Richest countries not meeting renewable energy targets

Eleven of the 20 largest economies got a C or worse on a renewable energy report card, which assessed their plans to reach net zero and their targets for producing and using renewable energy. James Dinneen discusses the new results in an article on the new scientist website.   World’s richest countries fall short on … Continue reading Richest countries not meeting renewable energy targets

The city of Copenhagen, often celebrated as one of the world’s greenest for its cycling culture and other initiatives, recently defaulted on its pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2025

Since 2012, when Copenhagen launched its plan to become the first carbon-neutral city in the world by 2025, the city has enjoyed international recognition and a significant branding boost. The early failure in the global race to net zero emissions (a balance between CO₂ emitted and absorbed) may foreshadow backtracking by other target-setters. In an … Continue reading The city of Copenhagen, often celebrated as one of the world’s greenest for its cycling culture and other initiatives, recently defaulted on its pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2025

New technology and skills needed in the era of net zero infrastructure change

Princeton University and Worley published a net zero report that calls for a more rigorous approach. The report is discussed on the renews website.   'Standardisation needed for renewables boom' Standardisation in renewable energy project is not where it needs to be, according to a new net zero report by Princeton University in collaboration with … Continue reading New technology and skills needed in the era of net zero infrastructure change

Going to 100% renewable energy expensive but new study shows payback would take just six years

Mark Jacobson and his team at Stanford University have published a renewable energy study in which they argue the payback time is just 6 years. Steve Hanley discusses in an article on the Clean Technica website.   Switching The World To Renewable Energy Will Cost $62 Trillion, But The Payback Would Take Just 6 Years … Continue reading Going to 100% renewable energy expensive but new study shows payback would take just six years

The German government plans a new digitalisation strategy that could pave the way for greater energy efficiency

Edgar Meza writes on the Clean Energy Wire website about German plan that would help the energy sector “de-bureaucratise” and accelerate the rollout of smart meters. What are your views?   Germany aims to push energy efficiency with digitalisation strategy The German government plans a new digitalisation strategy  that could pave the way for greater energy efficiency in the … Continue reading The German government plans a new digitalisation strategy that could pave the way for greater energy efficiency

The proponents of unchecked hydrogen use are on the wrong side of the evidence, and history

No colour of H2 makes sense to decarbonise heating, and pretending otherwise risks delaying urgent action to slash emissions, write Richard Lowes and David Cebon in an article on the Recharge website.   'Wrong side of history' | Wake up to the hype around green hydrogen for heating Governments around the world are developing strategies … Continue reading The proponents of unchecked hydrogen use are on the wrong side of the evidence, and history

“What will come after net-zero?”

In the long-term, the best target global temperature for the planet might be something akin to a pre-industrial climate, with the human effect on Earth’s climate receding. So argue Andrew King, Celia McMichael, Harry McClelland and Jacqueline Peel, all from The University of Melbourne in an article on The Conversation website. The authors review a … Continue reading “What will come after net-zero?”

Claims that using concrete will reduce the “whole life” carbon emissions from buildings are often exaggerated

The cement and concrete industry is encouraging the use of cement, by claiming that using concrete will reduce the “whole life” carbon emissions from buildings. Alice Moncaster, Senior Lecturer in Engineering at The Open University, in an article on The Conversation website, challenges those claims.   Three reasons concrete doesn’t live up to its environmental … Continue reading Claims that using concrete will reduce the “whole life” carbon emissions from buildings are often exaggerated

Australia and its climate and energy transition

Adam Morton writes on The Guardian website about what is known about the new climate legislation and what it means for climate action.   Australia’s climate change targets will become law. What happens now? The Australian House of Representatives has passed the country’s first climate change legislation in more than a decade. The main part … Continue reading Australia and its climate and energy transition

Australia’s new government needs to ensure its legislative foundation for climate follows best practice globally

Anita Foerster, Associate professor, Monash University; Alice Bleby, PhD Candidate, UNSW Sydney; and Anne Kallies, Senior Lecturer, RMIT University write on The Conversation website that Australia’s new Albanese government should be guided by lessons from the design and implementation of existing laws in other countries, to ensure it follows best practice. Failing to learn from … Continue reading Australia’s new government needs to ensure its legislative foundation for climate follows best practice globally