The energy transition has reached the French countryside

While I was away for a few days in the Lorraine village where my mom’s family comes from, I noticed a few hints that the energy transition is already taking place and has reached even this quite secluded place. The first one was both solar thermal and photovoltaic panels sprouting on roofs. While I counted… Continue reading The energy transition has reached the French countryside

More and more French households burn wood for heating

What do you get when energy efficiency meets a local renewable energy source ? You get great news from my home country. My latest Cleantechies article is focusing on how firewood is gaining traction in France in an interesting way. ” According to a recent study from the French ADEME, wood burning is more and… Continue reading More and more French households burn wood for heating

Soot’s underestimated role in climate change

According to the most comprehensive research on the subject, soot – also known as black carbon – may have a significantly higher role in climate change than previously estimated. According to a BBC article quoting the study : ” (soot) dark particles are having a warming effect approximately two thirds that of carbon dioxide, and… Continue reading Soot’s underestimated role in climate change

FSC and MSC : two labels you should know

It has been a while since I wanted to introduce you to two different kind of sustainable labels : the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). As you must have guessed, the former is concerning everything that is related to sustainable wood (paper, wooden flooring and other products) while the latter… Continue reading FSC and MSC : two labels you should know

Ikea unveils ambitious sustainability plans

Good news everyone : here is another company raising up the ante on sustainability. To TreeHugger : ” IKEA has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, outlining the mega-retailers’ green plans through 2020. “ ” In terms of energy usage, IKEA plans on investing $1.95 billion in renewable energy by 2015—a figure including investments dating back… Continue reading Ikea unveils ambitious sustainability plans

Wood is reaching new heights in buildings

What if we used wood as a construction material for high buildings ? Given how many trees we are planting to fight climate change, we are not going to lack from it any time soon if we manage it sustainably. Back to June the New York Times published an interesting article on how this is… Continue reading Wood is reaching new heights in buildings

On wood

Wood is a great material for many things, ranging from construction material to heat premises. In France, the market is soaring, and this for several reasons. The first thing that is needed to know is that the French forest is growing, approximately 70.000 hectares per annum. The total land covered by forests in France are… Continue reading On wood