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Category: Resource Efficiency

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Energy policies turned Fukushima into a loss for Japan and a win for Germany

Energy policies turned Fukushima into a loss for Japan and a win for Germany

Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources, but produces nine times less electricity from renewables. That’s because Japan’s government allows utility monopolies to protect their profits by blocking competitors.

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Off-grid, clean energy access market valued at $12bn

Off-grid, clean energy access market valued at $12bn

Fastest, cheapest, and most effective means of ending energy poverty is CES4all – and it’s going to create a $12 billion annual industry by 2030.

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CEFC funds switch to 70% cheaper street lights for Vic city

CEFC funds switch to 70% cheaper street lights for Vic city

Warrnambool will replace around 2,000 standard street lamps with LEDs, as part of CEFC-backed move to slash street lighting costs by almost 70%.

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Can light-weight cars be made of "renewable" bamboo?

Can light-weight cars be made of “renewable” bamboo?

Could bamboo replace carbon fiber in many common auto-industry applications in the near future?

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Tech giant Apple details its progress on climate targets

Tech giant Apple details its progress on climate targets

Apple says 94% of its corporate facilities and 100% of its data centers now powered by renewable energy sources such as solar power.

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World's coal resources rapidly running out of water

World’s coal resources rapidly running out of water

Water risks are already impacting the world’s coal industry, including in Australia, but how will these change over time?

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AER cracks down on poles and wires to cut electricity bills

AER cracks down on poles and wires to cut electricity bills

AER cites decreased demand and ‘over-estimated capital expenditure’ in decision to downgrade revenue allowances for NSW electricity distributors.

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Meinshausen: Why we have to suck CO2 out of atmosphere

Meinshausen: Why we have to suck CO2 out of atmosphere

Climate scientist Malte Meinhausen explains why we will need to use technology to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.

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Why conservative governments, media moguls should love "Negawatts"

Why conservative governments, media moguls should love “Negawatts”

Negawatts are largely untapped in Australia, and all sides of politics are missing massive opportunity to deliver cost savings to consumers.

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Arvizu: Why the current energy system is unsustainable

Arvizu: Why the current energy system is unsustainable

Dan Arvizu – the head of the world’s biggest renewables research facility – says the current energy system is unsustainable and needs to be changed. But while wind and solar may soon win on costs, unravelling the layers of regulatory protection will be a bigger challenge.

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NEM demand continues slide, despite long hot summer

NEM demand continues slide, despite long hot summer

NEM demand and emissions continue their five-year downward trajectory, even summer peak loads were down in every state.