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    By offering cash incentives to producers of renewable power, Germany has stimulated the renewables sector and simultaneously slashed CO2 emissions. In 2006, Germany cut emissions by 45 million tones as a direct consequence of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and 68 million tonnes as a consequence of all renewable power generated.

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    Since the 1970s Freiburg has developed a reputation as Germany's ecological capital. By 1986 the City had a vision for a sustainable city reliant on an ecologically-oriented energy supply, today its solar, energy efficiency and transport programs are among the best in the world. Until 2007 CO2 emission have been reduced by more than 20% per capita, there has been a 100% increase in public transport use – with up to 35% of residents choosing to live without a car Freiburg is living proof that solar can work in the Northern Hemisphere.

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    The partnership between ASE and CAGECE (the northeast state of Ceara's water utility) resulted in significant increase of water distribution efficiency by the utility, and related energy savings of 88 GWh in energy during 4 years, which translated into $2.5 million in savings per year from $1.1 million USD investment. It allowed connecting to the water system 88,000 homes that did not have access previously. Through the partnership, CAGECE was able to meet state imposed power rationing goals set at reductions of 20% over normal usage.

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    The Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is making the impossible possible by funding sustainable projects that often cannot be financed through traditional sources. Its successes include Canada’s first municipal combined heat, power, and cooling system (trigeneration); its largest solar power plant; an energy efficiency financing program that targets new condominium construction; and a pilot test of outdoor LED white lighting. Since its inception TAF has reduced CO2 emissions by 500,000 tons and created a funding model that is a world leader.

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