Germany unveils bold energy plans

Here is a new post for CleanTechies : “Yesterday the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced a bold plan to slash the use of fossil fuels by 2050. The plan calls for renewable energy to supply 60% of the country’s energy needs by 2050. As the environment minister Norbert Röttgen stated, it is “the most ambitious … Read more

France announces massive investment in cleantech

Here is my latest post for CleanTechies : ” The French government recently announced a large investment program for renewables and green chemistry. The investment, totaling $1.75 billion will be allocated over the next 4 years. ” Named Démonstrateurs énergies renouvelables et chimie verte – or renewable energy and green chemistry demonstration – this program … Read more

Iceland, the perfect test site for electric vehicles

Iceland pledged in 1998 to become the first decarbonized economy. And despite having been hit very hard by the recent economic crises, Iceland may prove to be the ultimate proving grounds for electric cars. Indeed its tiny population – 320,000 people – are all pretty much close to the capital city Reykjavik and the country … Read more

The Cleantech arms race continues

Rising tigers, sleeping giant : download the reportEarlier this year I was wondering if cleantech is the new arms race. I noted at the time that America, Europe and China are beginning to compete in such an important economic sector.

A US study released last month shows that not only there is an arms race between the United States and Asian nations, but that America ‘s government invests much less than China, Japan and South Korea.

If nothing was done this could become an important problem for America as it would have to import its cleantech equipments. As a matter of fact, it already has been the case.

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