European Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe’s resource independence

This week the Commission presented a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. As announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission is proposing new rules to make almost all physical goods on the EU market more friendly to the environment, circular, and … Continue reading European Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe’s resource independence

Low-tech sustainable solutions prioritise simplicity and durability, local manufacture, as well as traditional or ancient techniques

Chris McMahon, Senior Research Fellow in Engineering at the University of Bristol explains the benefits of low-technology in our path to sustainability without the need to always look towards high-tech solutions in an article on The Conversation website.   Low-technology: why sustainability doesn’t have to depend on high-tech solutions It’s a popular idea that the path … Continue reading Low-tech sustainable solutions prioritise simplicity and durability, local manufacture, as well as traditional or ancient techniques

Bitcoin and other digital currencies come with astonishing environmental costs

The company’s stock market arrival establishes Bitcoin and other digital currencies in the traditional financial landscape. It also elevates a technology with astonishing environmental costs. Hiroko Tabuchi discusses the energy implications in an article on the New York Times website.   In Coinbase’s Rise, a Reminder: Cryptocurrencies Use Lots of Energy The stock market debut … Continue reading Bitcoin and other digital currencies come with astonishing environmental costs

“By failing to prioritize efficiency today, we are leaving hundreds of billions of dollars in additional gains on the table”

Paula Glover, president of the Alliance to Save Energy in the United States makes a strong argument for energy efficiency in an article on the Politico website. While she reflects on energy efficiency policies in America, these are equally true globally.   Want Environmental Justice? Look to Energy Efficiency One of my first jobs was … Continue reading “By failing to prioritize efficiency today, we are leaving hundreds of billions of dollars in additional gains on the table”

Why AI technology is so power-hungry

Kate Saenko, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Boston University explains why AI technology requires so much energy in an article on The Conversation website. AI is computationally intensive because it needs to read through lots of data until it learns to understand it – that is, is trained.   It takes a lot of … Continue reading Why AI technology is so power-hungry

The homes of wealthy Americans are major engines of the climate crisis

It doesn’t come as any surprise that the rich use more energy and emit more GHG emissions than those less affluent but it is good to understand the differences. Recently an analysis took place in the US.  Oliver Milman discusses this in an article on The Ecologist website.   Affluent households energy intensive Wealthy Americans’ … Continue reading The homes of wealthy Americans are major engines of the climate crisis

Focusing on energy demand reduction clearly presents the lowest mitigation challenges and provides huge potential mitigation impacts

A team of international researchers, including scientists at the University of Leeds, have used 7,000 studies from across the globe to develop a list of the most effective changes to household consumption to cut our carbon footprints. Harry Cockburn explains in an article on The Independent website.   Two years of vegan living cancelled out … Continue reading Focusing on energy demand reduction clearly presents the lowest mitigation challenges and provides huge potential mitigation impacts

Understanding how people decide to use less energy at home or at work is crucial to boost virtuous behaviours

Understanding how people decide to use less energy at home or at work is crucial to boost virtuous behaviours. Our reaction to any novelty is so complex that a lot of socio-psychological research has been done to try to make it more predictable. Gianluca Dotti discusses much of this research in an article on the … Continue reading Understanding how people decide to use less energy at home or at work is crucial to boost virtuous behaviours

”The balance of power has shifted in the tug of war between climate change deniers and environmental activists.”

It is good to see the views on our global energy situation from others around the world.  Rohan Abraham writes in the Economic Times of India about recent trends in energy consumption.   The risk is real: Global energy consumption up by 2.3%, experts blame it on tech & population The balance of power has … Continue reading ”The balance of power has shifted in the tug of war between climate change deniers and environmental activists.”

A campaign has been launched to cut US transportation energy use by 50% by 2050

It is interesting to see the mixed signals in the US. Well, maybe this is true in most countries, but with the foot dragging on climate and energy issues by the federal administration, it is encouraging to see a diverse coalition including manufacturers, consumer groups, utilities, environmental groups, and public officials taking action to cut … Continue reading A campaign has been launched to cut US transportation energy use by 50% by 2050