Lithium-Ion Batteries Are Fast Becoming the Worlds New Oil

For an energy source that’s been around for three decades, the lithium-ion battery is only just hitting its stride. It’s worked its way up from primitive cellular phones to cameras and laptops before entering everyone’s pockets inside smartphones. But only now that the electric car has arrived is this energy …

India’s Huge Solar Ambitions Could Push Coal Further into Shade

India says it intends to launch a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world – another Indian project scheduled to open for bids next month. But analysts have said the country has neither the infrastructure nor the …

EU Raises Renewable Energy Targets to 32% by 2030

The EU is raising its target for the amount of energy it consumes from renewable sources, in a deal lauded by the bloc’s climate chief as a hard-won victory for the switch to clean energy. Energy ministers agreed a binding renewable energy target of 32% by 2030, up from the …

Samsung Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2020

Samsung Electronics announced Thursday an aim to source 100 percent renewable energy for its energy used in all of its factories, office buildings and operational facilities in the U.S., Europe and China by 2020. Specific locations were chosen as they are “well-equipped with infrastructure for the development and transmission of …

IKEA to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics by 2020

Swedish furniture giant IKEA announced a slew of commitments to encourage sustainable living, including a pledge to remove all single-use plastics from its product range globally and from its restaurants by 2020. The plastics ban will apply to its 363 stores worldwide, owner Inter IKEA said Thursday. IKEA joins a …

Zeleni and Obilicev venac

Two important landmarks of the Serbian capital are becoming truly greener. It is expected in the future that the first green building rises on the site of the former Beobank building at Zeleni venac. Compared to the rest of multi-story buildings in Belgrade, the planned multifunctional building will have living …

California Poised to Be First State to Require Solar Panels on New Homes

California is set to require solar panels on new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020, the first such mandate in the country and the state’s latest step to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “Adoption of these standards represents a quantum leap in statewide building standards,” said Robert Raymer, technical …