Aug 21, 2012

China Accuses US of Trade Violations Regarding Renewables

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Admin
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  Just when it seemed tensions between Beijing and its trading partners in the US were dissipating, more accusations arise against ea...

 

Just when it seemed tensions between Beijing and its trading partners in the US were dissipating, more accusations arise against each other for improperly supporting their own producers and obstructing foreign competitors. Today, China's government ruled that the US support to six of its solar and wind power projects violates free trade rules.

In the midst of various trade disputes with the US and Europe regarding market access and government subsidies for renewables, the Commerce Ministry announcement called on Washington to stop the support, which is believed to violate World Trade Organization rules. It was stated that the subsidies in Washington, Massachusetts, Ohio, new Jersey and California all serve as a barrier to imports.

"The Commerce Ministry will adopt relevant legal measures, demands that the United States cancel parts of the measures that violate World Trade Organization rules and give Chinese renewable energy firms fair treatment," the ministry said.

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Meanwhile, Washington has accused China for inappropriately subsidizing its own solar panel makers, which has resulted in an overflow of panels in the US market and devastated many American competitors. European manufacturers of solar cells have called on higher tariffs on imported Chinese equipment that they also say benefits from improper subsidies.

Tensions are high as both countries seek to promote their own suppliers in hopes of generating higher-paid technology and clean energy jobs.

Beijing is currently investigating complaints that imports from South Korea and the US of polysilicon, used to make solar cells, received banned subsidies.

“The Commerce Ministry will adopt relevant legal measures, demands that the United States cancel parts of the measures that violate World Trade Organization rules and give Chinese renewable energy firms fair treatment,” the Commerce Ministry said.

 

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Renewables
Dominic Ellis
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Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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