United States on an energy conservation quest

President Obama is willing to save his country a lot of money : $40 billion, or around 30 billion euros, annually. These huge sums of money equal to reducing energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020. As Elisa Wood wrote on Cleantechies : ” To achieve the goal, the Obama administration in 2011… Continue reading United States on an energy conservation quest

France unveils measures to decrease energy use

Here is another post I wrote for Cleantechies, this time on energy conservation : ” Even after the election of François Hollande as President of France, an energy conservation measure of the previous government will be implemented.” ” The Sarkozy government wanted to require shops and offices to turn off their unnecessary lights at nights.… Continue reading France unveils measures to decrease energy use

The importance of good insulation

My current apartment in Valenciennes – Northern France – is located in a recent building (2000). And far from me the idea of bragging, but until temperatures dropped below zero (Celcius) I almost didn’t not use my electric heaters. My flat has double glazing windows and quite well insulated thick walls. The thermometer located in… Continue reading The importance of good insulation

Energy efficiency is slowly gaining traction

I reported at the very beginning of this year that 2011 could be the year of energy efficiency. It seems to be the case as I have been witnessing an increasing interest for conservation and efficiency. These are good news as efficiency is the panacea to our energy and climate problems as “73% of global… Continue reading Energy efficiency is slowly gaining traction

US Government raise cars average fuel economy

As GreenTech Media notes : ” President Obama and leaders from major automakers today heralded an agreement to raise the average fuel economy for light trucks and cars to 54.5 miles per gallon.” (Today they are at 28.3 MPG.)  –$1.7 trillion. (around 1,200 billion euros) That’s the estimated amount of money that Americans will save… Continue reading US Government raise cars average fuel economy

Will 2011 be the year of energy efficiency ?

Late last year GreenTech Media published an article stating that this year will be the one dedicated to energy efficiency. As you know the potential of energy savings is quite huge. As the author notes there : ” I believe that this is the year that we will really see cleantech companies which are focused… Continue reading Will 2011 be the year of energy efficiency ?

Armies thinking about a post-oil world

While browsing CleanTechnica I found an interesting article on peak oil. According to a leaked military report from the German Bundeswehr, peak oil will occur this year and the consequences will be dramatic. Among them are market failures and tremendous risks for democracy itself. As Cleantechnica notes “ it is unlikely that any nation would… Continue reading Armies thinking about a post-oil world

China becomes the world’s first energy consumer

According to the International Energy Agency, China became in 2009 the world’s biggest energy consumer in front of the USA. Indeed it consumed 2.25 billion tons of oil equivalent (TOE) while the latter consumed 2.17 billions. To the Wall Street Journal : ” China’s total energy consumption was just half that of the U.S. 10… Continue reading China becomes the world’s first energy consumer

Worth an article – my April 2010 tweets

I have been committed for three years to bring you each month a selection of the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and the world energy sector. However, I don’t blog as much as I would like to and generally write around 25 posts per month. However, many more great news… Continue reading Worth an article – my April 2010 tweets

The huge potential savings of small changes

This week I read an article from GreenTech Media titled When sleep saves.  This shows that a single company is due to save $400,000 (290,000 euros) this year just by putting all its computers in sleep mode when possible. I am amazed at how such a simple thing can save so much money. If such… Continue reading The huge potential savings of small changes