Manufacturing goes green, new report shows renewable energy investments broke records in 2015 and March proved to be a good month for clean-energy reform. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup:
Renewable investment broke records in 2015
Global investment in renewable energy reached record levels in 2015, according to a new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). It also shows, for the first time, that more renewable power capacity was added than other sources and that renewable energy investment was mostly in developing countries.
Industry might indeed be talking less about sustainability programs, but the chatter that still exists has undergone a subtle change over the past few years. Danfoss Group, the worldwide producer of air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and water systems is extending an already successful program for its buildings to include its production lines.
The clean energy industry in the U.S. employs over 2.5 million people, according to new analysis released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a nonpartisan business group. The findings in a report, "Clean Jobs America", show that the energy efficiency sector employs 1.9 million Americans, with other sectors such as solar and wind accounting for 299,000 and 77,000 workers respectively.