Reviewing the issues in the upcoming Swiss referendum on energy

We get so involved in EU energy and climate policies that we often miss out on important developments in neighbouring countries. Le News provides a good assessment of the issues in the upcoming public vote in Switzerland to approve the draft energy act.   Some numbers behind the divisive Swiss vote on energy On 21 … Continue reading Reviewing the issues in the upcoming Swiss referendum on energy

Calls for embedding sustainable energy into Britain’s new industrial strategy

Everything it seems is now on the table as Britain tries to steer itself into a new post-EU world. It is no simple task. As the government prepares a new industrial strategy – once the election is over one assumes – many in the renewable energy world are calling for it to be a priority. … Continue reading Calls for embedding sustainable energy into Britain’s new industrial strategy

Norway’s low carbon strategy making progress but unlikely to meet 2020 target

Alister Doyle reports on the Reuter’s news service website that Norway is making progress in lowering its GHG emissions but it will not achieve its pledge under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord.   Norway says its greenhouse emissions to fall to 1990 levels by 2020 Norway's greenhouse gas emissions will fall to around 1990 levels by … Continue reading Norway’s low carbon strategy making progress but unlikely to meet 2020 target

China making good steps forward in the energy transition

Everyone is watching developments in China in promoting sustainable energy. Given the scale of economic growth that few of us can imagine, China knows only too well that it has to get on a more sustainable path. Rowan Callick, the China correspondent for The Australian, writes a good article about some of the important developments … Continue reading China making good steps forward in the energy transition

Philippines’ move towards sustainable energy

It is important to follow developments in other countries. Pete H. Maniego writes a well-documented article on the INQUIRER.net website from the Philippines about the country’s push on renewable energy.   Towards industrialization powered by renewable energy The Climate Change Commission (CCC) conducted a public consultation on its proposed Energy Policy Review Inception Report last … Continue reading Philippines’ move towards sustainable energy

New review of Poland’s energy policies

The International Energy Agency has recently published its 2016 review of Poland’s energy policies and programmes. Energy policy is complicated because of the country’s dependence on domestic coal. While Poland has made some progress on improving energy efficiency and installing renewable energy, it is obvious that much more is needed, even if the IEA’s executive … Continue reading New review of Poland’s energy policies

European Commission’s latest proposals for improving energy efficiency policies seems to be incurring the ire of the departing Brits

Fourteen months ago, there was global agreement to raise the ambition of our energy and climate policies in order to significantly reduce the impact of climate change. Improved energy efficiency was seen as a major element in meeting those goals. That was before Britain voted to leave the European Union. Now, Andrew Warren, Chairman of … Continue reading European Commission’s latest proposals for improving energy efficiency policies seems to be incurring the ire of the departing Brits

Ireland has recently launched a new interactive energy data portal

Good analysis needs good data. It is encouraging to see a new energy data portal has been launched in Ireland. Jim Scheer, Programme Manager at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) explains the recent developments.   Explore Ireland's Energy Use In the current age of fast paced and tweet sized communications, getting the message … Continue reading Ireland has recently launched a new interactive energy data portal

Assessing how decarbonisation is supported by the UK’s new industrial strategy

While many EiD readers are increasingly focusing on the clean energy package from the European Commission, there are other important policy developments happening in member states. This week the UK government published its industrial strategy. Paul Noble, a principle consultant in DNV GL’s Sustainable Energy Use Team, has written his views on the strategy in … Continue reading Assessing how decarbonisation is supported by the UK’s new industrial strategy

Wake up call to take our energy efficiency policies seriously

As always, Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, makes us think. The EU is revising its energy efficiency directives at a time when his country is in the midst of leaving the EU. But leaving the EU does not mean leaving the policies that matter to people, the environment and other economic … Continue reading Wake up call to take our energy efficiency policies seriously