renewable energy

US Military Can Drive Growth in Renewable Energy

The US DOD is the largest single consumer of energy in the world. If they continue to move towards renewable energy, there will be a significant effect on the clean energy economy along with a confidence boost for others to follow. Continue reading

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Climate Change and Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address

Many have been surprised by the prominence given to climate change in President Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address. We look at what he said and ask if the words will be followed by meaningful action? Continue reading

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Innovative Eco-Houses in the UK

Advanced eco-building and sustainable living demonstrated through four of the UK’s most innovative eco-building projects. Council houses made from straw, an 1840′s retro-build and two modern eco-houses make a fascinating show-case of what can be achieved. Continue reading

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Dear New Year, Here are Five Climatic and Environmental Wishes For 2013

Guest author, Scott Ryan, sends us his five climatic and environmental New Year wishes for 2013 in the form of a letter. Continue reading

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Top 10 Green Business Watch Posts in 2012

Out of the hundreds of posts published on Green Business Watch during 2012 we have chosen 10. From tax incentives to movies about fracking, from rivers catching fire to recycling plastics, our top 10 covers our most popular green business topics. Continue reading

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Mexicans Using Solar Power to Cook Tortillas

In a small area of Mexico local people are getting used to the idea of their tortillas being cooked by solar power. Bakeries and tortillerias are discovering that there are big savings to be made by replacing fuel costs with the ever-present power of the sun. Continue reading

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Green Building Basics [VIDEO]

What constitutes a Green building anyway? What makes it different from conventional construction? These are basic questions but they are issues you’ll want to address if you are thinking about building and you’d like to do it more sustainably. Continue reading

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200 MW Geothermal Project in Nicaragua

Successful development of a major geothermal project in Nicaragua helps US company, Ram Power, to post strong operating results. The project is one of the biggest of its kind and has the potential to produce over 200 MW of clean, geothermal renewable power. Continue reading

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The World’s First Green Investment Bank

The UK is to set up the world’s first Green Investment Bank. The plan is the responsibility of the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and has been in development since 2010. Continue reading

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US Army Net Zero Energy in Action

The US Army Net Zero policy on energy consumption builds on previous efforts to reduce oil dependency. The ultimate goal is to match consumption of energy with energy produced on site or which can be sourced locally. The program also aims to use only water which is collected on site and to send no waste to landfill. Continue reading

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A Huge, Cheap, Battery to Store Renewable Energy

Grid level energy storage solves the problem of intermittent supply and is the missing link for renewable energy. MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, wants to us to invent our way out of the current energy crisis. His liquid metal battery might help us do just that. Continue reading

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Local Renewable Energy Provides Local Sustainable Food

Congratulations to Barry Adler and RainFresh Harvests who supply local restaurants and shops in Plain City, Ohio with a range of vegetables herbs and berries throughout the year, powered, off-grid, by their own wind and solar generated electricity. Continue reading

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The Carbon Footprint of Packaging

Americans emit about 20 tons of carbon footprint per person each year. With landfills made up of 30% paperboard and 6.4 billion cardboard boxes used for shipping in a year, the carbon footprint of packaging is a real issue. What can companies and consumers do to reduce it? 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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Green Business Roundup – April 26th 2012

The UK looks to the challenge of making renewable energy financially viable while Wells Fargo are set to inject investment into the green economy. Wales has problems with a skills shortage which is holding back progress. Japan continues to invest to reduce their dependence on nuclear and a spat between Whole Foods and New England fishermen illustrates tensions that must be resolved if we are to achieve real, grass-roots progress. 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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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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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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