Impact of energy efficiency standards in the US

Impact of energy efficiency standards in the US

Donald Elliott from Covington & Burling LLP writes an informative article on The National Law Review website about the quiet success of energy efficiency standards. It would be good to see an equivalent article on the success of the Ecodesign Directive in Europe.   Energy Efficiency Standards A Quiet Success Electricity consumption in the United … Continue reading

New trial on wind-twinning tariffs

New trial on wind-twinning tariffs

Ben Webster writes in The Times about an important trial underway in London to adapt energy consumption according to when electricity is produced from wind power.   How to save money: set alarm, get up and do the ironing Getting up early just to boil the kettle or switch on the washing machine might seem … Continue reading

New report by UNEP identifies innovations for scaling up sustainable development financing

New report by UNEP identifies innovations for scaling up sustainable development financing

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled ‘Pathways to Scale,’ which identifies “critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development.” Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of … Continue reading

Latest developments in the solar car

Latest developments in the solar car

Nick Butler, who is a regular writer in the Financial Times on energy matters, writes an interesting article on the recent developments in producing a solar powered car. Butler believes that technology, rather than negotiations or enforced sacrifices, is the way to achieve a sustainable energy system and that view comes out quite clear in … Continue reading

Why is reforming fuel subsidies so hard?

Why is reforming fuel subsidies so hard?

With the recent dramatic fall in the price of oil, the issue of fuel subsidies comes to the fore again. Alan Beattie writes a good article in the Financial Times about fuel subsidy reform, how subsidies affect our economies and also why it is so hard to remove them. He also shows that there are … Continue reading

No laughing matter but there is a time for everything

No laughing matter but there is a time for everything

Sometimes it takes humour to make us fully appreciate the seriousness of certain issues. Adam Corner, Research Director for the Climate Outreach & Information Network (COIN) and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, writes a valuable article on humour and climate change. As he writes, “while climate change itself is … Continue reading