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China, United Arab Emirates, way ahead in renewable energy, Australia lags

The Global Innovation Index, which analyses the economic strengths and innovation potential of 125 countries, ranked China among the world’s top five renewable energy ”innovation drivers”.
The index gave Australia an overall innovation score of 49.9 out of 100, giving it low scores (again, out of 100) for the number of science graduates (43), engineering graduates (22), share of renewables in energy use (three) and scientific outputs (33). 

Just when Australia is getting ready to sell even more vast quantities of coal to the world, the world wants less of it,”

China leads the way with clean-tech,Canberra Times, Rosslyn Beeby, March 19, 2012 Last month, the Chinese government launched a renewable energy think-tank, the China National Renewable Energy Centre. It will draft industry standards and seek to boost global investment in green energy projects.

The centre has already signed research and development co-operation deals with the United States, Denmark and Spain, and is also close to signing agreements with the International Renewable Energy Agency in the United Arab Emirates.
China is now the world’s single largest market for clean technology products and services. As a new report by California renewable energy
consultancy Dallas Kachan points out, international business
co-operation with China is nothing new, and has been growing rapidly
for 30 years. But its status as a global clean-tech power is a new
phenomenon, and countries like Australia risk being left behind in the
race to identify and participate in rapidly emerging renewable energy
markets across the world.
Green-tech is the new global gold rush, and it doesn’t pay to be
tinkering with policy tune-ups while the train is moving out of the
station.
China is already attracting an influx of ”clean-tech entrepreneurs,
investors and solution providers”, says the Kachan report….

According to report, these opportunities include lucrative new markets
in reducing air pollution, green building design and retrofits, water
efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, greener urban
infrastructure and renewable energy uptake.
But overseas investors are also attracted by the Chinese government’s
financial support for innovation and manufacturing…..
The Global Innovation Index, which analyses the economic strengths and innovation potential of 125 countries, ranked China among the world’s top five renewable energy ”innovation drivers”.
The index gave Australia an overall innovation score of 49.9 out of 100, giving it low scores (again, out of 100) for the number of science graduates (43), engineering graduates (22), share of renewables in energy use (three) and scientific outputs (33). The areas where Australia scored highly were political stability (76),
tertiary enrolment (78), quality research institutions (76) and
business regulations (97).
The Kachan report incudes comments from Australian lawyer Peter Corne,
who has been based in Shanghai since 1996, and is regarded as a
leading expert on cleantech innovation and intellectual property
law…..
China is also expected to introduce a cap on coal use from 2015 as
part of its five-year clean energy plan. Australian Greens deputy
leader Christine Milne raised this issue last week, calling for the
Gillard government to direct the Bureau of Resources and Energy
Economics ”to review its modelling based on the current geopolitics
of coal”.
”China projects utility scale solar power to outcompete coal by the
end of this decade, and India expects to see that point in as little
as four year. Just when Australia is getting ready to sell even more
vast quantities of coal to the world, the world wants less of it,”
Senator Milne said.
”Even in the absence of global action on the climate crisis, the huge
leaps in renewable energy around the world are leaving coal behind,
and Australia risks digging ourselves into an ever bigger hole unless
we change direction fast.”….
The recently established International Renewable Energy Agency – which
includes 148 member nations and the Europe Union – will have its
headquarters in the United Arab Emirates. Why? Because the Emirates
has made some very serious commitments to clean energy, including the
world’s biggest solar power plant and green public transport.
Australians might well ask, if a nation so rich in fossil fuels is
already embracing a clean energy future, then what’s holding us back? http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/china-leads-the-way-with-cleantech-20120317-1vbm9.html#ixzz1pb7Zsjav…….China.

March 19, 2012 - Posted by | General News

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