Thursday, January 26, 2017

Report on climate change impacts and costs in Europe



Report, published by European Environment Agency, shows that climate change is already having wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems, economic sectors and human health and well-being in Europe. Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, but the impacts are not uniform. Most impacts of climate change across Europe have been adverse, although some impacts have been beneficial.

Monday, January 16, 2017

IEA's webinar: The Outlook for Renewable Energy



The lead authors of World Energy Outlook 2016 presented their views on current status and future of renewables, which were the subject of a special focus in this year’s Outlook.
Significant increase of renewable capacity in the power sector, which exceeded coal, gas, oil. and nuclear combined, as well as fast growth of EVs on the road to over 1 million vehicles are among the most impressive achievements in renewable energy in 2015.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

China will spend on renewable energy over third of trillion dollars by 2020


China's National Energy Administration proposed plan to spend more than $360 billion through 2020 on renewable power sources like solar and wind. This will allow to create more than 13 million new jobs in the renewable energy sector, curb the growth of greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming and reduce the amount of soot that creates strong smog in Beijing and other Chinese cities.
Thanks in part to Chinese manufacturing, costs in the wind and solar industries are decreasing fast, making them competitive with power generation from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. According to  Greenpeace, in 2015 China installed an average of more than one wind turbine every hour of every day, and covered the equivalent of one soccer field every hour with solar panels. Bloomberg New Energy Finance  estimates that China has invested $102bn in domestic renewable energy in 2015.
China surpassed the United States a decade ago as the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses, and now its GHG emissions are twice as big as in the U.S. Read more at https://www.nytimes.com

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Renewables provided one-third of power generation in Germany in 2016


According to The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-W├╝rttemberg and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, in 2016 Germany used more renewable electricity than ever before, receiving 32 percent of the gross amount of electricity consumed in the country from renewable sources.