New study shows coal dependence squeezes Polish taxpayers for €141 billion

Poland’s dependence on coal is costing Polish taxpayers dearly, but the Polish government remains reluctant to shift to clean energy sources, according to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “If a coal phaseout is achieved by 2030, the resulting savings would enable Poland to build twice as much clean … Continue reading New study shows coal dependence squeezes Polish taxpayers for €141 billion

Blog from Jane Marsh: Why We Need a Greener Power Grid More Than a Resilient One

Major weather events and aging grid infrastructure have led many to call for a resilient grid that can stand up to the elements. However, prioritizing resilience may be the wrong approach — instead, grid officials should consider how sustainability could future-proof the grid and protect it from future crises. Climate change and extreme weather are … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: Why We Need a Greener Power Grid More Than a Resilient One

How eco-friendly is wind power really?

Wind power is essential to fighting climate change, yet building the turbines is energy-intensive and the blades are made from plastics. So how eco-friendly is wind power really? Gero Rueter discusses the sustainability of wind power in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   How sustainable is wind power? Together with solar power, wind … Continue reading How eco-friendly is wind power really?

Pinpointing the most efficient combinations of materials to make clean energy from wasted heat

Jan-Hendrik Pöhls at McMaster University in Canada, in an article on The Conversation website, discusses a new way to convert wasted heat into useful electricity. What are your views?   A new approach finds materials that can turn waste heat into electricity The need to transition to clean energy is apparent, urgent and inescapable. We must … Continue reading Pinpointing the most efficient combinations of materials to make clean energy from wasted heat

“… the Japanese government chose blue hydrogen a decade ago when renewables were expensive, and they are now locked into a plan that no longer makes sense”

In 2010 about one third of Japan's electricity came from nuclear power, and there were plans to build a lot more. But then the 2011 disaster hit, and all Japan's nuclear power plants were shut down. So, the Japanese government decided to build 22 new coal-fired power stations. The plants can be quite easily converted … Continue reading “… the Japanese government chose blue hydrogen a decade ago when renewables were expensive, and they are now locked into a plan that no longer makes sense”

Will poorer countries be unfairly disadvantaged by EU climate protection regulations?

The EU is picking up speed with climate protection regulations. For imports from abroad, a carbon tax will soon be introduced. But poorer countries could be unfairly disadvantaged by this. Tim Schauenberg discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   CO2 tax at Europe's border: Revolution or protectionism? Earlier this year, … Continue reading Will poorer countries be unfairly disadvantaged by EU climate protection regulations?

There is an opportunity to design emerging technologies with the circular economy in mind from the start

Matthew Davies, Associate Professor at Swansea University writes on The Conversation website about the need to recycle parts from solar panels and other emerging technologies in order to avoid unnecessary waste.   Solar panels: we need to recycle parts of them to use again and avoid a mountain of waste Billions of solar panels globally will … Continue reading There is an opportunity to design emerging technologies with the circular economy in mind from the start

While energy efficiency is the central pillar of France’s low carbon strategy, there is still need to accelerate its clean energy transition according to IEA

The International Energy Agency has published its review of energy policies of France. It is a comprehensive review that examines all aspects of energy policy. The last review of French energy policies was in 2015. France has helped guide international efforts to tackle climate change, but it needs to accelerate key parts of its energy … Continue reading While energy efficiency is the central pillar of France’s low carbon strategy, there is still need to accelerate its clean energy transition according to IEA

Heat pumps will be the cheapest green heating option for consumers

The urgency of the challenge to mitigate the climate crisis will force all of us to change how we heat our homes: away from polluting sources like gas to greener and more efficient alternatives. According to a new study released by BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation) this week, heat pumps will be the cheapest green … Continue reading Heat pumps will be the cheapest green heating option for consumers

Glasgow nightclub plans to tackle climate change on the dance floor

You’ve probably heard of wind energy, you’ve probably heard of solar energy, but have you ever heard of dance energy? Glasgow nightclub SWG3 is set to trial technology that captures body heat from dancers to create renewable energy to heat up or to cool down the venue. Long after the party is over, this energy … Continue reading Glasgow nightclub plans to tackle climate change on the dance floor