February’s Hot Pubs: Greenpeace, EIA, Action Aid and More
Low-Carbon Tech Means Big Money. The American Midwest stands to gain great economic benefit from production of low-carbon technologies. Estimating benefits from just three markets – wind turbine components, hybrid powertrains, and advanced batteries – a new report finds potential for market revenues of $12.3 billion, tax revenue of up to $812 million, and creation of up to 104,640 new jobs by 2015. The Climate Group investigates the climate and energy policies that could stimulate this growth in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin in the report titled American Innovation: Manufacturing Low Carbon Technologies in the Midwest
Clean Energy Means Jobs. The RES Alliance for Jobs published a report that finds federal policy has the potential to create 274,000 new jobs, equivalent to 2.36 million additional job-years. Such are the economic benefits if the government were to mandate a 25% renewable electricity standard by the year 2025. See how each state could benefit from job growth in the report: Job Impacts of a National Renewable Electricity Standard.
Smart Grids Smart Move. A new report from Greenpeace casts doubt to the claims that coal and nuclear power plants are needed for base-load and back-up power for renewable energy sources. The report shows that investments in smart and super grids could operate with over 90% renewable sources and guarantee power supply 24/7. Check out the report, Renewables 24/7, to learn what infrastructure is needed to save the climate.
Biofuels Drive Hunger in Africa. A recent report from ActionAid sheds light on the unintended consequences of the increase in production of industrial biofuels. An estimated 1.1 million hectares (an area the size of Belgium) have been converted to biofuel production in Africa, contributing to a spike in food prices and driving tens of millions into poverty and hunger. The ActionAid report, Meals Per Gallon, calls for an end to biofuel targets like the EU commitment to obtain 10% of transport fuel from renewable sources by 2020.
Refrigerated Aisles Contribute to Warming. The Environmental Investigation Agency released a report titled Chilling Facts II: The Supermarket Refrigeration Scandal Continues on February 1, 2010 on the global warming impact of supermarket refrigeration systems, coupled with a survey of supermarkets throughout the United Kingdom. Finds that the number of stores in the UK that already have, or plan to switch to HFC-free refrigeration is increasing. However, these technologies are in place in less than 2% of UK supermarkets, and HFC leakage accounts for the equivalent of 1.13 million tons of CO2 – equal to over one billion car journeys to the store.