Scotland’s “water of life” – its whisky industry – is turning green

The Scotch whisky industry is investigating innovations including hydrogen-powered distilleries to move more quickly towards becoming carbon neutral. Greig Cameron discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Whisky industry goes green with 2040 target for carbon neutrality Scotland’s water of life is turning green. The whisky industry is investigating innovations including … Continue reading Scotland’s “water of life” – its whisky industry – is turning green

Energy transition: “developing economies have neither the resources nor the technology to transform themselves overnight”

Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics and public policy at Harvard University and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, explains in an article on The Guardian website why developing countries need global support to achieve necessary carbon emission reductions.   Developing economies need a fairer way to help them decarbonise With the US president-elect … Continue reading Energy transition: “developing economies have neither the resources nor the technology to transform themselves overnight”

Few people would stop to consider if their sporting activities damage the environment

Reducing GHG emissions is not simple and, as we know, there is no single solution. Tim Breitbarth, Adam Karg and Kasey Symons, all of Swinburne University of Technology, write on the Conversation website about the impact of driving to and from sport events each year. The solution is not simple.   Drive to football? Take … Continue reading Few people would stop to consider if their sporting activities damage the environment

BREXIT agreement requires UK to have an “effective” system of carbon pricing as of 1 January 2021 GHG emissions from power & heat generation, industry and aviation

The BREXIT agreement was finalised on Christmas eve and it passed the UK Parliament on New Year’s Eve. The agreement foresees the EU and UK co-operating on carbon pricing with "serious" consideration on linking carbon pricing systems in a way that "preserves the integrity of these systems and provides for the possibility to increase their … Continue reading BREXIT agreement requires UK to have an “effective” system of carbon pricing as of 1 January 2021 GHG emissions from power & heat generation, industry and aviation

Citizens from around the world will be recruited at random to form a global ‘Climate Assembly’

One thousand people will be selected at random to reflect the gender, race, age and economic make-up of the global population, organisers said. They will meet online next year to learn about climate change from international experts, before drawing up advice for world leaders ahead of a major UN climate summit in Glasgow in November … Continue reading Citizens from around the world will be recruited at random to form a global ‘Climate Assembly’

Assessing the global climate change performance

No country has yet achieved the goals of the Paris Agreement, according to the Climate Change Performance Index from NGOs Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute. Gero Rueter writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the results from the most recent index. How is your country doing?   Climate Change Performance Index: How far have we … Continue reading Assessing the global climate change performance

The emissions attributable to the richest 1 percent of the global population account for more than double those of the poorest 50 percent

No one said the carbon neutral energy transition would be simple but we have a major challenge finding a more equitable balance in our carbon footprints. This is simply not sustainable. Brady Dennis, Chris Mooney and Sarah Kaplan discuss the issues arising from a new UN emissions gap report in an article on the Washington … Continue reading The emissions attributable to the richest 1 percent of the global population account for more than double those of the poorest 50 percent

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak backing blockchain-based cryptocurrency to promote energy efficiency

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak is backing a new cryptocurrency. Through his new company WOZX, clients buy a proxy for a stake in an energy efficiency project: typically upgrades to infrastructure, from LED lights and window glazing to thicker insulation and more efficient power generators. Michael J. Coren discusses latest developments on the Quartz website.   … Continue reading Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak backing blockchain-based cryptocurrency to promote energy efficiency

Two Scottish distilleries are to reach net-zero emissions by the end of the year

This week’s St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland is the official national day. Undoubtedly, many will be raising a glass to celebrate.  Now they know that the industry is to become net-zero emissions. Harry Cockburn explains in an article in The Independent.   Scotch distilleries to become net-zero under Diageo sustainability plans Two Scottish distilleries are … Continue reading Two Scottish distilleries are to reach net-zero emissions by the end of the year

The shipping industry will be free to continue producing more emissions for the next decade

Countries from across the world have this week been debating how to address shipping’s enormous climate impact. On Tuesday, all but three countries agreed to an amendment to the rules that would allow shipping emissions to continue to soar in the short term. Daisy Dunne discusses developments in an article on the Independent website.   … Continue reading The shipping industry will be free to continue producing more emissions for the next decade