France to embrace clean vehicles more aggressively

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Country will ban gas and diesel vehicles by 2040 France is taking a major step forward in its efforts to become more environmentally friendly. The country has announced that it will ban all gas and diesel vehicles by 2040, encouraging residents to purchase clean vehicles instead. This is part of France’s overarching plan to become completely carbon neutral by 2050, replacing old forms of power with renewable energy solutions. The government intends to support the purchase of clean vehicles in order to ensure rapid adoption. Government to offer subsidies to…

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Japan is making major progress on its renewable energy goals

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Report shows that renewable energy is helping Japan accomplish its environmental goals quickly Japan is well on its way to meeting its environmental goals by 2030, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report highlights energy efficiency as a major contributor to Japan’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly and reduce reliance on older forms of power. Notably, an increase in energy efficiency has driven down the demand for electricity throughout the country over the past six years. This trend is…

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Light recycling technology prevents incandescent bulbs from wasting energy

Researchers may have found a way to make traditional light bulbs more energy efficient. Scientists at MIT and Purdue University have created a new recycling technology involving incandescent lights that enables this type of light to be more energy efficient. These warm glowing conventional light bulbs, which were first commercialized by Thomas Edison, have fallen out of favor over the past several years because they are far less efficient than compact fluorescents and LEDs. However, researchers have created a super-efficient two-stage incandescent bulb that reuses the heat it emits, allowing…

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Coca-Cola saves energy with green building technology

The Coca-Cola headquarters in Brussels improved its energy efficiency with Umisol window film. Coca-Cola has improved its energy efficient practices by installing a green building technology known as Umisol window film, an infrared blocking filter that offer effective energy efficient thermal insulation throughout the winter and solar control properties during the summer, which helps to improve indoor comfort and saves energy. Umisol window film improves the energy performance of existing buildings. The windows in the Coca-Cola HQ in Brussels were not replaced. Instead, they were double glazed with the film.…

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Energy saving tips for the hottest days of summer

Enjoy a greener summer by using a portable battery charger and conserving other power. The hottest days of summer are here and while this can be fantastic weather for beaches and to lounge poolside, it can also be significantly demanding on energy, which can be harmful to the environment, cause greater expense to residents, and be a huge drain on the power grid. For this reason, employing energy saving tips can go a long way in helping people save on their energy bill and be friendlier to the environment at…

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Renewable energy industry to grow based on cost alone

Report shows that the clean energy business will experience healthy growth even without supportive policies A new report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute suggests that the renewable energy industry will continue to grow through the coming years on the basis of cost alone. The report notes that supportive policies have had a beneficial impact on the industry, but the industry would continue to grow even in the absence of these policies. This is due to the rapidly dropping cost of various forms of renewable energy. As these costs continue…

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Super Bowl XLIX uses green energy to save power

LED Lights save energy during America’s most popular sporting event. The most recent Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLIX) may not have been the first time the New England Patriots won the Nation Football League (NFL) championship, but it was the first time that this event was played under LED lighting; green energy that saved a surprising amount of power. The LED lighting system used 75 percent less energy than the previous system. The most recent Super Bowl was held at the University of Phoenix Stadium. With the help of Cree…

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50% of California’s power to come from renewable energy by 2030

Governor Jerry Brown highlights plan to increase renewable energy capacity California has plans to receive no less than 50% of its electrical power from its renewable energy sources by 2030. The ambitious plan was revealed by recently re-elected Governor Jerry Brown, whom outlined this endeavor during his fourth inaugural speech. The state has long been a leader in the renewable energy space, supporting the development of solar energy, wind power, and various other clean energy projects for years. The state has been growing more aggressive with its clean energy ambitions…

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Energy saving technology available in a wearable bracelet

Wristify helps to cool or warm the temperature of the wearer. Embr Labs was recently announced as one of Intel’s “Make it Wearable” challenge finalists, for its product called Wristify, a heating and cooling wearable device worn on the wrist that utilizes energy saving technology to help measure and control a person’s body temperature. The concept behind the wearable technology is pretty basic. Essentially, the device features technology that gives off cool or warm impulses to slightly lower or raise a person’s body temperature. The creators of the bracelet claim…

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US launches new program to support solar energy and efficiency

New funding program will provide $68 million to efficiency and solar power projects throughout the country The U.S. government has announced the launch of a new program that aims to support some 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects throughout the country. The program will support an estimated 240 solar energy projects, tapping into $68 million in federal funds. The funds are expected to help projects that are currently in development make significant progress over the coming years. The money is also likely to provide some needed support to projects…

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Green technology to lead to new jobs at British manufacturing company

Naylor Industries Plc has received funding for a green energy project that will boost its sales and employment. The Barnsley-based manufacturing company that specializes in building and constructing products such as clay pipes, plastic ducting and drainage, and concrete products, intends to invest a large sum of money into its Cawthorne factory to upgrade it with green technology that will include smart utility metering, energy efficient lighting, and a plastic reprocessing plant. The £2.5 million project will help to lower energy consumption in the factory. The project, which has received…

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EPA rules focused on emissions reduction could make vehicles more expensive

New EPA rules could have implications regarding the cost of vehicles The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been proposing changes to its regulations regarding the emissions produced by various industries within the United States. The federal agency recently instituted regulations that aim to cut down on the emissions produced by the country’s power plants and is now turning its focus on to the transportation sector. The agency aims to introduce new rules to the transportation sector concerning the way vehicles are built and placing a limit on the emissions they…

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New EPA rules focus on emissions reduction for power plants

EPA institutes new rules targeting the country’s power plants Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to tackle carbon emissions produced by the country’s power plants. The vast majority of the country’s electrical power is currently produced by power plants burning fossil-fuels. These facilities are responsible for a significant amount of emissions and the federal agency is keen to place a limit on the emissions that these power plants produce on a yearly basis. The EPA believes that more stringent regulation of these emissions will help the U.S.…

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Renewable energy may help the world avoid a costly problem

Cost of meeting the world’s energy needs will reach new heights by 2035 Accommodating the world’s energy needs is expected to become a very expensive problem, according to a special report from the International Energy Agency. Energy costs are growing more expensive at a rapid pace and energy consumption is also on the rise. Despite countries taking steps to embrace energy efficiency and cut down on their use of fossil-fuels, the cost of electricity continues to grow and this cost may become unmanageable by some countries in the future. More…

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Breakthrough in energy storage made at the University of Florida

Energy storage remains a very significant problem without a clear solution Energy storage is a problem. This problem becomes more pronounced when renewable energy is factored into the equation. Conventional storage methods are designed for traditional forms of energy production that are largely based on the use of fossil-fuels. Unfortunately, many of the storage technologies that are still used today were developed decades ago, making them outdated and inefficient by today’s standards. When it comes to renewable energy, efficient and effective storage is even more of a problematic issue, as…

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New energy efficiency and sustainability standards could spark economic growth in the US

New standards aim to promote economic prosperity throughout the US Renewable energy has become synonymous with economic progress in the U.S. Much o the world revolves around the use of fossil-fuels, and this has created a problematic environmental situation that is expected to become quite costly in the coming years. While climate change itself is a controversial issue that many wish to avoid, the economic implications of a changing climate are not something that can be easily ignored. In the U.S., new standards regarding the mitigation of the effects of…

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