Bloomberg New Energy Finance: The Future of Energy APAC Summit

In November, Bloomberg New Energy Finance held its first APAC Summit on the future of energy, covering three main themes: trade, technology, and the transition to a lower-carbon energy system. It was attended by industry, finance and policy thought-leaders, with Collective Responsibility having the opportunity to participate. Here are some of the insights from the first day: China’s new normal:…

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Moving Blended Investing to Investing as Usual

While speaking with the investment head of a family recently, the concept of blended investing came up in the conversation. A theory put forward by Jed Emerson , blended investing is defined as: a conceptual framework for advancing a vision of value creation which is not based upon a bifurcated understanding of the nature of value (either/or), but rather a unified, holistic understanding of val…

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US Vs. China Energy Intensity Chart.

Once you start looking at charts, you just cannot stop, and following my post last week of , I cam across this interesting chart in the post China Adapts to the Climate Change Fashion Show which plots energy intensities for the US and China. Besides the typically WOW factor of look how much China has improved this figure, it also left me to guess why intensities from 2002 (roughly) to 2004 poppe…

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Chengdu Environmental News for February 2009

1. Chengdu promised: to give “one hour to the world” On February 1st, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) announced that the Municipal Government of Chengdu had promised on January 29th that it participate in the activity of the “Earth Hour 2010” at 20:30 of March 27th, which indicated Chengdu had become the first city to join the WWF China “Earth Hour 2010”, and the prelude of the activity in Ch…

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Beijing Smart Grid Conference: Day 2

Day two at the Beijing smart grid conference: After spending much of the first day of the Beijing Smart grid conference discussing the definition and scope of smart grid for China, the second day of the conference was focused on how smartgrid was going to be rolled out, what some of the solutions would be, and who was going to pay for it. Starting the morning was Lorenzo Colovini from Italy's En…

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Beijing Smartgrid Conference: Day 1

While many in China, and out, have been focused on the impressive speed by which China has been able to grow its economy over the last 15 years, those inside the central party have been focused on ensuring that the economic energy had its energy needs met. Made difficult by the fact that the highest growth areas for energy demand China have been on the East coast, and the sources of energy were…

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China’s Influence on the Economics of Cleantech

While the traditional focus of discussions surrounding cleantech uptake have been largely market driven. That, for renewable energies to compete with fossil fuels, the price per KwH had to be below the going rate for fossil, regardless of what the negative economic, environmental, or political externalities were.   It was what seemed to me an unreasonable hurdle, see Should Cleantech be Socialized…

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The Future of Green Business in China

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has released a filming of their recent Event, The Future of Green Business in China. Terry Yosie, President and CEO of World Environment Center and Ye Weijia, head of New Ventures China, discuss green businesses in China. They discuss the work their companies have already done, while anticipating new challenges. At an hour long (16 chapters),…

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China Allocated 3.4 billion USD For Green Projects in 2009Q1

While the rumors over the final green stimulus are flying right now, it is good to see that at least the first 3.4 billion has been allocated: Of the 23 billion yuan spending, 13 billion went to improving urban water treatment facilities, 4 billion yuan to pollution prevention projects on the Huaihe and other big rivers, 3.5 billion yuan to forest planting projects and the other 2.5 billion yuan t…

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