Australia Parliament Debates Amended Green Power Laws

‘Laws to overhaul Australia’s renewable energy scheme were introduced into parliament on Wednesday in a move that should reassure industry and underpin billions of dollars in investments.

The laws are expected to pass a vote in the Senate in the coming weeks, a step that would be a rare victory for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s otherwise stalled efforts to fight climate change and a boost ahead of elections later this year.

Australia has laws to ensure 20 percent of electricity comes from renewable energy by 2020 and the three bills introduced into the lower house of parliament will refine this by splitting the scheme to separate the small-scale household market from larger renewable energy projects. Continue reading

‘New approach to green economy needed, says Patel’

South African government has recognised the importance of moving towards a low carbon (green) economy. This will inter alia require job creation and the promotion of sustainable development:-

In order to seize opportunities in the green economy, South Africa needed to adopt a cross-departmental approach, Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday.

He was speaking at the Green Economy Summit being held over three days in Sandton, Johannesburg. Continue reading

Paper on shifting to renewable sources of energy in India

Shruti Mitall ‘Tapping the Untapped: Renewing the Nation – Focus on renewable sources especially solar energy’ 2010 CUTS Citee Discussion Paper available here.

In light of the need to shift away from a dependence on non-renewable energy sources, this paper considers the viability of renewable energy, especially solar energy, in India.

Chatham House report on ‘Scaling up Renewable Energy in Developing Countries’

Scaling up the use of renewable energy is a key plank of building a genuinely low carbon energy system. This is needed to deliver both significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions, greater energy security and resilience to volatile fuel prices, as well as access to modern energy.

Accessing greater finance and investment will be decisive to achieve higher levels of renewable energy (RE) uptake in developing countries. The scale of capital flows required are very significant indicating that private finance from outside national boundaries is likely to be required, alongside domestic sources of capital. Continue reading

100% Renewable Energy – and Beyond – for Cities (World Future Council and HafenCity University)

What does ’100 percent renewable’ really mean, and what does ‘and beyond’ signify? ’100 percent renewable’ means zero fossil or nuclear fuel content in operational or embodied energy, in stationary use or in transport. ‘And beyond’ means improvements in the efficiency of urban energy use. It also means building the capacity of smaller, rural communities to supply excess renewable energy to large cities and other parts of the economy. ‘Beyond’ also refers to finding ways of enhancing the capacity of soils, forests, wetlands and water bodies to absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Continue reading

‘Energy transition towards economic and environmental sustainability: Feasible paths and policy implications’

This paper focuses on growth feasibility in an era of increasing scarcity of fossil fuels. A stylised dynamic model illustrates the implications of investing in smooth technological progress in the field of renewable energy. Positive rates of GDP growth sustained by fossil fuels entail, on the one hand, more income available for R&D in renewable energy sources, and on the other, an acceleration of the exhaustible resource depletion time. Our model explores such a trade-off and highlights the danger of high growth rates. Policies should target low growth rates, stimulate investment in alternative energy sources and discourage consumption growth. (abstract) Continue reading

Atomium Culture and Lund University release ‘Governance for a Low-Carbon Society’

While the international community has yet failed to provide any clear sense of direction, a swift transition to low- or zero-carbon energy systems will still be necessary to achieve over the coming decades. By and large, such a shift seems feasible and affordable based on what we know about available resources, technology and costs but will involve unprecedented challenges for political institutions and processes. In light of this, the report is a call for a new notion of governance to enable and instigate transitions towards a low-carbon society. Continue reading

Renewable Energy Standard May Save $200B In Annual Energy

Energy efficiency and renewable energy standards could save U.S. consumers $200 billion a year by 2030.

There also is an equal opportunity for the commercial and industrial sectors to save money by the U.S. adopting more aggressive renewable energy measures, panelists said at a May 21 press conference from the Consumer Federation of America. Continue reading

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