Renewable energy grows in 2020 despite pandemic

November 11, 2020 by  
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A report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed that renewable energy has defied the coronavirus pandemic to hit new records. Worldwide, renewable electricity installations have reached an all-time high. According to the report, about 90% of all new electricity generation in 2020 is renewable. If the IEA report is anything to go by, the world will see a record increase of 200 gigawatts in renewable energy capacity in 2020 compared to last year. This report is a sign of hope for a future dominated by renewable energy. If the trend is maintained, renewable energy sources could overtake fossil fuels and become the largest power source by 2025. As renewable energy takes center stage, the focus will be shifted to the U.S. and China, as they are the front-runners in the sector. The IEA anticipates that if the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden implements his energy policies, the transition to green energy could be much faster than anticipated. Related: Renewable energy is the cheapest source of electricity “Renewable power is defying the difficulties caused by the pandemic , showing robust growth while others fuels struggle,” said Fatih Birol, IEA’s executive director. “The resilience and positive prospects of the sector are clearly reflected by continued strong appetite from investors.” While fossil fuels have dwindled, wind power and solar have increased in capacity significantly. Solar has increased 18 times since 2010, while wind energy has increased about four times in the same period. According to Birol, solar power is projected to become the king of clean energy in the future. According to the report, hydropower dominated the renewable energy sector in 2010, taking about 77% of the market share. However, that has reduced to just about 45% in 2020. Although renewables are doing well in 2020, it is not time to celebrate yet. IEA warns that to continue the positive trend, countries must adopt policy changes that govern the energy sector. + IEA Via The Guardian Image via Karsten W.

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This waterproof outwear is made with fishing nets and nylon waste

November 11, 2020 by  
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Sisters Marta and Lucia Scarampi have always focused on slow fashion by making each item in the Marta Scarampi clothing line on-demand as orders are received. This avoids excess waste and unnecessary inventory. Additionally, the company uses every scrap from the cutting room floor to make hair scrunchies, headbands and masks. Now, the brand’s newest line, The Greta Collection, makes use of waste like fishing nets to create sustainable, durable outerwear. The newest collection continues the trend of avoiding waste during the manufacturing process but also reduces waste already in the environment by relying on ECONYL, a fiber made in Italy. ECONYL is generated from used carpets, old fishing nets and other fabric scraps. In addition to the recycling involved at the origin, the materials are endlessly recyclable at the end of the garments’ lifecycles, too. Related: Second Nature transforms abandoned fishing nets into 3D-printed seashells and bowls Marta Scarampi’s investment in ECONYL for circular fashion is referred to as The Re-Waste Project, and the initial release is the capsule The Greta Collection. It includes six pieces that can be worn for work or play. “With most of us working from home now, we shifted the focus to casual wear to match this modern lifestyle,” Marta said. “We imagine you wanting to be comfortable when you’re out on the weekends, running errands, riding your bike, and really just enjoying the present, and being you.” The capsule collection offers interchangeable options that include a parka, cape, jacket, detachable hood, belt bag and, of course, the latest universally necessary accessory, a face mask. The material for all of the products is waterproof, machine-washable and durable. If at some point you want to part with your coat or accessory, it can go back into the recycling process, directly contributing to the reduction of pollution at every stage of the cycle. Lucia said, “Even when you one day decide to discard the reusable face masks we make, the best part is knowing that it can eventually be recycled, and turned into new ECONYL® fibre again.” + Marta Scarampi Images via Marta Scarampi

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Greenhouse gas emissions expected to hit record decline

May 5, 2020 by  
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While your home energy bill may have increased while you shelter in place, the planet’s overall energy use has taken a significant downturn. According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) first quarter report, global carbon emissions could be down by 8% this year, the biggest drop the agency has ever seen. In the first quarter of 2020, global energy demand decreased by 3.8%, thanks in large part to lockdowns in Europe and North America. The report collected data for 30 countries from January 1 through April 14. The analysis concluded that countries in full lockdown averaged a 25% weekly decline in energy demand, while countries in partial lockdown averaged 18%. While your own energy bill probably won’t reflect this trend, reductions in energy use by industrial and commercial concerns far outweigh upticks in residential demand. “For weeks, the shape of demand resembled that of a prolonged Sunday,” the report said. In short, the longer and more stringent the lockdown, the better for Earth’s atmosphere. Related: 6 ways to save energy while sheltering in place “This is a historic shock to the entire energy world. Amid today’s unparalleled health and economic crises, the plunge in demand for nearly all major fuels is staggering, especially for coal, oil and gas. Only renewables are holding up during the previously unheard-of slump in electricity use,” Fatih Birol, IEA executive director, said in a press release. “It is still too early to determine the longer-term impacts, but the energy industry that emerges from this crisis will be significantly different from the one that came before.” Global coal demand fell by nearly 8% compared with 2019’s first quarter. Analysts attributed this to a mild winter, the growth in renewable energy sources and the pandemic’s hard hit on China’s coal-based economy. Oil demand was also down, falling nearly 5%. The extreme aviation slowdown accounted for much of the oil decline, paired with global road transport activity dropping by half. “Resulting from premature deaths and economic trauma around the world, the historic decline in global emissions is absolutely nothing to cheer,” Birol said. “And if the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis is anything to go by, we are likely to soon see a sharp rebound in emissions as economic conditions improve. But governments can learn from that experience by putting clean energy technologies — renewables, efficiency, batteries, hydrogen and carbon capture — at the heart of their plans for economic recovery. Investing in those areas can create jobs, make economies more competitive and steer the world towards a more resilient and cleaner energy future.” + International Energy Agency Image via Marcin Jozwiak

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IPCC’s latest report, and other troubling news

October 8, 2018 by  
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The IPCC analysis, and another report from the International Energy Agency, paint a stark picture about what it will take to keep global warming within acceptable limits. Are we up to the task?

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Report:solar power is the fastest growing source of new energy

October 5, 2017 by  
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The world is going green at an unprecedented rate. In 2016, renewable energy accounted for two-thirds of all new power added to the world’s grid, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) — with more solar brought on board than any other technology. Overall, the growth in renewable power is estimated to be twice as large as gas and coal combined over the next five years. According to the report, new solar growth even overtook the net growth in coal,  which was previously the largest source of power generation. In many countries, the switch toward solar was propelled by falling prices and more favorable government policies. Now, the agency — which was funded by 28 member governments — predicts that in five years, the global capacity for solar will be greater “than the current combined total power of capacity of India and Japan.” Dr. Fatih Birol, the executive director of the IEA, said, “What we are witnessing is the birth of a new era in solar photovoltaics [PV]. We expect that solar PV capacity growth will be higher than any other renewable technology up to 2022.” The agency said it has “underestimated” the speed solar is growing. Based on figures from 2016, the IEA now expects one-third more solar in China and India by 2022. China, which is notorious for being the most polluted country in the world, is leading the expansion of renewable energy. The United States is the second-fasting growing market, despite President Trump’s adamant anti-climate change stance. India is set for a “solar boom” over the next five years. Already, solar farms integrated with the grid are common, and innovation in the country is ensuring even the poorest residents have access to eco-friendly inventions . Because India’s renewable energy capacity will double by 2022, it will likely overtake the EU on growth. In terms of solar, the UK is expected to lag behind. The amount of solar forecast to be installed by 2022 is one-fifth the amount installed over the past five years. Offshore wind farms are expected to account for most of the UK’s renewable energy growth. Related: The Puerto Rico nursery still up and running thanks to solar power The world’s acceptance of clean energy means technologies — including wind, solar, and geothermal — are becoming comparable in price to fossil fuels. Paolo Frankl, head of the renewable energy division at the IEA, said, “Renewables may well become even cheaper than fossil fuel alternatives [over the next five years].” Within five years, coal may still be the biggest source of power. But renewables’ share of electricity will increase from 24 percent in 2016 to 30 percent by 2022. Via The Guardian  Images via Pixabay

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Clean energy accounted for nearly half of all new power last year

November 12, 2015 by  
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As if you needed any further proof that clean energy has fossil fuels on the run, a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows renewable energy accounted for nearly half of all new power plants built in 2014. The Guardian reports the IEA said this fact represents a “clear sign that an energy transition is underway” on planet Earth. According to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2015 report, the milestone also means green energy is the second-largest electricity generator in the world, and set to dethrone the worst of the world’s fossil fuels by early in the 2030s. Read the rest of Clean energy accounted for nearly half of all new power last year

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Two architectural teams redesign the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland

November 12, 2015 by  
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What happens when you challenge two teams from the same architectural firm to create an amazing residential design? Designer Maarten Baas was determined to find out as he led two separate teams from Dutch-based firm Van Aken Architecten to create residential designs for De Bakermat Plaza in Eindhoven, once voted the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland. Read the rest of Two architectural teams redesign the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland

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BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

March 21, 2014 by  
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While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio crude oil after an Atlantic blue marlin impaled a hose at its floating production and storage facility. The 14-foot fish did enough damage to cost the company $100 million in revenue, keeping 900,000 barrels of oil from reaching the market. Read the rest of BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Angola , angolan plutonio crude oil , BP , bp deepwater horizon spill , environmental damage , fossil fuel industry , gulf of mexico , International Energy Agency , marlin , Oil Platform , oil production , oil rig , swordfish        

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New Report Shows More Efficient Urban Transportation Could Save the World $70 Trillion

July 17, 2013 by  
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Photo from Shutterstock Transportation accounts for half of the world’s oil consumption and about a fifth of the world’s total energy use – and 40% of those resources are used for urban transportation. A new report by the International Energy Agency suggests that these numbers are set to double by 2050 because more and more of the world’s population is moving to cities. To address the issue, the agency has proposed some radical changes in policy and infrastructure planning to address the inevitable reality of more crowded trains and buses and more congestion on the streets. If implemented, these changes in policy and planning could collectively save countries $70 trillion by 2050. Read the rest of New Report Shows More Efficient Urban Transportation Could Save the World $70 Trillion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , avoid shift improve transportation planning , climate impacts , energy efficient modes of transportation , global travel to double by 2050 , increased mobility , infrastructure planning , International Energy Agency , maria van der hoeven , multi-modal cities , reducing burden on transportation system , roadway congestion , telecommuting , urban transportation        

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7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

July 17, 2013 by  
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As the summer heat intensifies, the temptation to blast the air conditioner can be unbearable – but it’s bound to take a toll on your energy bill and the environment. Fortunately, there’s lots of ways to conserve energy and lower your utility bill without breaking a sweat. Sealing and insulating your home is estimated to reduce cooling costs by 20% according to the EPA, while a light-colored roof can make a difference of up to 25 degrees of your home’s temperature. Check out this helpful infographic from Toms Mechanical for more energy-efficient ways to beat the heat! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of 7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , ac , air conditioner , air conditioning , beat the heat , energy efficient cooling , Green Building , green design , heatwave , summer heat , sustainable design , toms mechanical        

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