Setting up Solar: Starting from the Rooftops
We installed solar panels on a Beijing warehouse and tested their practicality and reliability. We not only made enough for our day-time use, but we made a surplus of energy.
We estimated that if similar panels were installed on all suitable rooftops, with 1,000 hours of use per year, we could generate power for 30 million households. China has the capacity to become the world’s largest solar power market.
Cutting 70 m tons of Carbon: Wind blows Wild
Wind power generation technology is relatively simple and it is the fastest-developing renewable energy. China is also the world industry leader in wind energy. 2012 marks the eighth year for Greenpeace to work with China’s wind power specialists to promote the industry’s development.
Our latest report on China’s wind industry pointed out that in 2011, wind energy made up 1.5% of total generation capacity, equivalent to supplying the annual energy use of more than 47 million households and cutting 70 million tons of carbon emissions. However there are still serious concerns over connecting wind energy to the national grid that urgently need to be solved through policy change.
Doha Climate Talks: Wins & Losses
Late last year the UN held its latest round of climate change talks in the Qatar capital, Doha. As before, Greenpeace held observer status. Taking a look back at the past few years of climate meetings, we could say Copenhagen was “utter defeat”; Cancún was “recovery”; and Durban was “epoch-making”. This time we could say Doha was “a link connecting the past and the future.”
Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International concluded: “Today we ask the politicians in Doha: Which planet are you on? Clearly not the planet where people are dying from storms, floods and droughts … The talks in Doha were always going to be a modest affair, but they failed to live up to even the historically low expectations.”
Esperanza joins fight to save the climate
On the same say that the Doha talks ended, Greenpeace ship, the Esperanza which was in the Philippines at the time, rushed to Mindanao to transport emergency relief supplies to the people hit by Typhoon Bopha. This is the time to show solidarity between people in times of crisis, clearly something which governments at Doha were not interested in doing.