Recent research shows the energy efficiency of homes built in the past 20 years in England varies considerably depending on where you are

As countries such as England are planning to make the housing stock net zero by 2050, recent research shows significant regional differences. Major cities across England and all local authorities across the south and south-east have below average energy intensity while homes in northern local authorities and less built-up urban areas have above average energy … Continue reading Recent research shows the energy efficiency of homes built in the past 20 years in England varies considerably depending on where you are

Germany’s new coalition government has made bold climate policy the cornerstone of the alliance

A coal phaseout by 2030, more electric vehicles and rapid renewables expansion: Germany's new coalition has promised a climate bonanza. But can the ambitious targets be hit? Stuart Braun discusses in an article posted on the Deutsche Welle website. It would have been good to have read more on their plans to improve energy efficiency. … Continue reading Germany’s new coalition government has made bold climate policy the cornerstone of the alliance

To meet long-term carbon emissions targets, we must stop demolishing buildings should start using the carbon spent in the past to avoid the emission of more in the present

Meeting net zero targets for buildings, an entirely new approach is needed. Charles Gillott, PhD student in Engineering at University of Sheffield, in an article on The Conversation website, says we must stop demolishing buildings and replacing them with new ones. What are your views?   We have reusable cups, bags and bottles: so why … Continue reading To meet long-term carbon emissions targets, we must stop demolishing buildings should start using the carbon spent in the past to avoid the emission of more in the present

New IEA energy efficiency report: Global energy efficiency progress is recovering – but not quickly enough

Energy Efficiency 2021 is the IEA’s annual update on global developments in energy efficiency. This year’s edition explores recent trends in energy efficiency markets at the economy-wide and sectoral levels, including developments in policy and investment. The report also focuses on the role of energy efficiency in achieving net zero emissions in the energy sector … Continue reading New IEA energy efficiency report: Global energy efficiency progress is recovering – but not quickly enough

Can carbon be offset with integrity?

There will be endless discussions on the role of achieving net zero emission, what role do carbon offsets really have and is so much of this simply greenwashing. Christian Barry and Garrett Cullity of Australian National University provide their views in an article on The Conversation website.   Big-business greenwash or a climate saviour? Carbon … Continue reading Can carbon be offset with integrity?

Not taking embodied emissions in buildings into account could mean overshooting carbon emissions targets by several decades

Ljubomir Jankovic, Professor of Advanced Building Design at the University of Hertfordshire, in an article on The Conversation website, discusses the importance of accounting for embodied carbon in buildings if we are to fully come to grips with net zero emissions.   Embodied carbon: why truly net zero buildings could still be decades away Carbon dioxide … Continue reading Not taking embodied emissions in buildings into account could mean overshooting carbon emissions targets by several decades

Often overlooked as an obstacle to climate action, lobbying has come into the spotlight at COP26

Lobbyists are pushing the climate to dangerous extremes by blocking or diluting policies that would reduce the burning of fossil fuels. Ajit Niranjan provides his views on lobbying in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   COP26: Lobbying threat to global climate action As world leaders meet for a landmark summit to cut carbon … Continue reading Often overlooked as an obstacle to climate action, lobbying has come into the spotlight at COP26

The new heat and buildings strategy boosts the UK’s credentials as a global leader yet it has ignored some critical actions

With much fanfare, the UK government announced its heat and buildings strategy last week. Ran Boydell, Visiting Lecturer in Sustainable Development at Heriot-Watt University discusses the strategy to see if it is fit for purpose to help Britain achieve its net-zero objectives in an article on The Conversation website.   Heat and buildings strategy: the … Continue reading The new heat and buildings strategy boosts the UK’s credentials as a global leader yet it has ignored some critical actions

Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

Delivering the energy transition at the rate needed to meet agreed climate targets will require changes much faster than we have achieved for decades. On that there is agreement. But what is the role of efficiency improvement and demand reduction in this? We know what the energy industry vested interests think. According to the Shell … Continue reading Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

Calls for Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, to help the finance world do better to address climate change

Catherine Abreu writes on the National Observer website that Mark Carney has a key role in ensuring the financial community raise their efforts in addressing climate change as we head towards COP26 in Glasgow in a few weeks.   Mark Carney needs to raise the bar on climate action for financial institutions Mark Carney is … Continue reading Calls for Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, to help the finance world do better to address climate change