Climate change: “We see a growing gap between the rhetoric and what is happing in the energy markets”

The International Energy Agency says massive investment shift is needed in the next decade to get to net zero in 2050. Steven Mufson discusses the recent IEA study in an article on the Washington Post website.   A ‘narrow’ pathway to a net zero future for greenhouse gases, IEA says To limit climate change, by … Continue reading Climate change: “We see a growing gap between the rhetoric and what is happing in the energy markets”

The road to climate-neutrality: Are EU national long-term renovation strategies fit for 2050?

With the EU Renovation Wave and European Green Deal, every effort by all member states is so crucial to achieve the long-term climate and energy objectives. This report by BPIE makes one wonder how serious we really are in achieving our long-term goals. Will this be a wake-up call? Hopefully, but it’s not obvious.   … Continue reading The road to climate-neutrality: Are EU national long-term renovation strategies fit for 2050?

New EEA briefing on ensuring that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health

The recent European Union chemicals strategy for sustainability aims to ensure that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published earlier this month, describes key approaches to make chemicals and products safe and sustainable by design, before they enter the market.   … Continue reading New EEA briefing on ensuring that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health

New report argues that the only way to offset the socio-economic devastation resulting from the pandemic is to make “smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience”

The SDG Hub of the International Institute for Sustainable Development discusses a new UN report that underscores role of SDGs in emerging from the pandemic. The report depicts resilience as going hand-in-hand with sustainable development, noting that one cannot exist without the other.   World Economic Situation and Prospects Report Underscores Role of SDGs in … Continue reading New report argues that the only way to offset the socio-economic devastation resulting from the pandemic is to make “smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience”

The European Academies Science Advisory Council Perspective on Transformative Change

This pandemic reminds us how vulnerable this planet, and in particular humanity, really are. Another striking reminder is the latest publication of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) available on its website. For more on the report see also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q90lDeis7-o and https://youtu.be/5Gk9prsjmEg.   Resistance and Challenges to Green Deals should not be underestimated “Scientific knowledge of climate … Continue reading The European Academies Science Advisory Council Perspective on Transformative Change

New EEA report on the pollution challenge in Europe

What is pollution and how does it affect us and the environment? Europe is taking action to reduce pollution and, as part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission put forward a zero-pollution ambition for Europe. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published recently, looks at the pollution challenge in Europe from different … Continue reading New EEA report on the pollution challenge in Europe

New report from JRC: Enabling Positive Energy Districts across Europe: energy efficiency couples renewable energy

From an energy perspective, zero or positive energy districts (PED) provide opportunities to achieve cost-effective levels of high-energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. This newly published report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) aims to understand how to handle energy performance targets by moving beyond individual buildings towards a district level. This is a … Continue reading New report from JRC: Enabling Positive Energy Districts across Europe: energy efficiency couples renewable energy

Guidelines and best practices for micro-, small and medium enterprises in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, a study Guidelines and Best Practices for micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment has been developed by the UN-Economic Commission for Europe. It is described in a UN-ECE press release.   UNECE guidance for the energy efficiency and renewables … Continue reading Guidelines and best practices for micro-, small and medium enterprises in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment

New EEA report shows average CO2 emissions from new cars and vans registered in Europe increased in 2018

Average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new cars registered in the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) and Iceland increased in 2018 for the second year in a row, according to final data published this week by the European Environment Agency (EEA). For the first time, average CO2 emissions from new vans also increased … Continue reading New EEA report shows average CO2 emissions from new cars and vans registered in Europe increased in 2018

New RAP report: The clean energy transition must be socially fair for everyone

The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) has recently published a report that the energy transition must be socially fair for everyone. If directed effectively, the transition to a clean energy system in Europe through the European Green Deal will not only limit the worst impacts of the climate crisis but will deliver Europe’s energy services at … Continue reading New RAP report: The clean energy transition must be socially fair for everyone