Government-appointed commission is to take responsibility for planning the Germany’s exit from coal

No one said the energy transition would be easy. Germany, which has taken many steps forward in its low-carbon energy transition, still has much to do. No other country burns as much lignite as Germany. The government has appointed 31 individuals, including trade unionists, employers, scientists, environmentalists and people who live in areas where coal … Continue reading Government-appointed commission is to take responsibility for planning the Germany’s exit from coal

Some setbacks in China’s transition away from coal

Northern countries in Europe and North America have had their own issues to deal with in the transition away from coal. It is far from simple. Steven Lee Myers writes in the New York Times about some of the issues dogging the transition in China.   In China’s Coal Country, a Ban Brings Blue Skies … Continue reading Some setbacks in China’s transition away from coal

Energy transition in China shows way forward to reduce dependence on coal

Leanna Garfield writes on the Business Insider website about a new megaproject in China that will significantly reduce its use of coal.   China’s latest energy megaproject shows that coal really is on the way out China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In several cities, thick layers of smog are … Continue reading Energy transition in China shows way forward to reduce dependence on coal

The energy transition in Africa has some concerns

We have read many articles recently about the deployment of renewable energy technologies in Africa but we also have to appreciate that countries such as China are investing heavily in coal plants. David Obura, Adjunct Fellow from the University of Queensland, writes about concerns about the overall environmental impact.   The environmental impact of a … Continue reading The energy transition in Africa has some concerns

Sustainable energy transition developments in conservative county in Virginia

While the Trump Administration is doing what it can to promote coal over more sustainable options, it is encouraging to read this editorial on the Roanoke Times website. Read it carefully. It is impressive what is going on throughout the US.   Editorial: Here's the real war on coal The Botetourt County School Board recently … Continue reading Sustainable energy transition developments in conservative county in Virginia

Analysis based on “pure fantasy” to compare coal and renewable energy costs

Australia, a major resource producer, has been struggling to determine its future path in a sustainable energy future. Giles Parkinson writes on the reneweconomy website that the battle continues over the estimated future costs between coal and renewable energy. No doubt we have not heard the end of this. No one said the transition would … Continue reading Analysis based on “pure fantasy” to compare coal and renewable energy costs

Reviewing Germany’s efforts to reduce dependence on coal

Everyone is watching the efforts underway in Germany to move to a low carbon economy. Irene Banos Ruiz writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the challenges to move away from using coal.   How far is Germany from a complete coal exit? Germany's ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plans are facing a major obstacle: an … Continue reading Reviewing Germany’s efforts to reduce dependence on coal

Coal still increasingly important in China

The energy transition is underway in China but as Keith Bradsher writes in the New York Times, “The revival of coal production shows the flaws in the country’s half-finished evolution from central planning to the free market.” Mr. Bradsher provides a good account of what is happening in the country.   Despite Climate Change Vow, … Continue reading Coal still increasingly important in China