Incoming OECD Secretary-General presented with opportunity to change his record on climate change

If former Australian finance minister Mathias Cormann is to match the climate ambition of the OECD’s biggest member states, his future behaviour will have to be very different to that of his past behaviour. Christian Downie, Associate professor at the Australian National University discusses how Cormann can change in an article on The Conversation website. … Continue reading Incoming OECD Secretary-General presented with opportunity to change his record on climate change

Guaranteeing that the future of steelmaking will be low-carbon requires action now

Our carbon neutral energy transition requires a lot of effort and imagination and there are many challenges in energy-intensive industries. Stephen Carr, Lecturer in Energy Physics, from the University of South Wales provides his views on how to eliminate emissions in steelmaking in an article on The Conversation website.   Steel is vital to the … Continue reading Guaranteeing that the future of steelmaking will be low-carbon requires action now

In its first economy-wide climate stress test, the European Central Bank assessed the impact of climate change on four million companies and 2,000 banks in the bloc

Gurpreet Narwan writes on The Times website about the first economy-wide climate stress test by the ECB on companies and banks in the European Union.   European Central Bank environment stress test shows polluters at risk Climate change poses “a major source of systemic risk” to the economy, the European Central Bank has warned after … Continue reading In its first economy-wide climate stress test, the European Central Bank assessed the impact of climate change on four million companies and 2,000 banks in the bloc

Australia’s Mathias Cormann elected OECD chief despite climate record

The surprise result is a diplomatic triumph for Australia, whose prime minister, Scott Morrison, had promoted Cormann’s OECD credentials in calls with international counterparts in recent months. Cormann narrowly defeated the Swedish former EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström in the election to lead the 37-member Paris-based organisation, which gives advice to member governments on economic … Continue reading Australia’s Mathias Cormann elected OECD chief despite climate record

The challenges Britain faces in hosting COP26 in November

Larry Elliott provides a good account of the challenges that Britain faces for ensuring COP26 this November resets global climate policies to ensure that our long-term climate and energy objectives are met. It certainly helps that the US is back but there is no guarantee that the conference will end in success.   If Johnson … Continue reading The challenges Britain faces in hosting COP26 in November

The road to climate-neutrality: Are EU national long-term renovation strategies fit for 2050?

With the EU Renovation Wave and European Green Deal, every effort by all member states is so crucial to achieve the long-term climate and energy objectives. This report by BPIE makes one wonder how serious we really are in achieving our long-term goals. Will this be a wake-up call? Hopefully, but it’s not obvious.   … Continue reading The road to climate-neutrality: Are EU national long-term renovation strategies fit for 2050?

One of Britain’s biggest insurers lets corporate clients know they will lose cover if they fail to meet GHG emissions targets

Aviva is the first global insurer and the first UK financial services company to set a target of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2040. Louisa Clarence-Smith discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Aviva leads global insurers on climate change plan One of Britain’s biggest insurers is putting companies … Continue reading One of Britain’s biggest insurers lets corporate clients know they will lose cover if they fail to meet GHG emissions targets

There is currently limited evidence for a quick transition to renewables in Africa

Galina Alova and Philipp Trotter of the University of Oxford write on The Conversation website about how they see the energy transition unfolding in Africa. Worryingly, it is going to be difficult to transition to renewable energies. Renewables represent only 10 % of Africa’s electricity production and even though they will significantly expand this decade, … Continue reading There is currently limited evidence for a quick transition to renewables in Africa

Global action Is very far from what’s needed to avert climate chaos

New climate pledges submitted to the United Nations would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less a fraction of what is needed, the UN announced. Fiona Harvey explains in an article on The Guardian website.   CO2 emissions: nations' pledges 'far away' from Paris target, says UN The first assessment of countries’ pledges to cut their … Continue reading Global action Is very far from what’s needed to avert climate chaos

Parents call for urgent action on climate change to give kids “better chance at a livable future

We have heard from Greta Thunberg and many others raising the voice of youth to demand greater action on climate change. Now in Canada we have a parents’ national network raising their voice. Bianne Whyte, one of the parents and organisers, explains in an article on the National Observer website.   Parents want Canada’s climate … Continue reading Parents call for urgent action on climate change to give kids “better chance at a livable future