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Solutions: What you thought you knew is obsolete

Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) / Joe Romm / 12 September 2016

Keynote address by Dr. Joseph Romm, creator of climateprogress.org, at the Annual Wirth Sustainability Luncheon in Denver, Colorado, Sept 9, 2016.

Nuclear industry in crisis

RenewEconomy / Jim Green / 06 February 2017

Forget the hype about so-called ‘Generation IV’ reactors ‒ the industry is having massive problems with ‘Generation III’ reactors, which are nothing more than modified versions of long-established reactor technology.

Problems with Generation III projects ‒ which largely explain Toshiba’s crisis ‒ are summarised in a recent Bloomberg piece: “Costly delays, growing complexity and new safety requirements in the wake of the triple meltdown at Fukushima are conspiring to thwart a new age of nuclear reactor construction. So-called generation III+ reactors were supposed to have simpler designs and safety features to avoid the kind of disaster seen in Japan almost six years ago.

“With their development, the industry heralded the dawn of a new era of cheaper, easier-to-build atomic plants. Instead, the new reactors are running afoul of tighter regulations and unfamiliar designs, delaying completions and raising questions on whether the breakthroughs are too complex and expensive to be realized without state aid.”

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

Ontario raises $800 million with third green bond

Ministry of Finance / 03 February 2017

Ontario has successfully issued its third green bond, raising $800 million to help build clean transportation and environmentally friendly infrastructure projects in communities across the province.

Proceeds from the bond will support 12 projects, including:

  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, targeted to achieve LEED® gold-level certification
  • ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville, expected to achieve LEED® silver-level certification
  • York VivaNEXT Bus Rapid Transit Expansion in York Region
  • GO Transit Regional Express Rail in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Green bonds help Ontario’s efforts to fight climate change and build on initiatives such as setting a cap on pollution, ending coal-fired electricity generation, and electrifying and improving the province’s commuter rail network.

[ FULL MEDIA RELEASE ]

Webinar series: “Facing Climate Change”

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Join us for a two-part webinar series.

On February 8, 2017, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Dr. Dianne Saxe, will deliver the first of two webinars on our recent Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, Facing Climate Change.

The first webinar will discuss chapters 1 to 3: the science behind climate change and how Ontario contributes to climate change. It will focus on some important questions our report raises, including:

  • Why is climate change worse than most people think?
  • How is climate change affecting Ontario now? What’s ahead?
  • How much does Ontario contribute to climate change? What sectors are the biggest emitters?
  • Why must we act now?

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Greening Sacred Spaces Certification Program

Green Living Ottawa / Katherine Forster / 09 December 2016

The Greening Sacred Spaces Certification program recognizes, celebrates and motivates faith communities who demonstrate commitment in the care of the environment through action. This program helps you celebrate when you’ve accomplished a certain number of tasks and it provides ideas of how to keep moving forward in your greening efforts. It is a series of checklists that help identify specific tasks that can be taken on and once 10 or more tasks have been completed, a certificate is issued to celebrate the faith community’s success! It’s a tool that can help give those who are working to improve their building and property that extra boost!

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

Ontario making electric vehicles more affordable

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 01 February 2017

Ontario is making it easier for people across the province to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and switch to an electric vehicle (EV) by further enhancing its Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP).

Part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, and in effect as of Jan. 1, 2017, the updated EVIP:

  • Removes the cap limiting EV incentives to 30 per cent of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP)
  • Eliminates the $3,000 cap on incentives for EVs fully run on battery power and priced between $75,000 and $150,000, which enable long-range, zero-emission travel and have less environmental impact than lower priced plug-in hybrids
  • Continues to exclude EVs with an MSRP of $150,000 and above from qualifying for incentives
  • Offers incentives only on vehicles produced by automakers who are partners in Ontario’s new Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP).

[ FULL MEDIA RELEASE ]

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