Air pollution from Europe’s coal plants could be responsible for up to 34,000 deaths across the continent each year

Research ‘adds to growing evidence about the co-benefits of responding to climate change and air pollution together’, a scientist tells Daisy Dunne of The Independent.   Pollution from Europe’s coal plants responsible for ‘up to 34,000 deaths each year’ Air pollution from Europe’s coal plants could be responsible for up to 34,000 deaths across the … Continue reading Air pollution from Europe’s coal plants could be responsible for up to 34,000 deaths across the continent each year

Where does nuclear power belong in our concerns over sustainability?

Lobbying by pro-nuclear stakeholders and a new report that concludes “the fuel qualifies as sustainable” under green investments has led to Greenpeace Europe warning the European Commission against reinstating nuclear power on the list of activities deemed sustainable by the European Union. Kevin O’Sullivan discusses latest developments in an article on the Irish Times website. … Continue reading Where does nuclear power belong in our concerns over sustainability?

Four guiding principles can help build the political support needed to meet North America’s new-found climate ambition

While there are many positive signs that North America is taking climate change more seriously, there still is significant scepticism that needs to be overcome. Sarah Sharma, PhD Candidate, International Relations at Queen's University, Ontario and Matthew Hoffmann, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director Environmental Governance Lab, University of Toronto discuss what steps should be … Continue reading Four guiding principles can help build the political support needed to meet North America’s new-found climate ambition

Draft decision in Australia for households and small business with solar panels pay to inject their surplus production into the grid raises concerns

Australian households with rooftop solar panels could be charged for exporting electricity into the power grid at times when it is not needed under proposed changes to the national electricity market. Bruce Mountain, Director, Victoria Energy Policy Centre at Victoria University writes on The Conversation website that this could prove to be a big mistake … Continue reading Draft decision in Australia for households and small business with solar panels pay to inject their surplus production into the grid raises concerns

35 million time bomb: what’s up with the EU Renovation Wave?

I feel like a broken record. Every time I’m with a group related to energy and climate, the discussion obviously gets to meeting our long-term objectives. That is quite understandable. But while we discuss where we want to go in general terms we are much more uncomfortable talking about how to get there. For example, … Continue reading 35 million time bomb: what’s up with the EU Renovation Wave?

We need to be clear what role nuclear and hydrogen can play in our transition to being carbon neutral

Jonathon Porritt, the environmentalist and founder-director of Forum for the Future provides his comments on our energy transition in an article on the Guardian website. Big industry players pushing techno-fixes are ignoring the only realistic solution to the climate crisis: renewables.   Don't believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net … Continue reading We need to be clear what role nuclear and hydrogen can play in our transition to being carbon neutral

Media corner – upcoming podcasts on access to energy as a basic human right

Next week the ‘ENGAGER Energy Rights Forum: Would a Right to Energy end Energy Poverty?’ will take place between the 15th and 19th of March 2021, entirely online. While registration is now closed, there is still much to learn and there will be more podcasts produced after the event. European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and … Continue reading Media corner – upcoming podcasts on access to energy as a basic human right

Green hydrogen – nobody seems to want to talk about water

Irina Slav writes on the Oilprice website about the water needed to produce green hydrogen. What are your views?   The Green Hydrogen Problem That No One Is Talking About Gigawatt upon gigawatt of green hydrogen capacity is being planned across Europe, Asia, and Australia. According to proponents of the technology, green hydrogen - the … Continue reading Green hydrogen – nobody seems to want to talk about water

Understanding carbon-free construction

Buildings and construction generate nearly 40% of global carbon emissions. As urbanisation skyrockets, the sector needs to find ways to rapidly decarbonise through net-zero building as required under the EU Energy Performance In Buildings Directive and to meet our long-term climate and energy objectives. Stuart Braun provides a good account to understanding carbon-free construction in … Continue reading Understanding carbon-free construction

Green hydrogen seen as way forward for Scotland’s whisky distilleries

The aim is for green hydrogen to be produced using energy generated by onshore and offshore wind farms. The fuel could be used in industrial processes, such as heating stills for whisky distilleries, or plant operations in the port. Greig Cameron discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Whisky goes green … Continue reading Green hydrogen seen as way forward for Scotland’s whisky distilleries