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This year’s CEBIT (the world’s biggest IT technology fair) was all about greening the computer and related technologies’ sector. Although the global ICT industry has discovered the environmental and energy impacts of its production and use, companies still have a long way to go in terms of action, says a new report published during the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

One week after it presented its new energy/climate change package (see my post of 23 Jan), the EU is holding its annual Sustainable Energy week. Just as in last week’s proposals, the use of renewable energy will be in the spotlight. Two sessions on Monday will be dealing with the role of renewables in respectively… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

As one of the world’s biggest economic sectors, banks should play a leading role in the mitigation and adaptation actions needed to stop global warming. But a new report presented on 9 January by CERES, a US-based coalition of investors and environmental groups, shows that the banking sector’s climate actions to date are only “the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

How can Europe lead on the necessary transition to a carbon-constrained economic future when the policy measures needed might undermine the competitiveness of European industries? This was the subject of a major conference “Towards a global low carbon economy” organised as the closing event of the EU Commission’s high-level group on competitiveness, energy and the… » read more

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One week before the climate summit in Bali, the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) will be presenting a report on the UK government’s efforts to reach its greenhouse gas reduction targets (6O% by 2050). The report recognises the business opportunities related to the fight against climate change and proposes new nuclear power plants as one… » read more

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EurActiv has finally published the interview I did with London Vice-Mayor Nicki Gavron during the EU’s last Green Week. The interview showcases Gavron’s strong belief in the need for a new “energy paradigm” with decentralised energy production as one of its main dimensions. London-based think tank Accountability published its “State of Responsible Competitiveness 2007” last… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The FT’s Gideon Rachmann recognises that the world is facing “two energy crises” in an excellent column in the British newspaper today. One of them is climate change, the other the struggle for declining energy resources. “Politicians find themselves pulled in two directions”, writes Rachmann. Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has quickly lost the “green leadership”… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

German government plans for a 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and a 3% yearly improvement of energy efficiency will lead to the “de-industrialisation” of the country, warns the German Federation of Industries BDI. The warning came a few days before Chancellor Merkel’s third energy summit between government and industry representatives. The summit is supposed… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

According to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China has become the world’s biggest CO2 emitter in 2006, overtaking the US. China is building not one but two coal power plants per day. Read also The Guardian. BBC News this morning asked the question all Western confused consumers are posing themselves: why should we turn off… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Consumers do not trust what corporates and governments tell them about global warming, according to a report to be published on 22 June by AccountAbility and Consumers International. They also have very little faith in religious figures, celebrities or the media when it comes to finding trustworthy information on climate change. Read more on this… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer