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Tesco and Comet: plugging the electric fuel gap

Supermarket giant Tesco and UK electricals retailer Comet plan to establish a network of electric car charging points on their London retail sites. Although the current supply of electric vehicles is limited, sector investment and government backing mean that retailers will eventually pose a viable threat to 'big oil' in city locations.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2009
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Sustained growth in biofuels rests on government policy support

After a period of slowdown due to the global recession and high feedstock costs, the biofuels market is now showing signs of recovery. However, in key markets, energy companies such as Petrobras, BP, and Shell are still fighting to recover their losses and attract new investments. Government policies are expected to be instrumental in ushering in the next phase of growth in the biofuels industry.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2010
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Sustainable transport: despite recent progress, there is still plenty of room for improvement

Despite the success of recent green initiatives in the transport industry, there is still a long way to go to make it truly sustainable. As demand for greener logistics solutions rises, all parties concerned must do their bit to make the industry more environmentally friendly, which presents an opportunity for industry players with green credentials to win over eco-minded customers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2010
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Sustainability is on the rise across sectors and geographies

The last decade saw rising interest in sustainability among governments, industries, and the public. With the effects of the recession still lingering, state and private stakeholders are looking towards green and energy-efficient technologies as new avenues for growth. The key emerging trends around the sustainability space relate to industries as diverse as energy, transport, and construction.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2011
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Stalemate at COP16 makes life tougher for enterprises, but creates IT opportunity

It is both sad and ironic that the most likely result of negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change this week and next in Cancun, Mexico, will be the very "tragedy" that Mexican President Felipe Calderon warned against in his opening remarks: a failure to look beyond national interests and make real progress toward concerted international action.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2010
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Stagecoach: sustainability pledge will increase profitability

Stagecoach, one of the UK's biggest bus and coach operators, intends to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet by 3% by 2014. With this in mind, all of its 13,800 drivers will be trained in eco-driving. Apart from helping the company to reach its sustainability goals, the move will also significantly reduce operational spending and exposure to risk.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2011
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Spain's solar subsidy cuts could signal a growing focus on emerging markets for the solar industry

The Spanish government is to cut solar PV feed-in tariffs by as much as 45% in a bid to cut national debt, becoming the latest European nation to slash previously generous green initiatives. These continent-wide cuts could lead manufacturers to look to emerging solar markets such as China, India and the US for the rapid growth that characterized the industry in Europe at the start of the century.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2010
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Spain's nuclear renaissance is expected to attract increased R&D investments

The Spanish government has decided against phasing out its nuclear capacity and has instead renewed the operating licenses of three nuclear plants, despite them nearing their 40-year lifespan. This clearly highlights its growing interest in nuclear energy, and also the mounting need to make the country's energy infrastructure more environmentally sustainable.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2011
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South Korea: investing in smart grid technology to support renewable power generation

State-owned Korea Electric Power Corporation has announced plans to invest $1.8bn in smart grid technology as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. In addition, the corporation has recently joined IBM's Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, signaling an intention to be among the world leaders in the development and deployment of smart grid technology.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2011
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Solar subsidies spell the beginnings of a solar boom in China

China's recent announcement of a national feed-in tariff for solar power installations is a vote of limited confidence in European solar markets, as well as a strong indication that the long-awaited boom in solar uptake in China is on its way. The world's largest supplier of solar power equipment is also set to become its largest consumer.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2011

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