SunPower to Measure and Report its Carbon Footprint $SPWRA

We talk a lot on this blog about how solar panels can cut monthlyelectricity costs and, in some states (like New Jersey, California,Arizona, Hawaii, Colorado and Pennsylvania) offer homeowners astunningly attractive return on investment. Sometimes it’s worthremembering, however, that solar panels produce clean, emissions-freeelectricity. In other words, solar power can be good for your checkbookand […] Read more

Laser Inertial Fusion Energy: A New Approach to Sustainable, Low-Carbon Energy

Tomorrow I will be at Applied Materials meeting with employees to provide a brief overview of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and an approach to generating carbon-free, economically competitive power from Laser Inertial Fusion Energy (LIFE). Founded in 1952 by Ernest O. Lawrence and Edward Teller, LawrenceLivermore National Laboratory is a national security R&Dorganization and one […] Read more

Conference on Pricing Carbon Emissions

Wesleyan University, in conjunction with the Price Carbon Campaign, an umbrellaorganization of climate-policy advocates, is convening a fall conference that will address new approaches to carbon pricing. WesleyanUniversity’s College of the Environment was established in 2009 to helpstudents become better stewards of the Earth. The Carbon PricingConference begins Friday, November 19, 2010 and runs through […] Read more

Carbon Markets To Create Vast Business Opportunities for U.S. Companies

Carbon Credit Capital released an executive report about the prospective businessopportunities that U.S. companies have in the carbon market. Thereport, “Carbon Offsets: U.S. Business Opportunities Executive Report”,provides U.S. companies that are large emitters of greenhouse gases,with a concrete plan to develop a low cost strategy to mitigate theirfuture greenhouse gas liability. As the global carbon […] Read more

Carbon Curbing: No Hiccups, Please

With last week’s withdrawal of the climate bill, many punditshave opined that now is the time to push “pause” on the climate changemovement’s efforts to curb carbon emissions – fearing the midtermelections and industry’s failure to unite behind the bill. But I thinkit’s a time to rethink the existing regulation and opportunities forpromoting a clean […] Read more

How Big is a Solar Panel’s Carbon Footprint?

People are quick to point out that solarpanels have a carbon footprint that enthusiasts often forget.  Eventhough this is true, a solar panel’s carbon footprint is at least 20times smaller than that of coal. Based on the most cited study, conducted by Danish utility Vattenfall in 1999, solar photovoltaics produce 50 grams of carbon dioxide […] Read more

VIDEO: $1 Billion Worth of Carbon Capture Projects

Can the US afford to spend billions of dollars to invest in thisrisky business of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects? So far, the US Department of Energy’s CCS investment is moving alongas 3 companies — Air Products & Chemicals, Archer Daniels Midland(ADM) and Leucadia Energy — are now on their phase II activities. DOE […] Read more

Solar Gard window film cuts carbon emissions

Bekaert Specialty Films today announced its flagship Solar Gard andelite Panorama architectural solar control window films produce a netreduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They are the firstbuilding improvement products made in the US to measure and report their carbon footprint.1 By reducing the amount of energy used to coolcommercial buildings and homes, Solar Gard […] Read more

Should China Have A Carbon Tax?

A carbon tax may soon be coming to China. China’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) and the Ministry of Finance(MOF) have concluded their report on the feasibility and necessity ofimplementing a carbon tax.  Their findings state that China shouldestablish a carbon tax as soon as 2012. This report is quite significant because of the ERI and […] Read more

U.S. Carbon Emissions Collapsed in 2009

 In 2009, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the UnitedStates saw their largest absolute and percentage decline (405 millionmetric tons or 7.0 percent) since 1949, when records began to becollected annually.  While emissions have declined in three out of thelast four years, 2009 was exceptional.  Emissions developments in 2009reflect a combination of factors, including the economic downturn.

Low-Carbon Growth Barrels Ahead Despite Copenhagen

The 2010 Climate Competitiveness Index, which tracks nationalprogress to create green jobs and economic growth through low-carboneconomic growth, shows that in spite of uncertainty surroundinginternational climate negotiations, countries have pushed ahead withlow-carbon growth strategies during the first quarter of 2010. The annual Climate Competitiveness Index (CCI), produced bythe independent non-profit institute AccountAbility in partnership withthe […] Read more

Inconvenient Carbon Truths About China

Richard Muller is President of Muller & Associates, Professor ofPhysics at the University of California at Berkeley and Faculty SeniorScientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.  He is also a MacArthur Prize winner and a serious expert on energy,environment, geophysics, applied physics, technology, and fundamentalphysics, including energy efficiency and conservation, solar power,nuclear power and waste storage, […] Read more

UAE Heroes of Carbon Footprint Reduction

Recently,I learned The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has the highest per capitaecological footprint in the world – if every person in the world livedand consumed natural resources like an average UAE resident, we wouldrequire 4.5 planets to sustain the consumption levels! More than 80% ofits carbon footprint is due to carbon intensive goods and services,such […] Read more

Australia Carbon Neutral by 2020?

A study compiled by the advocacy group Beyond Zero Emissions, along with Melbourne University and Australia National University, suggests the country "down under" could go carbon neutral in just ten years. A surprising statement, considering the recent failures of the Australian government to pass even a 5% reduction in carbon emissions. Regardless, according to Beyond Zero Emissions’ […] Read more