Posts Tagged:Emissions

City Pics: Graz

Last weekend I went to Graz, Austria’s second-largest city which is only a 2.5-hour train ride from Vienna. With its compact, walkable downtown as a UNESCO World Heritage site and its mediterranean character, Graz is probably Austria’s most beautiful city and also one of its most vibrant. As the New York Times recently stated, “you…

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Who needs GDP? Focus on Well being and Ecological integrity!

Last week, Sigrid Stagl from the Vienna University of Economics and Business gave an interesting talk on ecological economics as part of the “Future Lectures” series. Based on the lecture series’ underlying theme of sustainability, earth system boundaries and human interference, she focused on two aspects of climate change and how ecological economics fits into…

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Sustainable cities need integrated urban planning & energy planning

Earlier this month, I visited the Zero Emissions Cities Conference in Vienna’s City Hall which tried to answer the question how tomorrow’s smart cities can significantly reduce their carbon emissions. It offered general insights as well as presentations of specific technologies like building-integrated photovoltaics, small-scale urban wind power, LED lighting systems or thermal energy storage.…

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World Energy Outlook 2013: The Good, the Bad and the Really Ugly

Yesterday, the International Energy Agency released its highly-anticipated World Energy Outlook 2013. As expected in my previous blogpost, the report heralds the medium-term end of the US shale gas boom but also serves as a warning that continuing with business-as-usual energy policies will put us on a path to devastating climate change. But first things…

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Before IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2013: Shale gas is not an option

As the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2013 will be released today, I’d like to take a look back at last week’s panel discussion “Energy future at the crossroads” in Vienna. Ingmar Höbarth, Managing Director of the Austrian Klimafonds, first talked about the global energy and climate framework and its political and economic implications: To keep…

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Sustainable development means creating resilient systems

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to listen to an inspiring and entertaining talk by Dennis Meadows, one of the leading thinkers on sustainability and author of the seminal 1972 book “The Limits of Growth”. In the course of the “Future Lectures” at Vienna’s new University of Economics and Busines he talked about “Strategies for Personal…

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Global risks: Climate change, financial crisis and inequality

My previous blogpost already mentioned the World Economic Forum’s recently released “Global Risks Report“. According to this report, cliamte change, the financial crisis and inequality are today’s three biggest risks and together form a multifaceted economic, societal and environmental crisis whose symptoms and challenges are highly interdependent. In the following, I would like to highlight some interesting first insights from the…

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BC’s carbon tax is a success story for the economy and the climate

Last week, I also visited a Carbon Talks lecture on “BC’s Carbon Tax Shift: What’s Working? What’s Next?” where I got an insight into Sustainable Prosperity’s recent evaluation of BC’s carbon tax shift. BC’s carbon tax was introduced in July 2008 as North America’s first carbon tax. It started at a price of $10 per…

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