Posts tagged with 'energy'
Heat + Emissions = Dangerous Urban Air Quality
Heat + Emissions = Dangerous Urban Air Quality
Summertime often means soaring, dangerous temperatures. Recent heat waves in Europe brought government warnings, power plant shutdowns, restrictions on automobile use, heat stroke and deaths. But misery in Europe and elsewhere is compounded by the chemistry of how emissions from ...
Despite Challenges, Virginia Cities Envision a Bold Clean Energy Future
Despite Challenges, Virginia Cities Envision a Bold Clean Energy Future
U.S. solar power is booming, poised to grow 12% nationally this year, but so far, Virginia hasn’t been a big part of the boom. With only 775 megawatts of installed solar capacity, solar represents about 1% of Virginia’s electricity consumption. That’s enough to power ...
Closing Sub-Saharan Africa’s Electricity Access Gap: Why Cities Must Be Part of the Solution
Closing Sub-Saharan Africa’s Electricity Access Gap: Why Cities Must Be Part of the Solution
There’s both good and bad news from the latest report tracking progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, a global goal to achieve universal access to energy by 2030. The good news: The number of people without electricity access globally has dropped, ...
India's Environmental Challenges in 10 Images
India’s Environmental Challenges in 10 Images
The last two decades have seen a rampant rise in environmental challenges being faced by cities and countries globally. In India, too, challenges related to air pollution, waste management, scarcity of water, conservation of natural resources, and loss of biodiversity, ...
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Eskişehir, Turkey, Leads on Energy-Efficient Buildings
A city without buildings is simply not a city. And yet when it comes to climate action, buildings tend to take a back seat to transport, energy production and industry. Making buildings more energy-efficient is the cheapest way to reduce ...
Insights from Uganda on Why Solar Street Lights Make Sense
Insights from Uganda on Why Solar Street Lights Make Sense
Street lighting is important. It allows informal vendors and traders to operate for longer hours and improves road and public safety. It also makes streets feel safer and more secure, especially for women. But street lighting is sorely lacking in many of sub-Saharan Africa’s ...
4 Creative Ways Cities Are Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future
4 Creative Ways Cities Are Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future
Mayors from cities across the U.S. are stepping up and committing to broad and inspirational action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize local energy systems. This leadership is especially critical given lack of federal climate action, but translating a ...
Optimize, Electrify, Decarbonize: The 3 Steps to Thriving, Zero-Carbon Cities
Optimize, Electrify, Decarbonize: The 3 Steps to Thriving, Zero-Carbon Cities
Cities are currently both climate-culprit and climate-victim. They are already responsible for 70 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and 65 percent of global energy demand; they could easily account for more than three-quarters of electricity use by 2030. ...
How Santiago de Chile Became a Global Leader on Electric Buses
How Santiago de Chile Became a Global Leader on Electric Buses
The electrification of transport has taken off around the globe. Cities and transit agencies are experimenting with the latest trends and innovations, spanning the gamut from cars to buses, scooters and bikes. We have seen China lead on electric vehicles ...
Financing the Transition to Sustainable Cities: Introducing TheCityFix Labs India
Financing the Transition to Sustainable Cities: Introducing TheCityFix Labs India
Cities are changing at an unprecedented rate: 75 percent of the infrastructure expected to be in place by 2050 has yet to be built. Meanwhile, major adjustments are needed to reach global climate and development goals. Now is the chance ...
How Behavioral Science Can Boost Household Energy Efficiency
How Behavioral Science Can Boost Household Energy Efficiency
Persuading people to use energy more efficiently has long been heralded as a simple, effective way to help tackle climate change. The problem lies in the persuasion. Historically, policies and programs to encourage people to save energy have relied largely ...
Cleaner Air, New Jobs, Reduced Inequality: The Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities
Cleaner Air, New Jobs, Reduced Inequality: The Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities
Climate action is rarely a primary consideration when investments are made in cities. Roads and transport networks are built to improve mobility, homes to provide shelter, offices to create places to work. But with more than three-quarters of global emissions ...
Boosting the Cool Factor of Energy Efficiency
Boosting the Cool Factor of Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency’s image is due for a makeover. Long seen as one of the simplest ways to reduce consumer costs, energy efficiency also offers multiple benefits that improve people’s lives while cutting air pollution and curbing climate-warming emissions. And yet, ...
Not Just Car Makers, Utilities Are Banking on Shared Electric Vehicles Too. Here’s How Batman and Robin Are Redesigning the Batmobile.
Not Just Car Makers, Utilities Are Banking on Shared Electric Vehicles Too. Here’s How Batman and Robin Are Redesigning the Batmobile.
With CEO Mary Barra at the wheel, GM has matured their climate strategy from simply greening operations to product strategy to shared electric mobility solutions. A few years ago, GM’s energy demands came from building cars. Now they come from ...
From Planning to Partnerships: What's Driving Smart City Initiatives Around the World
From Planning to Partnerships: What’s Driving Smart City Initiatives Around the World
While there is growing global interest in smart city applications, there are also significant challenges in scaling implementation and impact. Building on the success of its annual Energy Efficiency Indicator study, Johnson Controls recently conducted its first Smart City Indicator ...
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