Examples of growing climate action: Mitigation
Read inspiring stories that show that climate action is happening today
- (Posted 27 November) The furniture giant IKEA is taking big steps towards 100% carbon neutrality by 2020. The company recently purchased a wind farm in Canada, installed Florida's largest solar array and aims to install solar panel on 90% of its US stores bit.ly/1iE1cm3
- (Posted 25 October) Japan is set to flip the switch on floating wind turbines which will generate over 1 gigawatt of electricity by 2020 nyti.ms/1dqpqze
- (Posted 16 October) Chile has doubled its renewables goal in order to become less dependent on expensive fossil fuel imports. A new law signed by President Piñera stipulates that utilities must get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025. bloom.bg/1aI8EXf
Photo: Chilean Ministry of Energy
- (Posted 8 October) The island nation of Tokelau has accomplished its goal announced at the Durban Climate Change Conference in 2011: it is now the first country in the world to produce 100% of its electricity from the sun and other renewable sources of energy. This demonstrates just what is possible ahead of a 2015 global agreement bit.ly/GI6E90
- (Posted 27 September) COP 19 host country Poland is taking first important steps towards renewable energy to meet a European directive to generate 20% of its energy from renewables by 2020. The country's sixth wind farm, Nowy Staw, is now online and can generate enough energy from wind to meet the annual demands of more than 50,000 homes bit.ly/18YNWzI
- (Posted 23 September) Indonesia is stepping up its efforts to protect its valuable forests. The country’s president has signed a decree to create a new REDD+ agency, which will report directly to him.bit.ly/15aKLEX. (For non-experts: REDD+ stands for "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation; plus the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in reducing emissions)
- (Posted 19 September) Read about the rural solar revolution in Ghana, where women are set to become engineers and entrepreneurs by producing and selling solar power devices! bit.ly/1dp2EVQ
(Posted 16 September 2013) In Tanzania, low-carbon development has just been given a significant boost with the Climate Investment Fund's endorsement of an investment plan that will transform the country's energy sector and help scale-up the development of its abundant renewable energy resources.
- (Posted 13 September) South Korean airlines are making a contribution to curbing emissions from the aviation industry. The country's seven flagship carriers have agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by improving the fuel efficiency of their aircraft by over two percent.
- (Posted 9 September) In St. Petersburg, Russia, leaders attending the Group of 20 summit of the world's biggest economies agreed to phase down the use of certain potent greenhouse gases known to damage the climate. This could reduce as much as 90 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent between now and 2050 and is a major boost for the Montreal Protocol reut.rs/17FNiqi
- (Posted 6 September) More space for climate ambition! The World Bank has drawn up a strong plan to help developing countries cut air pollution, which kills 6 million people a year. Major added value: the plan could slow the global average temperature rise by up to 0.5 degrees by 2040/2050 bit.ly/1cEp3hm
- (Posted 30 August) Spectacular move towards clean energy in South Africa. According to the U.N. Environment Programme, the country recorded the world's highest growth in renewable energy investment last year. bit.ly/141IVuA
- (Posted 21 August) Copenhagen, known as the world's most bicycle friendly city, is taking sustainable travel to new levels with an innovative bike sharing program that includes a built-in GPS showing local train connections. bit.ly/19EXwyw
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