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According to a new report by Pike Research, which was recently merged into Navigant Energy, sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) in China continue to be well off the target set by the government when it named the Electric Vehicle (EV) sector a strategic priority with major economic, environmental, and security impacts for the country.
CLP Power Hong Kong has selected US-companies Itron and Cisco for a pilot smart metering project. Due to start next year, the pilot project will include around 3,000 residential customers living in both private and public housing and around 1,400 small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) customers with the company hoping to boost its green credentials.
Read Full Story On November 23 the Delhi government will begin enforcing a blanket ban on the manufacture, import, sale, storage and use of plastic bags, sheets, films or tubs, the second time in three years the city has attempted the move.
The Vietnamese city of Da Nang was selected at last week’s 44th APEC energy meeting in Washington DC as the site of Low-Carbon Model Town Project, according to Pham Thanh Tung, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's International Co-operation Department.
Read Full Story An environmental and health crisis may be brewing in China as a massive 2008 government drive to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient light bulbs via subsidies is now beginning to have unintended consequences, according to a report by the Global Times.
The installation of the third and final solar PV system has been completed on the small South Pacific archipelago of Tokelau, giving the New Zealand-owned territory the capability to be the powered by 100 percent solar energy.
Kai Tak Metropark
November 08, 2012
Hong Kong’s new government recently averted another political firestorm when it shot down its own trial balloon proposing last-minute changes to development plans for the former Kai Tak Airport. The waterfront site in the heart of densely built-up East Kowloon has lain largely dormant since the old airport closed in 1998. In July, the new Chief Executive CY Leung came to office promising to tackle Hong Kong’s soaring home prices, and his administration indicated that Kai Tak’s plans would be reviewed with an eye to boosting the housing supply.
The area in Shanghai covered by forests, rivers, wetlands, farms, parks and other green space shrank 1.5 percent on average each year from 2005 to 2009, falling closer to the minimum threshold set by the local government, local media reported this week.
Chinese consumers are clearly petrol heads
Despite continuous rounds of incentives by the Chinese government to try and tempt its citizens into buying energy-saving vehicles, actual sales continue to disappoint. Apathy by car dealers and buyers has meant little progress has been made even after China allocated 6 billion yuan (USD952 million) in May to promote the sales of energy-efficient autos with engine displacement of 1.6 liters or less. This was in addition to the 12 billion yuan China offered as special subsidies for energy-saving vehicles in 2010.
Bangladesh toxic tanneries
A damning new study on the global luxury leather industry has been released by NGO Human Rights Watch which claims workers in many leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, including children as young as 11, become ill because of exposure to hazardous chemicals and are injured in horrific workplace accidents. Released last week, the study says that the tanneries, which export hundreds of millions of dollars in leather for luxury goods throughout the world, are also spewing pollutants into surrounding communities.