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Europe Goes For ‘Smart Grid’ to Integrate Renewable Energy

At the heels of economic downturn across Europe and in the context of high costs of adaptation to climate change, there is ‘smart talk’ about a future mega electric grid. Imagine a Europe that is effective in its use of electricity, balancing out national energy needs with a vast interconnected supply of renewable energy crossing time zones as well as climatic conditions. A smart grid, would provide the infrastructure of the 21st century in support of a more sustainable economy. The challenge is huge yet Europe is moving forward.

By Christian Frøkiær

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Economic Crisis Provides the Momentum for Green Tax Reform in Europe

A recent Copenhagen Conference highlighted the need for European governments to see the current economic crisis as a momentum for reforming European fiscal systems and “creating a new prosperity vision for the entire EU” as emphasized by Anselm Görres, president of Green Budget Europe. Some of the benefits of a green tax reform are a push for innovation, promotion of employment and saving society from some of the environmental burdens.

By Alexandra Hayles & Bo Normander

Build a Living Economy – New Project Launch in Response to Current Economic and Ecological Crisis

Protests across the world over the economic crisis highlight the urgency for change to an economy that is more socially inclusive and economically and environmentally sustainable. Worldwatch Europe is pleased to announce the launch of a new major research project that aims to push forward the conceptual framework of ‘building a living and green economy’. Supported by the Velux Foundation, the project’s overall objective is to mobilise a European constituency behind the commitment to sustainable development by emphasizing changes to norms, values, and policies.

Elections in Denmark: A Congestion Charge Grabs Most of the Attention

As the Danes prepare for the National Parliament elections on Thursday, most polls show that the centre-left parties are looking to return to power after ten years with a liberal-conservative government. The economy has been the dominant issue in this election, leaving little time for issues of climate change, energy and the environment. However, a new scheme for a congestion charge in Copenhagen has surprisingly dominated the debate.

By Bo Normander, Director, Worldwatch Institute Europe

Will IKEA Become Sustainable?

IKEA, the archetypical global retailer used as a clear example for promoting a consumer throw-away society, would like us to think again. Now, IKEA is launching a sustainability product score card that could positively alter the supply chain and its effects on the global community. Maybe the image of the right to pollute at a consumption level for which IKEA provides a global standard will need to be re-evaluated.

By Alexandra Hayles, Worldwatch Institute Europe

Highlights from seminar on Transforming Cultures

High levels of consumption have led to the current financial crisis, as people, companies and countries around the world live beyond their means and overstep their ability to pay back unsustainable debts.

By Julie Pihl Dalbøl

Ending the Financial Crisis Will Require a Complete Change of Our Culture and Way of Living

Copenhagen event with Worldwatch Senior Fellow Erik Assadourian will discuss the true roots of our current financial crisis

PRESS RELEASE, Friday, August 12, 2011

Copenhagen, Denmark—As the financial crisis strikes Europe, the US, and elsewhere, we seem to forget the root causes behind this malaise.

Citizen Scientists Pave the Road for Better Information on Nature and the Environment

European researchers have stepped on the path to a novel way of environmental data provision. Seeking to harness lay, local traditional knowledge and the enthusiasm of citizens to gather and assess data on for example birds, butterflies and wild orchids, this path reflects the need for diverse environmental information in such quantities that can not be provided by professional scientists. It is also a reflection of the broad availability of information and communication tools that makes it easier to gather and process data.