With one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, India is expected in the coming years to produce ever more of the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. But many business owners in small industries either fail to understand the relevance of climate change or are unable to afford the changes necessary to become more energy-efficient. According to a World Bank study, India’s 4.5 million small and medium enterprises, with their obsolete technology, produce 70 percent of India’s industrial pollution.
Small-Scale Businesses Forestall a Green India – washingtonpost.com.
A new report by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) revealed that it is possible to reduce carbon emissions from energy use down to zero in the majority of new non-domestic buildings, but that companies will have to pay above their baseline costs to do so.
Retail buildings can be zero-carbon by 2020 – but only at a cost.
Shaw, a Eugene homeowner interested in environmentally sustainable building techniques, installed the green roof on an addition two years ago.
It’s one of a handful of public and private Eugene buildings that sport a layer of greenery on top, a trend that has taken off in larger metropolitan areas such as Portland and Chicago.
A technique dating back thousands of years, it was resuscitated in Germany more than 20 years ago, and is gaining ground in the United States.
Green roofs taking root: The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore..