Taking a stand against smart meters

Taking a stand against smart meters

We have the roll out of smart meters underway throughout Europe and in many if not most OECD countries. This is an interesting story by Justin Wm. Moyer in the Washington Post about a couple of philosophers in the Washington area who are refusing the installation of the smart meters and the consequences they are … Continue reading

There are growing options for reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency in road freight

There are growing options for reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency in road freight

We regularly talk about the low-carbon energy transition, but the transport sector struggles for alternatives. While there are growing efforts, it is important to stay focused on reducing emissions and improve fuel efficiency. An article on the American Journal of Transportation website about the “bold challenge” to increase fuel efficiency and reduce GHG emissions to … Continue reading

The energy transition in Britain

The energy transition in Britain

It is amazing to read every day about the ups and downs of Britain’s energy policy. There are plans to build 6 nuclear plants by different consortia, using different technologies. Obviously, everyone is reading about the plans for Hinkley Point C and the recent delays to review China’s role. Then we read about how the … Continue reading

China setting performance standards for industry to reduce overcapacity problems

China setting performance standards for industry to reduce overcapacity problems

Girish Shetti writes a good article on the China Topix website about recent policy changes in China to impose stricter environmental, safety, and energy efficiency standards.   China to Impose Tough Environmental and Energy Efficiency Standards to Tackle Overcapacity To overcome overcapacity across key Industrial sectors, the Chinese government has decided to impose stricter environmental, … Continue reading

We need a new approach to staying cool

We need a new approach to staying cool

Air conditioning has made modern living bearable in many cities. The percentage of homes and offices with air conditioning in warm countries is increasing at a staggering rate. Surely, since we know how to build passive buildings, there must be a way of significantly slowing the rate of deployment. John Vidal writes in The Observer … Continue reading

Humanity’s demands on the planet are unsustainable

Humanity’s demands on the planet are unsustainable

Our resource consumption is simply unsustainable and yet we continue with “development” project after “development” project. We are getting more evidence but so far we have not had the wake up call for us to take meaningful action. As Andrew Simms writes in The Guardian, we need a policy that focuses on renewable energy, green … Continue reading