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Solar Drives Record Year for Renewables

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 2:03:00 PM

Renewable energy accounted for nearly two thirds of net new power capacity around the world last year, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Almost 165 GW of new renewable capacity came online in 2016 — a record — with a huge rise in Solar PV in China leading the way.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Solar, China

Europe Remains on Target for Renewables

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 11:14:22 AM

The European Union nations were amongst the first in the world to embrace binding targets for the take-up of renewable energy, and the EU as a whole is on course to have a 20% renewables mix by 2020.

The share of renewable energy in Europe continues to grow to such an extent that the sector accounted for 86% of all new generating capacity installed in 2016.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Europe, Wind, Solar, EU

Hydrogen Could Be Energy Storage Solution

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 1:27:00 PM

The prospect of moving the global energy system to 100% renewables currently seems a distant prospect, with many problems to be solved.

The key may lie in finding a solution to the issue of energy storage, and the answer might be found in the universe's most abundant element – hydrogen.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Energy Storage, Hydrogen

Latin America set for Renewables Growth

Posted on Aug 29, 2017 12:09:00 PM

The presence of some of the world's best wind, solar and bio-fuel resources promises to rapidly accelerate growth of the renewable energy sector in Latin America in the coming years, according to industry commentators.

In fact, parts of the region have long relied on sustainable fuel and energy – bio-fuels and hydro power in countries such as Brazil and Costa Rica being notable examples.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Latin America

Renewable Energy: Saving Lives and Billions of Dollars

Posted on Aug 23, 2017 12:18:25 PM

A new study supports a reality which OPEN had already foreseen - the world is already benefitting from renewable energy and clean technology in terms of human life, as well as billions of dollars' worth of savings.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab says its research shows a boom in wind and solar energy has helped prevent thousands of premature deaths and saved the US economy billions of dollars in healthcare and climate change costs

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Wind, Pollution, Solar, Health

OPEN Cleantech Investigates the Hidden Opportunities in Wastewater

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 12:15:00 PM

The problems of treating wastewater are one of the major challenges the world faces as its population continues to grow – OPEN's latest fact sheet Treating Wastewater Onsite: A New Hidden Opportunity highlights the issues and solutions available.

Although a large proportion of the planet is covered with water, just 3% of it is fresh water and much of that is difficult to access. As the world’s population increases rapidly, it is becoming more important than ever to conserve and care for this vital resource.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Cleantech, Pollution, Recycle, wastewater

Massive Opportunities for Green Investment

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 10:19:20 AM

This year’s release of OPEN Cleantech’s investment opportunities could not have been timed better.

The latest instalment of Bloomberg's authoritative New Energy Outlook report outlines how the plunging costs of renewable energy will lead to a US$7 trillion opportunity for investors.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Clean technology and innovation, Green Investment, BNEF

Green Boom Unstoppable

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 12:55:00 PM

The recent decision by the US to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change has failed to affect the future of green and socially responsible ETFs (exchange traded funds), results are revealing.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Green Bonds, Green Investment

Institutional Investors See the Light when it comes to Green Energy

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 1:05:00 PM

A move towards green investments is set to continue apace as institutional investors seek to protect their portfolios from climate change risks.

Pension companies and other large investors are increasingly realising the advantages of protecting their investments from the ripple effects of volatile fossil fuel prices, as well as avoiding the risk of being left with stranded assets as the world moves towards a low-carbon future.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Green Bonds, Sustainability

$2bn Green Bond Fund to Fill Emerging Market Gap

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 11:55:01 AM

OPEN has long since understood the need for large scale investment in cleantech and renewable energy in order to attain a sustainable environment. This year has seen a huge boom in green bond sales as public demand increases rapidly.

European asset manager Amundi and the International Finance Corp (IFC), the private sector investment side of the World Bank, have joined forces to create the biggest green bond fund in the world aimed at low-carbon investments in emerging markets.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Green Bonds, Cleantech

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