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Reducing building construction emissions


Building and construction are responsible for 39% of all global carbon emissions. Energy to heat, cool and light buildings accounts for 28% of emissions, with the remaining 11% from embodied carbon, emissions associated with materials and construction processes. The Green Building Council, backed by companies such as HeidelbergCement, Skanska, a construction group, and Google, has issued a report showing how carbon emissions could be eliminated throughout the whole building lifecycle, but warns change will not happen without a radical shift in how industry works together

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China leads renewable jobs table


Renewable energy employed 11 million people at the end of 2018, according to the sixth edition of the Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2019 by the International Renewable Energy Agency. Thirty-nine of all renewable energy jobs were in China, and 32% of renewable energy jobs were held by women, says the report. Solar photovoltaic (PV) remained the top employer among renewable energy technologies in 2018, comprising a third of the sector’s jobs. Asia hosted over three million PV jobs, nearly nine-tenths of the global total

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Bumpy road ahead for oil


Introducing the concept of Energy Return on Capital Invested (EROCI), this report from BNP Paribas looks at the economics of oil versus renewables for road transport and warns the rapid decarbonisation of the utility sector — and resultant stranded fossil fuel-based assets — should serve as a warning to the oil industry. Renewables combined with electric vehicles yield six to seven times more energy than a similar outlay on oil for gasoline-powered light-duty vehicles and three to four times more than diesel-powered vehicles

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Jochen Kreusel

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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.

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

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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.

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