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Greenpeace activists scale Hamburg bridge to demand G20 leaders end the age of coal

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 luglio 2017

end coalHamburg. Greenpeace Germany activists have suspended a banner with the message ‘G20: End Coal’ from the iconic 50-metre high Köhlbrand bridge in Hamburg, demanding G20 leaders act to swiftly phase out coal.On the final day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, the peaceful protest involved 65 Greenpeace Germany activists from Germany, Sweden, Spain and other European countries to unveil an 18 x 40 meter banner from the bridge, calling for G20 states to accelerate global climate action.Greenpeace Germany energy expert Susanne Neubronner said:”Only if the major industrialised countries swiftly move from coal to renewable energy can the most catastrophic consequences of climate change be prevented. Germany, as home of the Energiewende, and Chancellor Merkel, as G20 host, have an additional responsibility to lead the way.”US President Trump’s decision in June to renege on the Paris Climate end coal1Agreement means that the G20 Summit is a pivotal moment in the fight against global warming.While many of the G20 members have reaffirmed their strong commitment to the Paris accord, Greenpeace is urging the G20 states to not only swiftly implement the Paris agreement, but also to raise their ambition and go beyond Paris.
“The millions of people threatened by climate change or who are already suffering its impacts expect the G20 leaders to accelerate their efforts to reduce their emissions. This can only be achieved by ending the age of coal by a socially just phase-out,” Neubronner said.Global coal use has been declining since 2014, but in Germany coal still accounts for 40 percent of electricity generation. Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions are not declining: 906 million tonnes were emitted in Germany last year, the same amount as in 2009. (foto: end coal)

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G19 holds the line on climate, but much greater ambition needed – Greenpeace​

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 luglio 2017

amburgoHamburg. In response to the outcome of the G20 Summit in Hamburg – in which the G19 state that the Paris Climate Agreement is “irreversible” and recommit to its swift implementation – Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said: “The G19 held the line, defending the Paris Agreement against Trump’s backward decision to withdraw, but that is not enough. The G19 should have committed to accelerate the transformation away from coal, oil and gas. If Paris was the starting point, Hamburg must sow the seeds of much greater ambition.“Millions of people suffering from the impacts of climate change are demanding urgent action to end the age of coal, oil and gas. To put words into action, the G19 must now accelerate the clean energy transition and set sail from Hamburg with an agenda of change. “Merkel, as G20 host, helped secure a united G19 outcome, but she must now lead the way at home and end Germany’s reliance on coal by committing to a socially just coal phase-out by 2030.”

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Wohnkomfort als Schlüssel zur Energiewende im Gebäudebestand

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 giugno 2016

hamburgHamburg. Ein für gut befundener Gebäudezustand und ein geringes Bewusstsein für den Energieverbrauch des eigenen Zuhauses verhindern eine Mobilisierung breiter Bevölkerungsschichten für energetisch motivierte Sanierungen. Dies ist ein Ergebnis des diesjährige Velux Healthy Homes Barometers. Die Studie zeigt, dass für die Menschen in Deutschland die Steigerung des Wohlbefindens in ihrem Zuhause der wichtigste Grund zur Renovierung wäre. Politik, Planer und Berater müssen deshalb das Gebäude als ein ganzheitliches System begreifen und die Anforderungen an die Energieeffizienz mit dem Anspruch der Bewohner an ein komfortables Wohnumfeld in Einklang bringen, wenn die Energiewende gelingen soll.
Der Gebäudebereich ist in den Mittelpunkt der Klimaschutzpolitik gerückt und spielt eine Schlüsselrolle in der Energiewende – denn Gebäude sind in Deutschland für rund 35 Prozent des Gesamtenergieverbrauchs verantwortlich. Insbesondere der Gebäudebestand ist zu großen Teilen nicht energieeffizient. Doch trotz aller politischen Bemühungen stockt die notwendige energetische Sanierung und die privaten Investitionen sind rückl.ufig. Ein möglicher Grund hierfür könnte die Tatsache sein, dass die Deutschen mit ihrem Wohnumfeld überdurchschnittlich zufrieden sind und wenig Renovierungsbedarf verspüren. Das zeigt das diesjährige Velux Healthy Homes Barometer, in dessen Rahmen insgesamt 14.000 Europäer in 14 Ländern zu Gesundheit, Umweltauswirkungen und Energieverbrauch ihres Zuhauses befragt wurden. Gleichzeitig hat die Untersuchung ergeben, dass die Deutschen durchaus große Verbesserungspotenziale bei ihren Wohnbedingungen sehen und bereit sind, insbesondere in den Komfort ihrer Wohnungen und Häuser zu investieren.
Die Studie zeigt, dass die Steigerung des allgemeinen Wohlbefindens für die Befragten der oberste Beweggrund wäre, in eine Renovierung zu investieren. Erst danach folgen die Reduzierung der Energiekosten, eine Verbesserung der Innenraumluftqualität und eine bessere Tageslichtversorgung. Aber auch wenn 78 Prozent der Deutschen angeben, dass es ihnen sehr wichtig wäre, im Falle einer Renovierung Energiekosten einzusparen, ist der Wunsch, Kosten zu sparen, nicht gleichzusetzen mit einer Bereitschaft zur Renovierung. Denn einer Energiekosteneinsparung stehen immer entsprechende Investitionskosten gegenüber. Klimaschutz und Energiekosten sind deshalb alleine ohne Berücksichtigung von Komfortbedürfnisse keine ausreichende Triebfeder für energetische Sanierungen. „Um die Investitionsbereitschaft der Menschen für Modernisierung und energetische Sanierungen zu erhöhen, müssen wir zunächst besser verstehen, was gute Wohnbedingungen für Hausbesitzer, Vermieter und Bewohner bedeuten und welche Wohnfaktoren den Menschen wichtig sind“, sagt Till Reine, Leiter Public Affairs, Velux Deutschland GmbH.
Deshalb hat Velux mit dem Healthy Homes Barometer 2016 den Versuch unternommen, eine belastbare Datenbasis zum physischen, mentalen und sozialen Wohlbefinden beim Wohnen in Deutschland zu erheben. Damit möchte Velux dazu beitragen, ein Verständnis und Bewusstsein für gute Wohnbedingungen zu entwickeln, um so zusammen mit Politikern, Bauplanern, Gebäudeberatern und Bewohnern in Deutschland den Weg zu gesunden, komfortablen und energieeffizienten Gebäuden der Zukunft zu beschreiten.
„Nur wenn es uns gelingt, das Gebäude als ein ganzheitliches System zu verstehen und Anforderungen an die Energieeffizienz mit den Wohnansprüchen der Bewohner in Einklang zu bringen, kann ein klimaneutraler Gebäudebestand erreicht werden“, fügt Till Reine hinzu.
Das deutsche Healthy Homes Barometer 2016 steht unter folgendem Link zum Download bereit: http://www.velux.de/hhb2016

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G7 countries expand renewable energy too slowly

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 giugno 2015

hamburg2Hamburg. The seven largest western industrial countries (G7) have not expanded renewable energy fast enough to significantly reduce their CO2 emissions. The share of renewables (excluding hydropower) in the G7 countries’ electricity generation rose to 8% in 2013. However, CO2 emissions of these countries only decreased by 1.3 % by 2012 compared to 1990. The biggest problem is the burning coal for electricity, according to an analysis Greenpeace released online today, two days ahead of the G7 summit [1]. Climate protection will be part of the the Elmau discussions.Greenpeace head of international climate politics, Martin Kaiser, said: “Simply put, the G7 are laggards when they should be leaders in making the shift to renewables. It is their moral and social responsibility. If Angela Merkel wants to be Germany’s ‘Climate Chancellor’, she must bind the G7 leaders to a 100% renewable energy commitment.” The G7 countries only represent 10% of the global population, but they are responsible for more than 26% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, their responsibility is comparatively large for leading on the protection of the climate. Greenpeace’s analysis shows the differing speeds of renewables expansion amongst the G7 countries. While Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom are progressing quickly, the expansion of renewables in the United States, Japan, France and Canada is far less ambitious. “The resources and brainpower put towards this G7 summit is totally wasted without a game-changing agreement being reached in Elmau,” said Kaiser.Merkel’s national actions have to reflect her international commitments. While the Chancellor emphasizes the long-term reduction of climate-harming CO2 to zero on the international stage, she is not turning her words into action at home. Until today, she has not publicly supported the proposal of Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), German Minister of Economic Affairs, to ask for a fee from old and dirty coal power plants. This will harm Merkel’s credibility massively. Without directly addressing climate-harming coal power plants, Germany stands to miss its own climate target.”The next few days will show if Angela Merkel is a ‘Climate Chancellor’ or in fact a ‘Coal Chancellor’, ” added Kaiser.
Ahead of the summit, the German Government pressured the G7 members for an ambitious long-term goal for climate protection. Nevertheless, apparently Canada and Japan have rejected this goal. The United States are holding back as well. China’s latest developments are encouraging: after stagnating CO2 emissions in 2014, emissions dropped for the first time in the first months of 2015.

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What is the Best Way to Commercialise Mid-to-Large-Scale Biogas Projects?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 febbraio 2012

London (PR Newswire) Biogas production and utilisation is increasingly being seen as a cost effective, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly means of energy production. Thus, the European Commission has drawn up support programmes to utilise this energy resource to make a greater contribution to help Europe meet its renewable and carbon reduction goals, as well as to support commercial energy organisations to build biogas into their portfolios as a sustainable and profitable business. The commercial and environmental benefits of biomethane have the potential to drive exponential growth in end user markets such as biomethane grid injection, biogas trading, bio-LNG, and natural gas vehicle fuels. The European Biogas Forum to be held on the 22 – 24 May 2012 in Hamburg, Germany will cover the full biogas chain from feedstock supply, production and treatment, and grid injection through to the commercialisation of biogas as a potentially significant contributor to the utility-scale European energy mix.The Forum will analyse the differing levels of political and commercial support throughout European member states, as well as market barriers to overcome when developing and operating mid- to large- scale biogas plants. The programme will also analyse the commercial opportunities of mid- to large- scale biogas production, as well as technical and regulatory challenges inherent in these operations.

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Legendary Entrepreneur Werner Otto Died at the age of 102

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 dicembre 2011

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Hamburg, Germany Cross reference: Picture is available via epa european pressphoto agency and can be downloaded free of charge at: http://www.presseportal.de/story.htx?firmaid=64793 The businessman and entrepreneur from Hamburg Prof. Dr. h.c. Werner Otto, founder of the mail-order company OTTO and the shopping center development company ECE, died on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at the age of 102 in the presence of his family in Berlin.Werner Otto was one of the last living post-war trade pioneers, who had considerable influence on the Federal Republic’s economic, socio-political and social development due to their visionary power, distinctive inventiveness, and entrepreneurial courage.Maren Otto, wife of Werner Otto: “My husband was very fortunate to grow old in a harmonic and loving family. He consciously did something for his health and lived in a disciplined manner. But his probably most important principle of life was to still have objectives in old age.We are deeply grateful that our family was spared major misfortunes.”
Werner Otto, born on August 13, 1909 in Seelow (Margraviate of Brandenburg), Germany, as son of a merchant, moved with his family as refugee to Hamburg after the Second World War. There, he founded his first shoe company. “When the sector borders were eliminated and shoes in good quality were introduced to the market by shoe companies that were traditionally located in south-west Germany, my company without specialist staff was not viable. This is why I closed it down. At least, I still had 6,000 Deutsche Mark and the factory halls,” remembers Otto.Then Otto had the idea that changed his life: why not sell shoes produced by others? And this in a mail-order business. With start-up capital of 6,000 Deutsche Mark and four employees, the unparalleled story of success started in 1949 with the result of the otto group as the world’s largest mail-order group. Basis if this unique development was the consistent implementation of Werner Otto’s corporate convictions. He gave priority to a clear innovation-oriented corporate strategy, the establishment of an efficient management and the consistent multiplication of the own strengths. In this way, he avoided the cardinal error many founders make: considering oneself as indispensable in the long term in the daily business and to interfere in too many details. Already in 1965, Werner Otto transferred the management of the company to Günter Nawrath, who was no member of Otto’s family. In 1981, Werner Otto’s son Dr. Michael Otto continued to head to company. In this way, Werner Otto gave himself the freedom for his second entrepreneurial career.
As of 1965, he established another successful company: ECE – economically and in terms of personnel completely independent from the OTTO mail-order company. Today, ECE is the most important development, construction, and management company for shopping centers in Europe. ECE develops and constructs not only shopping centers but also large office blocks, logistics centers, and other commercial large-scale real estate – always with the aim to effectively contribute to the vitalization of city centers as well as to careful urban regeneration. In 2000, Werner Otto’s youngest son Alexander Otto took over the management of ECE.
Werner Otto has remained true to his principle of fulfilling his social responsibilities in other areas as well. For example, he donated a new museum building at Harvard University, the Werner Otto Hall, to showcase the expressionist art of German-speaking artists. Werner Otto has received several awards and decorations for his entrepreneurial and social commitment, including the Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honorary Commemorative Medal in Gold and the Hamburg Senate’s Mayor Stolten Medal, the honorary title of Professor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Berlin Senate’s Ernst Reuter Medal as well as the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Social Market Economy Prize for his business practices. He is an honorary doctor and honorary senator of the University of Hamburg and a Laureate of the Hall of Fame in the “Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” history museum in Bonn. On the occasion of his 100th birthday, he was awarded the honorary citizenship of Berlin in 2009.

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