In his Oval Office speech on the BP disaster Tuesday night, President Obama was expected to call for action on legislation to move the nation away from fossil fuel dependence. But how close are we to having viable, cleaner alternatives? In California, utilities are struggling to meet the state's goal that they provide one-third of their power from renewable resources by 2020. The panel took a look at the most promising developments in the world of alternative energy -- and at some of the obstacles to large-scale adoption.
New RAEL analysis of UC Berkeley's carbon footprint: 97% of emissions are indirect
RAEL, in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainabilty, has developed a new hybrid life cycle model to estimate of the carbon footprint of UC Berkeley. Total emissions are 424,000 metric tons for the year 2008.
Direct emissions (Scope 1) are only 3% of the University's total carbon footprint. Indirect emissions from purchased energy (Scope 2) account for 37% of the total, with 60% from other indirect sources (Scope 3). The official UC Berkeley greenhouse gas inventory includes roughly 50% of the total carbon footprint.
Laura Schewel's team won the annual Big Ideas competition of CITRIS. Her Virtual Electric Vehicle Test Drive Project made the co-first place and received an $8,000 award.
Congratulations from RAEL!
Dan Kammen is appointed to be the first Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) fellow
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encourages at the recent summit of the Organization of the American States (OAS) other countries in the American hemisphere to tap US academic expertise on clean energy and energy efficiency. For this purpose three leading US scientist were appointed to a special fellowship position at the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). Nobel laureate Dan Kammen from the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at UC Berkeley was named as first fellow, next to Ruth DeFries from Columbia University and Gerry Galloway from the University of Maryland.
The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas was proposed by President Obama in 2009 as a forum for sharing ideas in the Americas in 7 critical areas of engagement: Energy efficiency, renewable energy, cleaner fossil fuels, energy poverty and infrastructure, sustainable forestry and land use, and climate change adaption.
RAEL Lunch: Inside the Negotiations: The Prospect for International Action on Climate Change Post-Copenhagen
Location: 323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)
Trevor Houser served as Senior Advisor to US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern through the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen last December. Now a partner at RHG, a New York-based economic research firm, and visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC, Houser will discuss the outcome of the Copenhagen summit and the prospect for international cooperation on climate change in the years ahead.