China is set to become a hotbed for the $100 billion market in bonds tied to environmentally-friendly investments as authorities and developers seek alternatives to loans for funding a transformation to clean energy supplies.
Last year was a record year for PV installation worldwide, with a rush of activity in China on the back of a national feed-in tariff one of the main drivers
According to a new report of NGO Pew Charitable Trusts, South Africa has become the “cornerstone of development in the field of clean energy for the entire African continent”, and between 2011 and 2012 investments showed an increase of 20,500%!
Do citizens think companies are a force for good, or bad? What do citizens of the EU and other major economies think about the efforts companies of different sizes and sectors make to behave in a responsible way? Part of the European Commission’s policy on corporate social responsibility, this survey answers these and other key questions about citizen perceptions of the influence companies have on society. After an analysis at EU level the results are compared to the results from other countries including the US, China, Brazil, India, and Turkey.
1. The Nile River is the longest river on Earth. It measures 4,160 miles in length.
2. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. It’s peak measures 29,029 feet above sea level.
3. The lowest point on Earth is the Dead Sea measuring 1,302 feet below seal level.
4. The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest on Earth.
Its reputation as ‘the land of the Rising Sun’ begins to confirm Japan as it is expected to become the second largest solar power after China, later this year. Continue reading “Japan: will manage to be the second largest solar power?”
Chen Guangbiao is a billionaire entrepreneur who is trying to raise awareness concerning air pollution in China by giving away thousands of tins of air. Chen, who is also one of the greatest philanthropist and environmentalist, is a man coming from a poor family who has made it by recycling materials from demolished buildings and has vowed to give it all away before his death.
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Ernst & Young have conducted a very interesting report containing Country Attractiveness Indices (CAI ) score for 40 countries around the world regarding their attractiveness of their renewable energy markets, energy infrastructure and the suitability for individual technologies. China is the winner as it remains the best place to undertake renewable energy projects like solar or wind, while Germany and U.S. hold the second and the third place respectively. The top five is completed with India holding the 4th place and France the 5th. Grid issues, strong partisan views, mixed policy signals and austerity measures are just some of the tensions that are slowing the pace of expansion across the top five countries.
In June 2012 was studied that China’s carbon emissions could be nearly 20% higher than thought. The national statistics show 7.5% annual growth from 1997 to 7.69 billion tonnes in 2010. In contrast, aggregated emissions of Chinese provinces increased 8.5% annually to 9.08 billion tonnes in 2010. By comparison, US emissions were 6.87 billion tonnes in 2010.