Amsterdam’s interactive energy atlas
Mar30

Amsterdam’s interactive energy atlas

With the City of Amsterdam’s population projected to increase by around 100,000-150,000 and the city transitioning towards a renewable energy future Amsterdam has developed an interactive energy atlas that enables users to find out answers to numerous questions including: How much energy does their neighborhood use? How much heat is produced by industrial parks? What opportunities exist for using solar and wind energy? What are the...

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Frankfurt’s GreenBelt acting as a green lung
Mar18

Frankfurt’s GreenBelt acting as a green lung

Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading green cities with: 52% of its space green; 160,000 trees lining its streets and spaces; and 40 parks and 50 lakes for recreation and outdoor enjoyment. One of the standout features – recognized by UN HABITAT II as a positive example of sustainable urban development – is the city’s GreenBelt that acts as a ‘green lung’. Frankfurt’s GreenBelt The GreenBelt’s 8,000 hectares cover a third of the...

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Decoupling growth from carbon emissions in NRW
Mar11

Decoupling growth from carbon emissions in NRW

The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is a supersized economy in Germany and Europe with a GDP of over EUR 500 billion per annum. 33 out of Germany’s top 100 companies, including coal and steel, chemical, machinery and automobile companies, are located in the state in addition to thousands of other smaller companies. With large economic output comes large demand for energy: 34% of Germany’s primary energy production occurs...

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Energy efficiency in California’s buildings
Mar03

Energy efficiency in California’s buildings

California’s energy efficiency standards for new buildings – residential and non-residential – have saved consumers billions of dollars in reduced electricity and natural gas bills. Environmentally, energy efficiency standards, in place since 1978, have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 250 million tons: The equivalent of taking 37 million cars off California’s roads. For residential homes in California lower electricity and gas...

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