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Photovoltaic Systems Boost Sales Price of California Homes, Finds Berkeley Lab Study

Berkeley, California – A new research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, titled “An Analysis of the Effects of Residential Photovoltaic Energy Systems on Home Sales Prices in California”, finds strong evidence that homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems sell for a premium over homes without solar systems.

“We find compelling evidence that solar PV systems in California have boosted home sales prices,” says the lead author Ben Hoen, a researcher at Berkeley Lab.

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Biofuels Can Provide upto 27 Percent of World Transportation Fuel by 2050: IEA Report

Washington, D.C. – A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that the wide-spread deployment of biofuels can play an important role in reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector and enhancing energy security, when produced sustainably.

With the transportation sector growing considerably, and demand for transport fuels rising globally, the IEA assesses biofuels – liquid and gaseous fuels derived from biomass (organic material derived from plants and animals) – as one of the key technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce dependency on liquid transport fuels.

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PPR Group Launches New Sustainability Initiative, PPR HOME

After more than ten years of implementation of its environmental and social efforts across its global brands, PPR announced an ambitious and multi-tiered new sustainability initiative on March 21 in Paris. By moving beyond the traditional Corporate Social Responsibility model, the group launched PPR HOME and is setting a new standard in sustainability and business practice in the Luxury, Sport & Lifestyle and Retail sectors.

“My deep conviction that Sustainability creates value is part of my strategic vision for PPR. Sustainability can – and must – give rise to new, highly ambitious business models and become . . . → Read More: PPR Group Launches New Sustainability Initiative, PPR HOME

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European Companies Ranked by their Carbon Emissions for the First Time

For the first time, Europe’s 300 biggest companies are being ranked according to their Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The ET Europe 300 Carbon Ranking highlights the best and the worst of the continent’s top businesses, focusing not just on emissions but also on levels of disclosure and verification.

The Environmental Investment Organization (EIO), a U.K.-based independent non-profit research body, employs a transparent methodology for its Ranking, based on public reporting of Scope 1 and 2 Emissions according to the widely accepted Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

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Environmental Excellence and Sustainable Development Award for SAIL

New Delhi – President of India Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on April 11 presented the SCOPE Meritorious Award for Environmental Excellence & Sustainable Development for the year 2009-10 to Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

The award and accompanying scroll of honour were received by SAIL Chairman Mr. C. S. Verma at a glittering function held at Vigyan Bhawan on the occasion of Public Sector Day instituted by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE). Mr. Verma also received from Her Excellency theCertificate of Maharatna Status for SAIL.

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Steria Achieves CarbonNeutral Flight and Fleet Certifications

Steria, a leading European IT-enabled business services provider, announced on April 12 that it has achieved CarbonNeutral® Certification through the measurement, reduction and offsetting of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e) generated by its flights and company and privately owned vehicles used for business across its Group. The move is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility.

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Dirty Energy behind Internet and Wireless Communications Growth

San Francisco / New Delhi – Greenpeace released an international study on April 21 that highlights the rapidly growing environmental footprint of the online world and offers an evaluation of both good and bad energy choices made by leading Information Technology (IT) companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple,Yahoo! and others.

“How Dirty is Your Data?” showcases the enormous amount of electricity required to power “the cloud” and finds that the Information and Communication Technology sector (ICT), despite significant advances in energy efficient data center design, is ignoring the importance of using renewable power as a top . . . → Read More: Dirty Energy behind Internet and Wireless Communications Growth

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Emerging Global Electric Vehicle Demand to Benefit China

Beijing – Driven by four global megatrends – reducing CO2 emissions, oil concerns, growing congestion, and rapid technology advances – countries worldwide are focusing strongly on vehicle electrification with China emerging as an important test-bed for innovation, according to a new study financed by World Bank.

The World Bank study analyzes ‘China’s New Energy Vehicles Program’, as well as the ‘Ten Cities, Thousand Vehicles Program’, which was launched by the Chinese government in 2009 to stimulate electric vehicle development through large pilots, initially in ten cities, and now in 25 Chinese cities.

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NOAA Joins International Effort to Track Black Carbon in the Arctic

The Arctic climate is changing faster than some scientists expected. A continuing decline in summer sea ice, warmer temperatures, changes in vegetation, and other indicators signal polar changes that affect the rest of the globe. Black Carbon is contributing to this warming. Scientists say much of the black carbon in the Arctic comes from biomass and fossil fuel burning in North America and Eurasia.

“Carbon is dark in color and absorbs solar radiation, much like wearing a black shirt on a sunny day. If you want to be cooler, you would wear a light-colored shirt that . . . → Read More: NOAA Joins International Effort to Track Black Carbon in the Arctic

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Degraded Coastal Wetlands Contribute to Climate Change

Washington – A new World Bank report, written in partnership with the IUCN and wetland specialists ESA PWA, calls for coastal wetlands to be protected and incentives for avoiding their degradation and improving their restoration to be included into carbon emission reduction strategies and in climate negotiations.

“For the first time, we are getting a sense that greenhouse gas losses from drained and degraded coastal wetlands may be globally significant and that drained organic-rich soils continuously release carbon for decades,” says Stephen Crooks, Climate Change Services Director at ESA PWA.

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