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Europe’s sleeping giant is waking up

A country with significant renewables potential and one of the fastest-growing heat pump markets worldwide, Poland’s energy transition is being hampered by a stubborn coal fleet and grid limitations. A growing level of support and investment among the general public may help ease its path

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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

Invest in buildings and not more stranded fossil-fuel assets

Europe’s search for alternative gas supplies fails to recognise what this energy crisis really is: a fossil fuels crisis. Investing in costly, stranded fossil-fuel assets is the exact opposite of our way out of the multifaceted emergency we are in, says Eva Brardinelli at Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe)

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How to update a carbon market

The EU's emissions trading system is the world's largest carbon market and will soon get even bigger when reformed rules come into play. This week we get an insider take on the updated ETS from one of the negotiators that helped write the new rules

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Understanding digitalisation

In episode one of Energy Enablers, Siemens Smart Infrastructure's Matthias Rebellius discusses the role digital products can play in advancing the energy transition

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Mineralisation trials seek business case of storing carbon as rock

Once carbon has been captured, the next piece of the puzzle is storing it. One option being explored in Iceland is to mineralise the carbon so it forms as solid rock below the ground—providing a more permanent storage solution. With the growth of carbon markets around the world, the finances behind this plan are also looking solid

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Insurance’s unspoken role in the transition to net-zero

Following COP27, the climate conversation is very much turning towards implementation. Insurance markets have a double role to play here, says Charlie Langdale from international insurance broker Howden

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Introducing: Energy Enablers

Introducing the Energy Enablers podcast, a new series from FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, which will speak to experts who are making a difference in the race to a decarbonised economy

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Vietnam’s e-mobility sector needs more government attention

Vietnam’s mobility sector is beginning to gain momentum but will soon hit the buffers unless national charging infrastructure can emerge

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Shocks that people can see and feel are the most powerful drivers of change

Consumers are more engaged in their energy use. Now is the time to leverage this desire to cut demand and support the grid in a flexible and rewarding way, says Lucy Yu from the Centre for Net Zero

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Renewables sector linked to modern slavery abuses

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Evidence has emerged linking supply chains for renewable energy products to modern slavery and human rights abuses, says a new report by the Clean Energy Council of Australia and law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Abuses most often occur in the later tiers of the supply chain and are hard to document. The main points of exposure include the manufacture of components and the extraction of raw materials. In some instances, such as producing polysilicon, a key component in solar panels, the primary market that uses the product linked to modern slavery is renewable energy. In other cases, renewable energy is just one of many end users.

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G7 have green hydrogen advantage

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The consumption of hydrogen by G7 countries could grow seven-fold by 2050, says the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). G7 countries could be front-runners in low-carbon and green hydrogen deployment because of access to capital, presence of heavy industry, availability of renewables, existing local green hydrogen industry and technical know-how. Continuously low renewable power costs have made green hydrogen an attractive option for hard-to-abate sectors like chemical production, steelmaking, long-haul aviation and shipping, says IRENA.

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Cut fossil fuel support to fund decarbonisation

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Cutting fossil fuel subsidies will free up more cash for the energy transition. Over $1 trillion of external finance needs to be mobilised by 2030 to support the decarbonisation efforts of emerging markets and developing countries, except China. Total annual investment needs for these countries is estimated to be $1 trillion in 2025 and $2.4 trillion by 2030. Reducing fossil-fuel subsidies would free up fiscal space and improve incentives for private investment created by instruments such as carbon tax mechanisms.

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