An unexpected country invests the most in renewable energy
Official statistics show that China is the country that invests by far the most money in renewable energy. But the picture is completely different when measured by GNP. Then the leader is Uruguay followed by Mauritius, Costa Rica, South Africa and Nicaragua.
That’s the conclusion of fresh statistics presented to the 2014 World Bioenergy conference at Elmia in Jönköping, Sweden in June. Attendees received the information before it was officially presented at a press conference in New York. The annual study is produced by the network Ren 21, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century.
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China uses pellets against smog
China’s big energy problem is a four-letter word: coal.
“Coal is responsible for half the smog in Beijing,” said Hong Hao from the Chinese company Great Resources at the World Bioenergy conference at Elmia in Jönköping, Sweden.
The big problem is the countless small and medium-size heat sources that burn coal. They supply 18 percent of the huge nation’s energy but produce more than half the total carbon dioxide emissions.
This is one of the most important explanations why China is the country that is investing the most in renewable energy production – everything from solar- and wind-powered electricity to bioenergy.
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Argentina is counting on the EU to lower its customs barrier
Two years ago the European Union raised its tariff barrier against biofuel from Argentina.
That barrier is still in place but when he spoke at the World Bioenergy conference at Elmia in Jönköping, Sweden, Miguel Almada from Alternative Energy in Argentina was convinced that the import duties will be reduced.
“We’re not price dumping. Latin America has the world’s best conditions for producing biofuel.”
The opinion is not merely his own; it is the official position of Argentina’s president.
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