Thursday, 11 June 2009

Pew Centre - Climate TechBook

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, basically a think tank on all things to do with global warming, has made available a free online resource of information on the impact of climate change and technologies that can help reduce it.

The resource, known as the Climate TechBook and which can be found here, provides:

- An overviews of greenhouse gas emissions from key economic sectors: electricity, transportation, industry, residential and commercial, and agriculture

- Overviews of relevant technologies in these areas


- Fact sheets that provide background information about specific technologies, the current status of the technology, cost information, policy options to promote the technology, and obstacles to further development and deployment.


Initially the TechBook consists of 15 briefs and fact sheets but the plan is to regularly add new content to provide a comprehensive source of information on low-carbon technologies.

Unfortunately (for the rest of us) it's US focused, but nevertheless a lot of the technology information is universal. It's also quite detailed. It gives Pew the opportunity to promote its own reports but there are also a lot of other sources included.

It's a useful resource. As the press release pointed out, an important part of helping people, companies and economies to become greener is to have as much information available as possible about the technologies and options.

I suppose the only danger is that we may also see similarly presented initiatives with some greenwashing around existing technologies and companies pushing their own version of the ideal solution, but that's not the case here.




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