21 countries from Austria to the United States have cut their greenhouse gases emissions while growing their economies in the past 15 years. This proves that decoupling economic growth and greenhouse gases emissions is feasible.
You know it if you have been reading this blog for some time : I am an energy efficiency nut. While less sexy than renewables, consuming energy more efficiently is just the most important part of our transition towards sustainability.
In a great interview a Sustainability specialist for Accenture mentioned that this company believes that the circular economy is a 6 trillion Dollar opportunity by 2030.
Last week I wrote on how to both the United Nations and Oxfam, income inequalities are at an all time high and growing. If the UN shows that some trends are going in the right direction, this could end soon. Too little people have too much money and vice versa. In the United States, the… Continue reading Income inequalities : Oxfam has solutions
I really appreciate reading Thomas L Friedman’s articles in the New York Times. His latest piece – Too Big to Breathe? – just nails it on how putting economic growth before anything else is endangering us all. There the acclaimed author of Hot, Flat and Crowded writes about how Harbin – a 10-million inhabitants city in China… Continue reading Is China growing too big to breathe ?
According to a leading American bank, the global waste industry could double to $2 trillion by 2020. This is due to as Business Green notes to ” the combination of urbanisation, looming resource shortages and environmental regulation “ This takes into account municipal and industrial waste management, recycling, waste-to-energy and sustainable packaging. Europe is seen… Continue reading Turning trash to gold : global waste market to double
Two different news regarding China hit the twitterverse on the same day last week. First, the bad one : The People’s Republic’s greenhouse gases emissions may have been underestimated by as much as 20 percent. This huge difference – as much as the annual emissions of Japan, or 1.4 Gt of CO2 – can be explained… Continue reading Chinese emissions are 20% higher than expected
It seems the great Albert Einstein was right all along when he stated that “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” Indeed, according to Care2 : In 1972, MIT researchers published “Limits to Growth.” In it, they used models to analyze economic data, and predicted that if civilization… Continue reading Global collapse could occur by 2030
” Humanity has witnessed unprecedented growth and prosperity in the past decades, with the size of the world economy more than tripling and population increasing by over 3 billion people since 1970. “ ” This growth, however, has been accompanied by environmental pollution and natural resource depletion. The current growth model and the mismanagement of… Continue reading 2050 and the consequences of inaction
Here are two good news for the European Union and the cleantech sector. First and foremost, wind and solar energies accounted for 68 percent of the increase in electricity capacity in 2010 in the European Union. Second, according to the latest EurObserv’ER report, the local renewable energy sector has passed the one million job mark… Continue reading European cleantech sector kept growing in 2010
I was really thinking about if I should share the latest World Bank prospects with you. To this most venerable agency, economic growth is due to be nearly flat lining globally this year. With less money for the traditional economy, isn’t it time to embrace sustainable alternatives ? Energy efficiency and renewables are growing faster… Continue reading Sustainability is the only way out
Further to the discussion I had with Kiashu in the previous post, I thought a recent post from the Oil Drum would be appropriate to continue our discussion on why it seems we have to consume always more and if there are alternatives. A British organization wonders in it’s latest report if we can achieve… Continue reading Prosperity without growth