Governments seeking to protect their citizens medically and economically in the short term should also look to the long term and protect the environment

Economists at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says efforts to counteract the Covid-19 pandemic create an opportunity to “tilt to green” the large-scale recovery spending being pledged, making it a key accelerator towards a low-carbon economy. Vanora Bennett explains in an article on the EBRD website.   Spending to counteract coronavirus creates … Continue reading Governments seeking to protect their citizens medically and economically in the short term should also look to the long term and protect the environment

IEA welcomes Luxembourg’s ambitions to shift to a low-carbon economy

In its latest in-depth review of Luxembourg’s energy policies, the IEA notes that Luxembourg faces challenges in achieving its energy objectives but welcomes their approach. These are described in an article by the Newsroom on the Modern Diplomacy website.   IEA support Luxembourg’s ambitious energy transition goals Luxembourg is targeting a sharp reduction in emissions … Continue reading IEA welcomes Luxembourg’s ambitions to shift to a low-carbon economy

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia scored poorly in terms of energy transition readiness

All countries need to review their policies to ensure they are on the right path for the low-carbon energy transition. Fadhila El Discha writes on the ASEAN Post website that Indonesia has much to do to reach the levels of readiness of their regional neighbours.   Indonesia needs a better clean energy policy While ASEAN … Continue reading In Southeast Asia, Indonesia scored poorly in terms of energy transition readiness

The debate in Australia now turns towards the pros and cons of setting a long-term net zero emissions target for 2050

The summer of climate disasters in Australia has led to people seriously reflecting on how to address the situation. Richard Denniss, chief economist at the Australia Institute, writes in The Guardian that there are 30 years to solve the hard problems, but no time to avoid the easy solutions.   Putting the 'net' into net-zero … Continue reading The debate in Australia now turns towards the pros and cons of setting a long-term net zero emissions target for 2050

How smart hot water heaters can help South Africa’s energy transition

An estimated 5.4 million electric water heaters in South African homes and public buildings use around 40 GWh of energy per day, requiring 12% of operational capacity from the electricity grid at peak times. MJ (Thinus) Booysen, Associate Professor at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department at Stellenbosch University explains the benefits of smart water … Continue reading How smart hot water heaters can help South Africa’s energy transition

SMEs and the low carbon energy transition

While large businesses have more possibilities to make the low carbon energy transition, Ariel Edesess, Postdoctoral Researcher in Low Carbon Technology at Liverpool John Moores University explains in an article on The Conversation website about the difficulties facing SMEs to do the same. What are your views?   Why some green policies can actually harm … Continue reading SMEs and the low carbon energy transition

Decarbonisation of the power grid is not enough to enable the UK to hit net zero carbon targets

Brendan Coyne writes on the Energy Tryst about a new study by the UK Green Building Council that offices will have to cut energy use by almost two thirds to enable the UK to hit net zero carbon targets. Are these findings in other countries as well? Offices ‘should cut energy use 60 per cent … Continue reading Decarbonisation of the power grid is not enough to enable the UK to hit net zero carbon targets

Coal phase out in Germany runs into problems

Germany plans to phase out coal power by 2038. The embattled Hambach Forest is now protected, but some villages will still have to make way for the last open-pit mines. Activists and local residents are appalled. Karin Jäger and Gero Rueter explain in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Hambach Forest: Germany's sluggish … Continue reading Coal phase out in Germany runs into problems

It will not be possible to meet climate goals without immediate and durable action on building fossil fuel use

Mark Silberg writes on the Rocky Mountain Institute website that the US has to change its attitude towards using fossil fuels in buildings if there is any  hope to meeting long-term climate goals. While this is about the US, no doubt this is equally true globally. What are your views?   Fossil Gas Has No … Continue reading It will not be possible to meet climate goals without immediate and durable action on building fossil fuel use

Calls in Hungary for climate and energy policy reform

Zsófia Végh writes on the Budapest Business Journal website climate and energy policy reforms are needed in Hungary. To start with, Hungarian energy strategy needs to be dealt with in the context of climate policy and economic development. There is also a need to accelerate decarbonisation. What are your views?   Efficient Climate and Energy … Continue reading Calls in Hungary for climate and energy policy reform