New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

Innovation is a political priority across Europe that can deliver many benefits for society but also generate costs that are often unaccounted for. A European Environment Agency briefing, published this week, looks at how innovation can respond to sustainability challenges and how Europe needs to look for solutions beyond technological innovation.   Innovating for sustainability … Continue reading New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

UNECE helps Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and the Republic of Moldova scale up cost-effective climate action by improving buildings’ energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency is a cost-effective means to support economic development while contributing to climate action. On a national scale, energy efficiency helps strengthen energy security, reduce energy expenditure, slow down energy demand growth, reduce investment needs for new generation capacities, and creates green jobs. Out of all sectors of economic activity, in many countries, the buildings sector has the largest potential for cost-effective improvement in energy efficiency and emissions reductions. To help capitalise … Continue reading UNECE helps Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and the Republic of Moldova scale up cost-effective climate action by improving buildings’ energy efficiency

Flagship DNV report says energy efficiency remains the biggest opportunity to tackling climate change as the world drifts further away from achieving Paris climate agreement

DNV’s annual Energy Transition Outlook presents the results from their independent model of the world’s energy system. It covers the period through to 2050 and forecasts the energy transition globally and in 10 world regions. An article on the evwind website provides a good commentary on the report.   Electrification Not Enough to Meet Net … Continue reading Flagship DNV report says energy efficiency remains the biggest opportunity to tackling climate change as the world drifts further away from achieving Paris climate agreement

New report from BPIE flags ‘make-or-break’ opportunity for climate-neutral buildings in Europe

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is the next of the EU’s energy efficiency directives to be revised this year as part of the European Green Deal, the “Fit for 55” package and the Renovation Wave initiative. The new report, The make or break decade: Making the EPBD fit for 2030, from the Buildings Performance Institute … Continue reading New report from BPIE flags ‘make-or-break’ opportunity for climate-neutral buildings in Europe

New EEA report on benefits from climate-friendly practices for sourcing raw materials

Climate-friendly practices for sourcing raw materials hold significant potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Europe and globally. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published this week, focusing on raw material extraction and processing, raw material consumers can use their purchasing power to influence suppliers to become more climate friendly. Including sourcing requirements … Continue reading New EEA report on benefits from climate-friendly practices for sourcing raw materials

New IRENA report shows benefits of solar water heaters

Solar water heaters are not a new technology but with declining costs of renewable energy, solar has become especially attractive for water heating. An article on the IRENA website analyses the full range of benefits in developing domestic solar water heating industries.   How Solar Water Heaters Industry Benefits the Local Economy Heating and cooling … Continue reading New IRENA report shows benefits of solar water heaters

Tony Blair’s experts say achieving net zero does not require transforming our live

Tony Blair’s think tank, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, has recently published a report that states that meeting the net-zero goal – and our arguably more difficult interim targets in 2030 and 2035 – cannot rely on technology deployment alone. It will also require significant behavioural changes from consumers (and voters) across the … Continue reading Tony Blair’s experts say achieving net zero does not require transforming our live

New UNEP FI report examines how real estate markets respond to physical impacts of climate risk

A new report investigating the extent that real estate markets are pricing in risk from the physical impacts of climate change has been published this week. In line with increasing investor and regulator requests for forward-looking analyses of assets and portfolios, the authors sought to better understand the variables that can feed into financial modelling … Continue reading New UNEP FI report examines how real estate markets respond to physical impacts of climate risk

New report on cutting emissions through fossil fuel subsidy reform and taxation

Earlier this month, the latest IPCC report gave its starkest climate warning yet. As United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, this must sound a "death knell" for fossil fuels, starting with an end to new production and with shifting fossil fuel subsidies into renewable energy. The dire message comes amidst some reasons for hope. We … Continue reading New report on cutting emissions through fossil fuel subsidy reform and taxation

Coal power plants in the Western Balkans repeatedly breach pollution control rules

A report by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Bankwatch shows, how 18 coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans emitted twice as much sulfur dioxide than was released by 221 power plants in the EU in one year: 2019. This is in stark contrast to 2015, when emissions of … Continue reading Coal power plants in the Western Balkans repeatedly breach pollution control rules