Pension funds in UK being urged in a new campaign to invest the nation’s savings to help fight the climate emergency

Pension funds in UK being urged in a new campaign to invest the nation’s savings to help fight the climate emergency

In an initiative launched by celebrity film director Richard Curtis and ex-Bank of England governor Mark Carney there is a new campaign to get pension funds to support investments in climate change. Tanya Jefferies explains in an article on the Thisismoney website. Are we seeing similar developments in other countries?   Mark Carney and Comic … Continue reading

The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

We have developed complex codes, regulations and guidelines to achieve goals such as structural safety, fire safety, adequate ventilation and energy efficiency, and to anticipate extreme scenarios such as 100-year floods. The question for architects now is whether and how the 100-year viral pandemic will change architectural design and building operations. This is the challenge … Continue reading

Housing retrofits must be the ‘number one investment priority’ for the UK’s post-Covid-19 recovery, as lockdown confines Britons to overheating homes

Housing retrofits must be the ‘number one investment priority’ for the UK’s post-Covid-19 recovery, as lockdown confines Britons to overheating homes

Madeleine Cuff writes about the vulnerability of British homes but the same can be said for many countries. What are your views?   Lockdown has revealed ‘vulnerability’ of UK homes to climate threat, government advisers say As the country bakes under a heatwave, the Government’s climate advisers have warned British homes are ill-prepared to cope … Continue reading

China’s energy transition still dominated by coal

China’s energy transition still dominated by coal

The enormous expansion of coal-fired generation already underway does inevitably mean that, throughout China’s regions, there are now more vested interests likely to be distinctly antipathetic to any swift moves to decarbonise the Chinese economy further. Andrew Warren, former special advisor to the House of Commons environment select committee explains in an article on the … Continue reading

A carbon reduction incentive could neutralise the current opposition to carbon taxes while reducing carbon-intensive activities in a much more targeted and fair way

A carbon reduction incentive could neutralise the current opposition to carbon taxes while reducing carbon-intensive activities in a much more targeted and fair way

The accomplishments of carbon taxes over the last decade have been underwhelming. What if, instead of making fuel and other commodities and services more expensive, we used a financial incentive to make technologies that help reduce emissions – such as solar, wind and geothermal energy – more affordable? Sumedha Basu, PhD Candidate in Sustainability at … Continue reading

Blog from Silvia Zinetti: How Community Choice Aggregation empowers communities to increase sustainable energy: Key findings from the feasibility study in Arlington County, Virginia

Blog from Silvia Zinetti: How Community Choice Aggregation empowers communities to increase sustainable energy: Key findings from the feasibility study in Arlington County, Virginia

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) has been discussed in previous EiD posts. This innovative business model is gaining popularity in several states in the U.S. as a tool to support cities to increase sustainable energy and achieve their climate goals. In particular, cities in California have been able to fully embrace the opportunity and many have … Continue reading