Britain’s energy transition: creating jobs requires effective policies to promote energy efficiency

The potential for jobs creation in energy efficiency is immense. But this will only be realised if it is matched by government enthusiasm behind effective policies. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, discusses the situation in Britain in the January issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry.   Jabs and jobs go … Continue reading Britain’s energy transition: creating jobs requires effective policies to promote energy efficiency

Britain comes out with long-awaited energy white paper as part of its strategy to help “clean up” the country’s energy system

James Murray writes on the NS Energy website about the key points in the recently published energy white paper. What are your views?   What are the key points of the UK energy white paper? The government said the plan will support up to 220,000 British jobs and “put affordability at the heart of the … Continue reading Britain comes out with long-awaited energy white paper as part of its strategy to help “clean up” the country’s energy system

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

UK government agrees to review energy policy after pressure from environmental campaigners

Campaigners have been concerned that the current National Policy Statement that dates back to 2011 allows for new fossil fuel projects to proceed.  The government has now agreed to review its national energy policy in light of the UK’s more ambitious climate targets. Madeleine Cuff explains in an article on the inews website.   Green … Continue reading UK government agrees to review energy policy after pressure from environmental campaigners

The first assessment of EU National Energy and Climate Plans raise concerns about how targets will be met

A news item on the renews.biz website highlights the challenges the EU has in achieving long-term climate and energy targets.  The article only discusses renewable energy but one can imagine the same would hold true for energy efficiency. One would think by now that member states would be giving a higher priority to the energy … Continue reading The first assessment of EU National Energy and Climate Plans raise concerns about how targets will be met

In 2015 Australia set an energy productivity goal of 40% improvement by 2030 but so far it has only improved 1.1 percent

Hugh Saddler, Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at the Australian National University explains in an article on The Conversation website that Australia is failing miserably to reduce GHG emissions through improved energy efficiency.   Australia has failed miserably on energy efficiency – and government figures hide the truth Amid the urgent … Continue reading In 2015 Australia set an energy productivity goal of 40% improvement by 2030 but so far it has only improved 1.1 percent

Australia’s energy market is outdated and that’s holding back the transition to renewable energy

Reform would help create a modern grid designed around clean energy, pushing coal-fired generators to retire earlier writes Daniel J Cass, Research Affiliate, Sydney Business School at the University of Sydney in an article on The Conversation website.   Energy giants want to thwart reforms that would help renewables and lower power bills Australia’s energy … Continue reading Australia’s energy market is outdated and that’s holding back the transition to renewable energy

Climate campaigners issued proceedings for a judicial review of the energy planning policies in UK

After officials refused to overhaul the rules, climate campaigners issued proceedings for review of rules supporting fossil fuel projects. Jillian Ambrose discusses the latest developments in an article on The Guardian website.   Legal case launched over UK's 'outdated' energy policies The government faces a legal challenge over a set of “outdated” energy policies which … Continue reading Climate campaigners issued proceedings for a judicial review of the energy planning policies in UK

IEA welcomes Luxembourg’s ambitions to shift to a low-carbon economy

In its latest in-depth review of Luxembourg’s energy policies, the IEA notes that Luxembourg faces challenges in achieving its energy objectives but welcomes their approach. These are described in an article by the Newsroom on the Modern Diplomacy website.   IEA support Luxembourg’s ambitious energy transition goals Luxembourg is targeting a sharp reduction in emissions … Continue reading IEA welcomes Luxembourg’s ambitions to shift to a low-carbon economy

Needing leadership for our global climate and energy challenges

This week, Nick Butler, the Financial Times energy columnist and visiting professor and chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London, raised an important issue this week about the need for a world institution for climate and energy. Here are some of the important points he raises: It’s time to provide detailed steps … Continue reading Needing leadership for our global climate and energy challenges