What’s clear is the current system of shipping heavy, throwaway wine bottles around the globe is unsustainable

Glass bottles are the largest source of the wine industry’s carbon footprint. Several companies are experimenting with new shipping methods. Eric Asimov writes on the New York Times website about recent developments.   The Message in a Reusable Wine Bottle: Combat Climate Change Last month, a 24,000-liter hermetically sealed plastic container, or flexitank, carrying organically … Continue reading What’s clear is the current system of shipping heavy, throwaway wine bottles around the globe is unsustainable

Germany benefits from citizen assembly on environmental ambitions

Inspired by citizens’ assemblies in Ireland and France, Germany is doing the same. One hundred and sixty Germans, four major issues, one goal: for lawmakers to live up to their climate pledges. The Citizen Assembly is set to debate Germany's environmental ambitions and make sure its voices are heard. Martin Kuebler discusses recent developments in … Continue reading Germany benefits from citizen assembly on environmental ambitions

Public transit is hanging by a thread in many cities around the world and that’s a disaster for the world’s ability to address that other global crisis: climate change

Public transit offers a simple way for cities to lower GHG emissions, but the pandemic has pushed ridership, and revenue, off a cliff in many big systems. Somini Sengupta, Geneva Abdul, Manuela Andreoni and Veronica Penney discuss latest developments in an article on the New York Times website.   Riders Are Abandoning Buses and Trains. … Continue reading Public transit is hanging by a thread in many cities around the world and that’s a disaster for the world’s ability to address that other global crisis: climate change

Strong consumer protections are necessary in Scotland as energy efficiency measures for homes become more complex

A news item on the Scottish Housing News website explains the steps that are taken to protect consumers as renovations become more ambitious. What is the situation in your country?   Citizens Advice Scotland outlines plans to protect consumers in move to net-zero There remains a significant risk consumers who invest in energy efficiency measures … Continue reading Strong consumer protections are necessary in Scotland as energy efficiency measures for homes become more complex

With roll out of smart meters in Australia, call for a framework of regulations that upholds data privacy, respects anonymity, and builds trust

Smart meters are being rolled out globally. Sangeetha Chandrashekeran, Lee Godden and Svenja Keele from University of Melbourne and Anne Kallies of RMIT University write on The Conversation website about increasing concerns about the need for a stronger regulatory framework to protect consumers. They argue that they should follow the data protection system in Europe. … Continue reading With roll out of smart meters in Australia, call for a framework of regulations that upholds data privacy, respects anonymity, and builds trust

Discussing the market for sustainable products in Asia

While there is a greater appreciation for sustainable products, too often consumers opt for cheaper products. People often say they will pay a premium for sustainable products. But there’s a difference between what people say in a survey and what they actually do in a store. Are Asian consumers ready to pay more for green … Continue reading Discussing the market for sustainable products in Asia

Blog from Marine Cornelis – Are consumers fit for the new electricity market?

The Market Design part of the “Clean Energy For All” package will be adopted in the first part of 2018. The European Commission affirms the intention of the “Clean Energy For All” package is to put the consumer at the centre. But is the package truly going to deliver and make profound changes in consumer … Continue reading Blog from Marine Cornelis – Are consumers fit for the new electricity market?