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Natural gas has not yet reached its peak in the US, but the summit is in view17/September/2020

Fossil gas is losing its grip in America too

Natural gas has not yet reached its peak in the US, but the summit is in view
9 min.
11/September/2020

The big role of small companies in the energy transition

The big names of the corporate world will not achieve the energy transition alone. Companies of all sizes have a part to play
10 min.
02/September/2020

Missing details from South Korea green deal raises doubts over government intentions

A decade of rapid growth has positioned South Korea to take full advantage of the clean transition under President Moon Jae-in’s Green New Deal. But a hangover from previous administrations and an elusive emissions reduction target put its efficacy in doubt
9 min.
27/July/2020

Renewables as grid flexibility tool gives glimpse of the future

Grids have coped well with fluctuating and unpredictable demand during the Covid-19 health crisis
4 min.
20/July/2020

Carrots not sticks created Norway’s electric vehicle paradise

Norway has a high penetration of electric vehicles achieved by tax breaks and investment instead of restrictions
11 min.
06/July/2020

Trump will delay but not destroy an electric car future for America

The United States, the home of the car, has yet to make the kind of market impact with electric vehicles (EVs) as it did with the internal combustion engine
6 min.
29/June/2020

How Covid-19 could supercharge the green bond market

Work on mobilising the global bond market to finance the low carbon transition has received an unexpected boost at the hands of the Covid-19 pandemic. Green bond issues are vastly oversubscribed as investors show a clear preference for putting their money into shifting society in a new and better direction
6 min.
22/June/2020

The role of philanthropic foundations in advancing clean energy

A big part of speeding up the move away from fossil fuels is scaling up innovation and technology. With an appetite for riskier projects, philanthropic foundations could play an important role in raising some much needed cash
8 min.
15/June/2020

A pale green bond for the energy transition

The concept of transition bonds began as an idea to sell bonds that were difficult to market as green bonds, mainly natural gas bonds, but has evolved into an opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation efforts
11 min.
11/June/2020

Central banks swept up in climate action debate

Many believe the ECB and other central banks should bring climate considerations into the rulebook governing what they support and how
11 min.
04/June/2020

Danish firms want regulatory rewards for climate action

Politically there is broad support in Denmark for financing the green transition through taxes and a carbon emissions tax proposal has been welcomed by parties across the political spectrum, but industry opposition could ultimately quash the idea
12 min.
01/June/2020

Development banks struggle with fossil fuel lock-in

The world’s development banks are funnelling ever-greater volumes of finance into clean energy — but the challenge of shifting entire economies away from climate-wrecking activity and towards actions that align investment goals with those of the Paris Agreement requires a more holistic approach
9 min.
25/May/2020

Staying committed to renewables makes investment sense

Despite the massive economic downfall as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, there remains strong demand for renewable energy assets, suggesting the sector will not suffer as it did after the 2008 recession
5 min.
20/May/2020

The dirty British energy secret

The UK is often cited as a leader in the transition to a clean energy economy, even though some British public money still flows to oil and fossil gas projects overseas
5 min.
20/May/2020

China: the elephant in the coal room

China has pledged to peak carbon emissions by 2030 at the latest, but its economic plan for 2021-2025 is expected to approve the building of more coal-powered plants
15 min.
20/May/2020

Finance dries up for coal, but flows on for oil and gas

COVID-19 may have reduced emissions in the short-term, but much more needs to happen to slash fossil fuel use to meet climate targets
9 min.
11/May/2020

Using trade measures for climate gain

Europe is considering taking the bold step of introducing a border carbon adjustment tariff on goods imported from regions where carbon pricing is lacking, placing trade right in the middle of its climate ambitions
10 min.
04/May/2020

EU ushers in game-changing financial rules

An EU taxonomy to define green investments is expected to enter into force in 2021, but some experts want it to be used immediately to inform stimulus packages aimed at dealing with the social and economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic
10 min.
27/April/2020

Getting the finance to flow

To create demand for sustainable finance, governments should integrate climate criteria into their procurement and in how they draft policies and regulations
6 min.
16/April/2020

Decarbonising data

Information and communication technology accounts for more than 2% of global greenhouse emissions, as much as all air traffic
7 min.
09/April/2020

EU prepares to throw weight behind electric trucks

Electric cars as the best lower carbon replacement for the internal combustion engine is a done deal for many, but how to decarbonise the haulage sector is an ongoing debate. Increasingly, policy makers and truck manufacturers in Europe seem ready to embrace electric solutions for trucks as well as smaller vehicles
7 min.
03/April/2020

Stimulus funds can transition economies away from climate wrecking activity

The coronavirus is a deadly human tragedy, causing untold grief and pain. It is also rocking the world’s economies as people lose income and businesses struggle to stay afloat. Yet there are lessons to be learned for the climate crisis
4 min.
26/March/2020

European development bank money at work in Macedonia

The EBRD is increasingly active across the whole of Southeast Europe, which remains highly reliant on coal, to move it to cleaner energy sources
8 min.
19/March/2020

Biodiversity must not be sacrificed to the energy transition

With the world facing an energy and a biodiversity emergency, realisation is growing that solutions need to be made compatible with sustainability in both areas
7 min.
12/March/2020

How best to measure the climate impact of methane

Deciding exactly how powerful methane is as a greenhouse gas relative to carbon dioxide is a complicated business
15 min.
27/February/2020

Where to direct support for hydrogen without wasting money

As with any technology, the key to cost reduction is the rate at which the technology is deployed, but the hydrogen economy is moving forward slowly
7 min.
20/February/2020

Denmark gets visionary about offshore wind and hydrogen

The huge scale of offshore wind farms being built in northern Europe is bringing a new understanding of how much electricity can be gleaned from the wind on land and at sea
7 min.
13/February/2020

Palsgaard: Supply chain emissions slow carbon neutral efforts

A broad range of efforts and investments in energy efficiency and clean energy has allowed Palsgaard to reduce emissions to zero in the majority of its factories
3 min.
06/February/2020

Norway – where materials matter

Oslo, the capital of Norway, has big climate action ambitions. Among initiatives to achieve them it is instigating regulations to cut carbon emissions associated with buildings under construction and during their operational life spans
3 min.
03/February/2020

Vancouver trailblazes on embodied carbon

The Canadian city of Vancouver is leading efforts in North America to slash emissions released in the production of building construction materials, setting itself a 40% by 2030 reduction target
12 min.
30/January/2020

Embodied carbon the new frontier

The world’s building stock is forecast to double in size by 2050 to house a global population of 11 billion. If climate neutrality is also to be met by this date, the construction industry will have to significantly slash emissions from the materials it uses
11 min.
20/January/2020

Carbon removal enters mainstream climate debate

Much as in the energy transition debate, the big question is who pays for carbon removal
6 min.
12/January/2020

Open source software to speed up energy transition

Open source software can facilitate sector coupling through vehicle-to-grid or building-to-grid technology
7 min.
06/January/2020

Swedish public housing project goes off-grid

Energy expert Brian Vad Mathiesen from Aalborg University in Denmark describes Vårgårda’s system as a “limousine solution”
12 min.
19/December/2019

California shows the way on building electrification

The argument for natural gas as a bridge to a cleaner renewable future has grown weaker as the case for electrification as the most efficient way to decarbonise has grown
6 min.
16/December/2019

Carlsberg aims to be greenest brewery in the world

Data is all important in the company’s energy transition
13 min.
12/December/2019

Big scope to reduce Chinese cement production emissions

The overproducing cement sector is a low-hanging fruit that could help China curb its vast carbon emissions
13 min.
04/September/2019

Cities get creative on climate financing

Energy Cities, a European association of local authorities, estimates a city will need between €1 billion and €3 billion to reach net zero emissions by 2050
9 min.
Technological innovation is key to the wind industry reducing reliance on rare earth materials from China22/August/2019

Wind industry prepares for “bottlenecks and price hikes” in rare earth metals

Technological innovation is key to the wind industry reducing reliance on rare earth materials from China
6 min.
Research by Siemens shows the way forward to make district heating in Denmark run on clean energy sources26/April/2019

The path to emissions-free district heating in Denmark

Research by Siemens shows the way forward to make district heating in Denmark run on clean energy sources
14 min.
07/February/2019

The Dutch Energiewende: Goodbye to natural gas

The Netherlands faces an unprecedented transformation as it aims in the next 30 years to switch off its gas supplies in favour of cleaner fuels
14 min.
Parked electric vehicles plugged into the electricity network with charged batteries could sell stored power back through the network. Nissan is the first to qualify a car battery system to sell its stored power into an existing market for primary regulation services to maintain grid frequency28/January/2019

Real life vehicle-to-grid seeks market opportunities

Parked electric vehicles plugged into the electricity network with charged batteries could sell stored power back through the network. Nissan is the first to qualify a car battery system to sell its stored power into an existing market for primary regulation services to maintain grid frequency