While delegates are negotiating until late hours in Lima, we already know that the past two weeks signal an important shift in fighting climate change: For the first time in 20 years of climate negotiations, governments at the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru seriously discussed the need to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The phase out of fossil fuel emissions by mid-century was an idea that gained support from over 100 countries. [Read more →]
December 13, 2014 Comments Off on We are still waiting for 100% Renewable Energy
The solar industry in Queensland, Australia faces a shake-up this month. On 25 June Energy Minister Mark McArdle announced the government’s decision to slash the feed-in tariff (FiT) under its Solar Bonus Scheme by 80 per cent, to AUD $0.08 per kWh. The tariff is set to be reviewed on 1 July 2013 and 1 July 2014. Businesses and the public have been given ten business days’ notice before the new rate takes effect on 10 July 2012. Those already connected or who apply before the deadline will continue to receive the old rate. [Read more →]
July 4, 2012 Comments Off on Sudden cut in Queensland FiT
A new model of urbanisation, powered by renewable energy and defined by a regenerative, mutually beneficial relationship between cities, rural areas and ecosystems, is urgently needed. At the World Future Council we advocate going beyond sustainable cities to regenerative cities. The long term target for cities should be ‘regenerating’ the same amount of resources as they absorb. This refers to both their ecological footprint and the ecological burden of all materials used, for example, in buildings. Here are five examples where some aspect of regenerative urbanisation is already a reality.
1. Urban food and agriculture – Havana
Producing food locally, even in an urban environment, means shorter transport routes and less processing and packaging. These parts of the value chain consume more than a third of all energy used for food production in the US. Limiting these activities can substantially reduce the carbon footprint of each meal. In response to severe shortages in food, pesticides and petroleum after the fall of the Soviet Union, Cubans began cultivating vegetables wherever they could, including lots in downtown Havana and other urban spaces throughout the island. The urban agriculture movement was first led by the people but [Read more →]
June 28, 2012 5 Comments