Monday, November 24, 2014

Webinar - Doing Business in Mexico (Renewable Energy World)

The free webinar, "Doing Business in Mexico," Premieres today (November 24, 2014) at 10:00 AM EST (for other time zone see the bottom of this page).

The Mexican wind industry now faces the challenge of its consolidation and growth, opening up opportunities in generation, manufacturing and procurement, becoming the largest supplier of clean energy in the country. AMDEE has set as a primary goal the development between 15-20 GW by 2020 - 2022. By the end of 2013, the wind farms' installed capacity was 1,917 MW, with 25 wind farms in operation; 19 are located in Oaxaca and the rest in the states of Baja California, Chiapas, Jalisco, Tamaulipas, and Nuevo Leon. It is expected to have more than 9,500 MW by the end of 2018, representing about 12% of the total installed capacity in Mexico.

Event - 2015 General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency

The fifth session of the Assembly will take place on 17 and 18 January 17 and 18, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This event is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The Assembly is IRENA’s ultimate decision-making authority and is made up of one representative from each Member. It convenes annually to discuss and decide upon issues such as the work programme, the budget, the adoption of reports, applications for membership and potential amendments to Agency activities.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Event - Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW)

This event will take place from January 17 - 24, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sustainability Week (ADSW) offers a private sector approach to tackling complex, interconnected sustainability challenges. This initiative is designed to address the challenges affecting energy, water and sustainable development.

Taking place every January, ADSW comprises the World Future Energy Summit, International Water Summit and EcoWASTE, as well as the general assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency. This Masdar – hosted annual event will also feature the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP).

ADSW is the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East, attracting global policy makers, industry thought-leaders and clean technology innovators together with 32,000 delegates and visitors from more than 170 countries.

ADSW will build international momentum for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris, bringing together 32,000 delegates from more than 170 countries to drive innovation and implement transformative solutions.

Event - EcoWASTE 2015: Waste Management for Sustainable Development

This event will take place on January 19 - 22, 2015 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. EcoWASTE 2015 is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week). Hosted by Masdar and held in partnership with Tadweer, this event will cover the entire solid waste management services and solutions required to address the dramatic increase per capita of waste production in the region and the new methods of reusing, reducing and recycling whilst maintaining a sustainable environment, in an effort to:

Event - The World Future Energy Summit 2015

This event will be held from 19 - 22 January at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi. The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s foremost event dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. This event is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, WFES includes a world-class Conference, an international Exhibition, the Project & Finance Village, the Young Future Energy Leaders program, as well as a number of corporate meetings and concurrent social events.

Event - Building Health Forum

This unique event will take place on December 11, 2014 at Genentech Hall – UCSF Mission Bay 600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158-2517.

Unlike any event before it, the Building Health Forum welcomes nearly 300 of the world’s preeminent experts and thought leaders pioneering the healthy buildings and healthy communities movement for a series of provocative keynotes, educational sessions, tours and networking receptions.

It is the first feature-length event produced by the Building Health Initiative, an unprecedented coalition of 45 world-class companies and organizations from multiple sectors revolutionizing procurement strategies, fostering healthier communities and, ultimately, reframing green building as a public health issue.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Video - Quant e-Sportlimousine Hydrogen Powered Car

nanoFLOWCELL AG developed the QUANT e-Sportlimousine -- the first car equipped with nanoFLOWCELL® drive. The prototype is set to generate new impulses for research into battery development and flow-cell technology.

Video - Bookreview: The Quest for Sustainable Business

The Quest for Sustainable Business is a book by Wayne Visser. It contains Visser's interviews with entrepreneurs and business professionals about their accounts of sustainability.

Video - B Corp Anthem: B The Change

B Corps are leading a global movement of people using business as force for good.

Video - Cleantech in Canada: Economic Opportunties from Environmental Solutions

Although it is under-reported, cleantech is the fastest growing industry in Canada. To help draw attention to this fact the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pacific Institute for Climate co-hosted an event in Vancouver on September 18th. This event explored how solutions to environmental challenges are creating economic opportunities.

Canadian leader in the rapidly expanding cleantech economy, Céline Bak, shared her insights on Canada’s advantage in clean technology, and how to build on this momentum towards a clean and prosperous future. Cleantech business leaders joined in a post-presentation discussion and audience-participation question and answer session.

The speakers included Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Tom Pedersen, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Céline Bak, Analytica Advisors, Jonathan Rhone, BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, Ross Beaty, Alterra Power Corp. and David Helliwell, Pulse Energy

Friday, November 21, 2014

Infographic - The Declining Atlantic Fishery

Costs to Fisheries from Human Activities: Climate Change, Acidification, Pollution and Plastic Waste

In addition to commercial overfishing, climate change, ocean acidification, pollution and plastic waste are all adversely impacting aquaculture. Each of these phenomenon incur considerable costs. The emissions from human activities are causing climate change and ocean acidification. In addition to climate change and ocean acidification, plastic waste is also contributing to the breakdown of our marine ecosystems all of which deplete the world's fisheries.

Bottom Trawling and the Collapse of Wild Fisheries

Current methods of commercial fishing are decimating wild fish stocks and none are more destructive than bottom trawling. If the trend of unsustainable fishing continues we will see a complete collapse of wild fisheries by 2050. Bottom trawling not only jeopardizes commercial fisheries, it is also a threat to aquatic eco-systems.

Bottom trawling employs massive heavy nets that are dragged along the ocean floor. These nets scoop up everything in their path and leave a wasteland in their wake. Vast quantities of non-targeted species also known as by catch, are caught, killed and thrown back into the water. Up to 90 percent of drag net bottom trawling is composed of by catch. As fish populations decline in shallower waters these bottom trawlers are going into ever deeper waters.

Infographic - The State of Word Fisheries & Aquaculture

World Fisheries Day: A Call to Responsible Stewardship

November 21 is World Fisheries day, in addition to celebrations surrounding the value of fisheries this is also an opportunity to take stock of the dramatic implications of overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and climate change.

According to a recent United Nations study more than two-thirds of the world's fisheries have been overfished or are fully harvested and more than one third are in a state of decline because of factors such as the loss of essential fish habitats, pollution, and global warming.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA)

The African Renewable Energy Alliance, or AREA, is focused on expanding research, development and use of renewable energy throughout Africa. This organization is composed of utility companies, industries, policy makers, and civil society members.

This organization facilitates the exchange of information on new technologies as well as workable funding mechanisms for renewable energy. Ultimately AREA expedites renewable energy production in Africa.

African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF)

A new fund is bringing renewable energy funding to Africa. Developing renewable energy takes resources and this is hard to come by in much of the developing world.

The African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) was established was launched in June 2014 with $100 million and it is expected to climb to $200 million within a year. The fund dedicated to supporting small to medium independent power producers (IPPs).

Celebrating Renewables on Africa Industrialization Day

There is no better time to review the future of renewable energy on the dark continent than on Africa Industrialization Day which is celebrated every year on November 20. This day is meant to draw attention to the ways of stimulating industry on the continent. With 30 of the world's 50 least development nations located in Africa, there are few places more in need of such attention. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) plays an important role promoting the day and African development in general. This year marks the 24th Africa Industrialization Day.

There is no industry that holds more promise for Africa than renewable energy. Renewable energy could transform the living standards of millions of Africans. This is particularly true in remote and rural areas. On site renewable energy production is ideal in remote areas because it is far cheaper than building infrastructure to gain access to an energy grid.

3 Charts: Record Breaking Heat August - October 2014

How Much Heat is Required to Spur Global Action?

How many months of above average heat are required to convince us that we urgently need to reduce our emissions? In 2014 we witnessed consistently above average temperatures and we have broken many records. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicated that May registered the hottest average global temperatures ever recorded for that month. Likewise the average global temperature for the month of June was was the hottest since records began being kept in 1880. The June temperature readings were also the highest departure from average for any month.

Sustainable Manufacturing Enhances Profitability and Attracts Talent

Yet another study reveals that sustainable manufacturing benefits the bottom line, it also attracts new talent. A survey titled, "Success Paths to Sustainable Manufacturing," conducted by Indiana University's School of Public & Environmental Affairs, analyzed the factors in 12 companies that contribute to successful sustainable manufacturing efforts as well as implementation barriers.

Those companies surveyed in the study deemed success in sustainable manufacturing to be largely attributable to customer demand. There were also benefits to consumer trust and brand loyalty derived from positive media attention. Many of the companies reported cost savings from reducing their use of resources like water and energy and by generating less waste.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Infographic - Oil Cost and Risk

Infographic - Oil and Cost of Production

Keystone XL Loses Another Battle but the War Rages On

On Tuesday November 18th, the US Senate narrowly rejected a bill (2280) to speed approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The motion needed 60 votes in favour to pass. The bill failed after 59 senators voted in favour and 41 were against. Predictably, all 45 Senate Republicans voted in favour of the legislation alongside 14 Democrats and Independents. The pipeline was approved last week for the ninth time by the Republican-dominated House of Representatives.

Fossil Fuel Powered Manipulation

Big Oil uses its vast wealth to advocate for the ongoing extraction of climate change causing fossil fuels. Their ruthless manipulation was recently revealed in a leaked transcript of a speech from an oil and gas industry insider. As reported in a New York Times article, some of these disreputable tactics were outlined by veteran Washington political consultant Richard Berman in an address he gave to industry executives at a June event sponsored by the Western Energy Alliance.

"If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Insurance Industry Hit Hard by Climate Change

There are a host of industries that will be impacted by climate change but none more than the insurance industry. According to some assessments it will cost a total of 8 trillion by 2100 if we do not substantially reduce emissions in the coming years. Warmer temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather events will be very costly to the global economy. Climate change will increase global conflicts, increase food shortages, decrease water supplies and increase morbidity and mortality.

Extreme weather and floods will be the primary cost driver for the insurance industry. A recent Ceres report states that in 2013 just under a third of the $116 billion in worldwide losses from weather-related disasters were covered by insurance.

Infographic - Cradle to Cradle: Rethinking Design

New Tool will Integrate Sustainabilty Initiatives

A new tool will soon be released that represents a new tenant of sustainability focused on integrating existing resources.

There are a number of different sustainability initiatives, however, these sometimes diverging sometimes overlapping approaches can be complex and unwieldy. New comprehensive tools are required to integrate these resources.

Whether we are talking about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), environmental product declarations (EPDs), health product declarations (HPDs) or Cradle to Cradle, the list of sustainability initiatives, design tools and reporting systems continues to proliferate. Many of these initiatives are very useful, but understanding how they work together can be a daunting task.

Republicans Keep Pushing Keystone XL Pipeline

Never let it be said that Republicans are not tenacious when it comes to their support for fossil fuels and knee-jerk opposition to President Obama. Republicans in Congress are trying yet again to force the President's hand on the Keystone XL pipeline. A motion was already passed in the House and another is expected today (November 18th) in the Senate.

The House of Representatives passed a measure Friday (November 14) that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline with a vote of 252 to 161. Nearly all Republicans voted for the bill, along with 31 Democrats. This is the ninth time the House has tried to push the President on the Keystone XL.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Growing Influence of Sustainability Leaders

Sustainability leaders at some of the wealthiest companies are increasingly influential. According to a Verdantix, 92 percent of companies that responded to a survey reported that they have a sustainability officer who reports directly to the CEO or a member of the executive committee.The Verdantix survey asked 260 senior sustainability decision-makers around the world about the influence of sustainability leaders on executive committees regarding decision-making authority and budgetary contributions in 21 key initiatives. These initiatives include assurance, consulting, energy management, natural capital, reporting, supply chain and other sustainability activities.

Infographic - Pledges to the Green Climate Fund

Climate Change Addressed at the G20 Summit

The G20 met in Brisbane, Australia over the weekend (November 15 and 16) and despite strong resistance climate change was elevated to a top tier issue. Not only did climate change find its way onto the agenda, it was prominent in the final communique which included references to taking practical measures to combat global warming. The elimination of fossil fuel subsidies and increasing pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) were among the climate related issues that were addressed.

The most strident opposition to the inclusion of climate change came from the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the host of the G20 Summit. The reason for Abbott's resistance became clear after he launched a vehement defense of the coal and fossil fuel industry. Abbott's support for fossil fuels and opposition to the inclusion of climate change was ironic in light of the extreme heat that confronted leaders as they assembled for the summit.

Obama Pledges $3 Billion to the Green Climate Fund

On the heels of signing an important emissions reduction agreement with China, US President Barack Obama has pledged $3 billion to the UN's Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a meeting of the G20 in Australia. The GCF is an important international fund that serves as a crucial mechanism to help poorer nations reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change. This fund was created four years ago, and although it got off to a slow start, the President's pledge combined with the pledges of other nations will help to grow momentum.

French President Francois Hollande pledged US $1 billion (€780 million) in September at the UN Climate Summit in New York city, and German leader Angela Merkel made a similar pledge earlier in the year. Other nations including Sweden, the Netherlands, Mexico, and South Korea have also made pledges. As of today contributions to the fund total $US 8 billion. The UNFCCC goal for the forthcoming climate talks in Lima this December is $10 - 15 billion. The 20th UN Conference of the Parties (COP) in Peru will set the stage for COP 21 next year in Paris where it is hoped that we will see a global climate agreement.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Event - Blue Dot Telephone Town Hall with David Suzuki

This event will take place on Sunday, November 30, 2014 1 p.m. Pacific /4 p.m. Eastern. This fall, David Suzuki traveled coast to coast asking Canadians to stand with him to help protect our right to a healthy environment. The right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food is recognized by more than 110 nations — but not Canada. Although the Blue Dot Tour has ended, work to gain legal recognition of every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment continues.

Webinar - Intelligent Energy Systems

This one hour webinar will take place on November, 19th, 2014 at 2 pm. One of the most significant trends in commercial building management today is the use of technology to continually monitor and adjust building systems to optimize performance. The benefits of intelligent energy systems are numerous – energy savings, access to real-time data to optimize building performance, cost savings, reduced emissions and occupant comfort. This webinar will discuss advances in M2M technology and how it is being deployed today in buildings and beyond - helping to create smart cities. It will also focus on lighting and how today's advancements in lighting controls form an important component of a building’s intelligent energy system.

Event - POWER-GEN India & Central Asia and DistribuTECH India

These two co-occurring events will take place on May 14 - 16, 2015 in New Delhi, India at the Pragati Maidan Exhibition Centre.

At the 2015 events POWER-GEN India & Central Asia will celebrate its 14th year and DistribuTECH India will celebrate its 2nd year. Together, the two events will create the complete energy package with representation from leading international power industry companies from across the entire power generation including renewables, hydro, distribution and transmission sectors.

Event - GIL 2014: Canada Think Tank

The inaugural launch of GIL 2014: Canada Think Tank, Frost & Sullivan’s Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership will take place on December 2, 2014, at the Novotel Toronto North York Hotel in Toronto. This intimate gathering will include senior executives from more than twelve vertical industries in/around Canada.

Event - Green Bonds Webinar and Live Q&A

This event will take place on Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:00 PM Eastern Time at the The Nature Conservancy - 4245 North Fairfax Drive #100 Arlington, VA 22203.  The Green Bonds Webinar and Live Q&A will offer information to help you to fund the green economy.

The philanthropic landscape continues to shift, and organizations focused on building a sustainable future for people and planet must seek new and innovative opportunities to fund initiatives with an impact.

Event - Energy Storage: Grid Enabler or Competitor? (Tweet Chat)

This event will take place on November 17th at 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT. This discussion will address the issue of whether energy storage technologies are a grid enabler or a competitor.

This Twitter conversation will be about the current and future state of energy storage. It will specifically compare the role of storage in supporting versus defecting from the grid.

Major advances in materials science and improved manufacturing are driving down the cost and improving the performance of energy storage technologies at a rapid pace. With energy storage at the cusp, The Energy Collective will host a live Twitter conversation to explore the implications for electricity systems and markets:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Video - Koch Brothers Climate and Energy Lies

This video covers some of lies perpetuated by the oil billionaires Charles and David Koch. They have managed to spread climate confusion in America and elsewhere even though global warming is the most studied phenomenon in the history of science. The scientific veracity of anthropogenic climate change is irrefutable. Nonetheless, a small group of very powerful oil interests led by the Koch brothers has managed to influence public opinion. They want to misinform the public to avoid regulations that would limit the production of fossil fuels and hamper their accumulation of wealth. The science clearly shows that emissions from fossil fuels are the leading driver of climate change. The woeful ignorance of many Americans is due to a steady stream of lies from pseudo-scientific think tanks funded by the Koch brothers. These two climate destroying villains have poured $67 million into efforts to deny climate change.