Posts Tagged:Renewable energy

The Great Transformation must be a socio-cultural one

Yesterday, German sociologist and social psychologist Harald Welzer, who is well known for his books and research on climate change and sustainability, visited Vienna’s new University of Economics and Business to give an interesting “WU Sustainability Controversies” talk on transformation processes. According to Welzer, we’re facing an extremely paradoxical task: An economic system based on…

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Do Smart Cities make Stupid Citizens?

I recently visited the Smart Cities Week in Vienna where various aspects of smart cities were discussed and many Austrian smart cities and smart regions shared their best practice examples, challenges and experiences. For Austria as a country of small cities (except Vienna) with very diverse structures it is important to break down the global…

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Hammarby Sjöstad: Sustainable urban development at its best

When I went to beautiful Stockholm for a long weekend last month, I also spent a sunny Sunday afternoon in Hammarby Sjöstad, the city’s landmark sustainable urban development district. As I’ve taken some pictures, let me share some of the ingredients of this exciting urban development project.   A dense and walkable neighborhood First of…

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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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The same old shale gas story

As expected, Daniel Yergin’s public talk on “Future Energy” yesterday at Vienna’s new University of Economics and Business Administration was centered around the US shale gas revolution. The Pulitzer-prize winning author, energy advisor to Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama and fossil fuel advocate didn’t surprise the audience with his controversial viewpoint: Renewables aren’t competitive without…

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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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Austria’s huge energy, climate and environmental challenges

This year, Greenpeace Austria celebrates its 30th birthday (me too). To celebrate this anniversary, Greenpeace hosted a discussion on future challenges for Austria’s energy, climate and environmental policy in the Austrian Parliament where its CEO Alexander Egit once again put the main challenges for our new government into a nutshell. At the end of the…

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