This week, global electronics powerhouse Siemens inaugurated its new Middle East headquarters at Masdar City – a pivotal turning point in the city’s growth and the beginning of a wave of high-profile corporate tenants.
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The framework, which was presented last week at the Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the U.N. was quite simple: All we need to do to offset the worst impacts of climate change is to add $1 trillion in clean energy investment per year through 2050. Is it doable?
San Francisco-based Re-volv Solar is out to change the way solar energy is funded, and so far, it’s off to a great start. With one completed project under its belt, its second project is more than three-quarters funded and quickly setting a record for solar’s new funding concept.
Total corporate funding for solar last year was up 25 percent to $10 billion, according to the report. But the solar funding tide was not universally high, as global venture capital (VC) investments actually declined 40 percent to $600 million.
In an exclusive interview, we chat with Steve Severance, manager of program management and investments for Masdar City, about how Masdar is walking the fine line between sustainable innovation and savvy business management.
No two cities are alike, and likewise no two “sustainability master plans” should be the same. Nevertheless, there are a number of proven measures that most local governments can take to make their city a greener and more inviting place.
Abu Dhabi sustainability week (ADSW), one of the largest sustainability gatherings in the world, launched today with a panel on the future of renewable energy development in Africa.
Access to electricity generated by clean energy sources is one of the most pressing issues concerning sustainable development for the future. How can the increasing energy demand due to developing nations and growing world population be addressed sustainably?
Stanford University’s Start.Home entry for the Solar Decathlon builds on a Core concept of sustainable design and modularity for cost-effective home design.
CEO Alan Mulally said Ford will continue to improve fuel economy across their range, asserting that the internal combustion engine won’t be going away anytime soon. “The number one thing we can do is improve fuel mileage every year” via a need to “continually improve the internal combustion engine,” he told bloggers this week.
John Deere partners with federal agencies, academic institutions and 17 other companies to form the Manufacturing Innovation Institute in North Carolina. The focus of the institute will be on developing the next generation of semiconductors that could shrink the energy use of an electric vehicle fast-charging station down to the size of a household microwave oven.