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In the headlines: China to build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the U.S,. EU & Japan combined

18 November 2013
In the headlines: China to build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the U.S,. EU & Japan combined

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Scientists can now explain the “pause” in global warming that sceptics have used to bolster their arguments. Sceptics had claimed we have nothing to fear from climate change because it has stopped being a problem. A new study has found that global temperatures have not flat-lined over the past 15 years, as weather station records have been suggesting, but have in fact continued to rise as fast as previous decades, during which we have seen an unprecedented acceleration in global warming. The findings will undermine the arguments of leading sceptics, such as the former Chancellor Lord Lawson, who have criticised scientists from the Met Office and other climate organisations for not accepting that global warming has stopped since about 1998. Two university scientists have found that the “pause” or “hiatus” in global temperatures can be largely explained by a failure of climate researchers to record the dramatic rise in Arctic temperatures over the past decade or more. The Independent, November 18.

A group containing many of the world's largest law firms has called for the urgent introduction of a new set of global regulations to help deliver steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, arguing that innovative legislation would create the "opportunity for new jobs, economic growth and improved global living standards". The Legal Sector Alliance, which represents 270 law firms, including global giants such as Linklaters, Taylor Wessing, Simmons & Simmons and Norton Rose Fulbright, issued a new communique late last week to coincide with the UN Climate Summit in Warsaw. BusinessGreen, November 15.

Asia – Pacific

Tens of thousands of Australians have turned out for climate change rallies across the nation, calling on the Abbott Government to keep the carbon tax. The National Day of Climate Action was organised by activist groups including GetUp!, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Australian Conservation Foundation. Organisers say about 60,000 participated at the rallies, which were held in capital cities and more than 130 towns and regional centres. ABC Australia, November 17.


China is expected to build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the U.S., European Union and Japan combined, according to the International Energy Agency. The share of energy sources including hydropower, biomass, wind and solar in world electricity supply will rise above 30 percent in that period, “drawing ahead of natural gas in the next few years and all but reaching coal as the leading fuel for power generation in 2035,” the Paris-based adviser to 28 nations said in its annual World Energy Outlook report yesterday. Bloomberg, November 12.

China will open its energy conservation and environment protection industries to foreign and private investment, state media reported Friday, quoting comments by premier Li Keqiang made at a meeting in Beijing. Li's remarks may signal a change in China's approach to the clean energy sector, which has used government subsidies to create national champions and been criticised as protectionist in nature. He told foreign members of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development on Thursday that China is willing to work with the international community to strengthen technology and other forms of cooperation to improve the environment. Reuters, November 15.


Denmark's and Germany's wind and solar electricity generation is peaking, covering much of their countries' need, setting the trend for renewable energy systems that do not cost the Earth. In the last month, solar and wind energy has been reaching record breaking figures in some countries in Europe. On November 4th this year, Denmark's wind turbines covered 122% of the countries demand for electricity. "This is the highest registered figure so far," says Preben Maegaard, director of the Nordic Folkcenter for Renewable Energy. A month before on October 3rd, Germany's renewable energy peaked at 59.1% with a combination of solar and wind. Across the entire day, 36% of total electricity generation was achieved, with solar contributing 11% at 20.5 gigawatts at its peak. Permaculture Magazine, November 15.


CDC Group Plc, a development finance institution owned by the U.K. government, agreed to invest $25 million in an Indian renewable-energy developer. CDC will provide the funds to Green Infra Ltd. to help expand its wind and solar capacity, the London-based private equity fund said in an e-mailed statement. The CDC investment is part of a $125 million financing round that will allow Green Infra to more than double its portfolio to 1,000 megawatts by 2016, it said. Bloomberg, November 18.

The rising fuel price, depletion of fossil fuels and increasing Carbon Dioxide emission is posing a great threat to the ecosystem. The Indian startup, EVI (Electric Vehicle India) which manufactures vehicles powered by electricity has come up with a technology to convert any automobile to electric vehicles, reports TOI. EVI claims that they can effectively reduce carbon emissions without impacting the performance and convenience of the traditional car. Silicon India, November 13.

North America

Ikea Group, the largest home-furnishings retailer, plans to buy a 46-megawatt wind farm in Alberta, Canada, from Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. Mainstream, which has begun construction on the C$90 million ($86 million) project, will operate and maintain the wind farm after it’s completed in the second half of next year, the Dublin-based developer said today in a statement. “This wind farm in Alberta, along with existing solar installations at three of our Ontario stores, is a significant step to achieving Ikea’s global ambition to be energy independent by 2020,” Kerri Molinaro, president of IKEA Canada, said in the statement. Bloomberg, November 14.

Google's ambitious renewable energy investment strategy has taken another leap forward with confirmation the company is to invest $80m in a fleet of six US utility scale solar projects. Writing on the IT giant's official blog, Kojo Ako-Asare, Google's head of corporate finance, said the company was partnering with global investment firm KKR to invest in projects in California and Arizona being developed by Recurrent Energy. BusinessGreen, November 15.

A public opinion survey has demonstrated that most US citizens think that the country’s government should be doing more to tackle climate change. The poll, which was conducted by Stanford University, shows that there are just four states – Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Utah – where more than half of the residents believe government efforts should not be ramped up. However, all the states, where there was sufficient data available, felt that the government should limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from US businesses and reduce emissions from power plants. Blue & Green Tomorrow, November 15.


EY's latest quarterly Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices, launched today, shows the UK has retained its previous ranking as the fourth most attractive place in the world to invest in green energy, after the US in first place, China in second and Germany in third place. BusinessGreen, November 18.


The electric superbike, Saietta R, has been selected to represent British innovation in clean technology during a trade mission to Colorado, US. The motorcycle, which was created by London-based cleantech firm Agility Global, has been selected by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to attend the event. Saietta R is said to be able to achieve 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds whilst being one of the most energy efficient vehicles on the road – running at around 386 miles per gallon. The superbike has been on display in the National Motorcycle Museum and will be officially launched in 2014. Blue & Green Tomorrow, November 15.

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