European Commission has launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance with industry leaders, civil society, national and regional ministers and the EIB

European Commission has launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance with industry leaders, civil society, national and regional ministers and the EIB

It has taken a long time for a major push to promote hydrogen but the EU came out with its new hydrogen strategy this week. The priority is to produce hydrogen from renewables and hopefully only renewables if it is to be truly sustainable. The renews.biz website provides a news item on developments this week. … Continue reading

While there has been significant growth over the last five years in renewable energy, it needs to expand beyond the power sector to the heating, cooling, and transport sectors

While there has been significant growth over the last five years in renewable energy, it needs to expand beyond the power sector to the heating, cooling, and transport sectors

REN21’s ‘Renewables 2020 Global Status Report‘ came out recently and Lynn Wagner of the International Institute of Sustainable Development’s SDG Knowledge Hub gives a short overview of the main findings.   Cost of Renewable Power is Falling, Share is Growing in Power Sector REN21’s ‘Renewables 2020 Global Status Report‘ indicates that, while there has been … Continue reading

A container shipping operator has overtaken several coal plants and an airline in a list of the EU’s top carbon emitters

A container shipping operator has overtaken several coal plants and an airline in a list of the EU’s top carbon emitters

The analysis said that Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) came in seventh in a list of the top 10 carbon emitters in the EU. Jane Clinton explains in an article on the inews website.   Container shipping operator emits ‘more carbon’ than Ryanair, suggests study A container shipping operator has overtaken several coal plants and an … Continue reading

In 2015 Australia set an energy productivity goal of 40% improvement by 2030 but so far it has only improved 1.1 percent

In 2015 Australia set an energy productivity goal of 40% improvement by 2030 but so far it has only improved 1.1 percent

Hugh Saddler, Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at the Australian National University explains in an article on The Conversation website that Australia is failing miserably to reduce GHG emissions through improved energy efficiency.   Australia has failed miserably on energy efficiency – and government figures hide the truth Amid the urgent … Continue reading

This November 450 global development banks will meet to support climate, sustainable development, and biodiversity goals in their recovery plans

This November 450 global development banks will meet to support climate, sustainable development, and biodiversity goals in their recovery plans

The world needs concrete action. The time is now. And one of the sectors in which action is desperately needed is the energy sector. Sandrine Dixson-Dècleve, Co-President of the Club of Rome; Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, an indigenous leader;  Bas Eickhout is a Member of the European Parliament discuss this initiative in an article on the Thomson … Continue reading

New EEA briefing on benefits through circular economy actions in the buildings sector

New EEA briefing on benefits through circular economy actions in the buildings sector

Improving efficiency and reuse of materials to construct houses and other buildings can open significant new opportunities to further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing released this week.   Greater circularity in the buildings sector can lead to major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions The EEA briefing, ‘Cutting greenhouse … Continue reading

Renewable energy firms are failing on serious ethical issues, with not one of those assessed “fully meeting” their responsibilities to human rights

Renewable energy firms are failing on serious ethical issues, with not one of those assessed “fully meeting” their responsibilities to human rights

Of the 16 largest publicly traded solar and wind companies assessed against the new Renewable Energy and Human Rights benchmark, not one was found to be respecting land rights, and only one has a public commitment on indigenous rights. The sector overall has faced allegations of human rights abuse, including killings, threats and land grabs, … Continue reading