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Web Summit 2017’s Hard Focus On Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Last week, over 60,000 people from 170 countries attended the Web Summit – a major annual tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The week was fiercely charged with an energy of change, where over 2,600 of the world’s leading media came to share their stories.

Bringing Renewables to Scale Requires Aligning Policy Goals with Markets

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Looking forward, the dynamics of today’s electricity industry look a lot like the auto industry. You have your traditional players, who have been doing this for a long time, being challenged by tech-enabled upstarts coming out of an entirely different sector, with offerings that are quite compelling. The Tesla-EV parallel cannot be denied.

Sustainability Scorecard Enables Companies to Measure Triple-Bottom Line

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability drives innovation and value creation. But companies need better data to make sense of complexity and link sustainability with business performance. Every employee, team, department and business should know what they have done this week, month, quarter or year towards aligning strategy with sustainability.

Challenges Face the Large-Scale Incorporation of Renewables into US Power Markets

 
(3BL Media/Justmeans) —“Renewables and power markets are on a collision course.” So said Prajit Ghosh, head of Americas Power and Renewables Research at Wood Mackenzie in kicking off the GTM: U.S. Power & Renewables Summit in Austin, Texas this week.

Big Data Can Make A Big Difference

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Big data – the gathering and storing of large amounts of information for later analysis – is helping accelerate social good initiatives, with great results.

Emerging Economies Overtaking the Establishment on Renewables

You might be surprised to learn that renewable energy growth in emerging economies could soon outstrip the gains made in the developed world.

Three Aspirations for Long Distance EVs

Guest Blog by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

All the publicity currently goes to the race to make regular and premium cars have longer range. This is because most people want only one car so it must be capable of the long distance trip however rare. That must be achieved despite the inadequacy of charging points in number, speed and compatibility of interface and payment means.

Aquafil Initiates Carpet Recycling in the US

(3BL Media) — The carpet industry has traditionally been a large source of emissions. First, most of the fibers used, such as nylon are derived from fossil fuels.

Breakthrough Approaches to Create More Sustainable Cities

Guest blog by Mark Wallace, UPS

More and more of the world’s population is moving to cities. According to the UN, by 2050 nearly two-thirds of the global population will live in cities, and urban populations will increase by two billion people. While this mass migration will bring new, exciting opportunities for city residents, it also brings daunting challenges to urban environments and the businesses operating there.

Europe Shows a "Staggering Increase" in Demand for Renewables

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Last week, ECOHZ, the Oslo-based renewable energy advocacy and certification organization, committed to changing energy behavior, reported a “staggering increase” in the growth of European renewable power generation.

Based on data from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB), an organization that guarantees the origin of European power, the group reported a second quarter surge of 39% in demand for renewable power. “The YTD figure of 377 TWh is already exceeding the total volume for all of last year.”

Both businesses and residential users are specifying renewable power, an option provided by every supplier, though not the default. While many have installed rooftop panels, the majority remain connected to the grid.

Ten countries were largely responsible for the recent surge. The are shown below with the percentage renewable contribution (in parentheses). Note that these rankings may not include guaranteed renewables. (Based on 2015 data)

  • Romania (24.8)
  • Lithuania (25.8)
  • Portugal (28.0)
  • Estonia (28.6)
  • Croatia (29.0)
  • Denmark (30.8)
  • Austria (33)
  • Latvia (37.6)
  • Finland (39.3)
  • Sweden (53.9)

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