Market forces will see oil majors forced to adopt more climate-friendly investment strategies

While lawsuits may add public pressure, the courts aren’t the major forces of change right now. Paul Griffin, Distinguished Professor of Management at the University of California, Davis writes on The Conversation website that investors and the markets now hold more power that will lead to significant change.   A court ruling on Shell’s climate … Continue reading Market forces will see oil majors forced to adopt more climate-friendly investment strategies

New rush of European players to build electric car batteries

Obviously, expecting the electric vehicle market to expand dramatically, there are several efforts underway in Europe to build high-volume plants for electric batteries. Maddy Savage discusses latest efforts in an article on the BBC website.   Gigafactories: Europe tools up against US and Asia as a car battery force Surrounded by a forest of tall … Continue reading New rush of European players to build electric car batteries

G7 summit in Cornwall ended with little cause for celebration from anyone worried about climate change

This year’s G7 was considered an important step before the COP26 climate conference in November. Both are hosted in Britain. Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science, Director of Oxford Net Zero at the University of Oxford reflects on the pledges, non-pledges and things that weren’t mentioned at all in an article on The Conversation website. … Continue reading G7 summit in Cornwall ended with little cause for celebration from anyone worried about climate change

Gathering better data to address energy justice

Jeff Brady writes on the NPR website about recent research that focus on energy justice in the US. The researchers reflect on the importance of more and better data.  What are your views?   Tackling 'Energy Justice' Requires Better Data. These Researchers Are On It Poor people and people of color use much more electricity … Continue reading Gathering better data to address energy justice

How can historic buildings become more energy efficient while conserving their heritage values?

Renovating to improve energy efficiency of historic buildings while also preserving them for the future is not easy. Petra Eriksson in a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and Uppsala University did her doctoral thesis presented a method taking a holistic approach to the assessment of both potential energy savings and management of the buildings' … Continue reading How can historic buildings become more energy efficient while conserving their heritage values?

What’s clear is the current system of shipping heavy, throwaway wine bottles around the globe is unsustainable

Glass bottles are the largest source of the wine industry’s carbon footprint. Several companies are experimenting with new shipping methods. Eric Asimov writes on the New York Times website about recent developments.   The Message in a Reusable Wine Bottle: Combat Climate Change Last month, a 24,000-liter hermetically sealed plastic container, or flexitank, carrying organically … Continue reading What’s clear is the current system of shipping heavy, throwaway wine bottles around the globe is unsustainable

REN21 publishes its Renewables 2021 Global Status Report

Released on 15 June, the Renewables 2021 Global Status Report compiles developments from the past year on the market, policy and technology trends in renewable energy. The report’s findings are truly global as they are crowdsourced from hundreds of contributors from industry, NGOs, governments and academia from around the world. Additionally, the chapters go through … Continue reading REN21 publishes its Renewables 2021 Global Status Report

New EEA assessments on urban environmental change

European cities have the potential to lead the way towards green, sustainable future, according to two assessments on urban environmental change, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) recently.   Cities play pivotal roles in shifting to green, sustainable future Cities face huge challenges in trying to shift to a greener future in the wake … Continue reading New EEA assessments on urban environmental change

Coming soon: World Sustainable Energy Days, 21-25 June 2021

Boosting economic recovery with the energy transition! This is the focus of the next World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) from 21-25 June 2021 in Wels,Austria. Take a look at the programme! The event is a “special edition” of their annual conference as a hybrid event: You can participate online from anywhere in the world. According to current planning, on-site participation will also be possible (following COVID rules in … Continue reading Coming soon: World Sustainable Energy Days, 21-25 June 2021

A new app teaching people about energy efficiency reflects how technology plays a key role in reaching new audiences

Marina Ollé Hurtado writes on the youris.com about a user-friendly smart app to help people improve their energy-saving behaviours developed by European researchers.     An intelligent app to teach people energy efficiency Energy demand is growing across many countries in the world as populations increase and people get richer. In fact, global energy consumption … Continue reading A new app teaching people about energy efficiency reflects how technology plays a key role in reaching new audiences