Shale gas: four myths and a truth

E3G, the independent, non-profit organisation operating in the public interest to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development, has produced an important briefing note and infographic on shale gas. Some argue that the solution to rising energy prices and energy security concerns lies not in cutting demand for energy imports by improving energy efficiency whilst … Continue reading Shale gas: four myths and a truth

No time to delay . . .

Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Programme, is worried about any delays to a shift to a low carbon economy.  Suzanne Goldenberg writes in the Guardian about Steiner’s recent comments about is worry that transition fuels, including the rush for shale gas, will have a serious impact on the transition to renewables. Achim … Continue reading No time to delay . . .

Nicholas Stern answers . . .

For last week’s World Energy Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, Nicholas Stern, the economist and academic and author of the Stern Report on the economics of climate change, was asked several questions related to energy and climate policy by the UK’s Independent.   The Big Questions: Is fracking the answer to the UK’s energy needs? … Continue reading Nicholas Stern answers . . .

New Chatham House report on shale gas

Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House, a renowned think-tank on international affairs, recently published an excellent new report on shale gas in the UK. There have been several parliamentary inquiries into shale gas operations in the United Kingdom. The House of Commons Select Committee most recently reported in April 2013. In June 2013, the … Continue reading New Chatham House report on shale gas

Being irrational and “religious” in opposing fossil fuel development

The heat is being turned up in Britain to ensure that the country becomes a world leader in fossil fuel production from fracking.  Now, in an article by Patrick Wintour in the Guardian, the Prime Minister is saying that those opposing are irrational.  There can be a NIMBY attitude but it hardly seems to me … Continue reading Being irrational and “religious” in opposing fossil fuel development

Can energy efficiency policy learn from other energy supply options?

Kelly Smith of WegoWise explains in greentechefficiency the similarities between two very different industries.  It is not obvious that the energy efficiency community will want to take lessons from the shale gas industry but anything is possible.  It would be good to get the views of EiD readers. Three Lessons Energy Efficiency Can Borrow From … Continue reading Can energy efficiency policy learn from other energy supply options?

What you wanted to know about fracking but were afraid to ask

Bryan Burrough reviews a new book on fracking in the New York Times.  The book provides an excellent account of the ‘fracking revoluton’ that has turned energy policy in all directions.  ‘The Frackers’ and the Birth of an Energy Boom One could argue that, except for the Internet, the most important technological advance of the … Continue reading What you wanted to know about fracking but were afraid to ask

Putting environmental requirements on any shale gas development

The German Energy Blog writes about the European Parliament pushing for strict environmental regulations if fracking is to go ahead.  No doubt the interest in fracking is such that better policies are certainly required.  The European  Commission is currently assessing the framework for shale gas production in the EU and may well consider appropriate regulation.  … Continue reading Putting environmental requirements on any shale gas development