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Using the starch from tapioca, social enterprise Ecopia produces a fully degradable, recyclable, and non-GMO bio-plastic, referred to as ECOPLAS®, while also seeking to drive social value within the communities that create its product.
Though it still accounts for 50% of global demand, PV growth slowed considerably YoY in the EU in 2012. A record-setting year in the Americas and Asia-Pacific took up the slack. 31.1 GW of PV systems were installed globally in 2012, up from 30.4 GW in 2011; as PV remained the third most important renewable energy source in terms of globally installed capacity, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s latest “Photovoltaic Barometer.”
Do massive investments from Wall Street mean the solar powered revolution is here to stay? Billions in investment and new financing systems help solidify the solar industry and make solar power more accessible to businesses and households.
More partners pulled out of Desertec, and Morocco’s opening of a new solar plant could kill the $560 billion plan to send Saharan solar energy to Europe.
So-called “eco-drones” are helping a growing variety of public and private sector groups monitor, collect and analyze high-resolution images and data to address some of our most pressing social-environmental issues. A report from UNEP’s Global Environmental Alert Service highlights the advantages, benefits and challenges posed by their use.
Energy efficiency could be a several hundred billion dollar investment opportunity in the United States, but better policies are required to unlock broad-based financing from institutional investors, according to a new study by investor advocacy group Ceres. Power Factor: Institutional Investors’ Policy Priorities Can Bring Energy Efficiency to Scale surveyed nearly 30 institutional investors and other experts from the energy, policy and financial sectors to identify three areas of policy – utility regulation, demand-generating policies and innovative financing policies – that have the potential of taking energy efficiency financing to a scale sufficient enough to attract significant institutional investment.
For the 2014 World Cup, Brazil will roll out impressive facilities that could score LEED certification and add to its rich modern architecture legacy.
In another piece of good news for electric vehicle maker, Tesla Motors, the company announced on Wednesday, May 22, that it has paid off the remainder of its Department of Energy loan, nine years early. The sum of $451.8 million was wired to the DOE, repaying the full loan with interest.
EV owners have come to rely on tools that ensure they are up-to-date as to where they can plug in. The two leading companies in providing such tools via their apps for EV owners, Recargo and Xatori, have just announced that they will merge to combine their resources to deliver a more powerful offering to their users.
The solar-powered window plug is the latest rage – at least according to the chatter on the prestigious tech magazine yankodesign.com and the viral postings on the Internet. So does it really matter that the gadget is still in early concept mode? Apparently not to its growing fan base.
In their ongoing quest to scale up sustainable consumption and make it the norm rather than the exception companies have managed to identify multiple obstacles – from cost and availability to lack of consumer awareness. However, one factor can be a real game changer in sustainable consumption – the excitement factor.