World’s first major plant to store energy in form of liquid air

A 50MW facility near Manchester in the UK will store enough power for roughly 50,000 homes for five hours. Roger Harrabin explains in an article on the BBC website.   UK energy plant to use liquid air Work is beginning on what is thought to be the world's first major plant to store energy in … Continue reading World’s first major plant to store energy in form of liquid air

New IISD report: G20 backtracks on fossil fuel funding phase-out

G20 governments are still spending more than half a trillion USD on oil, gas, and coal each year—and the pandemic has likely undone any progress on phasing out this support. In Doubling Back and Doubling Down: G20 Scorecard on Fossil Fuel Funding, researchers considered recovery commitments and pre-pandemic policies to rank G20 countries' progress in … Continue reading New IISD report: G20 backtracks on fossil fuel funding phase-out

By shifting current policies and fundamental program designs, next-generation energy efficiency programmes can be a crucial tool for meeting deep carbon-reduction goals

Val Jensen writes on the Greentech media website about the need to revamp energy efficiency programmes to meet long-term energy and climate objectives. While he speaks about the United States, there are no doubt lessons for all of us.   Revamped Energy Efficiency Programs Are the Key to Deep Carbon Reductions Across the U.S., governments … Continue reading By shifting current policies and fundamental program designs, next-generation energy efficiency programmes can be a crucial tool for meeting deep carbon-reduction goals

To reach net-zero emissions as quickly as possible not all low-carbon energy sources are equally useful

Simone Abram, Alton Horsfall and Andrew Crossland from Durham University write on The Conversation website  argue that only talking about decarbonisation obscures the inherent choice between energy pathways. What are your views?   'Decarbonisation' may be the wrong goal for energy – here's why Electricity generated by nuclear power plants, wind turbines and solar panels … Continue reading To reach net-zero emissions as quickly as possible not all low-carbon energy sources are equally useful

Recovery packages heavily weighted to support legacy fossil fuel energy

Tim McManan-Smith writes on the energyst website about a new report that the weight of support for the fossil fuel sector from announced stimulus packages shows the persisting institutional bias in favour of preserving a legacy sector. “This is very likely to prove myopic, economically-speaking, and misaligned with G20 countries’ decarbonisation commitments under the Paris … Continue reading Recovery packages heavily weighted to support legacy fossil fuel energy

A “credible” carbon offsetting market is being set up, led by former Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney

The former Governor of the Bank of England has established a private sector task force to establish standards for the booming market. The task force will “establish the standards for the infrastructure around a voluntary carbon market.” Hayley Dixon explains in an article on The Telegraph website.   Mark Carney to set up 'credible' carbon … Continue reading A “credible” carbon offsetting market is being set up, led by former Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney

Energy efficiency measures in buildings & industrial facilities are key driver to accelerate the energy transition

A news item on the Energy Voice website discusses the latest report from DNV GL provides strategies and solutions that help change how—and how much—energy is used. What are your views.   Energy efficiency the ‘secret weapon’ in reducing emissions - News for the Oil and Gas Sector Energy efficiency measures in buildings and industrial … Continue reading Energy efficiency measures in buildings & industrial facilities are key driver to accelerate the energy transition

Irish president calls for new approach to economics that incorporates the “radicalism” of climate activism

Ireland’s President, Michael D Higgins was speaking at an event in Ireland this week where he called for an entirely new approach to climate activism. James Ward explains in an article up to the event on The Times website leading.   Economic plans must include climate radicalism, says Michael D Higgins Michael D Higgins will … Continue reading Irish president calls for new approach to economics that incorporates the “radicalism” of climate activism

American philanthropies playing big role in climate technology development

Everyone is pushing for more technology developments that will help us cut GHG emissions and reduce energy demand. Katherine Ellison writes on the Washington Post website about the role philanthropies are playing in funding many of these innovations. What are your views?   Philanthropies flow funds to climate technologies Dave’s team launched a start-up in … Continue reading American philanthropies playing big role in climate technology development

Generations after people learned to make ice in the desert, the same technique under development to provide us with radiative cooling

Sarah Kaplan writes on the Washington Post website about the innovation from one scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles to use ancient techniques to demonstrate  electricity-free electricity. It will be interesting to follow these developments in the future.   Bringing the chill of the cosmos to a warming planet Long ago, in … Continue reading Generations after people learned to make ice in the desert, the same technique under development to provide us with radiative cooling