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Sustainable Energy

Your Answers to The Big Questions

Last week, we posed thirteen ‘Big Questions’ relating to the future of sustainable energy in Canada and the world. And boy, did you respond!

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community. 

The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey.

Next week, we will report back on your responses.

Can Vancouver *Really* Become a 100% Renewable Energy City?

In March, motivated by the climate crisis, Vancouver City Council took the bold step of declaring that Vancouver would become a 100% Renewable Energy City, obtaining 100% of its energy from renewable sources, and asked its staff to get back to them by fall with a clear articulation of the date by when it might be feasible. The city's staff, in turn, are seeking the public's input, using the hashtag #VAN100RE.

Bloomberg LP Launches First Tool That Measures Risk of 'Unburnable Carbon' Assets

loomberg LP is now offering a Carbon Risk Valuation Tool through its terminal subscription service

December 3, 2013
InsideClimate News

In a move that underscores Wall Street's growing unease over the business-as-usual strategy of the world's fossil fuel companies, Bloomberg L.P. unveiled a tool last week that helps investors quantify for the first time how climate policies and related risks might batter the earnings and stock prices of individual oil, coal and natural gas companies.

Amory Lovins: Freedom From Fossil Fuels Is a Possible Dream

Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute

April 9, 2015
InsideClimate News

The United States could run almost entirely on clean energy by 2050, with a larger economy, $5 trillion in savings––and no acts of Congress. That's a vision of the future as seen by Amory Lovins, a sustainability expert who talked about how to reach that goal in a presentation Tuesday at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Electric vehicles, retrofits, the sharing economy and the rise of clean energy in Europe and China—all these technologies and trends show how a transition from oil, coal and nuclear power is possible, he said.

Electric Cars 2015 — Prices, Efficiency, Range, Pics, More

Renault Twizy

February 16, 2015
EV Obsession

Wondering what electric cars are on the market or soon will be? Wonder no more. I’m going to run down all of them in the article below. I will also add a few key details and commentary for each one (including prices, efficiency, range, and # of seats when such information is available).

Fossil fuel-free funds out-performed conventional ones, analysis shows

 New data challenges the widespread belief among asset managers that divestment from fossil fuels hurts the financial performance of investment funds

April 10, 2015
The Guardian

Investors who have dumped holdings in fossil fuel companies have outperformed those that remain invested in coal, oil and gas over the past five years according to analysis by the world’s leading stock market index company,

MSCI, which runs global indices used by more than 6,000 pension and hedge funds, found that investors who divested from fossil fuel companies would have earned an average return of 13% a year since 2010, compared to the 11.8%-a-year return earned by conventional investors.