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World GHG Emissions Hit Record Level

Greenhouse gas emissions reached their highest point ever last year, making it “extremely challenging” to prevent global temperature rising to dangerous levels, the International Energy Agency said this weekend. The IEA said that 30.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide were emitted in 2010, up five percent from 2008’s level of 29.3 … Read more »

Epicenter of Renewable Energy Investments Shifts to Developing Economies

2010 proved a record year for green energy investments – according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, nearly US $243 billion was poured into wind farms, solar power, electric cars, and other alternative technologies worldwide, representing a 30 percent increase from 2009 and nearly five times the money … Read more »

Burt’s Bees, Whole Foods Perceived Greenest US Brands

Burt’s Bees, Whole Foods Perceived Greenest US Brands

A global study on consumer perceptions of green brands and corporate environmental behavior reveals global differences about their top environmental concerns. A key finding shows that while climate change is important across most countries, 30 percent of Brazilians and 26 percent of Indians cite deforestation as the top issue, and … Read more »

U.S. Smart Grid Market Projected to Double by 2014

By 2014, the U.S. smart grid market is expected to double from its 2009 value of $21.4 billion to $42.8 billion, according to research from Zpryme. Smart metering hardware and software is the sector expected to see the highest compounded annual growth rate, at 16.9 percent. Globally, smart grid growth … Read more »

Fujitsu Plans 15M Ton Carbon Reduction Through IT Efforts

Worldwide implementation of a Green Policy Innovation project is expected to net Fujitsu a cumulative 15 million ton reducing in CO2 emissions worldwide over four years, according to a press release. During the first two years of its Green Policy Innovation program in Japan, the company was able to cut … Read more »

Dell Gets 26% of Global Energy From Renewables

Dell has boosted the proportion of electricity derived from renewable sources, up to 26 percent globally, as compared to 20 percent in 2008. The bulk of the increase results from renewable energy partnerships in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Norway, with deals struck with utilities Swalec, Scottish Power Energy … Read more »

Analysts: Global Carbon Emissions Price 10-plus Years Away

Companies may not see standardized global pricing for carbon emissions for 10 or 15 years, said analysts at an industry meeting in Copenhagen. The analysts say too many governments are too slow to adopt regulations and standards, and that is enough to thwart standardization, according to a Reuters article. The … Read more »

Carbon Registry Caught in Fits and Starts

The Voluntary Carbon Standard Association, which launched trading services in November, is finally adding a global registry to its services. However, a key component of the registry that would allow carbon offsets to be traded across multiple registries has been delayed because of technical problems, Reuters reports. Traders of carbon … Read more »

Cisco Quietly Sizing Up Global Cleantech Market

Cisco Quietly Sizing Up Global Cleantech Market

Preparing for the future, Cisco is sizing up the world market for technology that is more efficient and less polluting. On March 6, Cisco signed a memorandum of understanding with Metropolis, a consortium of 106 large cities mostly outside the United States, to help cities use technology that is more … Read more »

Global Carbon Offsets Predicted To Grow 20%

In 2009, the global carbon offset market is expected to grow 20 percent in terms of volume, predicts Point Carbon, a provider of advisory services for the energy and environmental markets. Point Carbon forecasts that 5.9 gigatons (Gt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) will trade this year, compared to 4.9 … Read more »