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Market concentration of non-hydro renewables
April 17, 2013
The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in an annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). “The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled,” IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven told the CEM, which brings together ministers representing countries responsible for four-fifths of global greenhouse-gas emissions.
Hong Kong's Olypic Station development
March 05, 2013
Hong Kong should be a walker’s paradise. It is compact and dense, with a large number of amenities concentrated in a very small space. Few errands require the use of a car, and in fact over 90 percent of daily journeys occur on public transportation. Walk Score, a US-based website which calculates walkability based on the proximity and concentration of amenities in a neighborhood, gives much of urban Hong Kong scores of 70/100 or above. Moreover, Hong Kong has a vibrant street food and market culture, boasting areas with enough complexity and variety to keep people entertained for hours. Yet Hong Kongers do not seem to enjoy walking.
Groundwater sources are citical to many in China
February 20, 2013
In his maiden 2013 Policy Address Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung announced his intention to create an interdepartmental steering committee to promote green buildings. With buildings accounting for 90 per cent of Hong Kong’s electricity use and 60 per cent of its carbon emissions, this is an important step forward. But without an overarching climate policy or target for Hong Kong, any effort taken by this committee will likely be piecemeal.
Application Specific Solar PV Demand in the Asia Pacific Region, Q1’12-Q1’14
February 19, 2013
According to the NPD Solarbuzz Q1’13 Asia Pacific Major PV Markets Quarterly report, PV demand in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is forecast to grow to by 50 percent year-on-year 13.5-GW in 2013. China, Japan, India, and Australia will remain dominant for PV demand in the region, accounting for 90 percent of demand in 2013, however, discrete end-market demand environments are now evolving in each of these countries.
China has announced that all its new buildings will have to meet mandatory energy-saving standards, as well unveiling plans to green-up its existing building stock by 2015.
A new report from Pike Research says that over the next 40 years the global urban landscape will be dominated by smart cities and mega-cities.
The Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency is to install 3,340 solar heaters in houses in the northeastern state of India, in an effort to conserve energy and reduce pollution.
Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung first policy address
January 16, 2013
Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive C Y Leung made a range of sweeping promises in his maiden policy address today aimed at tackling the city’s pressing environmental issues, including the city’s stifling air quality and absence of any real efforts towards nature conservation. "For the well-being of future generations, the government and the community must commit to improving the environment. To tackle key issues such as waste management and air quality requires us to make choices," Leung said
The Climate Group is joining forces with the China Advanced Construction Materials Group (China ACM), one of China’s biggest concrete producers, to tackle one of the biggest side-effects of China’s rapid growth and urbanization: urban construction waste.
The appointment of Christine Loh, a noted environmental campaigner and head of Hong Kong-based think-tank Civic Exchange, to be the city's Under Secretary for the Environment was seen as a significant statement of intent by the new Hong Kong Chief Executive, CY Leung. Ms Loh spoke with CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O'Rorke on her 100th day in office.