Blog from Catrin Maby: How can we regulate for energy efficiency in owner occupied homes? Scotland steps forward

The sharp rise in energy prices this winter has added to the cost of living struggle that many households were already facing across the UK. Our housing is particularly old and thermally inefficient, and the levels of fuel poverty are on the rise again. At the same time, we are painfully aware of the impact … Continue reading Blog from Catrin Maby: How can we regulate for energy efficiency in owner occupied homes? Scotland steps forward

Science-Based Targets Initiative sees big polluters committing to cutting CO2 emissions

Roger Harrabin writes on the BBC News website about a record number of big polluters are committing to cutting CO2 emissions to the UN-backed the Science-Based Targets Initiative. What are your views?   Record number of polluters set CO2 emissions targets A record number of big polluters are committing to cutting CO2 emissions, a UN-backed … Continue reading Science-Based Targets Initiative sees big polluters committing to cutting CO2 emissions

Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool – the investor-state dispute settlement – that could jeopardise worldwide efforts to protect the climate

If you do a search on the EiD website for the Energy Charter, you will see many posts that show the Energy Charter Treaty could undermine efforts of the Paris climate agreement. Rachel Thrasher, Law Lecturer and Researcher at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center, Boston University; Blake Alexander Simmons, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in … Continue reading Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool – the investor-state dispute settlement – that could jeopardise worldwide efforts to protect the climate

Too few businesses pledge to reduce business flying, new corporate ranking by Transport & Environment (T&E) and Stand.earth finds

A new ranking of 230 global companies by Transport & Environment (T&E) and Stand.earth shows that 193 businesses fail to act with sufficient speed and ambition to tackle corporate travel emissions. A new ranking of corporate air travel reveals that work is underway to reduce emissions by businesses, but more action is needed. Eight companies, … Continue reading Too few businesses pledge to reduce business flying, new corporate ranking by Transport & Environment (T&E) and Stand.earth finds

“While capturing carbon will be essential in tackling the climate crisis, it shouldn’t be used to delay action now”

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is widely anticipated to play a key role in this transformation by helping to cut carbon emissions worldwide. But relying on CCS may overshadow solutions that focus on reducing our energy demand and making behavioural changes that put sustainability first. Avit K Bhowmik, Assistant Professor of Risk and Environmental Studies … Continue reading “While capturing carbon will be essential in tackling the climate crisis, it shouldn’t be used to delay action now”

In this increasingly complex world, there is no time to push climate action out into the future

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University writes on The Conversation website about how things have evolved since COP26. Ms. Kyte should know. Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice … Continue reading In this increasingly complex world, there is no time to push climate action out into the future

New EEA report sets out four engaging, plausible and clearly contrasting images of a sustainable Europe in 2050

What could a sustainable Europe look like in 2050? A European Environment Agency (EEA) web report, published this week, presents four ‘imaginaries’, or scenarios, offering strongly contrasting approaches to achieving Europe’s socio-economic and environmental goals. The report is based on co-creative work by the EEA and its network (Eionet).   What could a sustainable Europe … Continue reading New EEA report sets out four engaging, plausible and clearly contrasting images of a sustainable Europe in 2050

Read all about it – important new publications

New JRC report ­– Prosumerism and energy sustainability This report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre develops a sociotechnical understanding of energy prosumerism to investigate how energy prosumerism can lead to actual reductions of energy and resource demand. The report starts out by explaining what a sociotechnical and broad understanding of prosumerism means. Thereafter, … Continue reading Read all about it – important new publications

What African cities need to do to provide children protection from the impacts of the climate crisis

Rongedzayi Fambasayi, Doctoral Researcher: Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa, provides a strong argument why cities need to play a stronger role in protecting children from the effects of climate change in an article on The Conversation website.   African cities can do more to protect children from climate change Six in 10 people … Continue reading What African cities need to do to provide children protection from the impacts of the climate crisis

How human heat can best be used to warm buildings

Amin Al-Habaibeh, Professor of Intelligent Engineering Systems at Nottingham Trent University, in an article on The Conversation website, discusses how human body heat can be used to adjust temperatures. He said we can develop “smart buildings” able to adjust their heating based on the number of people in a room and the expected resulting increase … Continue reading How human heat can best be used to warm buildings