Modernisation of Energy Charter Treaty seen as “a real threat” to the landmark Paris climate agreement

The members of the Energy Charter Treaty on Friday struck a deal to “modernise” the energy charter treaty. The 1994 agreement allows investors to sue governments for changes in energy policy that harm their profits. The compromise agreement, which was largely designed by the EU, reduces the protection afforded to companies that have invested in … Continue reading Modernisation of Energy Charter Treaty seen as “a real threat” to the landmark Paris climate agreement

Message from recent IEA global energy efficiency conference: with the potential to provide one-third of the emissions reductions needed for net zero, energy efficiency has a key role to play

Jonathan Spencer Jones writes on the Smart Energy International website about the important message that came loud and clear from the recent IEA global energy efficiency conference.   Energy efficiency – the dark horse for reaching net zero In the day-to-day businesses of utilities, as reflected in the comments and stories that reach our desk, … Continue reading Message from recent IEA global energy efficiency conference: with the potential to provide one-third of the emissions reductions needed for net zero, energy efficiency has a key role to play

New Zealand plans to become the first nation to make farmers pay for the greenhouse gases emitted by their sheep and cattle

Bernard Lagan writes on The Times website about the plans New Zealand has to to have farmers “pay for burps and other gaseous releases from their animals from 2025.   Pardon ewe! Farmers will pay for methane emitted by cows and sheep New Zealand plans to become the first nation to make farmers pay for … Continue reading New Zealand plans to become the first nation to make farmers pay for the greenhouse gases emitted by their sheep and cattle

The problem with renewable energy certificates

Anders Bjørn, Postdoctoral fellow in environmental science, Concordia University; H. Damon Matthews, Professor, Concordia University; Matthew Brander, University of Edinburgh; and Shannon M Lloyd, Concordia University, write on The Conversation website about a new study that shows that companies largely rely on renewable energy certificates to report steep electricity emissions reductions and that this is … Continue reading The problem with renewable energy certificates

Energy efficiency labels can have wider effects, including causing a small amount of people selling their properties to act just like those companies by actually redesigning their homes

David Comerford, Senior Lecturer of Economics and Behavioural Science at University of Stirling writes on The Conversation website about what it would take to make good energy efficiency labels even more effective.   Climate change: efficiency labels really do encourage less energy use – but there’s a better way of using them Reducing our energy … Continue reading Energy efficiency labels can have wider effects, including causing a small amount of people selling their properties to act just like those companies by actually redesigning their homes

Swedish climate and environmental politics will tell you that the official image of a global sustainability champion has lost some of its green gloss lately

Stockholm hosted Stockholm+50 to present itself to the world as a climate and sustainability champion, fifty years after the historic 1972 conference. Victor Galaz, Deputy Director and Associate Professor, Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University wrote on The Conversation website just before the event that some of that sustainability shine has warn off. What are … Continue reading Swedish climate and environmental politics will tell you that the official image of a global sustainability champion has lost some of its green gloss lately

New report on the cost of climate change to the UK economy

Many of the climate change impacts that the UK faces have the potential to create serious socioeconomic consequences. Ben Cooke writes on The Times website about a new report that provide improved estimates of the likely economic damages from climate change to the UK, highlighting where the greatest risks and need for adaptation are. The … Continue reading New report on the cost of climate change to the UK economy

Landlords in UK face challenge to upgrade their properties

Three million buy-to-let landlords will have to pay thousands to upgrade homes. Owners will have to pay to upgrade their properties to meet a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of "band C". The planned deadline for newly let properties is 2025. For all existing lets, the deadline will be 2028. Of the 5.6 million rental … Continue reading Landlords in UK face challenge to upgrade their properties

While committed to climate action, new Australian government still supports expansion of fossil fuel exports

Australia could fall into what is called the “Norway trap”: clean at home, dirty abroad. Jeremy Moss, Professor of Political Philosophy at UNSW Sydney in an article on The Conversation website, discusses the challenges facing the new government.   To walk the talk on climate, Labor must come clean about the future for coal and … Continue reading While committed to climate action, new Australian government still supports expansion of fossil fuel exports

Without adequate funding, meeting Britain’s net zero target is doomed

In an article on The Conversation website, Keith Baker, Researcher in Fuel Poverty and Energy Policy, Built Environment Asset Management (BEAM) Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University argues why the UK government needs to come up with a clear funding plan if long-term climate and energy objectives are to be met. This is not just a … Continue reading Without adequate funding, meeting Britain’s net zero target is doomed