The European Commission is handing out 60,000 Interrail tickets to young people

From Tuesday this week, 18- to 20-year-olds have been able to apply for tickets that grant free train travel across Europe. The initiative is providing travel opportunities to young people as the pandemic wanes. A news item on the Deutsche Welle website explains. The closing date is October 26th, so if you know someone who … Continue reading The European Commission is handing out 60,000 Interrail tickets to young people

Highlights of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2021

The International Energy Agency has long been accused of undermining climate action. Now, ahead of a global climate summit, it has called on governments to make stronger commitments. Farah Bahgat discusses the main highlights in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   IEA warns world's clean energy transition is 'too slow' Investment in renewable … Continue reading Highlights of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2021

New EEA report on increased need for knowledge for action in Europe

The European Green Deal has set unprecedented sustainability ambitions for the EU and calls for transformational change across society. To realise such far-reaching changes, Europe needs knowledge for action. This means better uptake and use of existing knowledge, new types of knowledge, new ways of creating knowledge, and, in some policy areas, better data and … Continue reading New EEA report on increased need for knowledge for action in Europe

“The integrity of the Paris agreement is critically undermined by the Energy Charter Treaty”

Concerns are growing that a treaty originally intended to protect EU energy firms when the Soviet Union collapsed could undermine the Paris Agreement on climate change. Arthur Neslen discusses the issues in an article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation News website.   Energy lawsuits pact seen threatening Paris climate deal Fear of multi-billion-euro lawsuits from … Continue reading “The integrity of the Paris agreement is critically undermined by the Energy Charter Treaty”

China’s energy crisis and what it means for our global long-term climate goals

Jun Du, Professor of Economics, Centre Director of Centre for Business Prosperity (CBP) at Aston University in an article on The Conversation website discusses latest developments in China to expand the use of coal as it copes with recent energy problems. Even with these issues, China is committed to decarbonisation. Professor Jun Du concludes: “The … Continue reading China’s energy crisis and what it means for our global long-term climate goals

Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

Delivering the energy transition at the rate needed to meet agreed climate targets will require changes much faster than we have achieved for decades. On that there is agreement. But what is the role of efficiency improvement and demand reduction in this? We know what the energy industry vested interests think. According to the Shell … Continue reading Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

Calls for Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, to help the finance world do better to address climate change

Catherine Abreu writes on the National Observer website that Mark Carney has a key role in ensuring the financial community raise their efforts in addressing climate change as we head towards COP26 in Glasgow in a few weeks.   Mark Carney needs to raise the bar on climate action for financial institutions Mark Carney is … Continue reading Calls for Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, to help the finance world do better to address climate change

European Commission publishes recommendation and guidelines on the ‘Energy Efficiency First’ principle

Energy efficiency first has been a guiding principle in European climate and energy policies for many years. It considers energy efficiency as a source of energy in its own right and as a “first fuel” in planning processes and investment decisions. It has been an essential element of the energy union and the Clean energy for … Continue reading European Commission publishes recommendation and guidelines on the ‘Energy Efficiency First’ principle

Lesson on contacting politicians about climate change

Seth Wynes, Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University in Montreal discusses in an article on The Conversation website about what works most effectively in contacting your local politician. This comes from Canada but may also apply to your country. What approach has been most effective for you?   … Continue reading Lesson on contacting politicians about climate change

New analysis shows the cost of achieving carbon neutrality in Germany

Germany wants to be carbon neutral by 2045. Restructuring its economy will cost trillions. But not investing the money would cost even more. Tim Schauenberg discusses the costs in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. This is obviously an area that the incoming Chancellor will have to deal with – urgently.   What climate … Continue reading New analysis shows the cost of achieving carbon neutrality in Germany