Modernisation of Energy Charter Treaty seen as “a real threat” to the landmark Paris climate agreement

The members of the Energy Charter Treaty on Friday struck a deal to “modernise” the energy charter treaty. The 1994 agreement allows investors to sue governments for changes in energy policy that harm their profits. The compromise agreement, which was largely designed by the EU, reduces the protection afforded to companies that have invested in … Continue reading Modernisation of Energy Charter Treaty seen as “a real threat” to the landmark Paris climate agreement

Energy efficiency is back on the table in the face of rising costs and international conflicts

Lloyd Alter writes on the Treehugger website that energy efficiency is now seen as a critical solution to many of the world’s most urgent challenges. Now let’s see serious implementation to show it is true.   International Energy Agency Calls for Serious Energy Conservation The International Energy Agency (IEA) was set up by former U.S. … Continue reading Energy efficiency is back on the table in the face of rising costs and international conflicts

While committed to climate action, new Australian government still supports expansion of fossil fuel exports

Australia could fall into what is called the “Norway trap”: clean at home, dirty abroad. Jeremy Moss, Professor of Political Philosophy at UNSW Sydney in an article on The Conversation website, discusses the challenges facing the new government.   To walk the talk on climate, Labor must come clean about the future for coal and … Continue reading While committed to climate action, new Australian government still supports expansion of fossil fuel exports

Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool – the investor-state dispute settlement – that could jeopardise worldwide efforts to protect the climate

If you do a search on the EiD website for the Energy Charter, you will see many posts that show the Energy Charter Treaty could undermine efforts of the Paris climate agreement. Rachel Thrasher, Law Lecturer and Researcher at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center, Boston University; Blake Alexander Simmons, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in … Continue reading Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool – the investor-state dispute settlement – that could jeopardise worldwide efforts to protect the climate

One African’s view of the recent IPCC report

Victor Ongoma, Assistant Professor at Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique in Morocco writes on The Conversation website about his views on the latest IPCC report published this week.   Climate change report: what we must do to avert the looming crisis Climate change is a threat to all aspects of our lives. Every degree of global warming … Continue reading One African’s view of the recent IPCC report

New publication from OECD: Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions

Accounting for nearly 40% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and sometimes up to 70% in large cities, buildings are central to the low-carbon transition. Decarbonising buildings, especially older stock, through energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy use not only reduces carbon emissions, but also generates co-benefits in health, energy affordability and the labour market. … Continue reading New publication from OECD: Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions

New EEA briefing: Europe’s air quality status 2022

Ninety-six percent of Europe’s urban population was exposed to fine particulate matter above the health-based guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to the latest annual European Environment Agency (EEA) air quality assessment published this week   Vast majority of Europe’s urban population remains exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution Despite a … Continue reading New EEA briefing: Europe’s air quality status 2022

The electricity alignment of Ukraine and Moldova is more than a technical integration, it is also a strategic political alignment

But more than just a technical integration of systems and capacity, electricity alignment is also a strategic political alignment not far from the level of joining the EU. Indeed, Russia’s invasion has opened a discussion across Europe and beyond about how and where countries source their energy. It might not guarantee energy security as critical … Continue reading The electricity alignment of Ukraine and Moldova is more than a technical integration, it is also a strategic political alignment

Germany’s challenges to keep on its energy transition pathway

Trevelyan Wing, Centre Researcher and PhD Candidate, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG at the, University of Cambridge writes on The Conversation website about how the energy supply crisis and the war in Ukraine are causing difficulties for the German federal government to keep to its ambitious policy agenda. What are … Continue reading Germany’s challenges to keep on its energy transition pathway

After a decade of market-driven policy failure, Britain remains the ‘cold man of Europe’

Britain has homes that are older, draughtier and harder to heat than anywhere else in western Europe. The poor are paying for the problem that is much older than the current energy crisis. Caroline Molloy discusses in an article on the Open Democracy website.   Putin isn’t to blame for fuel poverty in the UK … Continue reading After a decade of market-driven policy failure, Britain remains the ‘cold man of Europe’