What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

With some of the worst levels of energy efficiency in Europe, Britain’s housing stock is in urgent need of a plan to encompass wishes, grants to alleviate fuel poverty as well as installer training. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, provides his views in his column for the July/August issue of Energy … Continue reading What it takes to urgently improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock

“Despite increased climate ambitions, the amount of economic recovery funds being spent on clean energy is just a small sliver of the total”

Global carbon emissions are set to rise to record highs in 2023 unless governments around the world do more to channel Covid-19 recovery spending towards green projects, the IEA warns. This is an important message in a year when climate issues will be at the forefront at COP26. Worryingly, the IEA says that only two … Continue reading “Despite increased climate ambitions, the amount of economic recovery funds being spent on clean energy is just a small sliver of the total”

New analysis by European Environmental Bureau – EU governments keep fueling dirty heating

New analysis shows that 16 out of 27 member states are still financing fossil fuel heating, despite calls to phase out gas boilers by 2025 to achieve EU climate neutrality goals. These dirty subsidies cripple the deployment of clean heating technologies such as heat pumps and solar thermal devices. This year, only seven countries – Croatia, … Continue reading New analysis by European Environmental Bureau – EU governments keep fueling dirty heating

“There can be no sustainable development, and likely no energy transition, if poverty is not addressed too”

Patrick Trent Greiner, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University and an environmental social scientist, questions how we can find a way to lift nearly half of the world out of poverty and still reduce fossil fuel use, in an article on The Conversation website.   How colonialism’s legacy makes it harder for countries to … Continue reading “There can be no sustainable development, and likely no energy transition, if poverty is not addressed too”

French firms launch of the Ambition 4 Climate platform in lead up to COP26 in November

The French Association of Private Companies (AFEP) updated on Wednesday (7 July) the Ambition 4 Climate platform, which brings together the projects of 64 large companies with the aim of reaching carbon neutrality. Clara Bauer-Babef discusses the initiative in an article on the EURACTIV website.   Top French firms commit to climate change fight French … Continue reading French firms launch of the Ambition 4 Climate platform in lead up to COP26 in November

A policy paper for fossil-free districts and cities from Energy Cities now available

A new report by Energy Cities details the key drivers and solutions to ensure that cities can deliver heat planning if required and drive the transition toward a fossil-free future. Good practices that cities are already implementing to phase out natural gas are also showcased.   Why and how fossil fuels in buildings will be … Continue reading A policy paper for fossil-free districts and cities from Energy Cities now available

Blog from Jane Marsh: Will Clean Hydrogen Be Cost-Competitive by 2030?

As the eco-conscious movement expands, environmental scientists must access sustainable growth in the renewable energy industry. President Biden acknowledged the necessity for expansion and developed the Build Back Better plan. His plan allocates trillions of dollars to clean energy development and employment. A significant portion of research and production occurs in the solar power sector … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: Will Clean Hydrogen Be Cost-Competitive by 2030?

Leaked EU policy document designed to cut carbon emissions in shipping shows plans, will ‘lock in the use of fossil fuels for decades to come and make the EU’s target of net emissions neutrality by 2050 unreachable

Daniel Boffey writes on The Guardian website about a leaked EU policy document that has raised the concerns of NGOs that there will be a lock in the use of fossil fuels in the shipping industry for decades to come.   Draft EU policy to cut shipping emissions condemned as ‘disaster’ A leaked draft of … Continue reading Leaked EU policy document designed to cut carbon emissions in shipping shows plans, will ‘lock in the use of fossil fuels for decades to come and make the EU’s target of net emissions neutrality by 2050 unreachable

New EEA briefing analyses the pandemic’s effect on the use of certain single-use plastics products

The coronavirus pandemic has challenged European societies in many ways. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) briefing, published recently, analyses the pandemic’s effect on the use of certain single-use plastics products, which cause GHG and other emissions and can end up littering the environment. It also brings useful lessons to improve our response to future disruptive … Continue reading New EEA briefing analyses the pandemic’s effect on the use of certain single-use plastics products

To meet its climate goals under the Paris Agreement, India will have to further ramp up its efforts to decarbonise the industrial sector

The road to India’s prosperity has its own set of obstacles and challenges. While industries are the growth engines of our country’s economic development, they are also highly energy-intensive. To meet its climate goals under the Paris Agreement, India will have to further ramp up its efforts to decarbonise the industrial sector. That work has … Continue reading To meet its climate goals under the Paris Agreement, India will have to further ramp up its efforts to decarbonise the industrial sector