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

New EEA briefing on potential for increasing recycling across Europe

New EEA briefing on potential for increasing recycling across Europe

There is significant potential to increase recycling across Europe for municipal, construction and electronic waste according to a European Environment Agency briefing released this week. Compared to current recycled amounts, this potential can double recycling for municipal and electronic waste and increase it by 30 % for construction and demolition waste.   Doubling recycling across … Continue reading

New EEA briefing on importance of extending lifetime of electronics

New EEA briefing on importance of extending lifetime of electronics

Extending the lifetime and delaying obsolescence of electronics can significantly reduce their environmental and climate impacts and contribute to meeting the European Union’s (EU) environment, climate and circular economy objectives. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week, smartphones, televisions, washing machines and vacuum cleaners all are used on average for shorter … Continue reading

As the world confronts a changing climate, India is a crucial unknown, and its decisions could either doom efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions — or jump-start them

As the world confronts a changing climate, India is a crucial unknown, and its decisions could either doom efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions — or jump-start them

Joanna Slater writes on the Washington Post website about the crucial role India plays in our global low-carbon future. What do you think?   Can India chart a low-carbon future? The world might depend on it. Dusk was falling as Sadanand Jha drove his electric three-wheeler through the streets of this north Indian city, passing … Continue reading

Australia’s energy market is outdated and that’s holding back the transition to renewable energy

Australia’s energy market is outdated and that’s holding back the transition to renewable energy

Reform would help create a modern grid designed around clean energy, pushing coal-fired generators to retire earlier writes Daniel J Cass, Research Affiliate, Sydney Business School at the University of Sydney in an article on The Conversation website.   Energy giants want to thwart reforms that would help renewables and lower power bills Australia’s energy … Continue reading

French citizens of the citizens’ convention for the climate propose a new model to “profoundly change society” in order to respond to the climate crisis

French citizens of the citizens’ convention for the climate propose a new model to “profoundly change society” in order to respond to the climate crisis

150 volunteers participated in the Citizens’ Convention on the Climate in France. They must now debate and vote on each of their proposals, which include amending the Constitution and the allowing use of referendums, as well as deciding on how to fund their measures. Audrey Garric and Rémi Barroux explain latest developments in an article … Continue reading