Renewable energy statistics are probably overstated because of the way biomass is counted in EU renewable energy statistics, especially when it is burned for heating

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has acknowledged “weaknesses” in how biomass energy is counted in national statistics after several EU countries reported a sudden increase in residential wood burning to meet their 2020 renewable energy goals. Frédéric Simon discusses the statistics in an article on the EURACTIV website.   Exposed: How EU countries use firewood … Continue reading Renewable energy statistics are probably overstated because of the way biomass is counted in EU renewable energy statistics, especially when it is burned for heating

Indonesia’s energy transition: a role for renewable energy?

Firdaus Cahyadi Indonesia Team Leader for the climate campaign group 350.org,, writes on the Mongabay website on the Indonesian government’s approach to renewable energy. Do any of you have experience in Indonesia? For readers not familiar with Mongabay, it is a nonprofit environmental science and conservation news platform that produces original reporting in English, Indonesian, Spanish, … Continue reading Indonesia’s energy transition: a role for renewable energy?

Blog from Jane Marsh: The Role of Ethanol in Renewable Fuels

Most people in the U.S. who drive a car use ethanol daily — a popular biofuel that has been in use in petroleum gasoline for decades. What role does it play in the future of energy as the U.S. pursues renewable energy technologies? Ethanol may be cleaner than fossil fuels, but new types of sustainable … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: The Role of Ethanol in Renewable Fuels

Even with all the bad news significant changes are underway that have the potential to create a more sustainable world

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University writes on The Conversation website about her views on the global shift to clean energy. Ms Kyte was the former CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.   How Putin’s war and small islands … Continue reading Even with all the bad news significant changes are underway that have the potential to create a more sustainable world

The fundamentals of distributed ledger technology to verify clean energy production are hugely significant

As accounting for energy use becomes increasingly sophisticated, there are directions in which this metric is evolving, including adopting blockchain. Gian Autenrieth, Co-Lead of D-REC Initiative, writes about renewable energy certificates and blockchain in an article on the Sustainability website.   Renewable energy certificates, the blockchain and the future What is a renewable energy certificate … Continue reading The fundamentals of distributed ledger technology to verify clean energy production are hugely significant

Cheaper solar panels could be on the way after a scientific breakthrough

Perovskite-based solar cells could be made with raw materials that cost less. Samuel Webb discusses latest developments in an article on The Independent website.   Solar panel breakthrough could lead to cheaper renewable energy Cheaper solar panels could be on the way after a scientific breakthrough. Using enhanced halide perovskite – a man-made material with … Continue reading Cheaper solar panels could be on the way after a scientific breakthrough

Less toxic, super-high capacity and ultra-long life battery developed in Australia

The sodium-sulphur batteries are far less toxic as they are made from sea water.  Anthony Cuthbertson discusses latest developments in an article on The Independent website.   Breakthrough battery holds 4x charge of smartphone batteries at fraction of the cost Researchers have created a new type of battery that holds four times the amount of … Continue reading Less toxic, super-high capacity and ultra-long life battery developed in Australia

IEA report finds unprecedented momentum In renewable energy sector

Huge bills due to oil and gas dependency trigger unprecedented momentum behind clean energy. Harry Cockburn discusses the report in an article on The Independent website. The report is available here.   Renewable energy rollout ‘turbocharged’ by global energy crisis, says IEA The energy crisis has "turbocharged" renewable projects around the world, with countries on … Continue reading IEA report finds unprecedented momentum In renewable energy sector

France’s energy transition needs more emphasis on renewable energy

France is losing €6-9 billion a year in gas imports because the country failed to meet its renewable energy goals agreed upon at the European level, according to a new think-tank study unveiled this week. Paul Messad discusses the report in an article on the Euractiv website.   Renewable energy delay is costing France billions: … Continue reading France’s energy transition needs more emphasis on renewable energy

New EEA publication on Europe’s commitments for sustainability and energy system from the perspective multiple, interconnected crises

The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) assessments have shown that Europe and world face unprecedented environment and climate challenges that require ambitious policy responses, such as the European Green Deal. Published recently, EEA Signals 2022 looks at Europe’s commitments for sustainability and energy system from the perspective multiple, interconnected crises.   Moving towards sustainability in times … Continue reading New EEA publication on Europe’s commitments for sustainability and energy system from the perspective multiple, interconnected crises