COVID-19 has helped researchers better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment

Although COVID-19 itself, and the associated containment measures, have had tragic consequences for societies, it also serves as an unprecedented natural experiment that helps us to better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment. Frederik Noack, Assistant Professor, environmental economics, University of British Columbia; Dominic Rohner, Professor of Economics, Université de Lausanne; and … Continue reading COVID-19 has helped researchers better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment

How many Republican politicians in the US are addressing climate change

We are all too aware that the Trump administration is doing everything possible to undermine climate policies. Yet, in the US, there is progress being made in address climate change. Nicolas Gunkel, Research Fellow at Boston University Initiative on Cities explains in an article on The Conversation website that not only Democrat politicians are taking … Continue reading How many Republican politicians in the US are addressing climate change

Most vulnerable cities in US to climate change found to be least energy efficient

Increasingly, we are seeing action at the local level to address many of our sustainable development issues. Many cities are at risk due to climate change. Sebastien Malo from the Thompson Reuters Foundation writes on the Reuter’s website that, in the United States, those most vulnerable are also the least energy efficient. It’s obviously time … Continue reading Most vulnerable cities in US to climate change found to be least energy efficient

World Bank provides support to 150 cities that are taking “aggressive climate action”

Increasingly we are seeing the importance of local action. Leila Mead writes on the IISD website about an important collaboration between the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and the World Bank to ensure cities have the necessary funding to implement sustainable initiatives and climate resilience programmes.   World Bank Invests US$4.5 Billion for … Continue reading World Bank provides support to 150 cities that are taking “aggressive climate action”

One London borough offering array of sustainable energy grants to address climate concerns

The Camden Council news site reports about a new climate fund available to the local community. This is an encouraging initiative.   Save energy and money with the new Camden Climate Fund A new fund to help with the costs of installing renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements to homes, businesses and community … Continue reading One London borough offering array of sustainable energy grants to address climate concerns

Taking a more sustainable approach to addressing heat waves in cities

Much of southern Europe has had to cope with a major heat wave for an extended period. This situation is also true in many parts of North America and elsewhere. Nicholas Rajkovich, Assistant Professor of Architecture, University at Buffalo explains in an article on The Conversation website that multiple solutions are required for cities to … Continue reading Taking a more sustainable approach to addressing heat waves in cities

Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign in US explained

On the Deutsche Welle website, Charlotta Lomas interviews a senior US mayor about an important new initiative by local governments related to climate change.   Politics aside, it′s all about climate With Trump ditching climate action, mayors across the US are stepping up. Steve Benjamin, co-chair of the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign, told … Continue reading Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign in US explained

Local governments continue to fill policy gap

We have read much recently about how US states and local governments are playing an increasingly important role in taking action on climate change and sustainable energy. This is equally true in Europe. Now Michael Slezak writes in The Guardian about similar actions in Australia.   Australian local councils lead the way in tackling climate … Continue reading Local governments continue to fill policy gap

Chairman’s Conclusions: Think local first: designing an EU buildings policy framework centred on consumers, local authorities and energy advisory services to deliver on Europe’s renovation challenge

A policy roundtable, organised by the PUBLENEF project through one of the consortium organisations (Energy Cities) and the Energy Advice Exchange, was held on June 20th in Brussels during the EU Sustainable Energy Week in order to further explore the key role and importance of local authorities and energy advisory services in Europe’s energy efficiency … Continue reading Chairman’s Conclusions: Think local first: designing an EU buildings policy framework centred on consumers, local authorities and energy advisory services to deliver on Europe’s renovation challenge