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27 August 2009

US Department of Energy announces nearly $300m in Clean Cities grants for clean fuels, transport and infrastructure projects

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has selected 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities programme that will be funded with nearly $300m from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

26 August 2009

NewNet Industry Profile: Duncan Grierson, Sterecyclep

Duncan Grierson discusses the challenges in gaining venture funding for a cleantech start-up, the growth of opportunities in the waste and recycling space across Europe and the need for governments to provide drivers to encourage investment in emerging environmental technologies. 'It is extremely important for governments to put in place these broad economic drivers. But it would be a mistake for governments to make technology choices. Once the financial drivers and mechanisms are in place, then governments should leave the market to decide which are technically and commercially the best technologies to build out.'

26 August 2009

European governments must do more to address the issue of climate change, according to airline Lufthansa

European governments are not encouraging companies in the aviation industry to address the issue of climate change according to Peter Schneckenleitner, head of sustainability at airline Lufthansa.

25 August 2009

African Union Commission demands compensation for damage caused by climate change

The African Union Commission played host to a meeting of the Representatives of the Conference of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change, to see what Africa was doing to combat climate change.

18 August 2009

American Wind Energy Association says manufacturing tax credit will create jobs, boost wind power

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has welcomed the release of details for the renewable energy manufacturing tax credit, which was enacted earlier this year as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

11 August 2009

German solar module manufacturer SOLON teams with Deutsche Bahn for emission-free rail transport

Berlin-based solar module manufacturer SOLON is one of nine industrial partners that will cooperate with two research enterprises to pursue the goal of emission-free rail transport with Deutsche Bahn, Germany's national rail company.

11 August 2009

India announces groundbreaking solar planp

A photovoltaic solar panel array in Pondicherry, India, supplies some of the country's 3MW of currently installed solar energy. The government plans to increase capacity to 200GW by 2050, writes Anna da Costa, a Worldwatch Institute fellow based in New Delhi.

10 August 2009

US Department of Energy announces funding for improving energy efficiency in federal buildings

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $20m in high-end technical assistance to federal agencies to help ensure the widest possible implementation of leading edge energy efficiency technologies across the federal government.

10 August 2009

Sustainability of food dependent on adapting to the changing climate, according to UK Governmentp

Environment, food and rural affairs secretary Hilary Benn claims the UK needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate in order to maintain food security and sustainability.

10 August 2009

US Department of Energy to fund 46 Energy Frontier Research Centres across the US

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that 46 multi-million dollar Energy Frontier Research Centres (EFRCs) will be built at universities, laboratories, non-profit organisations and private firms across the nation.

6 August 2009

Indian Government Opens Climate Debate to Youthp

In June, the Ministry of Environment and Forests invited the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) to comment on the government's climate change regulations. Inputs from the youth movement were then raised in India's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, in an unprecedented gesture to the nation's youth, writes Anna da Costa of the WorldWatch Institute.

6 August 2009

UQM Technologies awarded $45.1m grant from the US Department of Energy for electric power systems

UQM Technologies, Inc., a developer of alternative energy technologies, has been selected by the US Department of Energy to receive a $45.1m award under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate the manufacturing and deployment of electric vehicles, batteries and components in America.

5 August 2009

President Obama announces $2.4bn in grants energy storage and electric vehicles

US President Barack Obama has announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4bn in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

5 August 2009

India targets 100GW of solar power by 2030

India is to launch an ambitious solar power drive, targeting 20GW of installed capacity by 2020, and 100GW by 2030, as part of a countrywide action plan, theNational Solar Mission.

5 August 2009

UK needs to act now to ensure energy security, according to new report

The UK needs to meet the challenge of securing energy supplies both internationally and domestically, a new report commissioned by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown concluded today.

5 August 2009

Renewable oil company Solazyme awarded California Energy Commission grant

Venture-backed renewable oil production company Solazyme, Inc., has been awarded a $789,697 Biosynthetic Transportation Fuel Production grant from the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) programme.

4 August 2009

EnerNex awarded wind energy grant from US Department of Energy

Engineering and consulting company EnerNex Corporation has beenawarded a grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a wind energy project to help facilitate the US' target of 20 per cent of energy from wind by 2030.

3 August 2009

President Obama points to green economy for route out of recession

In his weekly address, US President Barack Obama reiterated the importance of building the US green economy as a means to combat the financial difficulties facing the country.

30 July 2009

Obama Administration announces billions in lending authority for renewable energy projects and to modernise the grid

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the Department of Energy will provide up to $30bn in loan guarantees, depending on the applications and market conditions, for renewable energy projects.

30 July 2009

Energy efficiency the key to US green economy, according to McKinsey reportp

The US economy has the potential to reduce annual non-transportation energy consumption by roughly 23 per cent by 2020, eliminating more than $1.2tn in waste - well beyond the $520bn upfront investment (not including programme costs) that would be required, according to a new report from McKinsey & Company.

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