Examples of growing climate action: Technology

Read inspiring stories that show that action is happening to design and implement technology solutions to fight climate change

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  1. (Posted 24 April) The Oregon Institute of Technology cut the ribbon on its new $14.7 million geothermal plant. The new plant joins a 280-kilowatt geothermal plant that has been in operation since 2010. The U.S. Department of Energy contributed $4.5 million to the new plant, which is projected to save $400,000 in energy costs each year.
  2. (Posted 29 March) The Ethiopian government has launched an innovative Climate Center in Addis Ababa, the result of a joint collaboration between Ethiopia and the World Bank. According to a statement released at the launch, the center will ”support pioneering clean-technology enterprises” involved in tackling climate change. The center is also expected to equip people with skills and create employment.
  3. (Posted 26 February) Bhutan gives its clean energy future a big boost with the help of notable electric car makers. The government plans to transform Bhutan into a “hotspot for electric vehicles”, including cars, buses, trucks as well as research and development. bit.ly/1cONhY8
  4. (Posted 14 February) California: the world’s largest solar thermal plant has started operation in the Mojave Desert. Funded by the US Department of Energy with investments from the likes of NGR Solar and Google, the Ivanpah project is expected to generate enough power for more than 100,000 homes and avoid over 13 million tons of CO2 emissions, using hardly any water. bit.ly/1drIPzo
  5. (Posted 10 February) A new partnership between UNFCCC and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) aims to showcase successful climate action and ICT solutions around the world. According to GeSI's recent report, "SMARTer 2020: the role of ICT in driving a sustainable future", ICT has the potential to drastically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5 per cent and saving nearly $2 trillion in energy and fuel costs bit.ly/1kvajrw
  6. A new partnership between UNFCCC and the Global
  7. (Posted 6 February) In India, six state-owned companies are lined up to construct the world's largest solar plant in Rajasthan. The facility will span 77 square kilometres and cover an area larger than the size of Manhattan. The expected power generated could reduce India's carbon dioxide emissions by over four million tonnes per year. bit.ly/1gP0mF1
  8. Six state-owned companies in India are lined up
  9. (Posted 14 January) Indigenous communities in Indonesia are using GPS technology to demarcate the boundaries of their ancestral lands and fight climate change. Explore how indigenous knowledge and modern technology are combined to make #REDD happen on the ground. bit.ly/1eMloyq
  10. Indigenous communities in Indonesia are using ...
  11. (Posted 8 January) The Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Haiti shines as the world's largest solar-powered hospital. Less than one year after its opening in March 2013, the rooftop solar array now provides more than 100% of the hospital's daily needs bit.ly/1bQo9eP
  12. The Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Haiti
  13. (Posted 19 December) Look back on an inspiring year of clean energy milestones: from salt batteries to floating wind turbines and crucial innovative finance bit.ly/1bet1Kv
  14. Look back on an inspiring year of clean energy ...
  15. (Posted 17 December) Delhi International Airport will be the first airport in Asia to host a large solar power plant. Similar plants already exist in Germany ow.ly/rNF3W
  16. (Posted 25 October) Eight US states plan to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025, ramping up their clean technology ambition bit.ly/1a3jQeX
  17. A sensible way forward: Eight US states plan to
  18. (Posted 16 October) More space for climate ambition: New research shows the number of patents for solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy is skyrocketing. The increase is being attributed to market demand and a business imperative to grow green usat.ly/170ZetB
  19. More space for climate ambition: New research ...
  20. (Posted 10 October)  Primary school children in Papua New Guinea now have access to consistent power for their classrooms, thanks to newly-installed standalone solar systems delivered via banana boat! bit.ly/1gpkc6A