World’s publicly financed development banks pledge to use their financial muscle to rescue the global economy from the Covid-19 crisis and the climate emergency

The goal must be to build economies that are sustainable, resilient and inclusive says one head of a development bank. Encouragingly, we are seeing development banks take a more co-ordinated, integrated approach to address recovery plans and the need to ensure the Paris climate objectives are met.  Fiona Harvey explains in an article on The … Continue reading World’s publicly financed development banks pledge to use their financial muscle to rescue the global economy from the Covid-19 crisis and the climate emergency

New IISD report: G20 backtracks on fossil fuel funding phase-out

G20 governments are still spending more than half a trillion USD on oil, gas, and coal each year—and the pandemic has likely undone any progress on phasing out this support. In Doubling Back and Doubling Down: G20 Scorecard on Fossil Fuel Funding, researchers considered recovery commitments and pre-pandemic policies to rank G20 countries' progress in … Continue reading New IISD report: G20 backtracks on fossil fuel funding phase-out

By shifting current policies and fundamental program designs, next-generation energy efficiency programmes can be a crucial tool for meeting deep carbon-reduction goals

Val Jensen writes on the Greentech media website about the need to revamp energy efficiency programmes to meet long-term energy and climate objectives. While he speaks about the United States, there are no doubt lessons for all of us.   Revamped Energy Efficiency Programs Are the Key to Deep Carbon Reductions Across the U.S., governments … Continue reading By shifting current policies and fundamental program designs, next-generation energy efficiency programmes can be a crucial tool for meeting deep carbon-reduction goals

The European Academies Science Advisory Council Perspective on Transformative Change

This pandemic reminds us how vulnerable this planet, and in particular humanity, really are. Another striking reminder is the latest publication of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) available on its website. For more on the report see also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q90lDeis7-o and https://youtu.be/5Gk9prsjmEg.   Resistance and Challenges to Green Deals should not be underestimated “Scientific knowledge of climate … Continue reading The European Academies Science Advisory Council Perspective on Transformative Change

New project aims to utilise cutting-edge wind propulsion technology to bring down the vast carbon emissions of commercial shipping

A maritime design specialist spun out of Sir Ben Ainslie’s yacht racing team (remember Ben won medals at five consecutive Olympics) will install solid 45-metre sails on cargo vessels with the aim of cutting emissions. Callum Jones discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Wind in the sails of emissions challenge … Continue reading New project aims to utilise cutting-edge wind propulsion technology to bring down the vast carbon emissions of commercial shipping

To reach net-zero emissions as quickly as possible not all low-carbon energy sources are equally useful

Simone Abram, Alton Horsfall and Andrew Crossland from Durham University write on The Conversation website  argue that only talking about decarbonisation obscures the inherent choice between energy pathways. What are your views?   'Decarbonisation' may be the wrong goal for energy – here's why Electricity generated by nuclear power plants, wind turbines and solar panels … Continue reading To reach net-zero emissions as quickly as possible not all low-carbon energy sources are equally useful

Climate campaigners accuse shipping industry of “trying to run away from regulation”

Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website about the supposed lack of ambition in the policy under preparation to reduce GHG emissions.   Climate curbs on high-polluting ships face '10 years of delay' from shipping industry If shipping were a country, it would be the sixth-largest polluter on the planet. But weak regulations could see … Continue reading Climate campaigners accuse shipping industry of “trying to run away from regulation”

Recovery packages heavily weighted to support legacy fossil fuel energy

Tim McManan-Smith writes on the energyst website about a new report that the weight of support for the fossil fuel sector from announced stimulus packages shows the persisting institutional bias in favour of preserving a legacy sector. “This is very likely to prove myopic, economically-speaking, and misaligned with G20 countries’ decarbonisation commitments under the Paris … Continue reading Recovery packages heavily weighted to support legacy fossil fuel energy

The importance of designing climate policies that are equitable and improve people’s lives

Simone Abram, Professor in the Dept of Anthropology, Co-Director of Durham Energy Institute, at Durham University and Tom Pegram, Associate Professor in Global Governance and Deputy Director of UCL Global Governance Institute at University College London discuss that any transition to a net-zero society must take into account social conditions in an article on The … Continue reading The importance of designing climate policies that are equitable and improve people’s lives

An influential group of investors is urging UK regulators to make climate risk reporting mandatory for nearly 500 FTSE-listed firms

Group of investors urges UK regulators to impose measure on premium-listed companies. Kalyeena Makortoff discusses latest developments in an article on The Guardian website.   Make climate risk reports mandatory for 480 FTSE firms, say investors An influential group of investors is urging UK regulators to make climate risk reporting mandatory for nearly 500 FTSE-listed … Continue reading An influential group of investors is urging UK regulators to make climate risk reporting mandatory for nearly 500 FTSE-listed firms