It is hard to be against a 40% energy savings target

It is hard to be against a 40% energy savings target

A timely report released this week by OpenExp provides evidence that all the arguments against 40% energy savings target are irrelevant! The report entitled “Clean Energy for All Europeans – Do the Commission’s Impact Assessments Assign the Right Role to Energy Efficiency?” is based on the Commission’s modelling results included in the EED and the … Continue reading

Latest developments in mitigation

Latest developments in mitigation

The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s SDG Knowledge Hub provides an update on mitigation efforts globally.   Mitigation Update: Countries Progress Towards Renewable Energy Targets, CDM Enhances Access for Electricity Projects Investments in renewable energy can be a way to simultaneously achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on affordable and clean energy (SDG 7) and … Continue reading

Blog from Silvia Zinetti: The Community Choice Energy model is gaining momentum in California. Can this knowledge be transferred to Europe?

Blog from Silvia Zinetti: The Community Choice Energy model is gaining momentum in California. Can this knowledge be transferred to Europe?

In my previous post I introduced the concept of Community Choice Energy (CCE) (1) business model and how cities and local governments in California are gaining momentum in leading the way towards sustainable energy transition at the local level. There is definitely an interesting situation. Contrary to what the federal government is doing, California is … Continue reading

Transferring fossil fuel subsidies to clean energy could yield major savings in dollars and GHG emissions

Transferring fossil fuel subsidies to clean energy could yield major savings in dollars and GHG emissions

A new report from the Nordic Council of Ministers finds that redirecting fossil fuel subsidies toward the clean energy transition could help climate vulnerable countries reap major savings while slashing greenhouse gas emissions. This is according to a study by the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and Gaia Consulting, “Making … Continue reading

New research report tracking coal subsidies in Europe

New research report tracking coal subsidies in Europe

We all have our concerns about the adverse effects of fossil fuel subsidies. Shelagh Whitley, Laurie van der Burg, Leah Worrall and Sejal Patel from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) write about their recent report reviewing coal subsidies.   Cutting Europe’s lifelines to coal: tracking subsidies in 10 countries This report reviews subsidies to coal … Continue reading

G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit launched

G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit launched

The G20 is taking our sustainable development seriously. An important area is energy and in the past few years the G20 has shown leadership by, in part, approving an energy efficiency action plan. That has unleashed and expanded a range of activities. The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency (IPEEC) Secretariat oversees and coordinates the G20’s … Continue reading