Some time ago one might have had the impression that the German word Energiewende would make the leap to the English language as Kindergarten, Rucksack and Autobahn have done. Ever since Fukushima the world has looked to Germany to learn how to transform a centralised and fossil-based energy supply in a climate-friendly, fair and affordable way. “If anyone can do it, it’s the Germans,” you heard politicians, industry representatives and citizens say everywhere – in European countries, on the other side of the Atlantic and as far away as Asia and Australia. …continue reading →
February 21, 2014 2 Comments
On the eve of the third anniversary of Japan’s triple disaster of March 2011 – the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown – people in Fukushima are setting sail towards a nuclear-free future. At the beginning of February, one of Japan’s most important renewable energy events, the 3rd Community Power Conference took place in Fukushima, some 60 km away from the Daiichi nuclear power plant. Fukushima Prefecture and its 2 million inhabitants has committed to a 100% renewable energy target and is just in the process of formulating the implementation roadmap towards this goal. Personally speaking, visiting Fukushima was one of most impressive experiences I have had in recent years. …continue reading →
February 12, 2014 2 Comments
The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change.
By Sophie Yeo, RTCC
The mayor of the region, which has a population of about two million people, hopes that community energy schemes will wean the region off fossil fuels completely in just over 25 years’ time. Energy will be generated locally through community energy initiatives and will provide a clean and self-sustaining source of heat and electricity throughout the area. …continue reading →
February 4, 2014 5 Comments