Nanoparticles producing hydrogen could dissolve plastic waste mountain

Everyone is trying to figure out what we can do with all the plastic we use and dispose. Cahal Milmo writes on the i news website about a new scientific breakthrough that could have discarded plastic used as a fuel for hydrogen-powered vehicles.   Waste plastic could be used to fuel cars using recycling technique … Continue reading Nanoparticles producing hydrogen could dissolve plastic waste mountain

Small Greek island to become first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power

The first time in Greece, I was amazed how little solar and wind power were used. Now, the energy transition is truly underway. A news item from Associated Press on the CBC website explains about the latest developments on the island of Tilos. If any of you have been there, please let us know what … Continue reading Small Greek island to become first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power

Can we stay cool sustainably? Cooling devices are critical for millions of people worldwide but they are also big contributors to global warming

Irene Banos Ruiz discusses in an article on the Deutsche Welle website about the issues relating to cooling more sustainably than we are now.   How to prevent cooling from warming up the world Cooling devices are critical for millions of people worldwide, particularly with rising temperatures. But while such appliances save lives, they're also … Continue reading Can we stay cool sustainably? Cooling devices are critical for millions of people worldwide but they are also big contributors to global warming

Cities need to focus on facilitating the energy transition, not focus on 100 per cent renewables

Hundreds of cities are now committing themselves to be 100 per cent on renewables at specified times in the future.  Kirby Calvert argues on the Policy Options website that the target is a simple and positive message, but it can unnecessarily confuse the public, fostering a false sense that this market transformation can be driven … Continue reading Cities need to focus on facilitating the energy transition, not focus on 100 per cent renewables

We must take a global view of fair trade in energy, which is conscious of the true cost of our low to zero-carbon technologies

As renewable energy becomes more mainstream, it is necessary to see all aspects of its exploitation. David Flynn, Professor, Embedded Intelligence in Energy Systems, Merlinda Andoni, Research Associate and Valentin Robu, Associate Professor, Smart Systems Group, all from Heriot-Watt University raise an important sustainability issue in an article on The Conversation website. While the energy … Continue reading We must take a global view of fair trade in energy, which is conscious of the true cost of our low to zero-carbon technologies

How we can ensure better energy access for the world’s poorest

Meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals was never going to be easy. There is growing concern that SDG7 concerning energy access is significantly not meeting its targets. Ruth Valerio writes on the Climate Home News website that just 1% of funding for energy access goes to decentralised energy, but it’s the only hope for delivering … Continue reading How we can ensure better energy access for the world’s poorest

Using cultural analysis to explain the dynamics in our energy systems

Decision-making is not easy but we often start from a bias one way or another. Dave Toke, Reader in Energy Policy at the University of Aberdeen, provides a very thoughtful article on The Conversation website about the importance of our biases in the various technologies we tend to support in our energy system. What are … Continue reading Using cultural analysis to explain the dynamics in our energy systems

Blog by Silvia Zinetti: Initial impressions of the sustainable energy scene in Washington D.C. under the current administration

When I moved to Washington D.C. last September I was thrilled by the idea of living in the Capital of the United States. At the same time I had some concerns regarding the sustainable energy scene and how the current federal policy and cutbacks would affect the industry. During the past few months I found … Continue reading Blog by Silvia Zinetti: Initial impressions of the sustainable energy scene in Washington D.C. under the current administration