Book review : 75 green businesses you can start

I had bought and half read that book all the way back to 2008 when it was published but never had finished it or written its review. It was high time for me to do so. 

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6.5 million people ( and I )

Green jobs now !This is the amount of people that are currently working in the renewable energy industries according to a recent report from the IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency )

Bioenergy ( everything from liquid biofuels to modern biomass and biogas ) have the largest contingency with 2.5 million people (with 1.4 million, 0.8 million and 0.3 million respectively)

Additionally 2.3 million people are working in the solar photovoltaic sector and 800 000 more work in the wind sector.

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Energy efficiency brings huge returns on investment

SEEA Report on energy efficiencyYou must know if if you have been reading this blog : albeit it is not as ” sexy “ as renewables, energy efficiency is simply a must as we embark our societies and economies on a journey towards sustainability.

Here is further proof as Cleantechnica notes : ” Energy efficiency retrofits (…) created a 387% return on investment (ROI), according to a recent report from the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA).”

” The SEEA energy efficiency retrofit effort spurred $3.87 million in economic input and 17.28 new jobs for every $1 million invested “

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The energy transition already creates jobs

Green jobsThe energy transition from our model based on a huge majority of polluting fossil fuels to a model based on cleantech technologies such as energy efficiency and renewable energy sources will require a lot of money.

Indeed, we have seen recently that up to a trillion dollar would be needed every year to do so. The major advantage of doing so would be averting the worst of climate change, which would save our civilization.

Besides saving people from pollutions of all sorts, another added benefit – and not the least – would be staggering job creations. The proof in four parts.

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Start-stop systems are simple, yet brilliant

A Citroen C3 Stop and startA great innovation I have seen on French cars recently is called Stop and start. Peugeot Citroen (PSA) started selling this anti-idling technology as early as 2006. The gains in urban driving are no less than ten percent…

Indeed, thanks to start-stop systems, the internal combustion engine is automatically shut down while you are stuck in traffic or at the red lights. This important gain reverberates immediately on lowered greenhouse gas emissions.

Years later, Climate Progress tackle the subject by stating it could enable America to save up to 10 billion gallons per year ( around 40 billion liters or 250 million oil barrels )

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A $370 billion idea for European buildings

Here we go again with a brand new article on Cleantechies. This time, we focus on one of my favorite topics : insulating buildings with a new study on the very matter. Here is the introduction : ” According to a new study presented by the Renovate Europe Campaign, weatherizing European buildings in an important … Read more

Policy makers: to create jobs, invest in cleantech

Ever since I created a Facebook page for this website, I have been sharing stuff from non governmental organizations. This allowed me to find a compelling image about an oft missed argument about cleantech : it creates lots of jobs. So to data gathered by 350.org, investing one million dollars would create 5 jobs in … Read more

Italy unveils bold energy plan for 2020

To Enerdata : ” The Italian government has published its new energy plann. It aims to reduce the gap in energy costs, promote sustainable growth, improve security and independence of supply, meet and exceed the EU target 2020.“ ” Greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 19% by 2020 compared to 1990, while renewables should … Read more

A green economy could create 60 million jobs

According to the United Nations Environment Program : ” The transformation to a greener economy could generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs globally over the next two decades and lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty. “

Filled with plenty of interesting facts and figures, UNEP’s latest report – Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy – is simply a must read.

But to unleash this massive potential, countries all around the world have to set up the right policies as soon as possible. And this is the biggest problem.

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European Energy ministers to meet this week

Some great people are making a difference. Among them is Alice Stollmeyer, one of my most recent “discoveries” on Twitter. Alice is an independent energy policy advisor and specialist in European public affairs. Her first blog post is on the incoming European Energy ministers meeting which will take place between Wednesday and Friday in Denmark. … Read more

We should all partake in the Green Economy

This post was submitted for the UNEP World Environment Day blogging competition sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program  and TreeHugger. Please Like it on Facebook or tweet using the #WED2012 hashtag.

I have been convinced for years now that the only solution to our current global triple crisis – massive unemployment, climate change, peak oil – is the Green Economy. The UNEP and many NGOs have reinforced this strong belief.

Cleantech is already a reality as $260 billion were invested last year alone, and it is only the beginning as the UN declared this year will be the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

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The triple crisis, two years on

One of my very first post in 2010 was about what I was calling the triple crisis. As I noted back then ” our economies are crumbling, our climate is warming and our energy supplies are getting scarcer. “ You would think that after two years, we would have started to do something about them. … Read more

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