“Despite increased climate ambitions, the amount of economic recovery funds being spent on clean energy is just a small sliver of the total”

Global carbon emissions are set to rise to record highs in 2023 unless governments around the world do more to channel Covid-19 recovery spending towards green projects, the IEA warns. This is an important message in a year when climate issues will be at the forefront at COP26. Worryingly, the IEA says that only two … Continue reading “Despite increased climate ambitions, the amount of economic recovery funds being spent on clean energy is just a small sliver of the total”

Recycled vegetable oil heats Scottish home

Since March a family in Scotland has been using recycled vegetable oil to heat their home.  The renewable liquid fuel is made from certified waste fats and oils and manufactured by a synthesised process with hydrogen to create the fuel. Sally Guyoncourt discusses latest developments in an article on the inews website.   Family become … Continue reading Recycled vegetable oil heats Scottish home

Vienna Energy Forum 2021 features first-ever Youth Forum

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) is a biennial global, multi-stakeholder forum with the objective of exploring developmental challenges within the realm of sustainable energy. The Forum introduces a platform for policy- and decision-makers from all sectors of society to conceive practical solutions to sustainability issues. Since its founding in 2008 by a joint initiative of … Continue reading Vienna Energy Forum 2021 features first-ever Youth Forum

The day Big Oil discovered that the makeup of its board could be changed against its will

This appears to have been a David versus Goliath moment. An upstart environmentally-minded hedge fund outmanoeuvred the directors of ExxonMobil to gain seats on the board. Nils Pratley explains in an article on the Guardian website how they did it.   How did a green, newbie hedge fund out-play Exxon so comprehensively? In the short … Continue reading The day Big Oil discovered that the makeup of its board could be changed against its will

Upcoming events in June

Here are three important not-to-be-missed events in June.   eceee summer study – June 7-11 eceee’s bi-annual summer study is coming June 7-11, this year as a virtual event. The theme is “A New Reality” which definitely seems appropriate in this pandemic environment. There is an increasingly urgent climate crisis, and we simply can’t go … Continue reading Upcoming events in June

Accelerating America’s shift to a carbon-free electric power system

In the last 15 years, the US has seen a dramatic change in its shift to a carbon-free electric power system. Ryan Wiser, Bentham Paulos, Dev Millstein and Joseph Rand from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory write on The Conversation website about this shift. Pay particular attention to what has happened to projected energy demand.   … Continue reading Accelerating America’s shift to a carbon-free electric power system

‘Skybrators’ can generate clean energy without environmental impact of large windfarms, says green start-up

Clean energy technologies are evolving and one company has pioneered a new approach to wind power by forgoing the need for turbine towers and blades.  Jillian Ambrose explains in an article on The Guardian website.   Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home The giant windfarms that line hills and coastlines … Continue reading ‘Skybrators’ can generate clean energy without environmental impact of large windfarms, says green start-up

We need to be clear what role nuclear and hydrogen can play in our transition to being carbon neutral

Jonathon Porritt, the environmentalist and founder-director of Forum for the Future provides his comments on our energy transition in an article on the Guardian website. Big industry players pushing techno-fixes are ignoring the only realistic solution to the climate crisis: renewables.   Don't believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net … Continue reading We need to be clear what role nuclear and hydrogen can play in our transition to being carbon neutral

Green hydrogen – nobody seems to want to talk about water

Irina Slav writes on the Oilprice website about the water needed to produce green hydrogen. What are your views?   The Green Hydrogen Problem That No One Is Talking About Gigawatt upon gigawatt of green hydrogen capacity is being planned across Europe, Asia, and Australia. According to proponents of the technology, green hydrogen - the … Continue reading Green hydrogen – nobody seems to want to talk about water

Our global Covid recovery plans are still not giving enough attention to sustainability

Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website that less than a fifth of the Covid recovery spending announced by governments around the world has been earmarked for green projects. How do we get that to change?   Less than 20 per cent of global Covid recovery spending is green, report says Despite promises to “build … Continue reading Our global Covid recovery plans are still not giving enough attention to sustainability