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Energy Is at the Core of the Sustainable Development Goals 21.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is crucial to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goal 7 is all about saving energy. But why is it so important to think energy efficiency first? Let me start with some context. This week, hundreds of leaders from politics, business and civil society gather in New York for Climate Week . The fact that Climate Week and the United Nations Private Sector Forum are now an annual event along with the World Economic Forum shows the importance and opportunity to mitigate climate change and create sustainable growth. We have the opportunity to work together across sectors, businesses, civil society and at all levels of government to capture what is truly the opportunity of our lifetime - to create liveable, sustainable and competitive solutions that will benefit us all. How are we taking action? We are saving energy At this point, you might be thinking: While that all sounds great, how do we actually go from talk to ...
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China's New Role in Climate Action Raises Hope for Change 21.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Strong, sustainable growth is high on the agenda for the G20, which met earlier this month in Hangzhou, China. The gathering of 20 of the world's most important economies offered a unique opportunity for these countries to send a powerful message of unity in climate action to the world, building upon last year's Paris Climate Agreement. Indeed, with China and the United States having formally committed to the Paris Agreement, the moment marked an important turning point in the global climate conversation and - importantly - reinforced China's new role in that dialogue. Considered by the global community as a key member to climate action, China has made significant strides in recent years to drive the clean energy revolution and climate change fight across the world. China's commitment to reduce GHG emission is integral to the passage of the Paris Agreement. As a country with the world's largest population, China worked closely with the United States to secure a crucial bilateral climate deal that set the ...
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Why Clean Energy is Center Stage on International Day of Peace 19.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston Each year since 1981, the United Nations (UN) recognizes an International Day of Peace on September 21. The day is intended to strengthen peace both within and among nations. As an environmental advocate, I can’t help but think about the effects of climate change on the current state of global peace. And while there are a few climate deniers out there, those who have looked at the science are saying climate change poses a serious threat to global security and peace. Fortunately, the UN agrees – which is why they chose to focus this year’s International Peace Day on Sustainable Development Goals . Unanimously adopted by all 193 UN member states, the Sustainable Development Goals are broken down into 17 focus areas and are part of a broader agenda to fight inequality, injustice, and climate change by 2030. Goal 7 – “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all” – is a hugely important part of fostering global peace. The world needs affordable, reliable ...
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Meet the ex-White House official growing the market for community power 15.9.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Solar is at a pivotal point: How many people will get access? Enter Michelle Moore and Groundswell.
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Energy Management Then and Now: What You Need to Know About the Latest Trends 14.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Liz Delaney In 2008, EDF launched Climate Corps , an innovative graduate fellowship program committed to jump-starting investment in corporate energy efficiency. Now, after almost a decade of embedding over 700 fellows inside large organizations across all sectors—public, private and non-profit— we’ve taken a step back to survey the broader landscape. What did we find? Energy management today looks very different than when we started out. As large organizations have shifted to take on more sophisticated approaches, significant advancements in management strategies have emerged. And for those of you toiling away on a daily basis in the complicated world of energy management, we’re pleased to offer you a mile-high view of how your efforts fit into a larger picture of progress. In our new report, Scaling Success: Recent Trends in Organizational Energy Management , we examine the efforts of more than 350 large organizations over eight years. Through careful analysis of over 3,000 energy project ...
How One Utility Is Changing the Clean Energy Business in Brooklyn and Queens 14.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By Gabriela B. Zayas del Rio, Tom Graff Diversity Fellow, Clean Energy The system for supplying electricity in the U.S. was premised on the assumption that utilities would make evermore electricity to sell to customers. But, the global need to reduce carbon emissions from traditional power generation, along with the emergence of distributed energy resources – small, grid-connected devices, like rooftop solar and energy storage – have disrupted demand for electricity produced from traditional power plants. In May, the New York State Public Service Commission introduced a new way to pay the state’s utilities, one where utilities are compensated, not just based on how much electricity they produce, but also for producing environmental benefits aligned with the public good. This approach aligns with Reforming the Energy Vision ( REV ) – New York’s official plan to make its electric grid cleaner, more efficient, and affordable – and comes at a time of unparalleled population growth in New ...
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Energy Management Then and Now: What You Need to Know About the Latest Trends 13.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Liz Delaney Liz Delaney, Program Director, EDF Climate Corps In 2008, EDF launched Climate Corps , an innovative graduate fellowship program committed to jump-starting investment in corporate energy efficiency. Now, after almost a decade of embedding over 700 fellows inside large organizations across all sectors—public, private and non-profit— we’ve taken a step back to survey the broader landscape. What did we find? Energy management today looks very different than when we started out. As large organizations have shifted to take on more sophisticated approaches, significant advancements in management strategies have emerged. And for those of you toiling away on a daily basis in the complicated world of energy management, we’re pleased to offer you a mile-high view of how your efforts fit into a larger picture of progress. In our new report, Scaling Success: Recent Trends in Organizational Energy Management , we examine the efforts of more than 350 large organizations over eight years. Through careful ...
3 Reasons We Can Feel Good about Where Energy Efficiency is Headed 8.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Ellen Bell “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax. As a child, that line from the classic Dr. Seuss book struck a chord in me, far beyond the giggle it caused when I thought of trees having tongues. The quote clearly imprinted the idea that – when a situation needs attention – those who can speak, should. For me, one of those situations is sharing the good news that energy-efficient buildings are cleaner and smarter than ever. Buildings can be big polluters: 70 percent of the world population will live in cities by 2050, adding 40 percent to the current world building stock. As energy-efficient structures develop in growing countries, the U.S. can help stay competitive by retrofitting its existing buildings. Plus, improving building efficiency can contribute to reductions in global CO2 emissions from buildings by 83 percent below business-as-usual by 2050, reports the World Resources Institute. I believe we are well on our ...
How cities and counties are showing the way on climate action 7.9.2016 GreenBiz.com
As leaders emerge from the business and governmental sectors to address climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeing trends reflected in this year’s Climate Leadership Awardee accomplishments, including collaboration among cities and counties taking a stance on climate action.
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In Win for Environment, Court Recognizes Social Cost of Carbon 29.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Susanne Brooks Co-authored with Martha Roberts If someone was tallying up all the benefits of energy efficiency programs, you’d want them to include reducing climate pollution, right? That’s just common sense. Thankfully, that’s what our government does when it designs energy efficiency programs—as well as other policies that impact greenhouse gas emissions. And just this month, this approach got an important seal of approval: For the first time, a federal court upheld using the social cost of carbon to inform vital protections against the harmful impacts of climate change. So what is the social cost of carbon and why does it matter? It’s a crucial part of the development of climate safeguards and essential to our understanding of the full costs of climate pollution. We know that climate change is a clear and present danger now and for future generations—one that will result in enormous costs to our economy, human health and the environment. And yet, these “social” costs are not accounted for in our ...
Video: How smart cities are using automation to increase energy efficiency 25.8.2016 Yahoo: Business

Video: How smart cities are using automation to increase energy efficiencyAt the TrustBelt 2016 conference in Chicago, TechRepublic spoke with Erin Grossi of UI Labs about how new technologies are accelerating the growth of smart cities.


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Texas Army National Guard Can Increase Clean Energy, Cut Costs, Save Water 24.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Texas Army National Guard Can Increase Clean Energy, Cut Costs, Save Water
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New Study: Solar, Energy Efficiency Can Help the Texas National Guard Save Money and Water 24.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner This year has seen historic flooding across the South. In addition to the devastating rains that recently hit Louisiana, severe floods pummeled Texas earlier this year. In both cases, the states’ National Guards were first responders, rescuing families, delivering meals and supplies to survivors, and providing local agencies with high-water trucks, boats, and helicopters. As the frequency of extreme weather events like these increases, it is imperative that the National Guard can continue devoting resources to critical, first-responder services. But in Texas, those services could be threatened by the state’s dwindling water supplies. A new study from CNA Analysis & Solutions, funded by Environmental Defense Fund and in collaboration with the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), shows many Texas defense facilities are in water-stressed counties. Over time, this could result not only in higher water costs, but also power production constraints, since it requires a lot of water to produce ...
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The water-energy nexus is not what you expect 23.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
While saving water does save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there are other benefits, too.
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EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Launches New Energy Efficiency Pilot with PG&E 17.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Launches New Energy Efficiency Pilot with PG&E
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Can zero-energy buildings become the norm? 17.8.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
More and more buildings are being equipped with energy efficiency technologies and solar panels. What will it take before all buildings are energy independent?
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Cass Sunstein: A court ruling that could save the planet 13.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A federal court this week upheld the approach that the government uses to calculate the social cost of carbon when it issues regulations — and not just the cost imposed on Americans, but on people worldwide. It’s technical stuff, but also one of the most important climate change rulings ever. The social cost of carbon is meant to capture the economic damage of a ton of carbon emissions. The assumptions that go into the analysis, and the resulting number, matter a lot, because they play a key rol...
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Here's What California's Climate Policies Have Done To The State's Economy 12.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What have California’s climate policies done for the state’s economy? Injected about $48 billion into communities across the state in the past decade and helped create about 500,000 jobs. That’s the synopsis of a new analysis by my organization, the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) of available data on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act — also known as AB 32 — and related policies. Lawmakers in Sacramento are now debating legislation (under the aptly named SB 32) that would extend the emissions targets set by AB 32 for an additional 10 years past the current deadline of 2020. It’s clear that AB 32 and related policies are already paying off big time for California’s economy. Today, the state is by far the nation’s leader in clean energy jobs and investments. No other state comes close. The state’s existing emission reduction goals and related programs have funded solar, wind and energy efficiency projects in communities from Shasta to San Diego, helping ...
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Three Lessons for Unlocking Efficient Cities for All 12.8.2016 THE CITY FIX
Urban efficiency is all about linking the potential of buildings, energy and infrastructure to create smarter, more sustainable cities. But what does success look like, and how do cities get there? This past June, 34 city mayors, sustainability directors and ...
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Canada needs a bold national action plan for energy efficient buildings 9.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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