Green mortgages and the role these products have in driving change

Ana Bajri, head of sustainability at Countrywide Surveying Services, in an article on the Mortgage Finance Gazette website, discusses convening an expert panel on our latest webinar to discuss green mortgages and the role these products have in driving change. What are your views on green mortgages?   Blog: Green mortgages - carrot or stick? … Continue reading Green mortgages and the role these products have in driving change

European Climate Foundation explains the bewildering different approaches to taxonomies

ECF Strategic Communications Manager/Sustainable Finance, Alba Málaga Homs, provides a helpful communication to sort through national approaches to what counts as green finance.   While the European Union considers adopting a sustainable finance taxonomy that classifies fossil gas as a green investment, Russia and China have stepped forward and recently adopted more ambitious initiatives that exclude all … Continue reading European Climate Foundation explains the bewildering different approaches to taxonomies

Fossil fuel industry repositioning itself as a “carbon management industry”

The fossil fuel industry is now shifting to a new strategy: presenting itself as the source of solutions. This repositioning includes rebranding itself as a “carbon management industry.” This strategic pivot was on display at the recent COP26 in Glasgow. June Sekera, Senior Research Fellow, Visiting Scholar at The New School and Neva Goodwin, Co-Director, … Continue reading Fossil fuel industry repositioning itself as a “carbon management industry”

The pros and cons of pulling the shipping industry into the EU’s emissions trading scheme

Andrew Warren, former special advisor to the House of Commons environment select committee, explores the EU Commission's ambition to include European shipping in its emissions trading scheme in an article first published on the Business Green website.   Tax or trade: Is the EU's emissions trading scheme the best way to tackle CO2 from shipping? … Continue reading The pros and cons of pulling the shipping industry into the EU’s emissions trading scheme

Circular economy: no silver bullet but the benefits could be significant

Tim Schauenberg writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the issues relating to moving to a circular economy. What are your views?   Circular economy: Could rethinking design transform the world? Some argue that switching to a "circular economy" is crucial when it comes to climate protection and sustainability. But what would it entail? And … Continue reading Circular economy: no silver bullet but the benefits could be significant

Heat pumps will be the cheapest green heating option for consumers

The urgency of the challenge to mitigate the climate crisis will force all of us to change how we heat our homes: away from polluting sources like gas to greener and more efficient alternatives. According to a new study released by BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation) this week, heat pumps will be the cheapest green … Continue reading Heat pumps will be the cheapest green heating option for consumers

To meet long-term carbon emissions targets, we must stop demolishing buildings should start using the carbon spent in the past to avoid the emission of more in the present

Meeting net zero targets for buildings, an entirely new approach is needed. Charles Gillott, PhD student in Engineering at University of Sheffield, in an article on The Conversation website, says we must stop demolishing buildings and replacing them with new ones. What are your views?   We have reusable cups, bags and bottles: so why … Continue reading To meet long-term carbon emissions targets, we must stop demolishing buildings should start using the carbon spent in the past to avoid the emission of more in the present

Global energy storage installations expecting big growth

A news item on the renews.biz website shows that energy storage is going to have a major increase over the next decade.   Global storage market ‘set for boom’ Global energy storage installations will reach a cumulative 358GW by the end of 2030, according to the latest forecast from research company BloombergNEF (BNEF). BNEF forecasts … Continue reading Global energy storage installations expecting big growth

China will implement a new set of energy consumption benchmarks for the nation’s energy-intensive industries from next year, giving owners three years to comply or shut down

Undoubtedly, China has had to find ways to significantly decarbonise. The minimum efficiency standards appear to take an aim at steel and cement producers and aluminium smelters. Yujie Xue writes on the South China Morning Post website about latest developments.   China sets efficiency benchmarks for power-hungry industries to meet net-zero goal, hitting shares of … Continue reading China will implement a new set of energy consumption benchmarks for the nation’s energy-intensive industries from next year, giving owners three years to comply or shut down

Five key elements to watch over the coming year as countries move forward on their climate promises

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University writes on The Conversation website about what it will take to make commitments at the Glasgow climate talks achievable. What are your views?   After COP26, the hard work begins on making climate promises real: 5 things to watch in 2022 How much the world … Continue reading Five key elements to watch over the coming year as countries move forward on their climate promises