The Feed-in Tariff is better than is commonly understood

Renewable Energy in the German 100% RE region Trier

Renewable Energy in the German 100% RE region Trier

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has proven to be the most successful policy for climate protection and sustainable development. As the cornerstone of overwhelming renewable energy development worldwide, it has resulted in significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, green jobs, revenues for governments and citizens and cost-competitive alternatives to harmful fossil fuels. Despite all that, the FiT is currently under attack. This is especially so in frontrunner country Germany, where the government has approved the phase out of the FiT through recent reform. But the Feed-in Tariff is a better policy than is commonly understood. [Read more →]

July 17, 2014   Comments Off on The Feed-in Tariff is better than is commonly understood

Food Security in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

School Feeding

This is the fifth in a six-part series featuring case studies that illustrate what regenerative urban development looks like in practice.

The city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil has made significant advances in securing food for its 2.5 million inhabitants, thanks to its comprehensive policy framework for food sovereignty, which won the Future Policy Award 2009 of the World Future Council.

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June 18, 2014   Comments Off on Food Security in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

100 % Renewable Power in San Francisco, US

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Maximizing San Francisco’s high solar potential

This is the fourth in a six-part series featuring case studies that illustrate what regenerative urban development looks like in practice.

In 2010 the mayor of San Francisco, US announced a 100 % renewable electricity target to be achieved within ten years. The target – building on the 51% Renewable Portfolio Standard set in 2007 for 2017 – can be seen as one instrument to fulfil the Climate Change Goals Ordinance, adopted in 2008, which set high greehouse gas reduction targets. While the ordinance only stipulates greenhouse gas-free electrictiy production by 2013, the 100% goes one step further.

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June 12, 2014   3 Comments