How can historic buildings become more energy efficient while conserving their heritage values?

Renovating to improve energy efficiency of historic buildings while also preserving them for the future is not easy. Petra Eriksson in a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and Uppsala University did her doctoral thesis presented a method taking a holistic approach to the assessment of both potential energy savings and management of the buildings' … Continue reading How can historic buildings become more energy efficient while conserving their heritage values?

New report by the World Meteorological Organisation warns 1.5℃ limit may be exceeded by 2024

We all have to be concerned that global warming is increasing faster than expected. While we are not doing that great a job addressing the Paris Climate Agreement, there is growing evidence that we have to take action even more urgently. Pep Canadell, Chief research scientist, Climate Science Centre, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere; and Executive … Continue reading New report by the World Meteorological Organisation warns 1.5℃ limit may be exceeded by 2024

How GHG emissions can be lowered for shipping

It seems so logical but a recent study shows the significant impact on reducing GHG emissions inshipping simply by sailing slower. Josh Barrie explains in an article on the i news website. Even the Dutch are now having speeds reduced for vehicles on motorways.   Making ships go 20% slower could cut greenhouse gases and … Continue reading How GHG emissions can be lowered for shipping

Hélène Connor Lajambe, we’ll miss you

It is with great sadness that Energy in Demand announces the passing of Hélène Connor Lajambe, recipient of the 2012 Légion d'Honneur (France) in recognition of her four decades of visionary work in promoting environmental protection, sustainable energy and participatory governance. Hélène was returning from a trip to Tibet – a life-long dream – when … Continue reading Hélène Connor Lajambe, we’ll miss you

In Germany the Energy Avant-Garde Anhalt shows its commitment to a sustainable energy future

It is encouraging to see some of the sustainability efforts underway. In Sachsen-Anhalt, one of the former Eastern German Länder, here is one group of very engaged people that deserves more attention. They come from various backgrounds – citizens, research institutes, municipal energy companies – has a goal of pushing “a socially just energy transition … Continue reading In Germany the Energy Avant-Garde Anhalt shows its commitment to a sustainable energy future

Analysing Britain’s Energy Performance Certificates

An Everest study analyses 15,623,536 home Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) across the country to reveal the best and worst rated areas for energy efficiency. It is explained in an article on the Open Access Government website.   Revealed: The best and worst areas for energy efficiency Britain’s houses are some of the oldest and coldest … Continue reading Analysing Britain’s Energy Performance Certificates

How First Nations in Canada are addressing climate change – “This is power to the people — literally and metaphorically”

Sandeep Pai, an award-winning investigative journalist and researcher and Savannah Carr-Wilson who works in the field of environmental and Aboriginal law in British Columbia, have written an article on TheTyee.ca about the low-carbon actions of T’Sou-ke First Nation. Hopefully this is an inspiration to many others.   Towards ‘Total Transition’: How One First Nation ‘Took … Continue reading How First Nations in Canada are addressing climate change – “This is power to the people — literally and metaphorically”

In advance of publication from UN climate science panel, one expert raises concerns about public apathy

Leo Barasi, author of The Climate Majority: Apathy and Action in an Age of Nationalism, published by New Internationalist, writes in the Guardian about the effect of public apathy concerning climate change. As he writes: “Persuading people to cut down on things they enjoy for the sake of the climate might seem impossible.”  However, we … Continue reading In advance of publication from UN climate science panel, one expert raises concerns about public apathy