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While the retail giant has met some of its sustainability goals, it has failed to set science-based targets for climate emissions or speed up progress on renewablesIt’s been 10 years since Lee Scott, the then-CEO of Walmart, publicly set the giant retailer on a path towards sustainability. In an influential speech, “Twenty-First Century Leadership”, Scott pledged that the company someday would be supplied entirely by renewable energy, that it would eliminate waste and that it would sell products that sustain people and the environment
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2015-11-18 05:41:17
Thursday, November 12th, 2015      Leave a Comment
National Grid is adamant there will be no blackouts this winter, but the safety cushion between supply and demand is increasingly threadbareAnyone of a nervous disposition should mark 11 January in their calendar as the moment to have torches, candles or paraffin lamps at the ready.That is the day when, according to National Grid’s forecast, the gap between Britain’s energy needs and its power supply will be at its wafer-thinnest
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2015-11-12 06:02:12
Thursday, November 5th, 2015      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Renewable energy supply in eight major economies will collectively more than double by 2030 due to new national climate and energy plans, according to a study by the think tank World Resources Institute (WRI).

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2015-11-05 02:38:18
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015      Leave a Comment
Once David Cameron stood firm on environmental issues. So why is he now savaging such a booming sector?The former Tory party chairman Grant Shapps is promoting renewable energy in his new role as minister for Africa. Launching a bid to exploit British prowess in the booming solar sector and aid the poor, he insisted governments should be attracted by an energy source that is “so much cleaner” than traditional supplies, and more “attractive”
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2015-10-22 14:15:45
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015      Leave a Comment
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple announced Wednesday it will build 200 megawatts of solar energy projects in China and work with local suppliers to source more renewable energy, its latest moves to green its Chinese supply chain amid criticism that its local partners are heavy polluters.
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2015-10-21 20:12:37
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015      Leave a Comment
The mayor of Kasese’s ambitious plan for his region’s renewables programme aims to improve living standards and public healthMy desire to set a 100% renewable by 2020 goal was strongly motivated by the alarming climate-induced degradation of the snowcapped Rwenzori mountains, from which the communities here derive their livelihood, water supply and identity
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2015-10-20 04:43:17
Saturday, October 10th, 2015      Leave a Comment
OSLO (Reuters) - Heads of 11 companies that generate a third of the world's electricity urged governments on Sunday to agree clear, long-term policies to underpin a shift to lower-carbon energy as part of a U.N. agreement on climate change due in December.They also issued a report about how new technologies can both raise electricity supplies and limit greenhouse gases
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2015-10-10 23:27:59
Thursday, September 24th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Wind, solar and bioenergy surge to supply a record 25% of the country’s electricity for a whole quarterRenewable energy has for the first time surpassed coal in supplying the UK’s electricity for a whole quarter, according to government statistics released on Thursday.
The revelation of the surge in wind, solar and bioenergy to a record 25% comes in a week when the government has been heavily criticised by business leaders and Al Gore for cutting support for clean energy
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2015-09-24 09:25:13
Monday, September 21st, 2015      Leave a Comment
Nuclear power may be necessary to limit climate change, but this is the wrong nuclear optionThe case for decarbonising power supplies in order to limit climate change is now beyond challenge. The best way of doing it is as contentious as ever. Every option – carbon capture and storage to reduce coal-fired power stations’ emissions, expanding wind and solar power, developing other renewables such as tidal power, cutting consumption and bringing new nuclear capacity on stream – each has its own daunting problems, although some look a lot cheaper to fix than others
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2015-09-21 13:47:25
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Wind farms could supply a quarter of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2030 if member states come good on energy and climate pledges, an industry report said on Wednesday.

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2015-09-16 06:07:26
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015      Leave a Comment
TOKYO (Reuters) - Solar power generation contributed to about 10 percent of peak summer power supplies of Japan's nine major utilities, equivalent to more than 10 nuclear reactors, the Asahi newspaper reported on Thursday.

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2015-09-02 22:05:20
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator! Can't live with it, can't  –  right at this moment  –  live without it. But it's on everyone's mind. Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up  –  when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out  –  I wrote a piece called "The Future Without Oil
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2015-07-29 14:30:00
Monday, July 27th, 2015      Leave a Comment
I agree with much of your first comment on climate change (Editorial, 23 July). However, I would like to expand upon the observation that “just like fracking and nuclear, greening the energy supply needs intervention”. The question is: what is a reasonably sensible subsidy to provide energy technologies, especially those that generate electricity?You report in the same edition of the Guardian (Government to cut solar power subsidies saving customers 50p per year) that the discontinuation of solar subsides will save customers a trivial amount off their annual energy bills, but will simultaneously devastate a fast-growing, but still young, sustainable energy sector
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2015-07-27 13:52:02
Thursday, July 16th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Department of Energy and Climate Change has already overspent its budget to support renewable energy projects
The government is struggling to pay for new clean energy supplies which could result in a rise in household bills or a major cut in investment in renewable technologies.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has already overspent its budget to support renewable energy projects over the next five years by £1
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2015-07-16 00:01:01
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015      Leave a Comment
TOKYO (Reuters) - Solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy besides hydro-electric dams now supply more electricity than nuclear in Japan, China, India and five other major economies accounting for about half the world's population, an atomic industry report shows.

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2015-07-14 23:02:58