Alternatives: Agroecology and community supported agriculture — by Jan Urhahn, Christine Pohl on HB Foundation

Agroecology is a successful concept which promotes farming methods that are attuned to local ecosystems. It is already used for growing rice worldwide. In France, the smallholder movement AMAP has attracted a huge membership. Farmers sign contracts to supply customers over a period of several months of a year. Creator: Atlasmanufaktur/Heinrich Böll Foundation. This image…

Vancouver invites the world to glimpse locally-driven, green economy solutions — New Europe eu.|First major city in North America, to set the goal of being 100% renewable by 2050

Canada – Vancouver : Cities pondering how to meaningfully contribute to global sustainability goals in a post COP21-world without sacrificing economic growth or a productive business environment need to look no further than Canada’s stunning west coast, green economy powerhouse – Vanc As the city’s economic development agency, the Vancouver Economic Commission’s (VEC) nimble and…

Germany’s ‘Energiewende’: "the German equivalent of the project to get the first man on the moon" — FM Steinmeier|Germany is renewables pioneer -Adnan Amin Director-General, (IRENA)

Together with Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Foreign Minister Steinmeier opened the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue at the Federal Foreign Office on 26 March. The international energy conference is intended as an opportunity to exchange views with international partners on Germany’s ‘Energiewende’, the transformation of its energy system. Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the Energy Transition…

In Canada, More Jobs in Green Energy than Tar Sands — Common Dreams org

‘The global clean energy revolution isn’t a future scenario—it is underway right now,’ declares Clean Energy Canada The Greenstone Government of Canada Building in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories integrates solar right into the design of the building, an effort to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy to commercial buildings as well. (Photo: Green Energy Futures –…

Renewables: Indonesia, Germany team on geothermal energy – Deutsche Welle News

Indonesia is said to have the world’s largest geothermal energy reserves but their potential remains mostly untapped. That could soon change with German know-how. With 240 million people, Indonesia is the biggest and fastest growing market in Southeast Asia. And as the country’s economy grows, so, too, does its demand for electricity. President Susilo Bambang…

Germany Embarks on Historic Alternative Energy Push – Common Dreams org News

  Germany Embarks on Historic Alternative Energy Push As it phases out nuclear power in wake of public outcry, Germany to make largest investment since World War II ***** – Common Dreams staff Spurred by a public outcry following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Germany’s Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, announced last year that Germany…

Video: Ashden Awards Conference 2011 Session 4

http://www.ashdenawards.org Session 4 includes a keynote speech from Stephen O’Brien MP, films and presentations from Pankaj Patel (Abellon CleanEnergy), Suraj Wahab Ologburo (Toyola Energy), Qayum Ali Shah (Aga Khan Planning & Building Service, Pakistan), followed by a Q&A session chaired by Madeleine Bunting Earlier Posts: Video on Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan –…

Clean Energy Pioneer AKPBS Receives Prestigious Environmental Prize for BACIP Programme in Pakistan – AKDN Press Release

London, 16 June 2011 – The world’s most prestigious green energy awards tonight announced that the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service’s (AKPBS)  innovative Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) has received the Award for Avoided Deforestation at this year’s Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Head of the Social Welfare department…

Energy is central to development – The Guardian UK News Article

Affordable renewable energy needs to be taken seriously as the crucial ingredient of sustainable development, and the Ashden Awards recognise this One of the finalists for the 2011 Ashden Awards is the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, which brings affordable, energy-efficient technologies to families in northern Pakistan. Photograph: Ashden Awards Energy, it seems, is…

Renewables – made in Germany: the German Photovoltaics Industry

The sun delivers more energy to the earth in just one hour than is used worldwide in one year. This energy can be utilised in many ways, for example with the help of photovoltaics (PV). Thanks to their many years of experience, German manufacturers supply superior quality PV systems and products that enjoy great demand…

Thailand: Studying Renewable Energies in Germany

Northern Germany is known as a hotbed for new ideas in the renewable energy sector. The University of Applied Sciences in Stralsund, whose Masters of Science Program in Renewable Energies attracts students from all over the world, like Kongrit Mansiri from the School of Renewable Energy Technology (SERT) at Naresuan University in the town of…

How sustainable is the DESERTEC project?

The DESERTEC Foundation is intended to serve as a hub for realizing the DESERTEC Concept. It will also work for creating a global alliance to ensure security of energy supplies, to promote economic development, and to stabilize the world’s climate. Read more Die Vision einer klimafreundlichen Stromversorgung aus der Sahara nimmt konkrete Gestalt an: Ende…

Desertec Dreams: Can Saharan Solar Power Save Europe?

By Jens Lubbadeh AP Is it a mirage? Some experts think so, others say it will become a reality. Some say it’s a foolish fantasy, others believe it has the potential to save the world from the effects of climate change. The German-led Desertec initiative to build a massive solar thermal power plant in the…