Tag: energy consumption


Good news everyone: the European Union has already almost achieved its climate and energy goals for 2020 according to the latest data from the European Environmental Agency. The European Commission official statement reports that “  The decrease in emissions of Read more…


One of the challenges we can expect to face in a climate-changed world is a dramatic redistribution of water resources. Some areas will experience drought, as California and all of the Southwest is currently facing, while others will be forced Read more…


A recently launched citizen science project aims to highlight the environmental, social, and financial impacts of excessive nighttime lighting in cities around the world. The project, called Cities at Night, enlists people to help identify the cities pictured in thousands Read more…


A number of green patent complaints have been filed in the last several months in the areas of energy management software, LEDs, smart meters, vertical axis wind turbines, and wastewater treatment.  This post covers new lawsuits filed from the end of Read more…


The world’s 14 billion online electronic devices, such as modems, printers, game consoles, and cable boxes, waste around $80 billion in electricity annually because of inefficient technology, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). In 2013, Read more…


Energy efficiency startups, maybe you should all head out to Oregon. In Oregon, one company, Indow Windows, benefitted from state grants that totaled $83,000 and says that Oregon’s Clean Energy Works generated home weatherization projects that helped the company prove Read more…


Sparing the earth in order to create a more sustainable future can be accomplished through environmentally conscious apps. From reducing a person’s carbon footprint to saving energy to finding eco-sensitive, green products, this list of seven apps will offer users Read more…


Light Pollution

While the European Union is well on its way to reach or exceed its renewable energy and  emissions targets for 2020, there is one goal of its climate policies it likely won’t meet: energy efficiency. According to the European Environment Read more…


China is planning to build at least 84 major dams in its southwest region, as shown in a map from the Wilson Center, eventually boosting its hydropower capacity by more than 160 gigawatts. By next year China’s capacity will surpass Read more…


The New Jersey legislature is at work on a bill that would dramatically increase that state’s reliance on renewable energy to 80 percent while decreasing energy consumption by 30 percent. Both targets would be achieved by 2050. The bill in Read more…


A new and substantially different version of GRESB’s Performance Indicators aspect has landed. So toss out your old spreadsheet (it won’t help this year), pull out your copy of the GHG Protocol, and get ready to rethink your approach to Read more…


According to official statistics from Eurobserv’ER, 23.4 percent of the electricity in the European Union came from renewable energy sources in 2012. The total output for 2012 has been estimated at 763.5 TW. This represents an important increase from 2011, Read more…


What would happen if we all, just for one hour, actually shut off our idling gadgets and pulled our unused chargers out of the socket? Answering that question was the motivation for a new study conducted by leading mobile refurbishment Read more…


Google’s purchase of Nest, a leading manufacturer of smart thermostats, further deepens the Internet search giant’s involvement in the green energy sector and is likely to help accelerate development of a more efficient

smart grid, experts say. Go…

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