Concerns about EU Innovation Fund not advancing European renewable energy technology

Several European renewable energy associations have united to call for changes to the EU’s Innovation Fund as its award criteria ‘puts renewable energy projects at a structural disadvantage’. Amir Garanovic discusses in an article on the offshore energy website.   Renewable energy industry losing confidence in EU’s Innovation Fund Associations – including Ocean Energy Europe, … Continue reading Concerns about EU Innovation Fund not advancing European renewable energy technology

Germany “pulling out all the stops to become less dependent on Russian energy” by giving greater focus to energy efficiency

The German government wants to fast-track energy efficiency measures and the move away from fossil fuels in industry. It has recently published its new work plan. Nikolaus J. Kurmayer discusses recent developments in an article on the EURACTIV website. What are your views?   Germany presents energy efficiency ‘work plan’ to reduce fossil fuel demand … Continue reading Germany “pulling out all the stops to become less dependent on Russian energy” by giving greater focus to energy efficiency

Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool – the investor-state dispute settlement – that could jeopardise worldwide efforts to protect the climate

If you do a search on the EiD website for the Energy Charter, you will see many posts that show the Energy Charter Treaty could undermine efforts of the Paris climate agreement. Rachel Thrasher, Law Lecturer and Researcher at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center, Boston University; Blake Alexander Simmons, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in … Continue reading Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool – the investor-state dispute settlement – that could jeopardise worldwide efforts to protect the climate

New UN group to scrutinise companies’ pledges to cut planet-heating GHG emissions

Saphora Smith writes on the Independent website about a new UN group set up to tackle greenwashing. The chair of the new group, Catherine McKenna, says: ‘I believe that most people want to do the right thing but they have to pushed.’ Hopefully this group will have some real impact.   ‘Transparency is the best … Continue reading New UN group to scrutinise companies’ pledges to cut planet-heating GHG emissions

Johnson Controls publishes its latest annual energy efficiency indicator survey

This week Johnson Controls released its latest survey which revealed that 62 percent of organisations surveyed expect to increase investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, or smart building technology in 2022, indicating a return to pre-pandemic levels.     Johnson Controls Annual Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey Reveals Investments in Sustainability have Rebounded to Pre-Pandemic Levels, … Continue reading Johnson Controls publishes its latest annual energy efficiency indicator survey

If ESG is to live up to its potential, we’re still a long way from making it meaningful

In an article on The Conversation website, Marc Lepere, PhD Candidate in Political Economy at King's College London discusses many of the concerns about the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) label. Fortunately, there is hope for the future.   Green investing: the global system for rating companies’ ethical credentials is meaningless As the war in Ukraine … Continue reading If ESG is to live up to its potential, we’re still a long way from making it meaningful

Maintaining liveability in future cities will depend on institutions that are able to recognise the needs and capacities of informal settlement dwellers

With a billion of the world’s most climate-vulnerable people living in informal settlements, we need to find ways to help them because the scale of the climate change challenge is such that communities can no longer deliver adaptation alone. Vanesa Castán Broto, Professor of Climate Urbanism at the University of Sheffield; Emmanuel Osuteye, Lecturer in … Continue reading Maintaining liveability in future cities will depend on institutions that are able to recognise the needs and capacities of informal settlement dwellers

Review of G20 fiscal stimulus spending counters many countries’ green pledges to ‘build back better’

Fiona Harvey gives us a wake up call to pay more attention to so-called green financing in an article on The Guardian website. Only about 6% of pandemic recovery spending has been “green”, an analysis of the $14tn that G20 countries have poured into economic stimulus.   Only 6% of G20 pandemic recovery spending ‘green’, … Continue reading Review of G20 fiscal stimulus spending counters many countries’ green pledges to ‘build back better’

Irish government launches the National Retrofitting Scheme

The Irish government recently approved a package of supports to make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to undertake home energy upgrades, for warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes, with lower energy bills. The measures address barriers to undertaking energy upgrades (retrofits) reported by homeowners and those working in the industry. They also reflect the step-change needed – in … Continue reading Irish government launches the National Retrofitting Scheme

The price of European carbon allowances (EUAs) is not yet high enough to drive structural decarbonisation

With high energy prices dominating the political agenda and politicians in certain EU member states training their sights on the bloc's carbon market, there is one salient fact being missed in all the hubbub: ETS emissions likely increased by 6% in 2021, and are set to rise further again this year. Self-evidently, this means that … Continue reading The price of European carbon allowances (EUAs) is not yet high enough to drive structural decarbonisation