Posts Tagged:Renewable energy

Urban Mobility of the Future

We’re living in an urban age: 50% of the planet’s population today live in cities, consume 75% of energy and produce 80% of CO2 emissions. In 40 years, even 70% of the planet’s population are expected to live in cities. Due to this rapid growth and the innovative strength of urban areas, it will be decided in our…

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The Energy Future is 100% Renewable!

Last week was filled with good news as the IPCC released its Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation für erfreuliche Nachrichten: A share of 80% renewable energy in the global energy mix is possible until 2050 if politics provides investment and attractive subsidies. In concrete terms, annual investments of 1% of global GDP…

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Three Ways to a Sustainable Economic Recovery

There were some interesting insights from a recent workshop SERI on “Macro-economic effects of sustainable energy consumption“. Based on Austria’s climate and energy targets for 2020, the effects of three central measures on the economy, environment and society were examined. It became clear that a massive, holistic effort is necessary and possible! Investment in renewable energy, increase…

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Interview on Bulgarian TV: “Climate change is a matter of responsibility”

This week, the Bulgarian national TV station interviewed several TH!NKers about climate change and the COP15 summit. In my interview on the morning show, I tried to talk about the aspect of global responsibility, to highlight some possibilities for individual action and to emphasize the importance of ambitious emissions reduction goals and comprehensive adaptation funds…

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There’s no such thing as “clean coal”!

It was recently reported that the European Union will additionally invest € 50 billion in energy technology research over the next ten years. Unfortunately, a closer look at the actual numbers reveals that 40% of the funds will go into the technologies of the past (nuclear and coal), with € 13 billion for carbon capture…

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Hermann Scheer: “100% renewable energy is necessary and possibe!”

Last week, EUROSOLAR President Hermann Scheer held a speech at the Natural History Museum in Vienna on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of EUROSOLAR Austria. His message was clear: A complete transition to 100% renewable energy is necessary and possible within the next three decades! (see video in German) The opportunities are obvious: Every…

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Climate change needs inspiration and optimism

“Every crisis is an opportunity” – I don’t think that any other quote was more overstreched during the past two years to draw attention off the fact that politicians failed to take advantage of the opportunites for change during the eocnomic crisis. Thus, this important quote that we should use with regards to climate change…

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Austrian Cities must become Aarhus

Many Austrian villages like Güssing or Munderfing show us that a transformation of our energy system and climate protection can be pushed on a regional level. In contrast, many of Austria’s bigger cities are still lagging behind. So we might turn to Denmark for some inspiration. The Danish government recently started a comprehensive investment program to make six Danish cities…

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