Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings [Infographic]

Increased demand is a certainty and we can no longer deny the elephant in the room. We need to address the issue of creating buildings that support the demand without setting us further back in other areas. Energy efficiency saves money and creates jobs and will be essential to both homes and businesses in the future.

The examples in this infographic show just how effective energy efficient and sustainable buildings can be, as well as how creative.

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Top 10 Countries Leading Renewable Energy [Interactive StoryMap]

In December 2015, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement, which marks a commitment to decrease the emissions from greenhouse gases. It is a legally binding agreement to tackle climate change on a global scale.

While it is hugely progressive, there are some countries who are already creating the blueprints for best practice when it comes to using renewable energy in a bid to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Below, senatorwindows, share with us the top ten.

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Make Your Home More Energy Efficient [Infographic]

Most of the energy used in our homes comes from fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels produces CO2, a greenhouse gas which causes climate change.

There are many measures that you can take to make your home more energy efficient. These include; choosing double-glazed windows, improving your wall insulation and opting for lined curtains. Continue reading for more visual tips:

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Green Paper [Infographic]

Breathe in, breathe out. You have just utilized the benefit of one tree. Trees are an environmental miracle – they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, forests are homes to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, and as a physical resource, they are used for products like chairs, building materials, and paper.

In the last decade alone, the tech boom has changed our ways of living and communicating, and has also added a heavy load onto the environment. Making electronics requires a lot of energy, nonrenewable materials like plastic and metals, and comes at the cost of harming the environment through using fossil fuels and emitting greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. In comparison, how is paper production and use any safer?

Paper encourages more tree planting, is less harsh on the environment, and uses significantly less renewable energy resources. Check out this infographic “Green Paper: Why Paper is Surprisingly Eco-Friendly” to learn more about the benefits of using paper!

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The Changing Face of UK Energy [Infographic]

The key message to take from this infographic could well be the rise of renewable energy in the UK energy market, as the push by successive governments for green energy has led to a vast increase in the number of renewable energy sources being utilised.

Another key issue is how this energy is being used, so for this we have looked at which sectors use the most energy. Perhaps unsurprisingly it is the transport sector that uses the most energy (38%), followed by domestic usage at 27%.

This, of course, takes quite a macro look at the UK energy market. To make it more obviously relevant to the individual, the piece finally covers where the money you pay annually for energy is actually going and compares home energy usage in the UK with the US. Unsurprisingly heating accounts for about twice as much domestic energy usage in the UK.

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The G8 Wake-Up Call

Wake Up World Leaders:
Expedite Renewable Energy, End Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies

May 21, 2013
European Wind Energy Association
By Tom Rowe

The global temperature is rising. Freak weather events are multiplying. Climate change is happening. And yet governments are giving $6 to polluting fossil fuels for every $1 that goes to clean renewables.

World leaders must move now to renewable, clean energy sources like wind energy. And with the newGlobal Wind Day app you can tell them to do it and why.

Through June 17-18, heads of state from the world’s eight wealthiest countries are meeting in the UK. The leaders of these countries, such as President Obama, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and François Hollande, are ultimately responsible for the continuing and growing support for dirty fossil fuels given by their governments. Such subsidies are up nearly 30 percent from 2010 to $523 billion in 2011 compared to $88 billion for renewables.

Before this upcoming Group of Eight (G8) meeting, you can personally send the leader of your choice a message. Log in to Facebook and use the Global Wind Day app to directly message one of the G8 leaders, with your choice of image and text. It’s easy, fun, fast and effective—the app will allow you to show how you feel about the world’s most powerful countries continuing support of climate change-inducing fuels.

You’ll be joining a growing movement around the world that is calling for the removal of aid for polluting fuels. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is urging governments to phase out expensive fossil fuel subsidies to free resources for public spending in areas like education and health care. Almost nine percent of all annual country budgets are spent supporting the oil, natural gas and coal industries through direct subsidies, consumer rebates and tax breaks for pollution, according to an IMF report.

The IMF provides 22 global case studies of subsidy reforms over the past two decades, to help governments phase out fossil fuel subsidies in the “right way.” They provide a plan for fossil fuel subsidy reform which emphasizes transparency, committed phase out planning and support for people vulnerable to rising energy prices. Speaking in Washington D.C., the IMF’s first deputy managing director David Lipton said that now is the time to embrace an end to government support for fossil fuels, and to put a price on carbon emissions.

Removing these subsidies would be a major step towards reducing the world’s carbon footprint at a time when scientists suggest the impacts of climate change are accelerating.

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Visit the Global Wind Day app on Facebook and send your wake-up call.