New report on China’s climate and energy policies

New report on China’s climate and energy policies

The fourth edition of the report “Mapping China’s Climate & Energy Policies” describes, maps and analyzes China’s national-level Party, government agencies, academic and research institutions, and state-affiliated enterprise climate actors in China on a policy by policy basis. The report is supported by the British Embassy in Beijing, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of … Continue reading

Latest update on adaptation finance

Latest update on adaptation finance

Beate Antonich from the SDG Knowledge Hub of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) provides the February update on global developments in adaptation finance.   Adaptation Finance Update: Number of Climate Adaptation Projects Increases, So Must Their Quality According to the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), launched at the fourth session of the UN Environment … Continue reading

Innovation in fuel cells

Innovation in fuel cells

Sandipan Talukdar writes on the News Click website in India about a new type of fuel cell that is more efficient and can play an important role in energy storage.   Renewable Energy Storage Problem Could be Solved by New Type of Fuel Cell There is a crucial need for making renewable energy a reality … Continue reading

Smart phones for smart electricity systems

Smart phones for smart electricity systems

Throughout Africa, access to electricity has been a challenge. Increasingly, however, mobile phones are everywhere. Eduardo Alejandro Martínez Ceseña, Joseph Mutale, Mathaios Panteli and Pierluigi Mancarella from the University of Manchester write on The Conversation website   How data collected from mobile phones can help electricity planning Access to reliable and affordable electricity brings many … Continue reading

Latest update on climate finance institutions

Latest update on climate finance institutions

The SDG Knowledge Hub of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) provides the February update on global climate finance institutions compiled by Beate Antonich.   Institutional Finance Update: Steering Capital Towards Global Investments in Climate-aligned Assets Building climate-resilient and low-carbon infrastructure, particularly in developing countries, requires support, which includes mobilization of finance and investment … Continue reading

‘System change not climate change’

‘System change not climate change’

We are increasingly inspired by what the youth are saying in terms of how to address climate change.  Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, who has led the action, was recently in Brussels to explain her views. Sheila M. Cannon, Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Trinity College Dublin describes the world Greta is … Continue reading

Energy transition underway in Asia

Energy transition underway in Asia

The low-carbon energy transition includes many important choices for the future.  Ben Smee and Daniel Hurst write in The Guardian that Japan has made an important choice. Australia’s largest export customer for thermal coal is scrapping plans to build power plants.   Energy analysts forecast ‘the end of coal’ in Asia as Japanese investors back … Continue reading

Combining renewable energy and low-cost thermal storage to deliver heat for high-temperature industrial processes

Combining renewable energy and low-cost thermal storage to deliver heat for high-temperature industrial processes

It is encouraging to see a news item on the phys.org website about a new technique by researchers at the University of South Australia to reduce industrial emissions through deploying renewable energy technologies and low-cost thermal storage.   Renewable energy solution for industrial heat applications Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed a … Continue reading