Weber’s Clean Tech Slides ( a la Mary Meeker’s slides for IT)

Mary Meeker puts out a set of trends on the  internet every year and I thought  why not do one for sustainability and climate change.  Here is the start to Weber’s Clean tech slides…These are in no particular order, as I update these slides as I come across new and interesting ones.

What di I define as the sustainability and climate change sector.  Here are some broad thematic areas

  • Transition to a low carbon sustainable economy
  • Growth of the clean technology sector (opportunities, stock exchanges, companies, jobs…)
  • Carbon pricing and businesses and sectors that are internalizing or developing business models where all costs are incorporated
  • Resource efficiency and the development of a circular economy

I will add more as I become aware of them.

Slide 5 (March 4, 2016)

This slide shown which I took from here and they aggregated from somewhere else. What is shows is the bidding by companies to provide solar electricity, the latest bid in the state of California is less than 4 cents per kwh for a 25 years of electricity.  There are some subsidies included in this – in the US, the renewable energy tax credit and there is lots of discussion in the comments about the amount of the subsidy based and when the power is supposed to be delivered.


Slide 4 (Feb 24, 2016)

A great slide showing how the efficiencies of various types of solar cells have improved over the years….(from cleantechnica)


Slide 1 – Extent of renewable energy generation in Europe

ENTSO-E’s annual overview of the European electricity market, Electricity in Europe 2014, which has recently been released, testifies to the steady expansion of renewables generation taking place in the EU electricity sector:

33% of electricity produced in the EU now comes from renewables, of which 18.5% is hydropower and 14.4% “other renewables” (mostly wind and solar power). In 2011 hydropower supplied 15.3% and other renewables just 9.3%. The share of fossil fuels has gone down from 48.6% in 2011 to 40.5% in 2014. Nuclear power has remained stable despite the German nuclear phase-out.

ENTSO-E net generation

Evolution of ENTSO-E net generation
(Source: ENTSO-E)

Another interesting chart on energy efficiency and economic growth is posted here discussing how electricity sector is going to change over the next few years.  

Slide 2: The comparison between economic growth and energy efficiency.

What I love is the following chart showing links between economic growth and energy efficiency:

EE economic growth for blog

Each color represents a country or region. As economies get richer, growth requires less power.It is difficult to really analyse underlying trends in this chart.  As can be seen, even Canada is becoming more energy efficient as its GDP per capita increases.

A better higher resolution graphic is at Bloomberg New Energy Finance somewhere at the BNEF new energy outlook.  I could not find it. It may be available only for subscribers.

Slide 3 (July 3, 2015):

One of the most common images that are being used to characterize the rise of carbon pricing, whether it be cap and trade and/or carbon tax is one which shows the number of countries with some form of carbon pricing.

Here is a map of the status of emission trading systems that I created for a client in 2011-12. Here, the light blue color indicates no emission trading systems and yellow and orange are planned systems.

Status of emission trading systems

The following map is from some analysis done by the World Bank in 2015 with carbon markets now valued at 50 billion, much of the yellow and orange now being implemented and with additional countries now planning carbon pricing.


Climate Change Impacts extended for one week – Ha ha

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Well it is all to let you know that the comedy contest being hosted by the University of Colorado has extended its deadline to March 8th. One more week to get your entries in.

Here are some details!

Inside the Greenhouse at The University of Colorado-Boulder are holding a comedy & climate change short video competition

1st place: $250 prize ~ 2nd place: $100 ~ 3rd place: $50

Humor is a tool underutilized in the area of climate change; yet comedy has power to effectively connect people, information, ideas, and new ways of thinking/acting.

In this call, we seek to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful VIDEOS – up to 4 minutes in length – to meet people where they are, and open them up to new and creative engagement.

The winning entry will receive a cash prize, and be shown during the upcoming ‘Stand Up for Climate: An Experiment with Creative Climate Comedy’ night on March 17 at 7:30pm on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, Colorado.

The event will feature a range of comedic approaches, including standup comedy, sketch and situational comedy, and improv.

The primary audience will be University students along with members of the community in Boulder, Colorado (no age restrictions will be in place).

AWARD CRITERIA: Successful entries will have found the funny while relating to climate change issues. Each entry will be reviewed by a committee composed of students, faculty and graduate students at CU-Boulder.


(1)  1-2 page pdf description of entry, including

A. title of creative work,

B. names and affiliations of all authors/contributors,

C. contact information of person submitting the entry,

D. a statement of permissions for use of content, as necessary, and

E. a 100-word description of the work.

(2)  A link to the up-to-4-minute composition, posted on Youtube or
Vimeo or the like

ELIGIBILITY: must be a citizen of Planet Earth; work created since
January 2015 is accepted; works must be less than 4 minutes in length,
captured through video; CU-Boulder employees are not eligible


·        March 8: entries due to

·        March 14: applicants informed of decisions

·        March 17: winning entries shown at ‘Climate and Comedy’ night


Max Boykoff
Associate Professor
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies (CIRES)
Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR)
Environmental Studies Program Campus Box 488
tel: (303) 735-0451

Danielle K. Garrison
MFA Dance Candidate-Aerial Dance Track University of Colorado-Boulder
Aerialist, Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher Artistic Director and Founder/DKG Dance Entertainment Coordinator and Performer/Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc.
Teaching Artist/Colorado Ballet
Tel: (708) 717-4891

This initiative is part of the Inside the Greenhouse project at CU-Boulder. More information is here: