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  • Lighting-Up a Low Carbon Future

    Co-Authored by: Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director and Mr. Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director of ECREEE The lights are going on all over Africa, home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Overall, that is great news. Children can study at night without breathing harmful or environmentally damaging kerosene fumes; the sense of ...

  • UK research is pioneering a low carbon future

    New website highlights groundbreaking technologies that are making a difference to climate change Research Councils UK Energy Programme led by EPSRC is investing more than £530 million in UK research to develop low carbon technologies to fight the effects of climate change.  A new website to highlight and explain this work has now been launched and is available at ...

  • 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. Future demand for energy is rising substantially, particularly in rapidly emerging economies and in many developing countries that lack even the most basic of energy services. The investments required to address future energy demand as well ...

  • Global business leaders commit to a low carbon future

    Business leaders from major global corporations have committed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions across a wide range of sectors, including energy, communications, building and construction. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the UN-supported Business for the Environment (B4E) Summit, held in Mexico City from 4 to 5 October, ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Cancun next ...

  • Scientists publish road map for low carbon future

    The UK lacks a coherent energy system that can effectively meet future energy needs while preventing rapid climate change, according to leading scientists.  A report, published today, of a discussion meeting held at the Royal Society calls for a new vision for energy generation that is based on the long term replacement of fossil fuels through the development and deployment of new technologies. ...


    By Royal Society

  • Where does bioenergy fit into a low-carbon future?

    Original story at MIT News Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels, which are usually made from either food crops like corn and sugar cane, or from woody plants and grasses, would represent a major shift in ...

  • The future of carbon trading in the US

    An analysis by New Carbon Finance concludes that a carbon trading scheme in the US is inevitable within four to five years. Currently the US favors a domestic market, however linking into international schemes could significantly reduce the price of carbon, impose less cost on US industry and consumers and help make the US a climate change ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU prepares for low carbon future with new clean energy technologies

    Countries in the European Union should develop and deploy new clean energy technologies, including recycling facilities, speedily in order to tackle climate change, according to EU commissioner for environment Stavros Dimas. Speaking to delegates at the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week Forum in Brussels, Belgium (9 February), Dimas said the development of new clean energy technologies need to be ...

  • Natural gas could ease the path to a low-carbon future

    Growing estimates of natural gas resources suggest that supplies of this least carbon-intensive fossil fuel may be as abundant as coal, while containing only half as much carbon, according to a new paper released today by the Worldwatch Institute. The new paper, The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy Economy, finds that gas-fired power plants could ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • European Commission proposes a plan to accelerate energy technologies for a low-carbon future

    Energy technologies will be crucial to successfully fighting against climate change and securing world and European energy supply. Achieving Europe's 2020 and 2050 targets on greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency will require action on energy efficiency, standards, support mechanisms and putting a price on carbon emissions. It will also require the deployment of more ...

  • IEA welcomes UK efforts towards a low-carbon future

    As it seeks concrete solutions to the low-carbon investment challenge, the United Kingdom is leading by example, according to a review of UK energy policies published today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report, Energy Policies of IEA Countries - United Kingdom 2012 Review, applauds the UK's long-term vision for a low-carbon future - greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by ...


    By International Energy Agency

  • Natural gas could ease the path to a low-carbon future

    A new paper, The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy Economy, finds that gas-fired power plants could reduce U.S. coal dependence and greenhouse gas emissions significantly in the next 10 ...

  • Global business leaders to support transit to a low carbon future

    Leaders from influential global corporations and key global environmental organizations are expected to call on countries to make a success of this years UN climate negotiations in Mexico. The call will come from a Business for Environment (B4E) conference to be held 4 to 5 October in Mexico City. The event today was announced by the Mexican Minister of Environment Juan Rafael Elvira, UN ...

  • Investing in the future: EC calls for additional EUR 50bn in low carbon technologies

    European Commission called public authorities, business, and researchers to join efforts in order to develop by 2020 the necessary technologies to address climate change, secure EU energy supply and ensure the competitiveness of our economies. In a proposal on 'Investing in the development of low-carbon energy technologies', the Commission estimates that an additional investment of €50 billion in ...

  • Financing the low-carbon future – UK commission proposes radical changes

    A ground-breaking report released this week by a commission established by Britain"s new government has recommended a massive overhaul of financing mechanisms needed to achieve the UK"s transition to a low carbon economy. Citing numerous market failures and other barriers to investment and innovation, the Green Investment Bank (GIB) Commission has recommended the establishment of the Green ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Natural gas could ease the path to a low-carbon future

    Washington, D.C.- Growing estimates of natural gas resources suggest that supplies of this least carbon-intensive fossil fuel may be as abundant as coal, while containing only half as much carbon, according to a new paper released today by the Worldwatch Institute. The new paper, The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Natural gas could ease the path to a low-carbon future

    Growing estimates of natural gas resources suggest that supplies of this least carbon-intensive fossil fuel may be as abundant as coal, while containing only half as much carbon, according to a new paper released today by the Worldwatch Institute. The new paper, The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Energy Economy, finds that gas-fired power plants could reduce ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Low Carbon Technology Commercialisation

    Speech by Gregory Barker, Minister of State, on the role of measurement in the acceleration of green technologies. Originally given at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London. This is a transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered. Good morning, it’s a real pleasure to be here today to talk about the opportunities and challenges in commercialising new low carbon ...

  • Transition to a low-carbon economy

    The British High Commission in Canada and The Conference Board of Canada hosted a seminar on October 1, 2009 to help foster a multi-faceted dialogue on the risks and opportunities arising from the transition to low-carbon economy. This Executive Action Briefing draws from the proceedings of that seminar. Here are select extracts from the Action Briefing. The opportunities and challenges of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ADB establishes future carbon fund

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has established a new fund that will use carbon credits generated beyond 2012 to provide urgently needed financing for clean energy projects in the Asia-Pacific region. The current regulatory framework, based on the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period expires on 31 December 2012, hampering the trading in post-2012 carbon credits. This would affect the level ...


    By Asian Development Bank

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