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Digitalisation is revolutionising district energy

Revolution is a big word, but it is appropriate to describe what digitalisation will do for district energy in the years to come, says Anton Koller, Head of District Energy at Danfoss. It will make it more sustainable, more customer friendly and more competitive than ever — but we need to embrace and lead the change

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Energy sustainability could boost workforce diversity

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The US clean energy economy workforce is old school. Compared with other sectors, including fossil fuels, the clean energy workforce is older, more male-dominated and lacks more racial diversity, says a report, Advancing Inclusion Through Clean Energy Jobs, by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Programme in Washington DC. The authors argue the clean energy transition will bring high-paying jobs, especially to those with fewer academic credentials — and it is therefore a great opportunity to include women and minorities. 

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Over slow coal phase out

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To meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement, the EU should phase out coal by 2030. Analysis by Sandbag and Climate Action Network Europe shows Europe is not on track. After examining the draft National Energy and Climate Plans of 21 countries still using coal for electricity generation, the NGOs found only eight will end coal by this date, leaving 60 gigawatts of installed capacity, a reduction of only 58% compared to current levels. As the report says, member states need to make sure the transition is more than just talk. 

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Financing a just transition

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The just transition has become a trendy term, but financing the move away from coal and fossil fuels to a sustainable and clean economy based on renewables and efficiency is complicated. The EU office of the WWF has produced this briefing paper showing how EU-level funds can help pay for this transformation in the form of seed money for the development of comprehensive and locally developed, strategic long-term transition plans based on assessments of early economic needs.

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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

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Underwriting a just transition

The finance sector will play a crucial role in the clean energy transition and has a strong incentive to get involved

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American Green New Deal faces gridlock

Political and physical barriers will make it difficult for US Democrats to turn proposals for a Green New Deal in to reality

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Investor interest in offshore wind is picking up speed worldwide thanks to plummeting costs and technology improvements, says Miles Huq, Transactions Advisory Services Leader at EY Global Power & Utilities. He has advice to those looking to place their money in the sector, which has big potential to help countries meet energy transition goals

Global investment in offshore wind could blow up a storm

Investor interest in offshore wind is picking up speed worldwide thanks to plummeting costs and technology improvements, says Miles Huq, Transactions Advisory Services Leader at EY Global Power & Utilities. He has advice to those looking to place their money in the sector, which has big potential to help countries meet energy transition goals

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sustainable mobility

How a sustainable vision led an old company to a new future

If you go into a transition you need a vision

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Going carbon neutral is not easy for any company, but taking the decision to significantly reduce carbon emissions is the most difficult step, says Bjarne Sandager Nielsen, Vice President of Global Operations and Sourcing at LM Wind Power, now part of GE Renewable Energy

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Going carbon neutral is not easy for any company, but taking the decision to significantly reduce carbon emissions is the most difficult step, says Bjarne Sandager Nielsen, Vice President of Global Operations and Sourcing at LM Wind Power, now part of GE Renewable Energy

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By focusing its attention on energy efficiency, the newly elected Danish politicians can show they are listening to the public’s call for climate action and put Denmark back on the map as a frontrunner in the energy transition, argues Mads Nipper, Group President and CEO of Grundfos, a Danish water and heat pump manufacturer

New Danish government should put energy efficiency first

By focusing its attention on energy efficiency, the newly elected Danish politicians can show they are listening to the public’s call for climate action and put Denmark back on the map as a frontrunner in the energy transition, argues Mads Nipper, Group President and CEO of Grundfos, a Danish water and heat pump manufacturer

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Criticism of his decision to rip out a fully functioning gas boiler in favour of a heat pump led Jan Rosenow, director of European programmes at the Regulatory Assistance Project, to do some serious number crunching

Why I replaced my new gas boiler with a heat pump

Criticism of his decision to rip out a fully functioning gas boiler in favour of a heat pump led Jan Rosenow, director of European programmes at the Regulatory Assistance Project, to do some serious number crunching

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The cement industry is one of the largest industrial emitters of greenhouse gases. Denmark’s Aalborg Portland, part of the international Cementir Group, is gearing up to bring a new type of cement to the market, which could cut the industry's emissions by up to 30%. The product is expected to be commercial by the end of 2020

Cement industry takes steps to atone for massive carbon sins

Significant investment is needed at the development and commercialisation stages

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Opinion

We are in the last investment cycle

When the Social Democrats defeated the incumbent Liberal Party in the Danish national elections on 5 June 2019, many saw the result as a win for the climate, a focus of the Social Democrats’ campaign. Peter Bjerregaard, Market Regulation Manager at E.ON, says the new government must wean itself off fossil fuel taxes if Denmark is to be the climate action leader it frequently claims to be

Aiming for systemic change

The business case for hydrogen remains elusive

Working together is essential for the energy transition

Hydrogen: making the energy transition deeper and cheaper

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Transforming urban deliveries for zero-emission cities

Let’s get real about the future role of gas

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Hydrogen: the new business model for our region

Why investing in biomass could be risky business

Europe explores sustainability standards for solar PV