Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Carbon trading & energy efficiency

Energy efficiency projects are often the most cost-effective options to increase overall economic efficiency, to save energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And while the synergies between energy efficiency and environmental policies are not sufficiently exploited, the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol in early 2005 created new momentum on this issue through its potential to improve the economics of energy efficiency projects. Additional revenues from the sale of carbon credits generated by energy efficiency projects can improve their rate of return, thus making the projects more attractive to investors. In turn, energy efficiency projects play a key role in the Kyoto flexible mechanisms – Joint Implementation (JI) and Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM). A PEEREA report based on the experience of both developed and transition economies and of international and private financial institutions, looks into all these aspects with the objective to highlight the ways in which energy efficiency can better be integrated into the climate change debate.

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Monday, August 08, 2005

The Road to Hell ...

Buildings represent 40% of energy use, and 70% of building energy is consumed in dwellings. Due to its relatively moderate climate, UK has a tradition of poor insulation practice for dwellings, while at the same time an ambition to be a leader on climate change mitigation.
Despite all this, the UK housing minister has dropped plans for improve efficiency for older homes, and postponed tougher regulations on new houses.
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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Public Opinion on Nuclear Energy

In their book on the future of civil nuclear energy, Gromston & Beck devote a chapter on public opinion regarding nuclear energy, demonstrating that pro & anti-nuclear activists have more in common than they first might think.
A UK survey shows that a large part of population is actually undecided, and debate is essentially perpetuated by 2 polarised camps. This result is not dissimilar from similar research undertaken for example in US and Finland.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Eco-design for electricity-using equipment

A major part of the environmental impact of energy-using equipment is caused by its lifetime energy consumption. Increasing the efficiency of equipment reduces energy consumption, but requires the use of more (active) material. The purpose of this toolbox is to make an environmental balance between materials options and energy consumption in electrical equipment, using a life-cycle analysis approach.
The presentation will cover an introduction to the eco-design methodology, the toolbox for motors, transformers and power cables and its 2 main uses for providing environmental information to users, or comparing design alternatives.
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