Microgrids spread across Africa

Africa microgrid Developing Microgrids Communities see tremendous benefits from microgrids, especially in developing countries and developing economies (e.g. countries in Africa, rural areas of countries - especially those in remote locations). More and more, as African nations push for rural electrification, they look to microgrids as a sustainable solution to the energy poverty problem. Microgrids are increasingly […]

EVs to be the main car on the world’s roads

electric vehicles EV mandates In the near future, there will be laws implemented mandating sales of electric vehicles (EVs), and the phase-out of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, in many countries, states, and cities throughout the world. Unfortunately, current global roads and fuel infrastructure are built for petrol; ICE vehicles that have historically relied on gasoline. However, […]

Putting a Price on Carbon

carbon tax Carbon Markets |  Carbon cap and trade systems are regulatory policies in which countries, provinces, states, and even cities, set a limit (a cap) on the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) industries/ power plants can emit. Carbon pricing plans incorporating an emission trading system (ETS) are commonly referred to as carbon cap […]

A Close Look at San Diego’s HERO Program

San Diego, Green Buildings, HERO Program The importance of green energy for use in homes and businesses is becoming more and more widespread. Families, businesses, and whole communities are making the proactive effort to renovate their energy systems in order to pursue more cost-efficient and energy-efficient methods. San Diego is a U.S. west coast city […]

Recycling – how we are doing as a global community; waste-to-energy

Effective waste management strategies for cities include citywide recycling programs, circular economy strategies, as well as waste-to-energy programs (discussed below). A simple, straightforward action that benefits the environment positively is recycling, as well as actions such as responsibly treating food waste (as seen in The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan in the UK, described at […]

Ride-sharing our way to saving the planet

Sustainable Commuting |  Carsharing (a.k.a. ride-sharing) services provide an opportunity to reduce emissions from cars, reduce congestion on roads, and provide economic savings. With customers’ access to low rates on fuel and insurance, as well as the ability to use cars only when they are needed, driving becomes both a minimal cost in a monthly […]

The UNFCCC

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – Conference of the Parties |  World leaders, dignitaries, and diplomats, from almost 200 nations, assemble every year for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. UNFCCC members assess international progress in mitigating global anthropogenic climate change. Members also negotiate protocols and treaties between countries, further addressing […]

Carbon tax – a levy on pollution whose time has come

carbon tax Defining effective carbon taxes |  A carbon tax is a levy in countries and regions on: fossil fuel power plants, oil refineries, and/or industries, and/or companies; that use fossil fuels (tax applies directly), or on those that consume energy-intensive goods and services that depend on fossil fuel energy generation (the tax applies indirectly); and emit […]

Improving energy efficiency

green arrow Energy Efficiency Foundations for Green Building: Energy Star, LED and CFL Lights, LEED technologies When it comes to saving on your electricity bill, improving the energy efficiency in your home or building is certainly the way to do it. There are a few ways of achieving this through the various kinds of Energy Star major home appliances and Energy Star […]