3 Critical Challenges Facing the Growing Solar, Wind & Clean Tech Sector

New figures from leading analyst firms are showing an increased investment in the global clean tech market in 2014, driven primarily by investments in solar and wind energy (which accounted for more than 90 per cent of 2014’s overall clean tech spend). According to the UNEP’s 9th “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment” report, 2014 saw green energy investments worldwide jump about 17% to $270.2 billion. That’s an increased share of total world electricity generation from 8.5% in 2013 to 9.1% last year.

With Growth Comes Both Opportunities & Challenges

As the industry continues to experience growth as a result of these increasing investments, those companies in the clean tech business are facing many opportunities but also many challenges. Some of these challenges are unique to the sector, while others are shared across other emerging industries and growing companies. Here are three of the big hurdles that solar, wind … Read more...

OSHA Whistleblower and Heat Stress news, exciting news on renewable energy in Europe, and a big victory for the EPA on EHS This Week

Once again, we are bringing you the top stories in environment, health and safety news. This week, among other things, we’ll discuss:

  • More OSHA Whistleblower cases.
  • A BIG Supreme Court victory for the EPA.
  • Great news on renewable energy in Germany and England.

Remember that you can always write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. 

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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UK’s health and safety ‘monster’, DOL’s review of OSHA’s VPP program and more on EHS This Week

Check out the most recent podcast of EHS This Week.

This week, JP Nadeau and I discuss top stories from the world of environment, health and safety news, including: 

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron’s harsh words for the country’s H&S regulators.
  • The US Department of Labour’s much-needed review of OSHA’s VPP program.
  • Renewable energy gains in the U.S.
  • Our new “Site Shout-Out” of the week, which honours RegBlog for their great work promoting regulatory issues, and more.

Check back on a weekly basis for our rundown of the week’s top EHS Stories. 

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