Any currency has value — but only if a large community uses and accepts it as payment. For SolarCoin, the new digital currency designed to promote solar electricity production, this need to scale-up is the primary barrier to gaining value as a form of money.
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SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
Could the arrival of Storefront’s pop-up shop finally bridge the gap between small brand and conscious consumer?
Join us at the Impact HUB SF – or online – for “Stories & Beer” on April 17th when Nick Aster will be chatting with Almanac and Headlands Breweries.
SPECIAL SERIES: Building Shared Value
Join Nick Aster for a live chat with Justin Bakule, Executive Director of the Shared Value Initiative, on Wednesday, April 16th.
2013 global renewable energy investment fell for a second year running, but costs kept falling and renewables’ share of power generation kept on growing. In an annual report on renewable energy investment, the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance review 2013 developments and conditions in renewable energy investment worldwide.
SolarCoin is a decentralized digital currency that has inherent value in trust and goodness. It facilitates transactional trust between strangers, rewards producers of clean energy and frees everyday exchanges from the banking system.
As clean energy finance fell in Europe — most notably Germany and Italy — it soared in Asia, particularly in Japan and China in 2013, according to a new report from Pew Charitable Trusts.
Lyft closed a $250 million Series D round last week, bringing its total funding up to $332 million – several million above Uber’s $307 million.
Along with the demand for more green goods and services comes a shift in consumer awareness that will extend to every industry. Business strategist Jeffrey Hollender calls this Radical Transparency and explains how it can be used as a powerful tool to transform ordinary businesses into responsible and profitable entities.
There’s been no shortage of challenges to German Premier Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” — an all-out transition to a greener, sustainable economy centered on renewable energy and resource efficiency — but Germany’s renewable energy markets and industry are proving resilient, with renewable electricity consumption reaching a record high in 2013.
Nest Labs quickly became a darling of both the sustainability and tech worlds for its sleek, Internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector designed to provide customers with energy savings and safety. But has the sheen finally worn off on the Palo-Alto based company, acquired by Google earlier this year? Nest announced yesterday that it is halting sales of its Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors due potential safety concerns and will refund customers who want to return their current devices.
The components alone for desalination activity will constitute a $5 billion industry by 2015. While this spend would not be confined to California, a new report conducted by the McIlvaine Co. describes the state as being at the epicenter of global desalination activity.
Beset by geopolitical crises, spreading social unrest and economic weakness, Clean Edge’s latest report highlights the high stakes associated with the energy decisions we’re making today and shines a spotlight on five key trends shaping the future of renewable energy markets globally.
It seems like a huge deal for a several reasons: The oil major is publicly acknowledging the potential impact of carbon emission limits on its business model and revealing how it assesses the “risk of stranded assets” from climate change, and it did so at the behest of two shareholder groups.