Big business and the energy transition

Big business and the energy transition

Jesse Barron writes a long article on the New York Times website about how big business is hedging its bets in the energy transition. It will take you a few minutes but it is worth reading. How Big Business Is Hedging Against the Apocalypse Rex Tillerson stood under a 32-foot pipe organ at the Morton … Continue reading

Latest on Germany’s energy transition

Latest on Germany’s energy transition

Germany could fall 10 points short of a deadline to cut emissions by 40% from 1990 levels. Austin Davis and Jens Thurau write on the Deutsche Welle website about latest developments.   Lofty goals of German ‘climate cabinet’ met with scepticism Germany’s “climate cabinet” convenes as protests grow, fines for noncompliance loom and political impasses … Continue reading

The impact of energy performance certificates

The impact of energy performance certificates

What is your experience with EPCs? Ten years after their introduction DECs and EPCs provide a fascinating snapshot of the state of the UK’s building stock even if compliance is still far from perfect. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, explains in an article in the April 2019 issue of Energy in … Continue reading

The environmental cost of streaming music

The environmental cost of streaming music

You have probably never thought of your carbon footprint when listening to music. Matt Brennan, Reader in Popular Music at the University of Glasgow and Kyle Devine, Associate Professor in Musicology at the University of Oslo analyse the carbon footprint of music streaming compared to “traditional” records and CDs in an article on The Conversation … Continue reading

There is an extraordinary opportunity for the IEA to step up its leadership in the low-carbon energy transition

There is an extraordinary opportunity for the IEA to step up its leadership in the low-carbon energy transition

EiD was pleased to read the letter signed by investors/scientists and sent to Dr. Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Prior to this letter, in 2018 EiD published a post which compares the energy demand in the 2018 Efficient World Scenario included in the IEA’s flagship energy efficiency publication entitled … Continue reading

Tracing our fossil fuel use

Tracing our fossil fuel use

Simon Pirani, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford explains how difficult it is to trace our use of fossil fuels in an article on The Conversation website. What do you think?   Why it’s so hard to trace the patterns of unsustainable fossil fuel use Our future depends on a transition away … Continue reading

Is innovative new “transparent wood” eco-friendly?

Is innovative new “transparent wood” eco-friendly?

Scientists have developed a new material that could replace plastic or glass in construction of energy-efficient homes.  Nicola Davis explains in an article in The Guardian. What are your views?   Scientists invent ‘transparent wood’ in search for eco-friendly building material In an era of glass and steel construction, wood may seem old-school. But now … Continue reading