Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Ignorant Anti-Environmental Views of the Remaining GOP Presidential Candidates

A Republican President would be a devastating blow to the environment and the green economy. Mitt Romney's primary victories in Michigan and Arizona at the end of February solidifies his status as the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. However, although Romney's stated environmental views make him the best of the four evils, like the rest of the field of GOP presidential candidates, he can best be described as anti-environment.

The Implications of the Expiration of US Renewable Energy Subsidies

US Renewable energy subsidies expired in 2011 and this will slow the growth of renewables. There is already evidence that the expiration of the renewable energy cash grant programme under Section 1603 of the US Internal Revenue Code will reduce the volume of new renewable energy projects.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

US Wind Energy Market Review and Forecasts for 2012

After decreasing by almost 50 percent in 2010 the US wind installations began to show signs of recovery in 2011. Wind farms have proliferated across the United States over the past decade, they now generate 3 percent of the nation's electricity. Wind power has installed 35 percent of all new American electric generation in the last five years. Wind energy is also one of the fastest growing new sources of US manufacturing jobs. American wind power accounts for 75,000 jobs today, and can grow to almost 100,000 jobs four years from now and according to a Bush Administration study, wind can support 500,000 American jobs less than 20 years from now. The U.S. now has over 400 manufacturing facilities in 43 states involved in wind turbine manufacturing. This represents a 12-fold growth in domestic manufacturing over the last six years.

Geothermal Energy Market Review and Forecasts for 2012

Although wind and solar energy steal most of the headlines, geothermal energy is enjoying significant growth. The past five years have seen accelerated geothermal development in countries like New Zealand, Indonesia and the US. But geothermal is also growing in new markets including countries like Australia and Germany. Geothermal is projected to grow at an annual rate of 7 percent.

Monday, February 27, 2012

US Solar Energy Review and 2012 Forecasts

The solar sector will face some intense headwinds in 2012. Despite obstacles, the solar market may add at least 25 GW of new capacity in 2012. In North America the market for photo voltaic solar panels has a projected compounded annual growth rate of 42 percent between 2011 and 2015.

Renewable Energy in 2012: The Global Economic and Environmental Climate

Since 2009, lower fuel and energy prices created some tough uphill conditions for renewable energy. Despite these powerful headwinds renewable energy installations have increased over the last few years.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Event: Complimentary SMILE Resource Exchange

SMILE Resource Exchange event takes place on Thursday 1st March 2012 from 8.45am to 1.00pm in the Castlemartyr Resort, Ladysbridge Rd, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork. This is a free business event that encourages the sharing and exchanging of resources in order to reduce costs and help the environment. Based on the concept that "one's waste could be another's resource," you will have opportunities to identify potential partnerships at this event and through our online exchange facility.

Event: Risk, Competitiveness and Sustainability

A conference focused on risk, competitiveness and sustainability is taking place February 27th - 28th, 2012 in Bangalore. The conference is intended to challenge companies in India to embrace sustainable business models in order to effectively meet business, social and environmental risks. The conference is being hosted by Infosys, Center for Public Policy (CPP) at IIM-Bangalore, the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre, University of Sussex UK, UKIERI and Climate3C.

2012 Power Up Energy Expo in Pensacola Beach

Power Up Energy Expo will be held March 19-21 at Pensacola Beach, Florida. Hosted by Gulf Coast Energy Network, this is the largest annual international conference along the Gulf Coast. The event welcomes vendors from all corners of the globe. In its fourth year, Power Up Energy Expo provides an unmatched opportunity to connect with other energy industry experts, influential business leaders,policy makers, conservationists, and green building enthusiast, as they share innovative techniques to address energy and sustainability issues.

Certified Sustainability Training in Chicago

The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence [CSE] is conducting an IEMA-certified CSR training workshop on March 8-9 in Chicago, IL. CSE has certified more than 250 CSR Practitioners from 5 continents and 25 countries. Upon completion of the course, participants are able to effectively develop Sustainability strategies, implement CSR programs, and communicate performances through Sustainability/CSR Reports.

GLOBE 2012 Sustainability Conference

GLOBE 2012 is one of the most important sustainability conferences of the year. Be Part of the discussion and the solution by attending GLOBE 2012. The event will take place March 14-16 at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver Canada. There are many reasons why delegates from around the world converge at the GLOBE Business & Sustainability Conference in Vancouver every two years. Here’s some key reasons for you to consider:

Life Cycle Assessment Course in Toronto

What do Cascades, the Dalai Lama and Levis have in common? They are all learning about and using life cycle assessment (LCA). If you want to know more about LCA, check out this course. This two day course will take place on March 28th and March 29th at Humber College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Video: Beowawe - Winner of the 2012 Geothermal Project of the Year



Here's a quick look at the winner of the Geothermal Project of the Year Award in the 2012 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards Program.

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Video: Agua Caliente - Winner of the 2012 Solar Project of the Year


Here's a quick look at the winner of the Solar Project of the Year Award in the 2012 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards Program.

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Video: Youngs Creek - Winner of the 2012 Hydro Project of the Year


Here's a quick look at the winner of the Hydro Project of the Year Award from the 2012 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards Program.

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Video: Laurel Mountain - Winner of 2012 Wind Project of the Year



Here's a quick look at the winner of the Wind Project of the Year Award from the 2012 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards Program.

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Video: Components of a Sustainable City


This video reviews the elements that go into making a sustainable city. These elements include public transportation, farmscrapers, vertical farms, green roofs, as well as the reliance on renewable forms of energy like solar panels, wave power, and wind mills.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

President Obama's 2013 Budget Seeks to Increase EV Tax Credits

President Obama's proposed budget seeks to increase tax credits for electric vehicles (EVs). According to the President's proposed budget, EV incentives would increase from $7,500 to $10,000 beginning in fiscal 2013.

Obama Striving to Put an End to Oil Subsidies

President Obama's proposed 2013 budget seeks to end "unfair' oil subsidies. As evidenced by his State of the Union addresses in 2009, 2010,, 2011, and 2012, the President has repeatedly tried to put an end to oil subsidies.

Obama 2013 Budget Seeks to Make Renewable Tax Credits Permanent

President Obama's 2013 budget has proposed business-tax reform including support for renewable energy. His reforms would make the temporary tax credits for renewable energy production permanent as well as making them refundable. The budget is part of the President's energy plan to double electricity output from clean sources by 2035.

The 2012 Global Cleantech Directory

Clean technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the global economy. From solar and wind, to energy efficiency and electric cars, new technologies and opportunities are happening every day. The 2012 Cleantech Directory is a powerful tool to help keep up with a fast moving sector.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Global Carbon Market will Grow in 2012 then Decline in 2013

As reported in Commodities Now, the carbon market will grow in 2012 and then fall in 2013. According to analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, despite depressed prices, the volume of carbon traded globally will grow by 13 percent in 2012, reaching 9.5 Gt CO2e.

Urgent Appeal to Save our Oceans

Once again the Avaaz team is working to protect the environment, this time they are looking to save one million square kms of ocean off the coasts of Australia. In 2010, Avaaz members helped create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Chagos islands.

10 Leading Wind Energy Countries

24/7 Wall St. recently reviewed the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) 2011 ranking of the ten biggest producers of wind power in the world. Wind power keeps growing despite a recession and slow economic growth. According to the GWEC report the world’s wind energy capacity increased by 17.3 percent in 2011.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Six Markets where Global Wind Energy Keeps Growing Despite Economic Uncertainty

Although some have reported that the wind industry is "gasping for air," a new report shows that the economic volatility we saw in 2011 did not keep the sector from growing. The dire prognosis for wind power is contradicted by AWEA CEO Denise Bode who said, "American wind energy's long-term fundamentals are strong."

Media Coverage of a New Climate Study Misrepresents the Impact of the Oil Sands



As reviewed in a February 20th article by Joe Romm, there has been a lot of misunderstanding about the findings of the new study entitled “The Alberta oil sands and climate” by climatologists Neil C. Swart and Andrew Weaver.

Rick Santorum's Anti-Environmental Theology

Republican presidential front runner Rick Santorum said President Barack Obama subscribes to a theological worldview that "elevates the Earth above man." This is how the former Senator from Pennsylvania describes Obama's belief in a fact based understanding of climate change.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Major US Environmental Engineering Companies Guide

This is ResearchWhitePaper's latest Guide adding to thier Green Companies Guide Series. Environmental Engineering is one of the fastest growing segments globally; and this particular industry has not been impacted by the recession. This report includes approximately 200 environmental engineering related companies in USA.

Global Solar Companies Guide

The solar industry is one of the fastest growing segments in the Greentech industry and it is a true global industry with major solar companies from North America, Europe and Asia. ResearchWhitePaper has has put together the first edition of a Global Solar Companies Guide. It contains over 700 solar industry related companies.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Global Green Investors Guide

Global Green Investors Guide is an extensive database with various institutions (venture capital, private equity and government agencies) that invest in cleantech and renewable energy sectors. The guide is published by researchwhitepaper.com.

Four Greentech Venture Capital Firms

The cleantech and renewable energy sectors have raised a lot of capital and this trend is likely to continue going forward. Many companies have established new investment arms, some are new funds set up by venture capital firms, while others are set up by financial institutions, conglomerates or government agencies. Here are four companies identified by researchwhitepaper.com that are active in the cleantech and renewable energy sectors:

10 Countries for Green Investments

CleanTech, renewable energy and environmentally oriented companies, are reshaping the global economy. While purely resource focused economies may decline, countries that are focused on sustainability are likely to emerge as the new generation of economic leaders. According to researchwhitepaper.com here are ten countries that green investor should consider:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Event: The Wall Street Green Summit

The Wall Street Green Summit is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental market event in the industry. Launched in 2002 by Peter Fusaro, The Wall Street Green Summit covers cutting edge content, industry developments and features the practitioners and the leaders of tomorrow. The event will take place on March 19 & 20, 2012 at the Center for Architecture 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012.

Event: The Value of Green - A Panel Discussion

The Appraisal Institute recently released the Green and Energy Efficient Addendum for valuing appraisals. Join us for a free panel discussion with industry professionals geared toward creating awareness of “Green” features in our homes and the effect these improvements have on the value of our homes.

GRI Certified Sustainability Reporting Training

GRI Certified Sustainability Reporting Training provided by ISOS Group will take place on March 1-2, 2012 at Kleinfelder Offices, Cambridge, MA. The ISOS Group is a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training Partner in the US.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Video: The Inherent Design Flaws In The "Resource Based Economy" Model



This video is Peter Joseph's reply to Zeitgeist's support for a resource based economy. In this video Jospeh reviews the numerous, very real, and legitimate problems. Those problems are not minor details that can be glossed over or fixed at a later date, they are in fact inherent design flaws which render it unworkable.

Video: The Zeitgeist Movement Explains a Resource Based Economic Model



In this video from the Zeitgeist Vancouver Lecture Series, a Resource Based Economic model is explained by Matt Berkowitz. The Zeitgeist Movement was founded in 2008, it is a Sustainability Advocacy Organization which conducts community based activism and awareness actions. The Zeitgeist Movement recognizes that issues such as poverty, corruption, collapse, homelessness, war, starvation and the like appear to be "Symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure. Their defining goal is the installation of a new socioeconomic model based upon technically responsible Resource Management, Allocation and Distribution through what would be considered The Scientific Method of reasoning problems and finding optimized solutions.

Video: A Resource-Based Economy



This 18 minute video is a recording of the TEDx [Portugal] Talk by Peter Joseph. Its focus is a resource based economy which describes a post-scarcity world economy. A resource based economy supports the removal of monetary exchange and is advocated by groups like The Venus Project.

Heartland Institute’s Deniergate: A New Definition for Irony

The past few days haven’t been very pleasant for the faux think tank Heartland Institute. On Tuesday a source going by the name of “Heartland Insider” leaked several strategy documents and Heartland’s 2012 budget to the DeSmogBlog.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Environmental Politics: Obama Versus the Republican Presidential Hopefuls

When it comes to the environment, President Obama differs significantly from the current field of Republican presidential hopefuls. For starters, Obama accepts the scientific veracity of climate change where Republicans tend to deny the very existence of anthropogenic global warming.

President Obama's Efforts on the Environment and Education

President Obama has done a great deal for the environment since his inauguration in 2009. Although the President has been criticized for not doing enough on the environmental front he has been constrained by Republican obstructionism in Congress. Given the limitations of his executive powers, Obama has done a great deal for the environment, particularly when you consider the level of denialism we see from the GOP and entrenched interests in the old energy economy. Here is a summary of some of his environmental efforts since taking office and prior to his 2013 budget which he released in February 2012. At the end of this list I have included some of his educational initiatives because education is the key to building a new low carbon economy in the coming decades.

President Obama's 2013 Environmental Budget

President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal supports efficiency, renewable energy, green jobs, clean air, clean water, and a livable climate. Obama is also tightening the nations belt and helping to forge a cleaner future by proposing $39 billion of subsidy cuts for the fossil fuel industry over the coming 10 years.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Keystone XL Protest Message Campaign a Success

A campaign resisting the Keystone XL pipeline has succeeded in sending more than three quarters of a million messages to the US Senate. The message campaign came in response to Republican efforts to resurrect the environmentally destructive Keystone XL.

UN Secretary-General's Message for Business at the KPMG Sustainability Summit

On 14 February 2012 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged more businesses to embrace the principle of sustainability in their strategies, noting that with the most of the world’s ecosystems in decline, widening social inequality and climate change, global prosperity, productivity and stability was at stake.

Renewable Energy Is Our Only Hope

Renewable energy is capable of meeting our energy requirements. To stave off the most catastrophic impacts of global warming we need a two-pronged strategy that includes energy efficiency and renewables.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Private Sector Green Investment

Global private sector investments in green technology companies totaled more than US$2.4 trillion between 2007 and the second quarter of 2011. These investments are growing at an annual rate of approximately US$1 trillion.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tim Mohin's Top 10 CSR Trends for 2012

As reviewed in an article by Tim Mohin, director of corporate responsibility for Advanced Micro Devices and author of the forthcoming book Changing Business From the Inside Out: The Treehugger’s Guide to Working in Corporations, here are the top 10 CSR trends to watch for in the world of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

UK Government Investments in Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The UK government is making massive investments in the green economy. Firms in the UK cleantech sector are benefiting tremendously from the government's investments in areas like efficiency and renewable energy.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The EU Debt Crisis did Not Curb the Growth of Renewables in 2011

A Think Progress article by Stephen Lacey, asked whether the European sovereign debt crisis derailed renewable energy in 2011. Even though financial difficulties have caused a few countries to reduce their support, Lacey concludes that "2011 was still a huge year for deployment — with wind and solar alone representing almost 70% of new capacity."

Resistance to Republican Efforts to Resurrect the Keystone XL Pipeline

Beginning at noon on Monday February 13, people are rallying in defense of President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. The goal is to send a half a million emails to the Senate in 24 hours encouraging Democrats to back their President. This effort is designed to counter Congressional Republicans who are working hard to override President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL. In January Republicans forced the President to rule on the fate of the pipeline by holding America hostage over legislation extending the payroll tax holiday.

State of Green Business Report 2012

On January 18th 2012, GreenBiz.com released its State of Green Business report. In this the fifth annual edition of the report GreenBiz once again measures the environmental impacts of the emerging green economy. The report measures 20 aspects of environmental performance, from carbon emissions to paper use and recycling.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sustainable Product Development and Design Link Event for SMEs

The Sustainable Product Development and Design Link Event will showcase sustainable design experts who will explore the sustainable product design strategies for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Australian GRI Conference on Sustainability and Integrated Reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), with the support of the Australian government, is holding its first ever regional Conference in Melbourne, Australia – the Australian GRI Conference on Sustainability and Integrated Reporting. GRI’s first ever regional conference will take place on 26-28 March 2012.

Event: Photovoltaics Industry at the Crossroads

A discussion of the future opportunities and risks for the Photovoltaics industry will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 29 March 2012. The event is being organized by pvXchange and Via Expo in parallel with the South East European Solar Exhibition.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Video: Sustainable Supply Chain Course IOM 599



This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing supply chains today. The course looks at some of the factors that are contributing to the adoption of sustainability strategies, such as legislations that are penalizing negative environmental and social impacts, and society's expectations of business in terms of health, human rights, and the environment.

Video: Reverse Logistics - A Case Study



This video reviews how reverse logistics can produce results. A happy client (Philips New Zealand) describes how ERL has acted as a "Silver Bullet" for their reverse supply chain issues.

Video: Green Software - Sustainable Case Studies



A January '09 Fast Company article deemed the Sustainability Systems Developer one of the Ten Best Green Jobs for the next decade. Mary will talk about Green Software Investments and Case Studies in Smart Grid, New Media, Mobile, Web Calculators, Solar, Data Centers and IT, Energy Management, Water Efficiency, Carbon Accounting, and Lighting.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cleantech the Next Great Investment Opportunity

Cleantech is the next great investment opportunity. Huge amounts of investment wealth have been generated by technological innovations like the microprocessor (personal computing and mobile telecommunications) and the Internet (ecommerce and social networks). These two innovations have ushered in unprecedented investment growth in the 1980s and 1990s. According to many predictions, Cleantech is the next investment wave that may very well eclipse the first two.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Foster Friess is the Climate Denying Money Man Behind Rick Santorum

Foster S. Friess is the climate denying money-man behind Rick Santorum's bid for the GOP presidential nomination. The Republican hopefuls are following the money, Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is betting on Newt Gingrich and Friess is bankrolling the pro-Santorum super PAC. Friess is a Wyoming cowboy who is known for his opposition to the science of climate change.

Flagship Ventures' Successful Fundraising for Cleantech

Venture capital firm Flagship Ventures says they exceeded their target of $250 million for a fund which will invest in cleantech and sustainability. This is noteworthy given that we are in a difficult environment for fundraising, especially for funds that invest in early stage companies. This is flagships fourth fund said to be worth 270 million.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

India's GreenMela Website Business Resources

GreenMela is a new website that focuses on a panoply of green elements including green business. The site claims to be India'a No.1 green online platform. GreenMela aims to unlock India's green potential and help green to grow and grow clean.

India is the World Leader in Cleantech Investment Growth

With an investment increase of 52 percent India is a world leader in cleantech investment growth in 2011. Total cleantech investment climbed to $10.3bn in 2011 and was based on strong solar performance.