low carbon economy Articles

  • Powering a low-carbon economy

    In order to address the global climate change challenge, the electricity sector recognizes the need for more efficient electricity consumption and less carbon-intensive electricity supply. This shift will require the use of all technology and energy use management options available today, as well as those future solutions that currently face technological or commercial barriers to deployment. ...

  • Are Low-Carbon Economies Good or Bad for the Tech Industry?

    Pamela Gordon blogs over at EBN To be of any use, tech products need power from electrical outlets, stored chemical energy such as batteries and generators, solar collectors, kinetic energy like my emergency hand-crank radio/charger, or other means. As more global and local regions move away from fossil-fuel-based power to low-carbon renewable power, I wonder how my colleagues in the tech ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Municipal Solid Waste – Key to a Low Carbon Economy

    A newly released report has found the waste sector has a key role to play in the development of a low carbon economy and the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs). This report comes in advance of the UN Climate Conference in Paris, which will take place in December. The report was ...


    By Zero Waste Europe

  • A roadmap for a secure, low-carbon energy economy

    This “roadmap” presents the results of a year-long effort by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and WRI to identify a set of policies to address energy security and climate change simultaneously. At first glance, improving energy security and addressing climate change may seem irreconcilable goals: achieve an adequate, reliable, and affordable energy supply for the United ...

  • The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy Economy*

    Growing estimates of natural gas resources, including a new category of 'unconventional' gas, suggest that accessible supplies of this least carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels may be far more abundant than previously assumed. This unexpected development creates opportunities for deploying natural gas in a variety of sectors—including power generation, industry, and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Accelerating the move to a low water economy

    Carry out even a small amount of research into global water scarcity and the statistics can be unnerving. The UN estimates that 2.7 billion people will face water scarcity by 2025, and with climate change accelerating higher salinity levels in a number of regions, water scarcity is now more of a threat than ever. The future for water availability looks very uncertain, but attempts are now being ...

  • The Potential of ICT to Contribute to Energy Efficiency and a European Low Carbon Economy

    In March 2007, the European Council placed at the top of the political agenda an integrated policy for energy efficiency in the fight against climate change in order to ensure Europe's long-term commitment to a sustainable, highly energy-efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting economy. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, at the end of January, leaders of business, government and civil ...

  • Why effective corporate innovation is needed to deliver a sustainable, low carbon economy

    Corporate investment in clean technology innovation is a win-win opportunity. Viewpoint by Jamie Vollbracht, Head of New Ventures, Innovation, the Carbon Trust. We live in challenging economic times. Furthermore, there are some fundamental resource constraints that aren't going away: the population is growing while the world is fixed in size and many of its natural resources are being ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Official UK statistics show gradual move to low-carbon economy

    Recent official statistics show that the UK is actually moving into a low-carbon, energy-efficient economy, although the speed of progress may be considerably less than green campaigners would wish for. The Department of Energy and Climate Change's provisional monthly energy statistics for the first quarter of 2014 found that, compared with the same period in 2013: ...


  • Is the Low-Carbon Economy a Business Opportunity, Moral Mandate, or Both?

    An increasing number of corporations, financial institutions, and foundations are making headlines with bold initiatives focused on mitigating climate change via real estate and infrastructure investments. Is this just about doing the right thing? We at g-bit (green business informatics tool) would argue that it is about much ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Recapping the Debate Over Whether Low-Carbon Economies Are Good for Tech

    To be of any use, tech products need power from electrical outlets, stored chemical energy such as batteries and generators, solar collectors, kinetic energy like my emergency hand-crank radio/charger, or other means. As more global and local regions move away from fossil-fuel-based power to low-carbon renewable power, I wonder how my colleagues in the tech industry would weigh in on a debate ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • The one thing we still need in order to get to a low-carbon economy

    Pension funds, insurance companies and other investors who manage trillions of dollars have an enormous opportunity to change the future by investing in clean energy. The global clean energy industry has plenty of reasons to feel good these days. First, there was last month’s historic COP 21 Paris climate ...


    By Ensia

  • Sharpening the cutting edge: Corporate action for a strong, low-carbon economy

    This report assesses how companies have fared in addressing the “cutting-edge issues” identified in our 2004 report A Climate of Innovation. The experiences of our corporate partners illustrate important progress and barriers. The window of opportunity to effectively respond to climate change is now. Leading scientists warn that global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must begin to decline in ten ...

  • How Germany plans to succeed in a nuclear free, low carbon economy

    Germany has taken some fundamental energy decisions in recent months, ones that are interesting for other countries to study and learn from. The most “famous” decision recently has been to phase out nuclear power in the next ten years. This move builds on years of debate and a ...

  • Creating a low-carbon, non-nuclear economy: The case of Taiwan

    Original story at MIT News Can Taiwan create a low-carbon economy without nuclear energy? One MIT researcher finds out. After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, energy experts and policymakers around the world began to reassess the future of nuclear ...

  • Low-carbon energy: a roadmap

    Technologies available today, and those expected to become competitive over the next decade, will permit a rapid decarbonization of the global energy economy. New renewable energy technologies, combined with a broad suite of energy-efficiency advances, will allow global energy needs to be met without fossil fuels and by adding only minimally to the cost of energy services. The world is now in the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Changing development paths: From an energy-intensive to low-carbon economy in South Africa

    Climate change mitigation poses significant challenges for South Africa and its energy development, historically highly energy intensive. At the same time, the country faces a host of daunting development challenges, exacerbated by the legacy of apartheid. Examining both challenges, this paper considers how alternative conceptions of a development path can be achieved. In the short term, energy ...

  • Investing in a Low-Carbon Energy Future in the Developing World

    The need to address climate change while facilitating continued economic growth and social progress is one of the key challenges facing world leaders today. Energy is critical to continued economic growth and according to the International Energy Agency (IEA); population growth and increasing industrialization will drive demand for energy upwards by more than 50% between now and 2030. Fossil ...

  • Regulatory challenges in the move to a low-carbon environment

    An outcome of the international climate conference in Copenhagen (COP15, 2009) was that a number of governments have undertaken to reduce their nations' greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and some have provided targets and deadlines for the achievement of their stated goals. While the transition to a low-carbon environment has the potential to stimulate growth, create jobs and opportunities, and to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Climate change and a European low-carbon energy system

    Summary This report presents an assessment of possible greenhouse gas emission reduction pathways made feasible by global action and a transition to a low-carbon energy system in Europe by 2030. It analyses trends and projections for emissions of greenhouse gases and the development of underlying trends in the energy sector. It also describes the ...

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