Governments around the world are struggling with ithe immense contribution their militaries are making to the climate crisis

To get a sense of the problem, a recent study showed that if the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would make it the 47th largest emitter of GHGs in the world. Despite the outsized role of militaries, we know surprisingly little about their emissions. Doug Weir, Research and Policy Director at … Continue reading Governments around the world are struggling with ithe immense contribution their militaries are making to the climate crisis

The new heat and buildings strategy boosts the UK’s credentials as a global leader yet it has ignored some critical actions

With much fanfare, the UK government announced its heat and buildings strategy last week. Ran Boydell, Visiting Lecturer in Sustainable Development at Heriot-Watt University discusses the strategy to see if it is fit for purpose to help Britain achieve its net-zero objectives in an article on The Conversation website.   Heat and buildings strategy: the … Continue reading The new heat and buildings strategy boosts the UK’s credentials as a global leader yet it has ignored some critical actions

Strong message to give priority to reducing energy consumption

Martin Rossen, former Chief of staff at the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and now Senior Vice President, Head of Global Communication and Sustainability at Danfoss A/S provides a strong argument on the Politics.co.uk website that decision makers somehow forgot that the greenest energy is the energy we don’t use. He argues that energy efficiency is … Continue reading Strong message to give priority to reducing energy consumption

The future of air conditioning in a world marked by rising temperatures has come sharply into focus

A new study published on Wednesday in Nature provides valuable insights on the world's energy use as our weather gets more extreme. Molly Taft discusses the study in an article on the Gizmodo website.   Rising Temperatures Will Change Air Conditioning Use—But Not How You Might Expect After a summer of deadly heat, the future … Continue reading The future of air conditioning in a world marked by rising temperatures has come sharply into focus

Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

Delivering the energy transition at the rate needed to meet agreed climate targets will require changes much faster than we have achieved for decades. On that there is agreement. But what is the role of efficiency improvement and demand reduction in this? We know what the energy industry vested interests think. According to the Shell … Continue reading Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

How managing building energy demand can aid the clean energy transition

Since buildings consume 75% of electricity in the U.S., they offer great potential for saving energy and reducing the demands on our rapidly changing electric grid. But how much, where, and through which strategies could better management of building energy use actually impact the electricity system? Dan Hounsell discusses the report in an article on … Continue reading How managing building energy demand can aid the clean energy transition

With greater ambition, Germany can meet all its energy demand with renewable energy within next 15 years

Charlotte Nijhuis writes on the Clean Energy Wire about a new report by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) showing that Germany can meet its entire energy demand in little more than a decade by renewable energy. Now, let’s see if the country takes up the challenge.   Germany can fulfil entire energy … Continue reading With greater ambition, Germany can meet all its energy demand with renewable energy within next 15 years

Human development is not only a matter of economic justice but also climate justice

Marta Baltruszewicz, Postgraduate Researcher, School of Earth and Environment at University of Leeds raises some important issues in an article on The Conversation website, showing that there is an important counter-intuitive finding showing that lower levels of deprivation were linked to lower levels of energy demand, not higher levels.   Reducing poverty can actually lower … Continue reading Human development is not only a matter of economic justice but also climate justice

Changing some of our energy use routines due to the pandemic really can have significant benefits for ourselves and the planet

Philipp Grünewald, EPSRC Fellow, Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford writes on The Conversation website about learning from the first lockdown to provide us with important lessons as we cope with the current pandemic.   Four energy-saving lessons from the first lockdown which may help us through the winter The gold standard … Continue reading Changing some of our energy use routines due to the pandemic really can have significant benefits for ourselves and the planet

Britain’s energy bill for its Parliament goes up

In a few days, Britons will go to the polls to elect the next government. Environmental issues have come up but not as much as Brexit, not surprisingly. Extinction Rebellion and others are keeping environmental issues as visible as possible. While the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place for both the House of Commons and … Continue reading Britain’s energy bill for its Parliament goes up