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Green Banks Mobilize US $41 Billion for Clean Energy Ahead of 2019 Target

Chloe Whitewater, SDG Knowledge HUB Summary 28 November 2018: At the Sixth Annual Green Bank Congress in Shanghai, the Green Bank Network announced that its members closed transactions that are expected to mobilize US$41 billion in financing for green infrastructure projects and low carbon...


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Infrastructure fund of First State buys 85% of Estonian energy producer Utilias

The Baltic Course Summary The European Diversified Infrastructure Fund II SPSc (EDIF II), a dedicated long-term infrastructure fund managed by the Australian investment company First State Investments, has become a financial investor in Estonia’s largest district heating company OU Utilitas,...


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Empower Stresses Contributing for Sustainable Development by Adopting District Cooling Solutions With Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence Applications

Press Release, Empower, Albawaba Business Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world's largest district cooling services provider, has urged key urban developers around the world and the most influential individuals in the construction sector, on the importance of...


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Cities of the future: the ultimate design challenge

UN Environment Summary With two-thirds of people expected to live in cities by 2050 and with urban areas accounting for 70 per cent of the emissions that are propelling the planet into a climate unknown, the challenge is both clear and urgent: cities must be reimagined. “We...


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Lesley Riddoch: The heat is on for efficient warmth

Lesley Riddoch, The Scotsman Summary It’s high time to kick-start a green heating revolution in Scotland, writes Lesley Riddoch. The SNP wants the UK government to devolve offshore oil and gas licensing and taxation so that significant remaining North Sea reserves can be used to drive...


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Update on Germany’s energy transition: Q&A with Udo Wichert

This article was featured in the Q4 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine. In 2010, the German government formally adopted a plan to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by transitioning to an environmentally sound, sustainable and affordable low-carbon economy. Known as the ...


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From Dubai to Hong Kong: District cooling a strategy for sustainable development

This article was featured in the Q4 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine. Systems in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific help high-growth cities reduce emissions and conserve resources. The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. By 2050, 68 percent of the earth’s population will reside...


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Some Edmonton city councillors questioning Blatchford needs more money

Scott Johnston, Global News Summary A new report released just prior to Edmonton City Council’s utilities committee meeting Thursday calls for another $52 million to be invested in Blatchford’s district energy system. That investment would be on top of the $115 million that appears in the...


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IWCC Board gives bond proposal final approval

Tim Johnson, The Daily Nonpareil Summary The Iowa Western Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to request a special election on a bond issue of $11.5 million to finance replacement of the steam heating system on the Council Bluffs Campus. The election will be held...


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How biomethane can help turn gas into a renewable energy source

Bernadette McCabe, The Conversation Summary Australia’s report card on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions is not exactly glowing , but there are ample opportunities to get it on track during this period of rapid change in the energy sector. Greater use of renewable electricity sources...