The Feed-in Tariff is better than is commonly understood

Renewable Energy in the German 100% RE region Trier

Renewable Energy in the German 100% RE region Trier

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has proven to be the most successful policy for climate protection and sustainable development. As the cornerstone of overwhelming renewable energy development worldwide, it has resulted in significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, green jobs, revenues for governments and citizens and cost-competitive alternatives to harmful fossil fuels. Despite all that, the FiT is currently under attack. This is especially so in frontrunner country Germany, where the government has approved the phase out of the FiT through recent reform. But the Feed-in Tariff is a better policy than is commonly understood. [Read more →]

July 17, 2014   No Comments

Decentralized spatial planning in Indonesia

Jakarta city landmark. Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Jerry Kurniawan / World Bank

Indonesia is a predominantly urban country. Metropolitan Jakarta will be home to 11 million people by 2020.

This is the last in a six-part series featuring case studies that illustrate what regenerative urban development looks like in practice.

Successful implementation of regenerative urban development requires national governments to give local levels the authority to plan development of their constituencies that is suited to local conditions and the resources to realise the plans. The case study of Indonesia demonstrates the importance of coherence between national and local policies in order to connect policy making and implementation.

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June 26, 2014   1 Comment

Symbiotic Industry in Kalundborg, Denmark

In Kalundborg, one company’s waste is another’s resource

This is the third in a six-part series featuring case studies that illustrate what regenerative urban development looks like in practice.

Kalundborg is a city in the heart of Denmark and is home to some of the country’s largest industries. In 1961, a local oil company cooperated with the municipality to pipe water from a nearby lake to its power plant– a project that would later become the basis of a circular system of resources that include water,heat, gypsum, lime, fly ash, sulphur dioxide, straw and organic waste.

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June 3, 2014   No Comments