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Energy transition challenge: the Canadian government backs both climate action and its oil and gas sector

Energy transition challenge: the Canadian government backs both climate action and its oil and gas sector

For countries that have based much of their economy on fossil fuel resource extraction, a low-carbon energy transition is a major challenge. Ryan Heath discusses these challenges in an article on the Politico website.   Justin Trudeau walks sustainability tightrope Canada has long been on a climate collision course. The country extracts some of the … Continue reading

Climate campaigners issued proceedings for a judicial review of the energy planning policies in UK

Climate campaigners issued proceedings for a judicial review of the energy planning policies in UK

After officials refused to overhaul the rules, climate campaigners issued proceedings for review of rules supporting fossil fuel projects. Jillian Ambrose discusses the latest developments in an article on The Guardian website.   Legal case launched over UK’s ‘outdated’ energy policies The government faces a legal challenge over a set of “outdated” energy policies which … Continue reading

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

We are increasingly discouraged by the environmental policies of the Trump administration. H. Christopher Frey, the Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University writes in an article on The Conversation website about the EPA’s latest rejection of science that will have an impact on air quality.   EPA … Continue reading

Large enterprises required to have regular mandatory audits but that policy is still not a game changer

Large enterprises required to have regular mandatory audits but that policy is still not a game changer

For many organisations it was merely a box-ticking exercise required under the 2012 EU Energy Efficiency Directive. In Britain it was called the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme and there were hopes it would really make a difference and drive energy efficiency investments. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation and a friend of … Continue reading

Japanese government urged to reconsider its ”disappointing” proposals to cut GHG emissions and adopt a more “ambitious” stance

Japanese government urged to reconsider its ”disappointing” proposals to cut GHG emissions and adopt a more “ambitious” stance

Samuel Lovett writes on The Independent website about the lack of ambition in Japan’s latest targets that remain unchanged from first commitments made five years ago under Paris Agreement.   Japan’s latest climate change plans criticised as ‘feeble’ and ‘shameful’ Japan’s new proposals for fighting climate change have been described as “feeble” and “shameful”, after … Continue reading

The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automobiles this week, creating regulatory confusion for the auto industry

The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automobiles this week, creating regulatory confusion for the auto industry

Alyssa Danigelis, writing on the Environment + Energy Leader website, discusses  the confusion that has been created by the Trump administration rolling back on the previous planned approach to improve fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Now the annual improvement is significantly lower than previously planned. But there are still clashes with the new federal standards … Continue reading