When American voters go to the polls on November 4th, they will have to make a decision that will profoundly affect both their own nation’s future and the rest of the world. But will the change in president and his administration make a real difference to US energy policy?
Energy efficiency has often been seen as the ugly sister to renewable energy, but there is nothing ugly or unglamorous about saving money, reducing energy costs and lowering emissions, says Gary Parke of Evolve Energy.
The electronic equipment that we use on a daily basis accounts for around 2% of global CO2 emissions and is on a par with aviation. That industry is under increasing scrutiny to green up its act, but what of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector?
Nearly 30% of the UK’s CO2 emissions come from the country’s 26 million homes – with their demands for heating, lighting, hot water and electricity-hungry appliances. To reach the UK’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 60% by 2050 – or even 80%, as the target may have to be raised to – a significant reduction in emissions will have to come from housing. But how can we tackle the problem?
The UK Government yesterday signalled its commitment to meet the proposal EU renewables target of 15% by 2020 with a consultation document aimed at opening the way for a ten-fold increase in renewables generation.
The ‘green’ credentials of biofuels are under the spotlight having been blamed in recent months for exacerbating rising food prices around the world. As research studies draw attention to potential problems with biofuels, national and state governments are rethinking their policies, and beginning to consider standards that could govern the production and use of biofuels. Is it possible to minimise the potential impact of biofuel production on the environment?