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Robots to Track Solar Power

QBotix will officially launch their new robot solar tracking system next month. A robot which can control tracking for up to 200 solar panels at a time and may cut the cost of solar power by as much as 20%. Continue reading

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Eco-Chic: Top 3 Sustainable Fashion Brands

Who knew that sustainable fashion would eventually appear in the cards for the style industry? Signs are that the fashion industry is shifting to accommodate rising emphasis on recycling, fair-trade products, and waste reduction. We look at three brands that are leading the way. Continue reading

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Wells Fargo Pledges $30+ Billion in Environmental Investments by 2020

Wells Fargo announce significant increases in their commitment to a ‘greener economy’. A month after publishing their Environmental Finance Report for 2011, they have released news that they plan to invest over $30 billion in green business between now and 2020. Continue reading

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Garbage or Overground Mine? – We CAN recycle plastics!

Mike Biddle pleads with us to stop seeing ourselves as consumers. One of his ‘toddler rules’ says ‘if it is broken, it’s yours.’ Mike says ‘if it’s broken I’ll have it’. Let me deal with it. In showing us that the difficult job of recycling plastics can be achieved and can help us to learn to see ourselves as users of resources in one form which can be transferred into other forms when we are finished with them. Custodians of the earth’s resources rather than consumers. Continue reading

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Environmental Taxation Can Spur Innovation

The European Environment Agency has produced a comprehensive report on the issue of environmental tax reform, coming to the conclusion that environmental tax reform can and should play an important role in achieving environmental goals with positive economic effect. Case studies and economic modelling point to tax reform as a potential catalyst for innovation and job creation. Continue reading

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PV Solar Power for the Home – How it Works

Falling costs, market shake-ups and technological advancements make PV solar energy a hot topic here at Green Business Watch. Since, we are constantly talking about solar power, we thought it might be useful to take a quick look at how PV solar power for the home works. Here are a couple of videos that give a nice introduction to the technology and the home setup. Continue reading

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Smart City, Green City

Many of the discussions at the recent Smart City Expo in Barcelona centered upon the need for local, environmentally conscious solutions to be incorporated into the planning of the cities of the future. Yokohama, Nice and the Barcelona based group, Agbar, won awards for their environmental projects. Continue reading

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Smart City Expo 2011

“We can not afford to repeat the mistakes in urban development that were made during the 20th century” A comment made during the opening keynotes address to the first Smart City conference in Barcelona. One of many which sparked off lively discussions about the future of our cities around the world. Continue reading

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Marketing Green Business as Belief in Climate Change Falls

We’ve come across a couple of articles recently highlighting the fact that less of the public believe in man made Global warming than did a couple of years ago. We’ve seen this in both the USA and the UK and green business is coming under pressure from both sides. In difficult economic times, governments are reconsidering subsidy levels and consumers are less willing to pay over the odds for the sake of being green. We explore the changing marketing environment facing green business. Continue reading

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Agreement on Climate Change Goes Down to the Wire in Durban

It took two extra days and some desperate last minute efforts by exhausted delegates, but agreement was reached in Durban. We look at what is being said about the agreement. While there is a general welcome and important steps have been taken there are very serious warnings that the delay to 2020 could be a catastrophic mistake. Continue reading

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Solar Power is Cheaper to Produce Than We Are Being Told

“The public is being kept in the dark about the viability of solar photovoltaic energy…..” A recent study at Queen’s University, Canada has found that in certain locations solar PV has already achieved grid parity. This is not the message that most comparison reports have been giving us and the Queen’s University report is highly critical of methods used to make those comparisons. Continue reading

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Green Business Roundup – December 8th 2011

IKEA expands solar power for its stores, Clean energy investment surpasses that of fossil fuels and Video games hold the key to beating climate change. Just some of the stories we look at in our pick of Green Business News from around the web. Continue reading

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Green Success Stories – A Little Can Go a Long Way

Mountain Whitewater Descents from Fort Collins, Colorado, is one of many small companies making decisions about their business for Green motives. Looking for improvements which have environmental benefits, cost benefits and improve the moral of staff and customers. These are the types of win-win decision which, decision by decision, company by company can grow to make real and lasting differences. Continue reading

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Will the Lights Stay on in the UK, France, Japan and Mexico?

Will the lights stay on in your country over the next 20 years? That’s the alarming question addressed in recent research by Bloomberg and ABB. The answers are no less alarming and force us to consider whether there is a serious prospect of energy supply not matching demand. Continue reading

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Green Business News This Week – November 31st 2011

Green spin vs brown spin, competition between solar and nuclear (in space) and why solar is booming in Asia and especially China. We take a look at some of the top recent Green business stories from around the Net. Continue reading

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Research Shows Strong Support for Renewable Energy Incentives

Bloomberg recently published their 2011 energy survey on behalf of ABB. Energy Professionals, Government Policy Makers and CFOs were asked about the funding and development of Renewable Energy. The results show strong support for incentives but reveal subtle and important differences between different countries and the need for more in-depth consideration of how the stated aims can be achieved. Continue reading

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World’s Richest Governments Delay Action on Climate Change so Where to Now?

Signs are that the World’s richest nations plan to delay negotiating and signing a new climate change treaty until 2220. With economic pressures and business lobbying, it seems clear that governments are not capable of sacrifice for the goal of saving the environment. Can Green business present a real economic case? Continue reading

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Green Power Leadership Awards 2011

This month saw the announcement of the U.S. Department of Energy – Green Power Leadership Awards for 2011. These annual awards recognize the efforts of organizations in the development of green power. We take a look at the winners in the various categories. Continue reading

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