Recent roundtable addressing improving energy efficiency in SMEs

Recent roundtable addressing improving energy efficiency in SMEs

Fourteen business leaders recently gathered to better understand how they can get small and medium-sized enterprises to implement energy-efficiency measures. Tim Smedley from The Guardian provides an excellent account of that encounter.   Bright ideas: how SMEs can save energy Start-ups could save thousands by introducing energy-efficiency measures, but such schemes are often overlooked. So … Continue reading

Valuable diplomatic manoeuvring underway on climate change

Valuable diplomatic manoeuvring underway on climate change

While there has been understandable focus on the UN’s Climate Summit this week, the International Institute for Sustainable Development also reports on a meeting of another high-level group.   Major Economies Forum Convenes Foreign Ministers MEF21 September 2014: The 20th Meeting of the Leaders’ Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change … Continue reading

The need to shift to energy-efficient appliances

The need to shift to energy-efficient appliances

While the Climate Summit was held this week, focus was on the range of ways to address climate change. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) provided the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) with a guest article on the importance of shifting to energy-efficient appliances. It is well worth reading. Following its publication, … Continue reading

China’s carbon footprint growing

China’s carbon footprint growing

While everyone knew that China’s carbon emissions were high, there was definitely the view that on a per capita basis, they were quite behind Europe. That is no longer the case, as explained by Matt McGrath on the BBC News website.   China’s per capita carbon emissions overtake EU’s New data on carbon shows that … Continue reading

Renewables increasingly cost competitive

Renewables increasingly cost competitive

There are fundamental shifts in the US energy market, according to an article by Ed Crooks in the Financial Times. As the article reports, renewables are increasingly cost-competitive with natural gas-fired power, even without subsidies.   US solar and wind start to outshine gas Large wind farms and solar plants are now cost-competitive with gas-fired … Continue reading