Creative Capitalism – Bill Gates

Bill Gates defines Creative Capitalism as ” an attempt to stretch the reach of market forces so that more companies can benefit from doing work that makes more people better”

He goes on to state that “too many people are missing out on a historic, century-long improvement in quality of life”.

Read some of his ideas in the Time Magazine article (Jul 31, 2008) or watch the video on  http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1828069,00.html

Economic Instruments for Solid Waste Management in South Africa: Opportunities and constraints – Nahman and Godfrey

This paper presents results from a survey of waste management authorities aimed at identifying the opportunities and constraints associated with implementing economic instruments (EIs) for solid waste management (SWM) in South Africa (SA). Almost all respondents felt that EIs could lead to reduced waste generation and increased diversion of waste from landfill to recycling, and that  they should eventually be implemented in the field of SWM in SA, although opinions varied as to the appropriate timeframe for implementation. The general consensus was that a number of fundamentals had to be in place first, including promulgation of the Waste Management Bill (which has since been promulgated as the Waste Act), political will, education and awareness, capacity and infrastructure development, cost recovery in waste management practices, and enforcement of existing instruments, such as the Minimum Requirements for landfill design and operation. Based on these and other issues raised by respondents, a number of recommendations are made for further research. (Abstract)

The citation of this article is: A Nahman and L Godfrey ‘Economic Instruments for Solid Waste Management in South Africa: Opportunities and constraints’ 2010 (54:8) Resources, Conservation and Recycling 521-531. The full article can be downloaded (with a subscription) from the website of ScienceDirect.

Report – Roadmap 2050: A practical guide to a prosperous, low-carbon Europe

Various pathways are examined to determine whether, if followed, they will achieve the EU’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 per cent by 2050.

‘The analysis shows that in each of the scenarios the cost of zero carbon power remains in current ranges. It also shows that an inter-regional European transmission grid can provide the level of reliability that users expect in all scenarios. Continue reading

Report released – Building a Roadmap for Heat: 2050 scenarios and heat delivery in the UK

In 2008 the UK adopted legally binding targets mandating an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Several scenario modelling exercises have sought to explore how the energy system could meet these new targets whilst minimising costs. These scenarios depict a future energy system with an increased share of electricity in the energy mix due to the electrification of space heating and road transport. In its Low Carbon Transition Plan (DECC 2009), the government has also undertaken to produce ‘route-maps’ towards a decarbonised energy system. If the UK follows a path towards a highly electrified future then we must carefully examine the issues and challenges associated with it. Continue reading

Draft International Standard for Determining Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Cities released

The world’s cities now have a common method for calculating the amount of greenhouse gases produced within their boundaries.  UNEP, UN-HABITAT, and the World Bank jointly launched an International Standard for Determining Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Cities at the 5th World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro today.

City mayors, other urban leaders, businessmen, and civil society all recognize the need to act to reduce the impacts of climate change on cities. While measurement should not delay action, a critical requirement to support policy and access to finance is the establishment of an open, global and harmonized protocol for quantifying the GHG emissions attributable to cities and local regions. Continue reading

Global Climate Network releases report on Low-Carbon Jobs in an Interconnected World

‘Government action on climate change promises economic opportunity. The language of climate change policy has hitherto been largely negative, with wide use of such words as ‘limitation’, ‘constraint’ and ‘reduction’. However, investing in new technology, stimulating new economic activity around a re-engineering of energy systems and growing new markets – all necessary to avoid climate catastrophe – will stimulate growth and offer new, skilled employment to workers. Continue reading

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