Posted by Rod Janssen

Wooden skyscrapers: a low-carbon, low-energy alternative

Wooden skyscrapers: a low-carbon, low-energy alternative

Wooden skyscrapers are increasingly being built all over the world. Warren Mabee, Director, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, at Queen’s University in Ontario discusses the benefits of skyscrapers built with wood in an article on The Conversation website.   Wooden skyscrapers could transform construction by trapping carbon emissions All over the world, architects … Continue reading

Councils across Britain are failing to enforce energy efficiency regulations for rental properties

Councils across Britain are failing to enforce energy efficiency regulations for rental properties

Fewer than 20 councils in England and Wales have taken any enforcement action against landlords for renting out cold and draughty properties. Madeleine Cuff discusses the problem in an article on the inews website.   Little punishment for landlords flouting energy efficiency rules designed to protect renters Councils are failing to enforce energy efficiency regulations … Continue reading

Germany’s energy transition: the role of blockchain in promoting renewable energy technologies

Germany’s energy transition: the role of blockchain in promoting renewable energy technologies

Joao Francisco writes on the Business Blockchain HQ website about how several German companies are using blockchain to help deploy renewable energy in the energy transition to a low-carbon economy.   Blockchain Plays Leading Role in Germany’s Renewable Energy Evolution Germany’s renewable energy push is taking shape as the country abandons coal and nuclear-based energy … Continue reading

Four important market failures why there is slow growth of energy efficiency with commercial building owners and operators

Four important market failures why there is slow growth of energy efficiency with commercial building owners and operators

Mark Shahinian, Vice President, Alpha Development, at Gridium writes on the utility dive website about his views why there has been slow growth of energy efficiency in the commercial building sector. Setting free the dancing bear: A practitioner’s view of how to break open energy efficiency Energy efficiency is the dancing bear of the electricity … Continue reading

Is it time to change our priorities for mitigating GHG emissions from energy efficiency improvements?

Is it time to change our priorities for mitigating GHG emissions from energy efficiency improvements?

I’m worried that the energy efficiency community will be accused of fake news. I think we have deluded ourselves into thinking that energy efficiency really will be the most cost-effective way to achieve impressive greenhouse gas emission reductions. We’ve been saying that for years, but… Let’s just look at buildings. There are lots of initiatives … Continue reading

International action to make cooling appliances more energy efficient and climate friendly could bring many benefits

International action to make cooling appliances more energy efficient and climate friendly could bring many benefits

Energy-efficient, climate-friendly cooling could prevent up to 460 billion metric tons of GHG emissions over the next 40 years. Tine Stausholm discusses a new report in an article on the r744 website.   Energy Efficient Cooling ‘Critical’ to Reach Climate Goals, UN Report International action to make cooling appliances more energy efficient and climate friendly … Continue reading

Five major renewable energy associations say a world powered 100% by renewables will only be achieved by greater technological integration

Five major renewable energy associations say a world powered 100% by renewables will only be achieved by greater technological integration

The world’s leading renewable associations have issued a joint statement setting out policy priorities for a green recovery involving accelerated clean energy deployment. It is explained in a news item on the ESI Africa website.   International Renewable Energy Alliance pushing for green recovery Under the banner of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance), … Continue reading

Three policy trends in China align the corporate renewable energy demand with the goals and incentives of key stakeholders

Three policy trends in China align the corporate renewable energy demand with the goals and incentives of key stakeholders

Cihang Yuan and Daniel Riley of WWF’s International Corporate Climate Partnerships write on the Utility Dive website discuss three major policy trends have emerged and show strong potential to enable new market mechanisms that can unlock the pent-up demand of corporate renewable energy buyers.   3 major policy trends to watch for in China’s renewable … Continue reading

British company uses Artificial Intelligence to predict when electricity demand will emerge and collects the power in gigantic batteries, ready to unleash

British company uses Artificial Intelligence to predict when electricity demand will emerge and collects the power in gigantic batteries, ready to unleash

Simon English writes on the London Evening Standard website about a London-based company that is using AI to improve what it calls the “balancing mechanism” – the way the renewable power can move reliably though the grid.   How AI could lead the green energy drive DOES a London tech firm hold the answer to … Continue reading