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GREEN RACE

GREEN RACE

"The Green Race to Durban"

A webtool to compare the innovation in green technologies

 

On November 9th 2011, theGreens/EFA group organises the event "TheGreen Race to Durban and Beyond" to prepare the Durban's COP17 Summit. This event is akey-note debate on comparability, competitiveness and compatibility of climateactions around the world.

In parallel to the Green RaceEvent, the Green Race Web-tool hasbeen developed as an informative, pedagogic and interactive website to further communicatewhat is being done to spur the development of green technologies. In the nextten years, clean energy investments could reach $2.3 trillion. The countriesthat succeed in attracting these investments will gain both the environmentaland economic benefits of harnessing energy from renewable sources. The “greenrace” as it is sometimes called will see the transition of an economy based oncoal to one run on wind, solar and hydropower. The winners of the green racewill be those countries that have ambitious climate policies, invest inresearch and development of green technologies and create an attractiveinvestment climate where innovative companies can get their hands on sufficientcapital to get their businesses off theground.

The objective of this website isto show the current state of play in the green race by concentrating onproducts and technologies of the energy revolution which will be - or alreadyare - part of international competition. The objective is to show where the keymarkets are, and which countries have already taken the lead on theseinnovative technologies. Since the green race is still going on in full speed,the decisions that are taken today by the member states as well as the EU caninfluence the outcome of the race. Raising the EU’s climate target to 30% fewerCO2 emissions by 2020 and setting ambitious targets for the medium and longterm would certainly boost investments in green technologies and could bringthe EU to the forefront of the Green Race again.

Unlike the Climate Circus (www.climatecircus.com) in 2009, the "Green Race to Durban" does not name andblame different states for their bad climate policies, but rather applauds thewinners of the race.

Points are thus given tocountries investing in clean technologies and using public funding for R&D forrenewable energies, and whose companies own clean energy technologies and largemarket shares globally.


METHODOLOGY

Choice of criteria used



Solar:

            -Construction:

                        -Global investments in 2010 ($ million)

                        -Total installed capacity (MW)

            -Innovation[1]:

-  Public spending in R&D

                        -  Patents owned (by company): points were givento countries according to the location of the parent company owning thepatents.

- Filinglocations: countries where patents were filed.

            -Companies:

                        -Market shares of companies.

 

Wind:

-Construction:

                        -Global investments in 2010 ($ million)

                        -Total installed capacity (MW)

            -Innovation[2]:

-  Public spending in R&D

                        -  Patents owned (by company): points were givento countries according to the location of the parent company owning thepatents.

- Filinglocations: countries where patents were filed.

            -Companies:

                        -Market shares of companies.

 

Official sources of data used for solar and wind ranking:



 -        "Global Clean Power: A $2.3 trillion opportunity", The PEW Charitable Trusts, TheClean Energy Economy, 2010.

-        "Who's winning the Clean Energy Race? G-20 investments powering forward",The PEW Charitable Trusts, The Clean Energy Economy, 2010.

-        "Renewables 2010 - Global Status Report",REN21, 2010.

-        "Clean Energy Progress Report", OECD/IEA,2011.

-        "Renewable Energy Country AttractivenessIndices", Ernst&Young, Issue 28; February 2011.

-        "Global Wind Report - Annual market update2010", GWEC, 2010.

-        "PhotovoltaicBarometer" - Systèmes Solaires - Le Journal du Photovoltaïque, n°5,Eurobserv'er, April 2011.

-        "Who Owns Our Low Carbon Future? IntellectualProperty and Energy Technologies", Chatham House, 2009.

-        http://www.greenunivers.com

-        EUROSTAT


However, it is of major importance to precise that the Greens/EFA group does not consider thattechnology is a unique, nor the most important, answer to climate change. Technological developments are only onepart of a more comprehensive policy that needs to be implemented to reach an energyefficient and 100% renewable economy.

Regarding renewable energies, the "Green Race to Durban" only deals with wind and solar energies.Even though points are given to countries - either via their governments or viatheir companies - developing such technologies, the Greens/EFA group stressesthat a global policy to fight climate change also needs to include efforts onenergy efficiency and energy savings. Moreover, other types of renewableenergies also exist, which could not be taken into account in thiswebtool. We are very conscious of this shortcoming, for which the lack ofreliable figures on such technologies is the main explanation.

For furtherinformation on the Greens/EFA propositions and for a broader vision on climatepolicies:  

             www.stopclimatechange.net

            www.greens-efa.eu

            www.yannickjadot.fr

            www.baseickhout.eu

            www.satuhassi.net

            www.rebecca-harms.de



[1] Followingfigures were gathered for both Concentrated Solar Power and Photovoltaic.

[2] Followingfigures were gathered for both Concentrated Solar Power and Photovoltaic.

Stop Climate ChangeThe Greens/EFA in the European Parliament