The need for smart EU energy markets

The need for smart EU energy markets

The Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd, E3G, the independent, non-profit organisation accelerating the global transition to sustainable development, has published an important new briefing report on energy markets in the European Union, written by Simon Skillings and Taylor Dimsdale. As E3G states, it is easy to be pessimistic about the state of EU energy policy and … Continue reading

Ecodesign to focus on big screen TVs

Ecodesign to focus on big screen TVs

It is long overdue that size matters when it comes to improving energy efficiency. Arthur Neslen writes an important article on the European Commission’s planning to address mega-TVs. It reminds EiD of the effort made by the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) several years ago to address whether efficient is sufficient. Hopefully … Continue reading

Vehicle of the future?

Vehicle of the future?

We generally hear about electric cars and how they are gaining market share. We hear a lot less about hydrogen cars. Kenneth Chang provides a good article in the New York Times about developments in the US. EiD knows there are efforts under way in Europe. It would be good to hear about them.   … Continue reading

Comments on the IEA’s World Energy Outlook

Comments on the IEA’s World Energy Outlook

This year’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) from the International Energy Agency provides a stark warning that the global energy system is in danger of falling short of the hopes and expectations placed upon it. It does add that advances in technology and efficiency give some reasons for optimism, but sustained political efforts will be essential … Continue reading

Understanding why China committed to renewable energy

Understanding why China committed to renewable energy

Everyone praised the landmark agreement between the US and China on addressing GHG emissions. Kiley Kroh wrote on the Climateprogress website about China realising that business as usual could not be the way forward.   China’s Gigantic New Commitment To Renewable Energy, Explained Late Tuesday night, the U.S. and China announced an historic agreement to … Continue reading

India shows its commitment to energy efficiency

India shows its commitment to energy efficiency

Last week G20 members endorsed the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan. While being a voluntary initiative, it should raise the profile of energy efficiency globally. Urmi Goswami writes in the Economic Times that India has welcomed the initiative. This is important because it shows India’s commitment to both improved energy efficiency and addressing climate change. … Continue reading

From iPod to smart household appliances

From iPod to smart household appliances

Shane Hickey writes in The Guardian about a former Apple employee, who led the team that developed the iPod, and his interest in designing many of the latest ecological and technical devices found in new homes. Tony Fadell at California-based Nest has been smartening up once-dull household appliances to save households time and money.   … Continue reading