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

Ireland not on track to meet its long-term decarbonisation goals

Fossil fuel use in sectors a threat to Ireland’s long-term green energy goals. Kevin O’Sullivan discusses Ireland’s energy transition situation in an article on the Irish Times website.   Transport and heat emissions holding back progress on decarbonising Significant progress in decarbonising power generation in Ireland is being undermined by increases in carbon emissions from … Continue reading Ireland not on track to meet its long-term decarbonisation goals

Decarbonising transport is complicated

Laurie Wright, Senior Lecturer, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering at Solent University explains the complexity of decarbonisation of transport.  While it is about the UK, the issues are relevant in virtually all countries. What are your views?   Plane, train, or automobile? The climate impact of transport is surprisingly complicated The 2020s will … Continue reading Decarbonising transport is complicated

Britain’s power system has been decarbonising at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world over the last decade

Carbon emissions from the power sector fell by 107 million metric tonnes in the past decade. Isabella Cipirska explains about recent developments in an article on the inews website.   Britain's power system is decarbonising faster than anywhere in the world, report finds Britain's power system has been decarbonising at a faster rate than anywhere … Continue reading Britain’s power system has been decarbonising at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world over the last decade