Biomass support threatens clean energy transition

Over stimulation of biomass-fired combined heat and power and insufficient control of the sustainability of the raw material is leading Denmark in the wrong direction on clean energy, warns the country’s council on climate change

FORESIGHT Climate & Energy Spring / Summer 2018

The Nordic countries are right to be proud of their leadership in the energy transition and to want to share their achievements with the world. The energy transformation is a monumental challenge and progress everywhere is still far too slow if the global temperature rise is to be kept to below levels agreed in the international climate deal signed in Paris in 2015. With this in mind, we encourage even those at the forefront of the transformation to look outside their borders for inspiration. We trust that FORESIGHT will spark conversations and galvanise action for change.

We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

Building tomorrow, today

Energy efficiency is the planet’s first fuel. Energy we don’t consume is cheaper, cleaner and more abundant than any other source. Insulating our buildings may seem an obvious way to save energy, but Rockwool Group’s Mirella Vitale warns that without ambitious long-term policy goals, society will fail to reap the full potential of energy efficient buildings

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FORESIGHT Climate & Energy Spring/Summer 2018

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California shows the way forward on energy efficiency

The US state of California is setting an example for others to follow on energy saving policies, explains Andrew McAllister, lead commissioner for energy efficiency at the California Energy Commission

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Boosting the cool factor of energy efficiency

Exciting new technology, equipment and greater political will help boost the image of energy efficiency, a vital tool in reducing emissions, says Jennifer Layke, US-based Global Director of the Energy Programme at the World Resources Institute

European businesses ready to invest in energy efficiency

Smoothing the way to energy efficient policies

Hurricanes wiped out Puerto Rico’s power grid, creating an opportunity to rebuild with cleaner modern technologies. But financial and institutional barriers stand in the way15/May/2018

Puerto Rico struggles back from the brink


Giving local initiatives global impact

Hawaii bets on solar power09/May/2018

Hawaii bets on solar power