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Launch of the MENA Renewables Status Report

London, 4 June 2013

Download the MENA Renewables Status Report: The MENA Renewables Status Report, released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), REN21, and the United Arab Emirates, reveals massive growth in the renewable energy markets of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

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The rise of carbon markets: Report

Washington DC, 3 June 2013

Today, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) released The World’s Carbon Markets: A case study guide to Emissions Trading, a collaborative series of case studies examining carbon market development around the globe.

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Carbon Market Challenges & Opportunities

London, 29 May 2013

Short-term intervention in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme is essential, say nine out of ten members of leading carbon association. IETA members would overwhelmingly support intervention by the European Commission in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) within 12 months to improve the functioning of the market from its current record lows.

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A ‘Lost Decade’ of EU Climate Policy: Report

London, May 2013

European policymakers must urgently send a clear policy signal to power sector investors, or risk a 'lost decade' in which the European economy fails to reduce carbon emissions and piles up costs for future delayed reductions. This is the key conclusion of a major new EURELECTRIC study: Power Choices Reloaded.

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CO2 level crosses milestone at Hawaii site

Washington, May 2013

The amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million at a key observing station in Hawaii for the first time since measurement began in 1958, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Friday. To many scientists, crossing the 400 ppm threshold, which means that there are 400 molecules of carbon dioxide for every million molecules in the air, is a bit like the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising above 15,000 points.

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EU 2020 target unlikely to be met

London, May 2013

The continued slow pace of new investments in renewable energy around the world seen in Q1 this year, masks some strong signals of support according to the quarterly report from Rabobank. In the US, the role shale gas production will play in the energy mix may dominate the agenda of the new administration, but there remains a clear commitment to renewable projects.

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Moving the UK solar market past the ‘boom and bust’ stage

London, 6 May 2013

The UK solar PV market is making headlines again as its 500 MW of installed capacity accounted for 10% of the global installations in the first quarter of 2013. As a result, the UK market passed the 2 GigaWatt mark of cumulative installed solar capacity. 2012 hasn't been a bad year either. Government statistics confirm 779 MW of installed PV capacity in 2012. According to Solarbuzz, 11.3% of the UK’s electricity last year was generated from renewable energy sources.

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Strong growth for renewables expected: Report

London, 22 April 2013

New research by analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance show that annual investment in new renewable power capacity is set to rise by anywhere from two and a half times to more than four and a half times between now and 2030. The likeliest scenario implies a jump of 230%, to $630bn per year by 2030, driven by further improvements in the cost-competitiveness of wind and solar technologies relative to fossil fuel alternatives, as well as an increase in the roll-out of non-intermittent clean energy sources like hydro, geothermal and biomass.

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Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2012 Edition

London, April 2013

The global clean energy sector is undergoing geographic and technological shifts as new markets emerge and renewable capacity grows, according to research released by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The sector demonstrated resilience in 2012, registering a record 88 gigawatts, or GW, of additional generating capacity, even though investment levels declined 11 percent, to $269 billion, from 2011. Among the Group of 20 nations, China reclaimed the top spot from the United States, attracting $65.1 billion, a 20 percent increase over 2011 and 30 percent of the total for the G-20.

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Vestas and GE neck-and-neck for lead in wind's record year

London, 18 April 2013

General Electric of the US and Vestas of Denmark were tied for pole position in the world wind market in 2012 - a record year that saw 48.4GW of new capacity installed. Research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, published for clients today, finds that a surge of development activity in the US, where all projects had to be grid connected prior to year-end 2012 in order to qualify for its expiring tax credit, helped boost GE’s rankings, enabling it to catch up to established market leader Vestas. More than 96% of GE’s wind turbines commissioned in 2012 were in the US market.

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