Calls for longer net-zero regulatory roadmap for commercial and industrial buildings in England and Wales

The introduction of new rules in England and Wales on measuring the energy performance of commercial and industrial buildings is a vital step forward. The British Property Federation, however, is calling for a longer net-zero regulatory roadmap beyond 2030, to give the sector more time to make the necessary changes. An article on the Property … Continue reading Calls for longer net-zero regulatory roadmap for commercial and industrial buildings in England and Wales

Green hydrogen seen as way forward for Scotland’s whisky distilleries

The aim is for green hydrogen to be produced using energy generated by onshore and offshore wind farms. The fuel could be used in industrial processes, such as heating stills for whisky distilleries, or plant operations in the port. Greig Cameron discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Whisky goes green … Continue reading Green hydrogen seen as way forward for Scotland’s whisky distilleries

Recent study shows energy-intensive industries failing to meet long-term Paris climate objectives

Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, Lukas Scheid reports on the … Continue reading Recent study shows energy-intensive industries failing to meet long-term Paris climate objectives

Energy transition: “developing economies have neither the resources nor the technology to transform themselves overnight”

Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics and public policy at Harvard University and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, explains in an article on The Guardian website why developing countries need global support to achieve necessary carbon emission reductions.   Developing economies need a fairer way to help them decarbonise With the US president-elect … Continue reading Energy transition: “developing economies have neither the resources nor the technology to transform themselves overnight”

We need to recognise that electricity is only part of the necessary transformation for a cleaner, better tomorrow

George Loumakis, Lecturer in Energy at Glasgow Caledonian University writes on The Conversation website to clear up some mistakes that are commonly made to understand the difference between energy and electricity. As we design decarbonisation strategies, understanding the differences is critical.   Energy isn't just electricity – the common mistake obscuring the mammoth task of … Continue reading We need to recognise that electricity is only part of the necessary transformation for a cleaner, better tomorrow

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

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

Reflections on the urgency of the IEA preparing a new scenario that puts the Paris Agreement’s objectives at its centre

The latest IEA press releases suggest that Dr Birol, its Executive Director, has the attention of global decision-makers and business leaders. EiD congratulates the IEA and Dr Birol for this achievement. However, EiD, like 60 leaders from within the climate community, worries about the potential delayed climate action which might be triggered by the IEA … Continue reading Reflections on the urgency of the IEA preparing a new scenario that puts the Paris Agreement’s objectives at its centre

Need to “think bigger and focus on designing or redeveloping entire communities that are zero energy”

Charles F. Kutscher, Fellow and Senior Research Associate, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder writes on The Conversation website about the need to take an entirely different approach to reduce emissions from the building sector to zero. What are your views?   Buildings consume lots of energy – here’s how … Continue reading Need to “think bigger and focus on designing or redeveloping entire communities that are zero energy”

European companies are leading the world in climate action

Encouragingly more than a third of the largest EU companies have targets to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement. Now to get the rest to do so.  Madeleine Cuff explains in an article on the inews website. As we talk about the industrial sector, it is unfortunate that the corona virus crisis has forced … Continue reading European companies are leading the world in climate action