Japan beefing up its building codes

Zero Energy Homes (ZEH) and Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) guidelines will be used to enforce the revised building codes according to a news item on the Rethink Tokyo website. They will come into effect after 2025.   Energy conservation architecture to be mandatory for Japan real estate from 2025 On April 22nd, the Cabinet of … Continue reading Japan beefing up its building codes

If the world’s energy consumption grows at the pre-COVID rate, technological change alone will not be enough to halve global CO₂ emissions by 2030

Mark Diesendorf, Honorary Associate Professor at UNSW Sydney explains in an article on The Conversation website that we may need to take reducing energy consumption more seriously. Technology alone is not the answer. What are your views?   Net zero by 2050 will hit a major timing problem technology can’t solve. We need to talk … Continue reading If the world’s energy consumption grows at the pre-COVID rate, technological change alone will not be enough to halve global CO₂ emissions by 2030

Because “British people are no-nonsense pragmatists who can make decisions based on the information” the government will not “impose” measures to improve energy efficiency

The UK has some of the least energy-efficient homes in Europe, with 19 million houses and flats needing extra insulation. In February the national Climate Change Committee said the government’s policy on insulation was ‘very poor’ and a lot more needed to be done. However, the government, with its new Energy Security Strategy, will not … Continue reading Because “British people are no-nonsense pragmatists who can make decisions based on the information” the government will not “impose” measures to improve energy efficiency

The dream of the climate-neutral city, with very low to zero emissions, is within reach, say experts

Spewing most of the world's heat-trapping gases, fast-growing cities need to be transformed into clean, low emissions ecosystems in the struggle against climate breakdown. Stuart Braun writes on the Deutsche Welle website how cities can be a microcosm of successful climate mitigation.   Cities are major polluters: Can we make them climate neutral? Around 85% … Continue reading The dream of the climate-neutral city, with very low to zero emissions, is within reach, say experts

Certifying vineyards for carbon neutrality

Dave McIntyre writes on the Washington Post website about the effort one company in California is taking to have its vineyard certified as carbon neutral. What do you think?   What it takes for a winery to earn a Climate Neutral certification When Jess Baum joined Fetzer Vineyards in August 2020 as the company’s new … Continue reading Certifying vineyards for carbon neutrality

Addressing how to achieve ‘net-zero’

A new report by Nick Eyre and Jan Rosenow reiterates that energy and carbon are different problems requiring different solutions. Lloyd Alter writes on the Treehugger website what their report means as we address ‘net-zero.’   Reinventing Energy Efficiency in a Net-Zero World For nigh on 50 years since the Arab oil embargo, energy security … Continue reading Addressing how to achieve ‘net-zero’

The electricity alignment of Ukraine and Moldova is more than a technical integration, it is also a strategic political alignment

But more than just a technical integration of systems and capacity, electricity alignment is also a strategic political alignment not far from the level of joining the EU. Indeed, Russia’s invasion has opened a discussion across Europe and beyond about how and where countries source their energy. It might not guarantee energy security as critical … Continue reading The electricity alignment of Ukraine and Moldova is more than a technical integration, it is also a strategic political alignment

Germany’s challenges to keep on its energy transition pathway

Trevelyan Wing, Centre Researcher and PhD Candidate, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG at the, University of Cambridge writes on The Conversation website about how the energy supply crisis and the war in Ukraine are causing difficulties for the German federal government to keep to its ambitious policy agenda. What are … Continue reading Germany’s challenges to keep on its energy transition pathway

Blog from Jane Marsh: Why We Need a Decarbonization Roadmap

By 2022, most countries developed independent sustainability goals to improve the environment and the global economy. Achieving net-zero emission goals requires nations to adopt new practices, technologies, industries and other related features. Environmentalists developed decarbonization roadmaps that guide individuals towards a sustainable future. Before adopting the roadmaps, countries must assess the efficiency and logistics of … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: Why We Need a Decarbonization Roadmap

A better understanding of energy usage helps lead to lower energy bills

David Glew, Head of Energy Efficiency and Policy at Leeds Beckett University in an article on The Conversation website discusses the importance of “energy literacy.”   How to lower your bills with a better grasp of home energy use The future does not look bright for energy bills, with fuel poverty set to affect over 6 … Continue reading A better understanding of energy usage helps lead to lower energy bills