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PepsiCo Seeks to Surpass Coke in Water Conservation in UK
October 20, 2010 08:55 AM - Yale Environment 360, Clean Techies
International drink and snack giant PepsiCo has vowed to cut the carbon emissions and water consumption of its UK operations by 50 percent in five years.
Nuclear vs Solar: Clash of the Numbers
September 24, 2010 01:31 PM - Carlo Ombello, Clean Techies
A very interesting and controversial study emerged recently, comparing nuclear and solar costs no less. The study focused on the costs of electricity in North Carolina (US), describes the solar photovoltaic (PV) business, summarizing its history of sharply declining prices, along with the very different path taken in recent years by nuclear power, whose costs have been steadily rising.
Why Tidal Power is Europe’s Best Near-Term Ocean Energy Technology
September 14, 2010 08:54 AM - Matter Network, Clean Techies
Primitive tidal mills operated in the England date back to the 11th century. During the 18th century, several tidal mills popped up in Western Europe. The news that the world's largest tidal turbine — 1 MW in size — will be installed off the coast of Scotland near Orkney should come as no surprise.
Energy Efficiency and PV: Together Forever
September 10, 2010 08:37 AM - Elisa Wood , Clean Techies
We have seen a marriage of the energy efficiency and solar energy industries as the US has worked to green its buildings. In fact, some financing programs require that all cost-effective efficiency be pursued before solar panels are installed. Here Elisa Wood interviews Liz Merry, owner of Verve Solar Consulting, about how the solar industry views energy efficiency and the outlook for companies that tackle both EE and PV.
France to Have 3,000 MW of Offshore Wind by 2015
September 2, 2010 08:42 AM - Edouard Stenger , Clean Techies
According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the French government will launch next month a tender for contracts of 10 billion euros ($12.6 billion) to build 3,000 MW of offshore wind capacity. 600 wind turbines will be implemented within five to ten sites in Normandy, Brittany and the regions of Pays de la Loire and Languedoc. They are scheduled to start producing electricity by 2015.
Design Competition to Determine Four New LEED Platinum Homes in New Orleans
August 27, 2010 08:47 AM - Mark Schrieber , Clean Techies
At the onset of the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, students and emerging professionals are putting their time towards helping to rebuild New Orleans in a sustainable fashion. The 2010 US Green Building Council Natural Talent Design Competition, in partnership with the Salvation Army's EnviRenew program, is preparing to have the final student and emerging professional designs for a small, green and affordable home judged by an internationally recognized panel in conjunction with the citizens of New Orleans' Broadmoor neighborhood (where the homes will be built).
Tax Fraud Plagues Carbon Trading Program
May 20, 2010 09:37 AM - Jeanne Roberts, Celsias, Clean Techies
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, tax fraud is the carbon trading market’s most egregious form of cheating, affecting about seven percent of this $125 billion market in 2009. In August 2009, seven people were arrested near London for not paying tax on the sale of carbon permits, for a total of £38 million (about U.S. $63 million). The taxes were levied as part of the European Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading System, created in January 2005 and based on Directive 2003/87/EC, which was enforced beginning Oct. 25, 2003.
Improved Wood Stoves could improve air quality and health
March 10, 2010 06:45 AM - Yale Environment 360 , Clean Techies
Two billion people worldwide do their cooking on open fires, producing sooty pollution that shortens millions of lives and exacerbates global warming. If widely adopted, a new generation of inexpensive, durable cook stoves could go a long way toward alleviating this problem. With a single, concerted initiative, says Lakshman Guruswami, the world could save millions of people in poor nations from respiratory ailments and early death, while dealing a big blow to global warming — and all at a surprisingly small cost.
New Standards Developed for "Natural" Cleaning Products
February 24, 2010 03:40 PM - Julie Mitchell, Celsias, Clean Techies
The personal care industry has long demanded stricter standards for products labeled "natural," and in February, the Natural Products Association (NPA), the group representing retailers and manufacturers including Whole Foods and Clorox Co., has released new standards for home-care products. These include household cleaners for bathrooms and kitchen countertops and laundry detergents. Up until now, there has been no definition of the term "natural" within the home-care products industry.
Energy involves many complex issues, from how it is sourced to where it is used. Crafting intelligent energy policy also means understanding how cultural, social, and political issues come into play. Dr. Michael Guan is one of the well versed experts in this area. With qualifications from Harvard and Yale, a 20+ year career in as an engineer and consultant, his latest work is with Energy Studies Institute and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. He also does research and development for the U.S. Army around energy technologies.