of London Technology Week 2016, Britons were asked to predict which technologies they think …

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Meet Olli: the 3D printed, self-driving electric vehicle powered by IBM Watson

In Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Electric, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Local Motors transforms the passenger experience by integrating IBM Watson Internet of Things technology into electric vehicle. Local Motors, the leading vehicle technology integrator and creator of the world’s first 3D-printed cars, yesterday introduced the first self-driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson. The vehicle, dubbed ‘Olli,’ was unveiled during the Grand Opening of a new …

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First 20 speakers announced for Dronetech Europe 2017

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Dronetech confirms 20 inspiring speakers at Europe’s most exciting drone event.  A diverse and inspiring group of experts in aviation, technology and commercial drones will speak at Dronetech Europe 2017 (DTE17) in Bristol next May. DTE17, taking place from 10th-12th May 2017, will be a forum for cutting edge ideas in commercial drone technology. A free exhibition will bring together …

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LG uses immersive video footage to support conservation efforts

In Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Videos shot with LG G5’s 360 CAM support heritage conservation on World Environment Day. This World Environment Day, LG Electronics invited the public to view famous landmarks from a whole new angle. The global technology innovater added a wider perspective to its sustainability credentials for World Environment Day 2016, using immersive 360-degree video to highlight the importance of protecting UNESCO …

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Genome Project-write to launch in 2016

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

The Genome Project-write (HGP-write) marks the beginning of a grand challenge to understand the blueprint for life, which will benefit sectors from medicine to energy. A group of scientific, business and policy leaders have announced their intent to launch The Genome Project-write (HGP-write) in 2016. As detailed in Science (http://science.sciencemag.org/cgi/doi/10.1126/science.aaf6850), the goal of HGP-write is to reduce the costs of engineering …

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Why millennials will be the driving force behind renewables & green tech

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A survey carried out by Deloitte reveals that millennials’ concerns over the environment will push electric utility companies towards renewables and green technology.   According to Deloitte’s “Resources 2016 Study – Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds”, a motivational trifecta of environmental sensitivity, practicality and affordability is driving residential consumers and businesses to find ways to utilise more renewables and expand …

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Robots, delivery drones and routine space flights: the technologies Britons think will change our lives

In Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Startups, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

As London Technology Week 2016 kicks off today, Britons have predicted the technologies that will change our lives by 2036. Technology could boost global economic output by $2 trillion by 2020, and London aims to be at the centre of its growth. To mark the start of London Technology Week 2016, Britons were asked to predict which technologies they think …

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Meet Olli: the 3D printed, self-driving electric vehicle powered by IBM Watson

In Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Electric, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Local Motors transforms the passenger experience by integrating IBM Watson Internet of Things technology into electric vehicle. Local Motors, the leading vehicle technology integrator and creator of the world’s first 3D-printed cars, yesterday introduced the first self-driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson. The vehicle, dubbed ‘Olli,’ was unveiled during the Grand Opening of a new …

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First 20 speakers announced for Dronetech Europe 2017

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Dronetech confirms 20 inspiring speakers at Europe’s most exciting drone event.  A diverse and inspiring group of experts in aviation, technology and commercial drones will speak at Dronetech Europe 2017 (DTE17) in Bristol next May. DTE17, taking place from 10th-12th May 2017, will be a forum for cutting edge ideas in commercial drone technology. A free exhibition will bring together …

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LG uses immersive video footage to support conservation efforts

In Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Videos shot with LG G5’s 360 CAM support heritage conservation on World Environment Day. This World Environment Day, LG Electronics invited the public to view famous landmarks from a whole new angle. The global technology innovater added a wider perspective to its sustainability credentials for World Environment Day 2016, using immersive 360-degree video to highlight the importance of protecting UNESCO …

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Genome Project-write to launch in 2016

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

The Genome Project-write (HGP-write) marks the beginning of a grand challenge to understand the blueprint for life, which will benefit sectors from medicine to energy. A group of scientific, business and policy leaders have announced their intent to launch The Genome Project-write (HGP-write) in 2016. As detailed in Science (http://science.sciencemag.org/cgi/doi/10.1126/science.aaf6850), the goal of HGP-write is to reduce the costs of engineering …

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Why millennials will be the driving force behind renewables & green tech

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A survey carried out by Deloitte reveals that millennials’ concerns over the environment will push electric utility companies towards renewables and green technology.   According to Deloitte’s “Resources 2016 Study – Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds”, a motivational trifecta of environmental sensitivity, practicality and affordability is driving residential consumers and businesses to find ways to utilise more renewables and expand …

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Robots, delivery drones and routine space flights: the technologies Britons think will change our lives

In Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Startups, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

As London Technology Week 2016 kicks off today, Britons have predicted the technologies that will change our lives by 2036. Technology could boost global economic output by $2 trillion by 2020, and London aims to be at the centre of its growth. To mark the start of London Technology Week 2016, Britons were asked to predict which technologies they think …

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LG uses immersive video footage to support conservation efforts

In Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Videos shot with LG G5’s 360 CAM support heritage conservation on World Environment Day. This World Environment Day, LG Electronics invited the public to view famous landmarks from a whole new angle. The global technology innovater added a wider perspective to its sustainability credentials for World Environment Day 2016, using immersive 360-degree video to highlight the importance of protecting UNESCO …

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Solar power and the rising clout of the energy “pro-sumer”

In Advice, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Greener Business, Investment, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

The next 10 years are going to bring a host of new energy choices and a lot more market clout for the so-called energy “pro-sumer”. This is the view held by Stellar Solar founding partner, Michael Powers, who believes that “pro-sumers” – utility customers who consume energy but also produce it, using their own rooftop solar systems – hold the …

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Developing world overtakes developed world in renewable energy investments

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A new report shows emerging markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia are taking over European powerhouses for renewable energy investment attractiveness. EY’s Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) sees European markets slipping down the list, while less mature markets continue their ascent. So-called “emerging” markets now represent half of the countries in the 40-strong index, including four African markets …

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85,000 New Yorkers now work in clean energy jobs

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Greener Business, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A new study reveals that over 85,000 people are now employed in clean energy jobs in New York, with the figure expected to grow by 6 per cent this year. More than 85,000 New Yorkers work in the clean energy industry at 7,500 business establishments across all 62 counties, according to a comprehensive new analysis unveiled this week by the …

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Global leaders gather in D.C. for Climate Action 2016

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Climate Action 2016 kicks off in Washington D.C. this week to begin implementing the Paris Agreement. Nearly 700 leaders from business, cities, philanthropy, multilateral institutions and civil society are gathering this week in Washington, D.C. to kick off Climate Action 2016, a high-level multi-stakeholder climate summit seeking to accelerate global action on climate change. Coming just two weeks after a …

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Solar lending platforms: a smart choice for green investors

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

As the U.S. sees a rapidly growing demand for residential clean energy, solar lending platforms are attracting investment from major backers. Residential solar lending platform Mosaic, for example, has raised $200 million to provide loans to more than 5,000 U.S. homeowners for rooftop solar systems. Mosaic provides affordable solar financing solutions for homeowners, enabling thousands of people to profit from …

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How to make positive investments in the green economy

In Advice, Consultancy, Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Positive investment platform Ethex tells us how to make our money go further in the green economy. How we use our money is one of the most powerful ways in which we can make a difference and create a greener world. This includes the products we buy, the companies we buy from, the businesses we invest in, and the banks …

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Robots, delivery drones and routine space flights: the technologies Britons think will change our lives

In Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Startups, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

As London Technology Week 2016 kicks off today, Britons have predicted the technologies that will change our lives by 2036. Technology could boost global economic output by $2 trillion by 2020, and London aims to be at the centre of its growth. To mark the start of London Technology Week 2016, Britons were asked to predict which technologies they think …

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Europe dominates 2016 ‘Smart City’ leaderboard

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Smart Grids, Sustainability, Transport, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

New research has revealed that 6 out of 10 global smart cities are based in Europe. Juniper Research has found that European cities are forging ahead with efforts to become smart cities, with 60% of the world’s leading smart cities based in this region. It was found that innovation to reduce congestion and energy consumption were key initiatives across many …

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Greentech on green politics

In Carbon Capture & Storage, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Electric, Green Technology, Low Emission, Policy, regulation & finance, Sustainable Economics, Transport by William BlacklerLeave a Comment

Greentech’s fortnightly round-up of the biggest news stories in green politics from around the world. Sadiq Khan acts quickly on air quality in London New Zealand looks to increase electric vehicle uptake Carbon price floor set to be introduced in France New mayor, cleaner air for London London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, has acted quickly to put climate change at …

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Developing world overtakes developed world in renewable energy investments

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A new report shows emerging markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia are taking over European powerhouses for renewable energy investment attractiveness. EY’s Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) sees European markets slipping down the list, while less mature markets continue their ascent. So-called “emerging” markets now represent half of the countries in the 40-strong index, including four African markets …

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Global leaders gather in D.C. for Climate Action 2016

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Climate Action 2016 kicks off in Washington D.C. this week to begin implementing the Paris Agreement. Nearly 700 leaders from business, cities, philanthropy, multilateral institutions and civil society are gathering this week in Washington, D.C. to kick off Climate Action 2016, a high-level multi-stakeholder climate summit seeking to accelerate global action on climate change. Coming just two weeks after a …

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Greentech on green politics

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Editor's Choice, Energy, Policy, regulation & finance, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by William BlacklerLeave a Comment

Greentech’s fortnightly round-up of the biggest news stories in green politics from around the world. Conservative mayoral candidate for London pledges support for fossil fuel divestment House of Commons committee stresses environmental benefits of European Union membership Danish think tank proposes tax on red meat Goldsmith goes for green in mayoral elections  Conservative Party mayoral candidate for London, Zac Goldsmith, …

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Solar lending platforms: a smart choice for green investors

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

As the U.S. sees a rapidly growing demand for residential clean energy, solar lending platforms are attracting investment from major backers. Residential solar lending platform Mosaic, for example, has raised $200 million to provide loans to more than 5,000 U.S. homeowners for rooftop solar systems. Mosaic provides affordable solar financing solutions for homeowners, enabling thousands of people to profit from …

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How to make positive investments in the green economy

In Advice, Consultancy, Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Positive investment platform Ethex tells us how to make our money go further in the green economy. How we use our money is one of the most powerful ways in which we can make a difference and create a greener world. This includes the products we buy, the companies we buy from, the businesses we invest in, and the banks …

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Bristol Energy Co-op confirms £9 million raised since November, becomes UK’s largest community energy company by capacity

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

​Bristol Energy Cooperative has this week signed agreements that add £3.95 million of funding for its community energy projects. This takes the total raised since its November launch to £9 million. This is being used to add 9.3 MWp of community-owned solar generation capacity to the UK’s grid. Upon construction of its final array in June 2016, BEC will become the UK’s largest generator …

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Greentech on green politics: Netherlands to ban petrol and diesel cars, World Bank Group takes action on climate change & Norway turns its back on coal

In Editor's Choice, Electric, Green Technology, Hybrid, Investment, Low Emission, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainable Development, Transport by William BlacklerLeave a Comment

Greentech’s fortnightly round-up of the biggest news stories in green politics from around the world. Proposal to ban sale of petrol and diesel vehicles passed by lower house of Dutch Parliament World Bank Group unveils new plan to tackle climate change Norway’s sovereign wealth fund withdraws coal investments as new ethical guidelines come into effect   Netherlands tightens its belt …

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Why millennials will be the driving force behind renewables & green tech

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A survey carried out by Deloitte reveals that millennials’ concerns over the environment will push electric utility companies towards renewables and green technology.   According to Deloitte’s “Resources 2016 Study – Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds”, a motivational trifecta of environmental sensitivity, practicality and affordability is driving residential consumers and businesses to find ways to utilise more renewables and expand …

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Europe dominates 2016 ‘Smart City’ leaderboard

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Smart Grids, Sustainability, Transport, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

New research has revealed that 6 out of 10 global smart cities are based in Europe. Juniper Research has found that European cities are forging ahead with efforts to become smart cities, with 60% of the world’s leading smart cities based in this region. It was found that innovation to reduce congestion and energy consumption were key initiatives across many …

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Greentech on green politics

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Editor's Choice, Energy, Policy, regulation & finance, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by William BlacklerLeave a Comment

Greentech’s fortnightly round-up of the biggest news stories in green politics from around the world. Conservative mayoral candidate for London pledges support for fossil fuel divestment House of Commons committee stresses environmental benefits of European Union membership Danish think tank proposes tax on red meat Goldsmith goes for green in mayoral elections  Conservative Party mayoral candidate for London, Zac Goldsmith, …

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Poo power: Duke Energy to generate renewable electricity from pig waste

In Carbon Capture & Storage, Editor's Choice, Energy, Renewables, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Duke Energy has unveiled new plans to generate renewable electricity from pig and chicken waste. Duke Energy has announced that it will buy swine and poultry waste output from a facility planned for eastern North Carolina. It will use the captured methane gas from the waste to generate renewable electricity at four power stations. Carbon Cycle Energy will build and …

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Greentech on green politics: China’s 5-Year Plan, Greens for a Better Europe & and the road to zero carbon

In Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Greener Business, Investment, Low Emission, Policy, regulation & finance, Rail, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Sustainable Development, Transport by William BlacklerLeave a Comment

Greentech’s round-up of this month’s biggest news stories in green politics from around the world. China puts sustainability and the environment at forefront of latest Five-Year Plan New figures show reduction in global carbon emissions alongside economic growth Britain’s Green Party announces support for ‘Yes’ campaign ahead of upcoming EU referendum UK government sets bold new target on cutting carbon …

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Apple’s iPhone recycling robot Liam can take apart a phone in seconds

In Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Apple has developed a recycling robot called Liam to tackle e-waste. On Monday, Apple hosted the “Loop You In” event at its California headquarters to unveil its new products and initiatives. This included a robotic cutting tool called ‘Liam’, which automatically scans old iPhones and disassembles them into their core components. The system has been under development for nearly three …

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5 ways your business can go green

In Advice, Editor's Choice, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Greener Business, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainable Purchasing, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Five simple steps to a green business. A brand’s social purpose and green footprint are among the factors that influence purchasing decisions, reports Nielsen. Globally, more than half of all consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products and services from businesses that are committed to social and environmental impact. With Earth Day 2016 scheduled for April 22, there’s no time like …

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UK supermarkets pledge to cut food waste 20% by 2025

In Editor's Choice, Farming, Greener Business, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Leading UK supermarkets, manufacturers, restaurant chains, local authorities and food organisations have signed a pioneering commitment to reduce food waste. WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2025 is the world–leading voluntary agreement to work along the entire food chain to reduce the environmental impact of our food and drink, from farm to fork and beyond. Signatories announced at the launch of the agreement …

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Cool Effect: new online platform launches for individuals to take action on climate change

In Carbon Capture & Storage, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Cool Effect has unveiled the beta version of its platform, a destination designed to unite people with the common goal to fight global warming. The innovative platform allows individuals to have a direct and personal impact by connecting them with the highest-quality carbon reducing projects around the globe, and will be officially introduced among an audience of cultural innovators at …

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Why millennials will be the driving force behind renewables & green tech

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Greener Business, Innovation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Sustainability, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A survey carried out by Deloitte reveals that millennials’ concerns over the environment will push electric utility companies towards renewables and green technology.   According to Deloitte’s “Resources 2016 Study – Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds”, a motivational trifecta of environmental sensitivity, practicality and affordability is driving residential consumers and businesses to find ways to utilise more renewables and expand …

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Europe’s first grid connected wave energy power plant opens in Gibraltar

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Renewables, Sustainable Development, Tidal & Ocean by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Wave energy developer Eco Wave Power Ltd has opened its first wave energy project and is now exporting electricity into Gibraltar’s power grid. The Gibraltarian project was officially “switched on” by the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Hon. Fabian R Picardo and by the Minister of Health, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Dr. John Cortes. The power generated by the project …

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Europe dominates 2016 ‘Smart City’ leaderboard

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Smart Grids, Sustainability, Transport, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

New research has revealed that 6 out of 10 global smart cities are based in Europe. Juniper Research has found that European cities are forging ahead with efforts to become smart cities, with 60% of the world’s leading smart cities based in this region. It was found that innovation to reduce congestion and energy consumption were key initiatives across many …

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Virtual reality storytelling to support solar energy project

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Innovation, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Empowered by Light wins sponsorship for virtual reality video storytelling to support high-impact off-grid solar projects. Global solar company Conergy has announced its support of the Empowered by Light Foundation, a high-impact non profit that aims to bring clean, reliable solar power to key communities throughout the developing world. Through its projects, Empowered by Light hopes to demonstrate to developing …

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The world’s first solar-powered Metro is here

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Low Emission, Rail, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A new agreement has been reached that will see the Chilean city of Santiago’s Metro supplied with electricity from a 100-megawatt solar power plant, covering up to 60 per cent of its energy demand. Total and SunPower Corp. have announced that SunPower has signed a power purchase agreement for the supply of 300 gigawatt hours per year of clean solar …

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Solar gets smart: how the energy sector is adapting to Industry 4.0

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Innovation, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Industry 4.0, also known as the smart technology revolution, has swept across all industries worldwide and is now transforming the solar sector. Market research firm EnergyTrend anticipates that global PV demand will reach 60.3 GW and the industry will undertake massive capacity expansion in 2016. Though the solar energy sector is one of the most progressive and bullish industries, it …

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Electric vehicles could create virtual clean power plants

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Electric, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar, Transport, Wind by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

San Diego based company Nuvve has recently been selected by Energinet.dk to be the first electric vehicle aggregator to support the Danish grid. Nuvve’s GIVe platform has been approved by different Transmission/Independent System Operators (TSO/ISO) in order to support the transmission of electric power, also known as Ancilllary Services, and is now adding one more TSO with Denmark-based Energinet.dk selecting …

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Solar power and the rising clout of the energy “pro-sumer”

In Advice, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Greener Business, Investment, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

The next 10 years are going to bring a host of new energy choices and a lot more market clout for the so-called energy “pro-sumer”. This is the view held by Stellar Solar founding partner, Michael Powers, who believes that “pro-sumers” – utility customers who consume energy but also produce it, using their own rooftop solar systems – hold the …

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Robots, delivery drones and routine space flights: the technologies Britons think will change our lives

In Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Startups, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

As London Technology Week 2016 kicks off today, Britons have predicted the technologies that will change our lives by 2036. Technology could boost global economic output by $2 trillion by 2020, and London aims to be at the centre of its growth. To mark the start of London Technology Week 2016, Britons were asked to predict which technologies they think …

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Meet Olli: the 3D printed, self-driving electric vehicle powered by IBM Watson

In Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Electric, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Local Motors transforms the passenger experience by integrating IBM Watson Internet of Things technology into electric vehicle. Local Motors, the leading vehicle technology integrator and creator of the world’s first 3D-printed cars, yesterday introduced the first self-driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson. The vehicle, dubbed ‘Olli,’ was unveiled during the Grand Opening of a new …

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First 20 speakers announced for Dronetech Europe 2017

In Agriculture, Forestry & Farming, Autonomous Vehicles, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Green Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Dronetech confirms 20 inspiring speakers at Europe’s most exciting drone event.  A diverse and inspiring group of experts in aviation, technology and commercial drones will speak at Dronetech Europe 2017 (DTE17) in Bristol next May. DTE17, taking place from 10th-12th May 2017, will be a forum for cutting edge ideas in commercial drone technology. A free exhibition will bring together …

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Europe dominates 2016 ‘Smart City’ leaderboard

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Innovation, Policy, regulation & finance, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renewables, Smart Grids, Sustainability, Transport, Waste Reduction by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

New research has revealed that 6 out of 10 global smart cities are based in Europe. Juniper Research has found that European cities are forging ahead with efforts to become smart cities, with 60% of the world’s leading smart cities based in this region. It was found that innovation to reduce congestion and energy consumption were key initiatives across many …

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The world’s first solar-powered Metro is here

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Low Emission, Rail, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

A new agreement has been reached that will see the Chilean city of Santiago’s Metro supplied with electricity from a 100-megawatt solar power plant, covering up to 60 per cent of its energy demand. Total and SunPower Corp. have announced that SunPower has signed a power purchase agreement for the supply of 300 gigawatt hours per year of clean solar …

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Electric vehicles could create virtual clean power plants

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Electric, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar, Transport, Wind by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

San Diego based company Nuvve has recently been selected by Energinet.dk to be the first electric vehicle aggregator to support the Danish grid. Nuvve’s GIVe platform has been approved by different Transmission/Independent System Operators (TSO/ISO) in order to support the transmission of electric power, also known as Ancilllary Services, and is now adding one more TSO with Denmark-based Energinet.dk selecting …

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Greentech on green politics

In Carbon Capture & Storage, Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Electric, Green Technology, Low Emission, Policy, regulation & finance, Sustainable Economics, Transport by William BlacklerLeave a Comment

Greentech’s fortnightly round-up of the biggest news stories in green politics from around the world. Sadiq Khan acts quickly on air quality in London New Zealand looks to increase electric vehicle uptake Carbon price floor set to be introduced in France New mayor, cleaner air for London London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, has acted quickly to put climate change at …

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Electric vehicles market worth more than $100 billion by 2020

In Autonomous Vehicles, Editor's Choice, Electric, Hybrid, Low Emission, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

The electric vehicles market is expected to see significant growth in the next four years, with rising demand for more eco-friendly cars a driving factor. A new report, titled “Global Electric Vehicles Market & Volume (Plug-in, Battery, Hybrid, Fuel Cell) Motors”, provides a comprehensive assessment of the fast-evolving, high-growth electric car market, which includes companies such as Tesla, Mitsubishi, Toyota …

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Greentech on green politics: Netherlands to ban petrol and diesel cars, World Bank Group takes action on climate change & Norway turns its back on coal

In Editor's Choice, Electric, Green Technology, Hybrid, Investment, Low Emission, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Sustainable Development, Transport by William BlacklerLeave a Comment

Greentech’s fortnightly round-up of the biggest news stories in green politics from around the world. Proposal to ban sale of petrol and diesel vehicles passed by lower house of Dutch Parliament World Bank Group unveils new plan to tackle climate change Norway’s sovereign wealth fund withdraws coal investments as new ethical guidelines come into effect   Netherlands tightens its belt …

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Solar-powered aircraft shows that a clean energy future is achievable now

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Economics, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

ABB and Solar Impulse partner on clean energy project that will see solar-powered aircraft embark on round-the-world flight. As Hawaii embarks on the complex transition from a fossil-fueled past to a clean energy future, Solar Impulse prepares to leave for the mainland U.S. and the continuation of its historic around the world journey.  For Solar Impulse and technology partner ABB, …

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