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

Why are we subsidising an untraceable currency and destroying the environment?

Every day we are reading new stories about the Bitcoin phenomenon. While there are many regulatory concerns, there are also concerns about the energy required to make this cryptocurrency available. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation and a regular contributor to EiD, gives us his views on recent developments. This article was … Continue reading Why are we subsidising an untraceable currency and destroying the environment?

Analysing changes in energy consumption in buildings in Hong Kong

Ernest Kao writes in the South China Morning Post about a new study that analyses the energy consumption in Hong Kong’s buildings since 2000.   Hong Kong energy use per household down since 2000, but hotels and schools could be pushing up total use Hongkongers used three per cent less electricity in 2013 than in … Continue reading Analysing changes in energy consumption in buildings in Hong Kong

Global impact of the widespread use of air conditioners

The use of air conditioning globally is increasing at a rapid rate, particularly in non-OECD countries. Chris Mooney writes an important article in the Washington Post about this trend. As he writes, the motive is not increasing temperatures but greater wealth. However, unless the electricity can be provided by renewable energy, the impact on global … Continue reading Global impact of the widespread use of air conditioners

The challenge of integrating distributed energy into the electrical grid

The sustainable energy transition is complex and even electricity utilities realise there is a need to change even if there is inconvenience. Takefumi Arai writes on Renewable Energy Focus website about many of the challenges.   The Electrical Grid and Renewable Energy: Creating a Stable Relationship Electric utilities and grid operators face the challenge of … Continue reading The challenge of integrating distributed energy into the electrical grid