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

“The energy transition is not happening” writes REN21

Fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy sector by a wide margin, despite the unprecedented increase in wind and solar energy generation capacity. Perrine Mouterde writes on the Le Monde website about the new global status report from REN21.   Despite record growth in renewables, 'the energy transition is not happening,' says new report With … Continue reading “The energy transition is not happening” writes REN21

Tarsands in Canada have found novel way to export some carbon emissions but still not on path to net zero

Fossil fuel companies have largely made commitments to become net zero for some time in the future. No one said it would be easy but it is absolutely essential as we realise we need to fully decarbonise to meet our long-term climate and energy objectives. Emily Chung writes on the CBC News website about how … Continue reading Tarsands in Canada have found novel way to export some carbon emissions but still not on path to net zero

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

How human heat can best be used to warm buildings

Amin Al-Habaibeh, Professor of Intelligent Engineering Systems at Nottingham Trent University, in an article on The Conversation website, discusses how human body heat can be used to adjust temperatures. He said we can develop “smart buildings” able to adjust their heating based on the number of people in a room and the expected resulting increase … Continue reading How human heat can best be used to warm buildings

One MEP makes powerful argument for Europe giving more focus to energy efficiency

modern thermostats, and building insulation - could go a long way toward enabling the EU to cut dependence on Russia’s natural gas and petroleum products. As it is, the EU is the single largest customer for Russia's natural gas and petroleum products. Russia accounts for around 40 per cent of the EU's gas imports and … Continue reading One MEP makes powerful argument for Europe giving more focus to energy efficiency

Five IPCC contributors give their views on the latest report published this week

The latest IPCC report has received considerable attention since being published April 4th, as it should. Thomas Wiedmann, Professor of Sustainability Research, UNSW Sydney; Arunima Malik, Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at the University of Sydney; Glen Peters, Research Director, Center for International Climate and Environment Research – Oslo; Jacqueline Peel, Director, Melbourne Climate Futures, The … Continue reading Five IPCC contributors give their views on the latest report published this week

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

New report commissioned by IISD: Phaseout Pathways for Fossil Fuel Production Within Paris-Compliant Carbon Budgets

There is a growing consensus that, to align with the Paris goals, coal must be phased out from power generation (its most significant use) by 2030 in developed countries and by 2040 or 2050 in developing countries. But what about oil and gas? The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) commissioned the Tyndall Centre at … Continue reading New report commissioned by IISD: Phaseout Pathways for Fossil Fuel Production Within Paris-Compliant Carbon Budgets

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