1. COP18: Prof. Tanay Sidki Uyar, Eurosolar Turkey


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    COP18 (06/12/12) – Professor Tanay Sidki Uyar, president, Eurosolar Turkey, tells RTCC about the importance of putting renewable energy at the heart of planning for businesses and governments alike. Prof. Uyar praises Siemens for pulling out of nuclear engineering to focus on renewables calling these kind of shifts “smart investments”. “The future should be planned with the technologies of the future in mind,” says Uyar. “If companies continue to invest in the current energy system, they will be obsolete.” He also says that renewable energy is a more equitable and open form of energy and argues that unlike fossil fuels, there will not be conflicts over ownership.

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    • COP18: Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association


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      COP18 (05/12/12) – Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General at the World Wind Energy Association talks about the difficulties currently facing the wind industry globally. He says that the industry is currently in a difficult situation with his organisation’s latest half year figures showing a 10% drop on 2011. He says there is currently more capacity than the market is able to absorb. He says this is partly due to market uncertainties in some of the industry’s main countries including the US and Spain. He says new markets are developing but that they need time to grow. He talks about the difficulty of connecting wind to existing grids. He says it is simpler in the developing world where much of these electricity grids are still being built and can be designed to fit renewables, but harder in industrialised countries where the grids are made for more centralised energy systems.

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      • COP18: Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Scotland


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        COP18 (04/12/12) – Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Scotland talks about the country’s domestic policies for renewable energy and efficiency measures. He talks about their legal target to reduce their carbon emissions by 42% by 2050 and says they are already halfway to achieving this goal. He also talks about the target of going 100% renewable – with an interim target of 50% renewable by 2050 – which he says is fully achievable. He warns that with the majority of Scotland’s building being old housing stock and with the country having below average temperatures, energy efficiency will play a huge role. He admits energy bills in Scotland have risen with green policies but says this rise is minimal compared to the rise because of the wholesale gas market. He stresses that the country is trying to future proof against similar rises in the future.

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        • COP18: Todd Stern, US Climate Change Negotiator


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          COP18 (03/11/12) – Todd Stern, US Climate Change Negotiator talks about America’s actions at home on climate change. He says there is already a ‘revolution’ taking place in the US, where old coal is being phased out by natural gas. He says that they are also making major strides on the efficiency of their buildings, and that they have doubled their renewable energy capacity. He says President Obama re-pledge his commitment to climate change after being re-elected and said the country has many plans for the next four years.

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          • COP18: Jan Burck, Team Leader, German and EU Climate Policy, Germanwatch


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            COP18 (05/12/12) – Jan Burck, Team Leader, German and EU Climate Policy, Germanwatch talks about the latest of the organisation’s annual reports rating countries on the climate action. He stresses that no country was doing good enough to prevent dangerous climate change so there was no gold medal awarded in this year’s report. He warns that the ambition is very low. He says that Denmark was top of the leader board, while at the other end Saudi Arabia scored the worst. He says that there are some good examples of work taking place around the world, particularly in renewables, but then says there were also depressing signs like in energy efficiency where often efficiency gains are eaten up by the re-bound effect. He talks about Germany’s position on climate action and says while they are making great strides on renewables, they are still a coal country.

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            • COP18: Brad Page, CEO, Global CCS Institute


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              COP18 (03/12/12) – Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute talks about the growing number of Carbon Capture and Storage plants being seen around the word. He says there are currently eight large scale operations around the world, storing 23 million tonnes of CO2 every year. He says the technology is far from experimental and says they expect to see another eight operations up and running by 2015. Storing 35 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2015, these plants will do more for carbon abatement than all of Australia’s mitigation measures to date. He says that while the price of CCS remains high, as more demonstrations are built the costs will come down over time. He stresses that CCS is not be an excuse to burn more fossil fuels but will be an essential technology to deal with the reality that fossil fuels will continue to play a part in the global energy mix for some time. He says that we need every technology we can get to beat climate change including renewables, CCS and nuclear.

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              • COP18: Dr R Seetharaman, Chief Executive Officer, Doha Bank


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                COP18 (01/12/12) – Dr R Seetharaman, Chief Executive Officer at the Doha Bank talks about how the Doha conference has brought the climate debate to the heart of the challenges - the region with the most fossil fuels worldwide. He acknowledges that over 40% of the world’s oil and 20% of the world’s gas comes from the Arab region but also says the region is committed to sustainable development and to supplementing fossil fuel resources with renewables. He says that no significant action has been taken since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted and says that now is the time to see execution of plans and action. He asks; where do you start with these actions? And answers; the region with the most hydrocarbons worldwide. He stresses that the region’s long term values are around sustainability and social development.

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                • Wind Energy


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                  This portrait of Heron Wind Manufacturing, was shot and co-produced by Ecodeo's founder in Northern Michigan, USA while working on the National video team, to showcase how President Obama's policies have benefited small businesses. President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy has helped to make America more energy independent by reducing dependence on foreign oil and has increased investment in renewable energy. Wind-generated electricity has doubled during President Obama's office. http://www.heronwindmfg.com/

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                  • Energie Etiche


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                    • BC WEN Member Profiles: Mayor Dianne Watts


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