A major policy theme leading up to last week’s presidential and congressional elections was the need to increase investments in U.S. infrastructure. While the intensity of campaign rhetoric ebbed and flowed (and at times overflowed), infrastructure was routinely cited by both major party presidential candidates as overdue for attention and resources. President-elect Donald J. Trump and the members of the 115th Congress are generally expected to make a major infrastructure-investment package a priority during the new administration.
This is the third installment in a blog series that identifies key energy efficiency provisions in the comprehensive energy legislation being debated in Congress. Alliance to Save Energy Director of Government Relations Daniel Bresette discussed the importance of building energy codes in the first post in the series, which was followed by a closer look at the sections that address the energy-water nexus in a second entry.
I’m pleased to announce that the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity has formally partnered with The Climate Group to support the EP100 corporate commitment program. Through EP100, companies demonstrate real global leadership by committing to doubling energy productivity within 25 years from a baseline year of 2005 or later. Seven companies have signed up to date, including Alliance to Save Energy Associate Members Johnson Controls, Danfoss, Covestro and Hongbo Group. More companies are expected to announce commitments in Morocco during the 22nd Conference of the Parties.
Originally posted to the Huffington Post. The world community is rightfully celebrating today’s enactment of the 2015 Paris climate agreement as a landmark achievement in the fight against climate change. The truth is that this day – Nov. 4, 2016 – could ultimately be remembered as an historic turning point, or it could become another footnote in a losing battle against warming.
As the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change draws near, it is clear that energy access will be a key policy area for the host government, Morocco.
Halloween is the day of vampires, witches and ghouls - when small, scary creatures knock on our doors and threaten “trick or treat”. Most importantly, Halloween is a day to be playful at home, at work and in your community: with fun costumes, decorations, parties and delicious themed foods. With all this fun activity happening around October 31, though, there’s one special ingredient we can add to make everything even better: energy efficiency.
We are at an historic turning point, in so many ways. The Paris Agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will enter into force on November 4, 2016 after having reached the threshold for enactment on Oct. 5. With 81 countries having ratified the agreement to date, global leaders are looking for tools to implement their clean energy commitments. It is becoming increasingly clear that there is a growing international consensus that energy efficiency is the first and most important step towards achieving international climate goals.
With so many keen eyes watching (especially here at the Alliance to Save Energy!), it has been widely reported that the Clean Power Plan (CPP) had a packed day in court two weeks ago. However, you may be left wondering what this means for the fate of the CPP and the role of energy efficiency, so let’s check in…
October is National Energy Action month, and with a new fall chill in the air, it’s also the perfect time to start saving energy at home. But how to do it? Considering that space heating is typically the largest energy expense in American households, making up nearly 45% of residential energy bills, that’s a pretty good place to start. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, pull on a cozy sweater, and check out these tips for reducing the amount of energy you use to heat up your home.
In an historic accomplishment, the European Parliament on Tuesday approved the European Union’s ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement. The decision ensures that the world’s first comprehensive global climate agreement will enter into force far earlier than any of us imagined when we celebrated the negotiation of a successful deal in Paris this past December. It took long, arduous and complex international negotiations to get to this point, and global leaders should be proud of this accomplishment. For the rest of us, it’s time to get to work!