Opinion

Leading thoughts from energy transition experts

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Diversifying economies, particularly those that are fossil fuel-rich, is not easy, but solutions exist and the move from brown to green energy will benefit business and bring near-term benefits such as cleaner air and new jobs, underline experts from the New Climate Economy12/November/2018

The clean energy transition: good for business, communities and the economy

Diversifying economies, particularly those that are fossil fuel-rich, is not easy, but solutions exist and the move from brown to green energy will benefit business and bring near-term benefits such as cleaner air and new jobs, underline experts from the New Climate Economy
4-5 min.
Investors are playing an important role in encouraging companies to integrate the transition to a clean energy economy into business strategies and capital expenditure planning, says Ingrid Holmes, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Hermes Investment Management05/November/2018

Investors pushing the energy transition

Investors are playing an important role in encouraging companies to integrate the transition to a clean energy economy into business strategies and capital expenditure planning, says Ingrid Holmes, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Hermes Investment Management
4-5 min.
The world is awash with capital, but a lack of clarity about what really is a green investment is stalling much needed investment in low carbon infrastructure. Taxonomies can offer some much needed clarity says Sean Kidney, Co-founder and CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative31/October/2018

No shortage of capital

The world is awash with capital, but a lack of clarity about what really is a green investment is stalling much needed investment in low carbon infrastructure. Taxonomies can offer some much needed clarity says Sean Kidney, Co-founder and CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative
4-5 min.
15/October/2018

Learning out loud

Support and financial backing for regions to innovate together is necessary if Europe is to massively increase climate action, argues Kirsten Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer at Climate-KIC
5-6 min.
08/October/2018

Governments should step in to make homes energy efficient

National governments are failing their citizens, ignoring their international emissions reduction pledges and leaving banks open to greater financial risk by not renovating homes, says Céline Carré, President at EuroACE and Head of European Public Affairs at Saint-Gobain
5-6 min.
05/October/2018

Changed political dynamics could threaten energy efficiency

Populist politics must not be allowed to interfere with EU plans to increase energy efficiency gains in buildings, argues Adrian Joyce, Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign
3-4 min.
03/October/2018

Building efficiency is crucial to a fair energy transition

Standards forcing landlords to make buildings more energy efficient would benefit the climate and tenants, say Jan Rosenow from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and Sibyl Steuwer from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe
4-5 min.
01/October/2018

Marry old and new building techniques for big energy savings

Merging new technologies and traditional building techniques makes buildings more energy efficient, say Sandra Piesik, editor of “HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet”, and colleague Karen Rizvi
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24/September/2018

The future of wind energy in the EU

The EU has long been a leader of the energy transition and is putting the policies, finance and research in place to ensure this continues, says Dominique Ristori, Director-General of DG Energy, European Commission
2-3 min.
19/September/2018

The skills we need for tomorrow’s wind industry

Working in partnership with organisations outside the wind industry will help it recruit the best people and continue to innovate, says Malgosia Bartosik, Deputy CEO of WindEurope
3-4 min.
17/September/2018

Make the North Sea the Silicon Valley of offshore wind power

Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish energy minister, explains his plans to boost offshore wind expansion in the North Sea through greater cooperation
4-5 min.
07/September/2018

Low prices for renewables are great news, but mean new challenges for industry and policy makers

Policy makers need to keep a close eye on market mechanisms to ensure the renewables industry can achieve sustainable growth, says Sven Utermoehlen, Chief Operating Officer of E.ON Climate & Renewables
3-4 min.
Ana Barreira, Director of the International Institute of Law and the Environment, calls on Spain to take action and ensure a just transition27/August/2018

Spain needs to urgently build a path to a just transition

Spain with its many coal regions needs to act urgently to ensure its transition to a clean energy economy is smooth and fair for all, says Ana Barreira, Director of the International Institute of Law and the Environment
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13/August/2018

Policy action needed to decarbonise residential heating by 2050

Residential heating is a massive consumer of energy worldwide. The technology exists to alter this, but policy makers need to give the sector much more attention to ensure real change, says Florian Knobloch from Radboud University Nijmegen
4-5 min.
16/July/2018

Funding small-scale clean energy in Cambodia

A new fund is helping to bring clean energy to farmers in Cambodia as Olivia Coldrey from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Austria and Sarou Long, from Nexus for Development, Cambodia explain
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29/June/2018

More renewables means more electrification

Welcoming the recently agreed EU 2030 climate and energy targets, Kristian Ruby, Secretary General of Eurelectric argues for a regulatory framework able to smoothly integrate greater amounts of renewables and electrification
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27/June/2018

Unique data for innovative urban responses

The intelligent use of real-time data will help cities find the most timely and efficient solutions to reduce emissions and deal with the increased frequency of extreme weather events, a direct consequence of climate change, say Oliver Heidrich and Phillip James from Newcastle University, UK
4-5 min.
18/June/2018

Gender equality for a quicker energy transition

“Reducing gender inequality makes economic sense apart from being the right thing to do,” concludes a World Bank report from May 2018. Christine Lins, former Executive Secretary of REN21, a global renewable energy policy network, explains why and how she and other sustainable energy leaders are helping empower women to play a bigger role in the transition to a clean energy economy
3-4 min.
15/June/2018

Why climate strategies make business sense

Clear and ambitious climate and energy plans are essential to reduce emissions and provide certainty for business, says Imke Lübbeke, Head of Climate and Energy at the WWF’s European Policy Office
3-4 min.
06/June/2018

Making energy savings more sustainable

Energy efficiency is vitally important, but policy makers and industry leaders could do more harm than good if they do not ensure that energy savings support wider environmental and sustainability goals, argue Luis Gabriel Carmona and Kai Whiting, researchers at the University of Lisbon, Portugal
3-4 min.
01/June/2018

Financing clean energy via fossil fuel subsidy reform

Peter Wooders, group director for energy at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), explains why he is convinced that subsidy swaps are the best way to finance the clean energy transition
5-6 min.
28/May/2018

Sustainable solar

Research showing that solar panels contain heavy metals is not telling us anything new. Instead of allowing ourselves to be distracted by scare stories, we should focus on the importance of solar in fighting climate change and the industry’s considerable efforts to be sustainable, argues James Watson, chief executive officer at SolarPower Europe
3-4 min.
21/May/2018

Building tomorrow, today

Insulating buildings is a cost-effective solution to save energy, reduce emissions and improve the health and comfort of our homes and work places, writes Mirella Vitale, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communication and Public Affairs at ROCKWOOL Group
4-5 min.
19/May/2018

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
4-5 min.
18/May/2018

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
3-4 min.
Monica Frassoni, president of the European Alliance to Save Energy, believes that companies are poised to put their money in energy efficiency projects, but worries that a clear political signal is still lacking17/May/2018

European businesses ready to invest in energy efficiency

Full support for energy efficiency from EU politicians will give companies the confidence to invest in projects that will benefit the economy, the environment and society at large, says Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy
6-7 min.
16/May/2018

Smoothing the way to energy efficient policies

Clear policies and a long-term vision will help energy efficiency play its full role in the energy transition, argues Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy at the European Commission
4-5 min.
14/May/2018

Giving local initiatives global impact

Mark Lister, Head of the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, UNEP-DTU Partnership, explains ways to dismantle the barriers to scaling up energy efficiency.
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