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And here is this week’s Green numbers:
Schneider Electric Partner with University of Sheffield for 15-20% energy savings
The University of Sheffield has entered into a ?3.8 million strategic partnership agreement with energy and building management specialist Schneider Electric.
Believed to be the first of its kind in the UK education sector, the performance-based agreement is set to deliver up to ?500,000 annual savings ? ?360,000 of which is guaranteed ? and releases capital for investments that will lower energy consumption, slash the University?s carbon footprint, and deliver an enhanced working environment for staff and students.
EU carbon allowances break ?14 price barrier
The price of carbon in the EU emissions trading scheme hit a record high for the year yesterday, breaking through the ?14 (?12.36) a tonne mark for the first time since the week before December’s Copenhagen summit.
Irish Electric car buyers to get grants of ?5,000
Irish motorists who buy electric cars will be given a grant of up to ?5,000 for the cost and will be exempted from paying vehicle registration tax (VRT), it has been announced.
World Bank OKs $3B for World?s 4th Largest Coal Power Plant
The World Bank has approved a controversial loan for a 4,800-MW coal-fired power plant in South Africa that will emit more CO2 than 135 of 212 countries
Timberland reduced its greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions by 36% in 2009 over its 2006 baseline figures
On April 8, The Timberland Company announced it had reduced its greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions by 36% in 2009 over its 2006 baseline figures. Claiming it is not content with this decrease, Timberland, led by its CEO Jeff Swartz, stated that the outdoor footwear and apparel company will reach a 50% reduction by the end of this year.
Smart Grid Appliance Market May Reach $15B by 2015
The global household smart appliance market is projected to grow from $3.06 billion in 2011 to $15.12 billion in 2015, according to the new ?Smart Appliance Report? from Zpryme.
Bottling it up: Taipei’s 1.5 million plastic brick pavilion
A Taiwan company has built a three-storey exhibition hall using 1.5 million plastic bottles instead of bricks to raise interest in recycling, creating what the builder described as a world-first.
Factoid of the day: Mobile mania | Daniel Pink
The number of mobile subscriptions in the world is expected to pass five billion this year, according to the International Telecommunication Union, a trade group. That would mean more human beings today have access to a cellphone than the United Nations says have access to a clean toilet.
Kenya Looks to Asian Investors to Build Out Geothermal, Takes Another $97M – NYTimes.com
The Kenyan government is building up its geothermal resources.
In February, it took in $1.3 billion from multinational banks for this purpose. And now it?s borrowing $97 million more from China?s Exim bank to build another 140-megawatt geothermal plant.
Kenya estimates that it?s capable of generating 7,000 megawatts of geothermal energy ? 10 to 15 times the country?s total demand
If Kenya successfully pulls off its geothermal roadmap, it will become the dominant provider of geothermal power in Eastern Africa
GE Unveils New LED Bulb – 17 Year Life Span and $50 Price Tag
GE are bringing out an LED bulb that’ll replace incandescents, giving you 17 years worth of light from a $50 bulb.
So far, LED bulbs are much more expensive, and they haven’t made a big splash in the market because of this and a lack of warm lighting (though the colors and temperatures are getting much better across the board). But GE hopes they’ll be a game changer for LEDs.
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