Leading thoughts from energy transition experts

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Private infrastructure owners can turn charge points into cash points

Organisations all over Europe are investing in charge point infrastructure for their electric vehicle fleets. This infrastructure could be a source of revenue and additional public charging capacity, says Tore Harritshøj of EV charging platform provider Spirii
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Today’s construction must not become tomorrow’s retrofit

Achieving a much deeper and increased building renovation rate is crucial to achieving the EU’s decarbonisation objective, says Mike Stenson of Kingspan, a building materials company
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Insurers have a responsibility to offer long-term solutions     

Getting to net zero requires the insurance market to think longer term when it comes to pricing, says Charlie Langdale of global insurance group, Howden
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Electrolysis: what you need to know

The term “electrolyser” covers technologies with varying capabilities and degrees of suitability for different applications that power-to-X project developers should be aware of, says Stephan Kim from Green Hydrogen Systems
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Back to school with our attention on energy efficiency

As we approach autumn, Europe stands on the brink of a decisive moment with the negotiations on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive gaining speed. Amidst this backdrop, Europe's commitment to putting energy efficiency first is paramount, says Luigi Petito at the European Alliance to Save Energy
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The grid-saving power of demand response

The advent of mainstream electric vehicle (EV) adoption brings new sustainability opportunities alongside challenges to the power grid. But, according to Torben Fog from EV charging platform Spirii, there is an innovative—and profitable—solution at the intersection of these conflicting factors
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Clearing the runway for SAF takeoff

In 2022, the total amount of sustainable aviation fuel produced was just a small fraction of the estimated amount needed by 2050 if the sector is to reach its decarbonisation goals. Although production capacity will increase with the maturation and upscaling of approved pathways, cost competitiveness, technological investment hesitancy and feedstock availability remain obstacles, say Elena Scaltritti and Sylvain Verdier from Topsoe
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A local funding formula can help address the UK’s net zero postcode lottery

The haphazard way funding is distributed across the UK is making its energy transition lopsided. A public funding formula, like one utilised in areas such as schools, would help bring the advantages of the green transition to more areas of the UK, says Andy Hackett from the Centre for Net Zero
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A realistic pathway to neutrality starts with delivering on the ground now

The EU has just kick-started the debate on setting ambitious climate targets for 2040. While a mindful milestone between the agreed 2030 decarbonisation agenda and net zero by 2050 would provide clarity and investment signals about the way forward, Europe should not lose track of the present, Kristian Ruby from Eurelectric
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How to reap the benefits of district heating? Make it local

To make district heating happen we need to implement local heat planning, build societal trust and update regulatory frameworks. Without these, the switch to clean heat will be more costly and important system benefits could fail to materialise, warns Sem Oxenaar from the Regulatory Assistance Project
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Making infrastructure more sustainable with AI

Taking the old and making it new is a challenge that engineers continue to grapple with, especially when trying to transform what we already have into something more sustainable. Building sustainable infrastructure is one thing, but taking buildings, power grids and transport systems constructed for longevity, and trying to make them sustainable, is entirely different, says Thomas Kiessling from Siemens Smart Infrastructure
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Unlocking the superpower of buildings

Europe’s built environment is the single largest consumer of energy. It is also one of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide. But while the building stock’s carbon footprint may be big, it also has a superpower that can be unlocked using energy-efficient renovations, says David Ducarme from Knauf Insulation
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How clean is Europe’s district heating?

Much of Europe’s district heating sector has been around for decades. But a lack of investment and cohesive thinking since then means many systems are lagging behind on their decarbonisation pathways, says Sem Oxenaar from the Regulatory Assistance Project
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Energy efficiency is no longer a question of “why?” but “how?”

The available evidence makes a compelling case for energy efficiency: it is essential to reaching Net Zero, proven technology is widely available, and it can greatly reduce a business’s operating expenditure. However, progress is still quite uneven. It is time for action, says Tarak Mehta from ABB Motion
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To deliver the ambition of new energy efficiency directives, LED lighting is a must

Switching all conventional light points to LEDs is one of the easiest, quickest and most cost-effective ways of reducing energy consumption, says Alice Steenland from Signify
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Get used to AI supporting our daily lives

In an increasingly digital world, it is inevitable that artificial intelligence (AI) will support the energy transition. Companies and end-users need to become comfortable with it as soon as possible, says Dave Ferguson from SAS UK & Ireland
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District heating can support Europe’s decarbonisation efforts

Two Parisian networks illustrate the old versus the new when it comes to district heating systems. Installing the next generation of district heating networks, while upgrading existing infrastructure, will accelerate the energy transition, says Sem Oxenaar from the Regulatory Assistance Project
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Grid operators should plug into the EV charger potential

Vehicle electrification is key to decarbonisation but represents a challenge for the grid. Utilities and electricity network operators should be talking to charge point operators to get ahead of the issues, says Tore Harritshøj of Spirii
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Smoothing the waves: EVs enable significant peak shaving

Without a doubt, battery-powered electric vehicles will play a role as a storage medium and supply source for electricity grids in the future. To make it more tangible, we calculated the total potential of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) power for the city of Munich in 2030. The scenario clearly indicates that battery-powered EVs will be important for the stability of future energy systems, says Markus Mildner from Siemens Smart Infrastructure
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What the wind sector could learn from automotive and aerospace

Struggling wind turbine makers might want to cast their eye over the experience of other global industries in search of clues for success, says Ed Wagner at WindESCo
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Sustainable air travel is in SAF hands

The aviation industry is facing its own set of decarbonisation challenges. Prioritising Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production can make a big difference but only with a cohesive global effort, says Elena Scaltritti from Topsoe
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Flex and the city: Cities need dynamic pricing for public charging

Providing EV users reliant on public charging services with equal opportunities is vital for the decarbonisation of transport, says Jaap Burger from the Regulatory Assistance Project
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Clean Hydrogen: Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good

Harnessing the power of hydrogen through scalable and colour-agnostic infrastructure that already exists today will accelerate the clean energy transition, argues David Burns from Linde
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Our current threat is complacency

A sustainable and resilient energy system must incentivise a strong role for demand-side flexibility solutions, says Bertrand Deprez from Schneider Electric
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The case for prioritising greater investment in secure and predictable renewables

The European Commission must recognise its role and prioritise investment in secure and predictable renewable electricity sources in its upcoming proposal on the European Electricity Market, as they are the best way to both replace reliance on imported fossils fuels as well as balancing wind & PV production, say Sanjeev Kumar and Berenice Crabs of the newly-formed Alliance of Secure, Indigenous and Predictable Renewable Electricity (Aspire)
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Extreme weather records: why we need a strategy to adapt our buildings

Adaptation and mitigation efforts are mutually reinforcing. A cohesive policy effort to improve Europe’s buildings and urban spaces is becoming increasingly vital, says Oliver Rapf of Buildings Performance Institute Europe
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Major electricity waste and loss could jeopardise net zero targets

Grid operators are not maximising the system capacity, resulting in wasted or lost clean electricity. A concerted effort to boost digitalised grid management could help save money and power, says Amir Cohen of EGM
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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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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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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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We can accelerate the green agenda if we look across borders

Europe should look at how other nations are promoting new technologies to accelerate the deployment of new smart energy systems in Europe, says Lars Erik Knaack at NOVENCO Building & Industry
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A civil nuclear industry will raise standards across entire engineering supply chain

Such is the rigour for safety, regulation and quality in the civil nuclear industry, the whole supply chain is being drawn into a process of business and engineering improvement that is proving beneficial for engineers across a myriad of other industries, says Julian Vance-Daniel of Vessco Engineering
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More sustainable batteries will power the Race to Net Zero

New chemistries are required to make the battery sector more sustainable amid growing demand. To become a reality, greater investment and supportive policies need to be put in place, says Kim Grøn Knudsen from Topsoe
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Embrace the potential of hydrogen for heating buildings

Green hydrogen is considered to be an energy carrier of the future, but many people are not aware that it can also be used to heat buildings. As a complementary fuel, hydrogen can be truly efficient, economical and sustainable all at the same time. Plus, when used to store surplus clean energy, hydrogen can also help balance the electricity grid—a major challenge when leveraging renewables, says Henning Sandfort of Siemens Smart Infrastructure
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Smart EV charging would bring grid stability and fairer prices

The rise in demand from electric vehicles (EVs) will put untold pressure on the already constrained grids. Supporting and expanding smart charging infrastructure will not only stabilise the grid but also provide fair prices to customers at times when energy bills are high, says Torben Fog of Spirii
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The climate fight must also include the finance sector

Governments can play an important role in affecting the financial markets to support decarbonisation, says James Shaw, Minister of Climate Change for New Zealand
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A ‘buildings breakthrough’ agenda at COP means heat pumps are in the limelight

Placing decarbonisation of buildings on the international agenda means heat pumps can finally have their moment in the spotlight, says Richard Lowes of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
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The role of storage in a renewable electricity grid

A fully renewable energy future is within reach and storage is definitely required, but it is a combination of measures that will truly make it possible, argues Johan Söderbom of EIT InnoEnergy
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Sustainable aviation is primed for takeoff provided additional backing is in place

Governments are setting ambitious targets for the use of synthetic fuels in the aviation sector. But clarity is still needed before the industry can step up to meet these objectives, says Elena Scaltritti from Topsoe
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Small-scale energy, development and what to expect from MDBs

Multilateral development banks have the unique ability to bring in innovative financing structures, mitigate risks, help the government to drive policy and institutional change, and bring in the knowledge and innovation needed in the market, says Annisa Sekaringtias at E3G
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The case for sourcing hydrogen from the Gulf

As European markets seek new sources of natural gas to meet winter demand, Gulf nations could instead play a role in supplying another clean energy carrier, says Frank Wouters from the MENA Hydrogen Alliance
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Can European stalwarts survive the growing threat of Chinese OEMs?

Political and regulatory interference in the offshore wind turbine market—at least in the short term—would allow the market to use Chinese-made turbines but also retain European market shares while western OEMs get their houses in order, says Carsten Nielsen of K2 Management
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How the European Union incentivises inefficient renewable heating

By using the wrong metrics, the European Union is locking in inefficient ways of space heating. Changing the definitions of renewable heat may help support low-carbon alternative technologies, says Duncan Gibb from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
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Communities must be at the heart of the energy transition

All levels of government have a role to play in helping communities manage their energy transition, says Carsten Rothballer at ICLEI
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Energy efficiency and renewables are two sides of the same lucky coin

Energy efficiency measures, coupled with renewables, are the right tools for achieving carbon neutrality and protecting our energy sovereignty, says Francesco Venturini of Enel X Global Retail
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A battle for the climate inside buildings

Amidst the climate and energy crisis, Europe’s ageing building stock provides a challenge—and an opportunity, says Julie Kjestrup of the VELUX Group
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What voluntary carbon markets need to do next

A large, mature voluntary carbon market is urgently needed. To get there, it has some growing up to do, says Charlie Langdale, from international insurance broker Howden
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To keep growing, the offshore wind industry needs a digital edge

Owners and operators of offshore wind projects need to rapidly accelerate their adoption of digitalisation to head off the impact of soaring costs and supply chain challenges, says Evgenia Golysheva at ONYX Insight
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Decarbonisation through digitalisation: The key role of smart city districts in boosting energy efficiency

Smart buildings are energy-saving, sustainable buildings. Clustered into smart city districts, they play a crucial role in climate protection. The adaptive, open-source technology to make this possible is already available, says Matthias Rebellius of Siemens Smart Infrastructure
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Clean power by 2035 is crucial for Europe’s climate and energy security

A clear consensus is emerging that a clean power system by 2035 is a crucial milestone for a successful and timely energy transition in Europe. Achieving this requires significant acceleration of current efforts, the groundwork for which must be laid in the next few years, says Elisabeth Cremona of think tank Ember
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Technology and incentives: How to reduce heavy-truck emissions quickly

The decarbonisation of truck traffic is on its way. Zero-emission trucks are ready to roll and megawatt-charging technology will satiate the resulting charging needs. Now regulatory bodies must do all in their power to speed up the transition, says Markus Mildner of Siemens eMobility
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The energy transition needs a new definition of pretty

Current policies around the energy transition place emphasis on the democratisation of power generation and the rise of prosumers. But while the energy system of the future may be decarbonised and digital, it will also be less decentralised than we envisage, say Thomas Boermans and Michael Stautz of E.ON
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Today’s approach to energy is unsustainable

Urbanisation, rising global living standards and geopolitical tensions are placing enormous pressure on the global energy supply. Energy security and sustainability are critical—but scaling up today’s approach will not be enough. We must invest in industrial energy efficiency on a global scale, says Tarak Mehta from ABB Motion
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High energy prices and momentum to transition demand new grid capacity and fast

Both high energy prices and the recent geopolitical developments have increased the pressure to gain energy independence. Now is the right time to add renewable capacity to the grid and thus accelerate the energy transition. However, this also requires some new technologies to be introduced, says Johan Söderbom of EIT InnoEnergy
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Water efficiency could help Europe drive decarbonisation and boost industrial competitiveness

As water scarcity becomes a bigger issue, industry must become more resilient by reducing pressure on available freshwater resources. Strong policy frameworks are required to support more efficient water usage, says Emilio Tenuta from Ecolab
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House power: the hidden powerhouse of the new energy landscape

With REPowerEU underway, Europe’s energy and climate strategy demands a rapid change of scenery. We must utilise the full palette of solutions available, including household flexibility, says Sophie Yule-Bennett from the Regulatory Assistance Project
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Transport needs a tax on the source of energy, not the kilometres

A proposed tax on Danish road users is misguided and difficult to enforce. Taxing the type of vehicle would help increase the uptake of electric-powered trucks in the haulage sector, says Joakim Bansholm Nilsson from Volvo Denmark
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Overcoming the challenge of financing energy efficiency at scale

Due to the high degree of fragmentation, investing in energy efficiency at scale is notoriously difficult. But with specialised investment teams and innovative financing structures, the sector can present a highly attractive opportunity for institutional investors, says Alexander Hunzinger from SUSI Partners
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The water-energy nexus: an untapped resource for major energy savings

Water requires energy. When we move it, clean it, heat it and cool it—energy moves with it. These two precious resources come together seamlessly in our daily lives, but they can also jointly create significant energy savings. Unleashing the potential of the water-energy nexus will drive substantial energy savings to repower the EU while drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says Hayati Yarkadas at Xylem Europe
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We could run 30% of the entire truck fleet on electricity—what’s gone wrong?

We could electrify 30% of all trucks today. The technology is ready as is the industry, but a lack of clear economic incentives is standing in the way. We need policies, investments and tax systems to favour electricity if we are to realise the potential, says Joakim Bansholm Nilsson of Volvo Trucks Denmark
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Adding energy efficiency into the energy mix is essential to delivering Europe’s climate goals

Simply rolling out renewables will not be enough to end Europe’s dependency on gas. Energy efficiency is just as important, says Katarzyna Wardal from Knauf Insulation
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Technology can empower consumers at a time of high energy prices

Energy prices across Europe remain high and volatile with no signs of slowing down. But placing the power to change in consumers’ hands could help alleviate the pressure, says Johan Söderbom from EIT InnoEnergy
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Buildings Renovation: a European energy hero

The European Union wants to reduce reliance on Russian energy imports. For this to work, a pan-EU Taskforce with the sole purpose of improving energy efficiency in buildings must be established, says Adrian Joyce of Renovate Europe 
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Soaring energy prices call for more energy efficiency

Two things have made energy-efficient solutions more in demand than ever: the invasion of Ukraine, which has sent Europe’s energy prices skyrocketing, and the green agenda, says Lars Erik Knaack at Novenco Building & Industry
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From laggard to leader: How Poland became Europe’s fastest-growing heat pump market

Poland has recorded the strongest growth in heat pump sales in Europe in 2021. This is the result of market certainty and customer incentives and shows the way for other states looking to heat pumps in decarbonisation efforts, says Monika Morawiecka and Jan Rosenow from the Regulatory Assistance Project

It is time to make energy efficiency a national security issue

As well as dealing with the pressing issue of the climate catastrophe, energy efficiency policies are also a part of the debate around national security, says Chris Friedler from the Association for Decentralised Energy
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Batteries play a key role in the energy transition and decarbonisation

The European Union’s new Batteries Regulation must encourage more domestic production and be enforceable, says Claude Chanson of RECHARGE, the European advanced rechargeable and lithium battery value chain association
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The EU has just months to get it right on cleaning up its dirtiest polluter

The shipping sector must avoid taking the wrong pathway that would end up locking in polluting fuels for decades, says Delphine Gozillon at Transport & Environment
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Time to design tomorrow’s climate-neutral power markets

The gas price hike has demonstrated the risks associated with the EU's energy dependence. The situation prompted a pan-European debate about the structure of electricity markets. The European Commission has now asked the Association for Cooperation of Energy Regulators to assess the current design. It should look beyond the present circumstances and focus on the urgent need to prepare for the future, says Simon Skillings, Artur Patuleia and Lisa Fischer from E3G
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Emissions reductions where they matter most

Supply chain emissions offer huge potential for reducing a company's carbon footprint. To tap into this, companies need to work closely with their suppliers to encourage them to switch to renewable energy, says Professor Dr Christian Heinrich from carbmee
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EU Taxonomy will heavily impact the cement industry

Three out of four European cement producers are operating above the emissions threshold set by the new EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities, risking both their license to operate and commercial opportunities, says Fleming Voetmann at FLSmidth
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Cybersecurity resilience is critical to reaching net-zero

Digital transformation in renewables is accelerating the green energy transition, exponentially expanding both the energy sources that can connect to the grid and the avenues for cyberattacks, says Clinton Firth from EY
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Lithium is the irreplaceable element of electrification

Lithium demand is set to rocket in the coming years massively outstripping supply. Investments need to be made in lithium production today for it to match the world’s needs and to become more environmentally friendly, says Ernie Ortiz, president of Lithium Royalty Corp
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Second part of Fit-for-55 is an opportunity to deliver a fair and ambitious green deal

A second batch of legislative proposals under the European Union’s Fit-for-55% climate package can complement and confirm the bloc’s climate ambition, say Lucie Mattera and Elisa Giannelli from E3G
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There’s more to digitalisation than data

Wind power operators are creating new ways of working to manage their portfolios more efficiently. But as wind scales up, digitalisation must be delivered strategically, otherwise, a fragmented and ineffective approach to digital tools could hold the industry back, says Evgenia Golysheva at ONYX Insight, a provider of predictive data analytics and engineering consultancy
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So you have committed to net zero… now what?

Commitments to reaching net zero carbon emissions are important but the real test is moving from the “what” to the “how”. This requires a far more inclusive and holistic approach, says Jeff Connolly, CEO of Siemens Australia & New Zealand
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Greater and smarter electrification is key to combatting climate change

Increasing the level of electrification, coupled with greater use of renewables, is the best way of avoiding a climate catastrophe, says Matthias Rebellius of Siemens Smart Infrastructure
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Companies could tip the scales for a green mobility boost

To give electromobility a real boost and make the Green Deal a reality, we have to look beyond public charging, says Jean-Christoph Heyne from Siemens Smart Infrastructure
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The revised EU ETS can accelerate the decarbonisation of cement

Facing the prospect of huge bills for emissions allowances by 2030, cement companies must act now to accelerate the decarbonisation of the industry, says Fleming Voetmann at FLSmidth
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A small molecule with big potential

Green hydrogen is expected to become a commercially viable energy carrier soon. The coming decade could see it become a vital part of the energy transition, says Frank Wouters from the MENA Hydrogen Alliance
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The North Sea region must lead the just transition of the oil and gas industry

Ahead of this autumn’s climate change conference, the UK, Norway and Denmark can demonstrate leadership on the energy transition by backing up their words with serious action, say Andrzej Błachowicz from Climate Strategies and Gökçe Mete of the Stockholm Environment Institute
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Surpassing $100 billion in climate finance requires stronger whole-of-government diplomacy

Developing a climate finance plan of requisite scale depends on better joined-up diplomacy by developed countries who must heed the warnings of high jeopardy, says Iskander Erzini Vernoit from think tank E3G
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ESG investing will speed-up the energy transition

Socially responsible investing is becoming increasingly popular, especially in the wake of the pandemic, and the momentum behind using ESG criteria in investments is set to snowball, says Nigel Green from financial advisor deVere Group
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The political stars have aligned but are not shining

The world's largest economies risk missing the window of opportunity to maximise the global recovery from the pandemic and accelerate the energy transition, says Dileimy Orozco from think tank E3G
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Energy efficiency will power industry’s decarbonisation efforts

The IEA regards broader adoption of energy efficient technology as the “first fuel” in tackling climate change. High efficiency industrial motors and drives could cut global energy consumption by up to 10%, according to Morten Wierod, president at ABB Motion
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The EU Climate Law changes the net-zero equation without changing the ambition

The latest EU Climate Law lays the groundwork for significant progress in the energy transition by placing carbon removal and emissions reduction on separate pedestals, say Mark Preston and Suzana Carp from Bellona Europe
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Green hydrogen is vital in decarbonising the hard-to-abate sectors

Government support for Power-to-X projects and Denmark’s energy islands is essential in commercialising the technology, says Søren Rydbirk from Green Hydrogen Systems
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The EU’s new Environmental Action Programme must live up to its name

The European Union has a chance to set the course for a decade of environmental action. But only if an ambitious policy framework can be established, says Rebecca Humphries from WWF’s European Policy Office
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Reliability is a challenge but the opportunities are endless

India’s energy system can improve by incorporating more load-side distributed clean solutions. To achieve that, regulators will have to develop suitable evaluation and incentive structures for the country’s distribution companies (discoms), says Rasika Athawale from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
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Offshore wind’s success is only the beginning

The world’s ocean provides much of humanity’s foodstuff, carries the bulk of the world’s trade and acts as a store for enormous amounts of carbon dioxide. It is central to our climate goals and prosperity, says Graham Stuart, UK International Trade Minister, on World Ocean Day (June 8th, 2021)
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All parties must be on board to decarbonise the retail building sector

Fulfilling the Paris Agreement’s climate-neutrality commitments by 2050 demands significant efforts from the building sector. All actors from across the entire buildings value chain need to increase decarbonisation efforts, say Caroline Milne and Zsolt Toth from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe
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Non-wires alternatives can be a solution to India’s grid reliability challenge

New technologies may offer India’s network operators cheaper and cleaner solutions to improve reliability without having to add more wires, says Rasika Athawale from the Regulatory Assistance Project
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Ambitious targets remain academic if we do not get permitting right

Upgraded emission reduction goals are important. But crucially tools and policies decide whether the wind sector can unlock its full potential, says WindEurope’s Giles Dickson
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The European Climate Law agreement is about more than new targets

The deal on the EU’s Climate Law raised awareness on a very important point. Without a debate on the institutional reforms necessary to implement the European and international climate objectives the risk of not reaching them, or making wrong decisions, increases, says Elisa Giannelli from E3G
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The US needs to upgrade its transmission system to fully realise its offshore wind potential

The Biden Administration’s offshore wind ambition will prove futile unless the transmission infrastructure is there to support it. Upgrading the US’s ageing grid system and providing further regulatory support must be the new president’s priority to make the most of the country’s burgeoning offshore wind sector, says Liz Burdock from the Business Network for Offshore Wind
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Energy storage is the perfect partner to decarbonise remote areas

The multiple roles of battery energy storage can help remote or off-grid power systems stop using diesel generators. But the regulatory environment needs to adjust to spur wider adoption of these new systems, says Michael Lippert from Saft
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Differing pasts will provide alternative hydrogen futures

There is a growing appetite for hydrogen in net zero plans. The countries with more renewables and lower cost generation are best suited to benefit from the expansion of green hydrogen, while those with a history in gas production may turn to blue hydrogen, says Alexander Esser and a team from Aurora Energy Research
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Carbon pricing is no silver bullet to decarbonise buildings across Europe

The introduction of a carbon price in the building sector will only encourage fuel switching and burden those least able to pay with the cost of decarbonisation. If implemented, it should be complemented with legislation to boost energy efficiency, says Monica Frassoni of the European Alliance to Save Energy
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Digital solutions help to harmonise the dissonance of distributed energy

The rise of distributed energy sources means finding new ways to operate the grid systems. Digital products are set to play a role in solving the issues, says Matthias Rebellius of Siemens Smart Infrastructure
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Youth activists are calling for action to reduce carbon, cities can show how this is done

The Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike on March 19th was a reminder of the monumental changes that need to happen to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. Cities and regional authorities have it in their power to make a significant contribution, says Raymond Johansen, Mayor of Oslo, and Mark Watts from C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
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Green ammonia is the best way to advance the hydrogen economy

In many ways, ammonia can be an important part of the energy transition and be a catalyst to accelerate the development of the hydrogen economy, says Rami Reshef, CEO for Israeli fuel cell manufacturer GenCell Energy
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Governments can stimulate green growth in emerging technologies

Emission-free energy alternatives to fossil fuels are emerging that could drive the world’s shift to a net-zero future. But there must be sufficient stimulus from governments to limit the technical, commercial and financial risks of these new technologies for investors, says Arnaud de Giovanni, global renewables leader at EY
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Northern Europe’s opportunity to fuel the future

Hydrogen can play a major role in the green transition of heavy-duty transport. Creating a network of partners across northern Europe will help facilitate this technology but we need action from lawmakers now, says Thomas Becker from STRING, a cross-border organisation of cities and regions supporting the development of a hydrogen network
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The green comeback of public transport

The public transport sector has been hit hard by the covid-19 crisis. Since climate change is not taking a break, electrification must be at the centre of a green recovery. Smart depots will play a crucial role in transforming the face of urban transport, says Monique Mertins at Siemens Smart Infrastructure
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Clay cement can cut up to 3% of global CO2 emissions

Replacing limestone with clay in cement production can cut global CO2 emissions by up to 3%. But there is significant investment tied up in the "old" ways of doing things, and it will be necessary to use a range of incentives—as well as technological advancements—to change the status quo, writes Fleming Voetmann, vice president at FLSmidth
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The environmental movement rarely reflects the communities most impacted by climate change

Climate injustices adversely affect communities of colour and low-income communities, yet the issue of environmental justice has still not made it into the mainstream environmental movement—due to the same power structures that perpetuate its impacts. Voices that have been left out of these discussions must be heard, says Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes
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Why building renovation is not yet taking off

Work to increase the energy performance of Europe’s building stock remains sluggish, despite long standing political commitments and the launch of the EU’s Renovation Wave initiative in late 2020. Thomas Boermans, from German energy supply company E.ON, believes considering building renovation as an infrastructure project could help accelerate the movement
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After years of stalling, can CCS finally get going in 2021?

The past 12 months have shown that even drastic changes to our daily lives are not enough to sufficiently reduce emissions and avoid catastrophic global warming. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will now have to start playing a role, says Suzana Carp, political strategy director at Bellona Europe
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New public finance roadmap comes at a critical moment

In 2020, the UK government’s finance advisor, Mark Carney, set out a roadmap for securing private sector finance for the energy transition ahead of the COP26 climate negotiations later this year. But public sector finance must also remain central to the UNFCCC talks, argue Kate Levick and Sonia Dunlop from E3G
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If we are to take the energy transition seriously, we need to start doing the same with ultracapacitors

Compared with batteries, ultracapacitors have a power output nearly ten times greater, are environmentally superior and come without safety issues. Johan Söderbom from EIT InnoEnergy explains how a long-familiar piece of power system technology is unlocking new opportunities for sustainable and efficient energy storage and usage
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The questions climate neutral cities must answer

There is no clear definition of climate neutrality despite 117 cities worldwide setting it as a target in the coming decades. Where Paris will include all emissions it produces, regardless of the sector or source, Copenhagen only calculates CO2 emissions related to heating and electricity. But both will claim to be neutral. This results in different levels of ambition, says Raphael Hasenknopf from Energy Cities
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Low-carbon hydrogen is a key ally to electrification

The European Union is faced with making a number of key decisions imposed by the climate emergency and the need for drastic CO2 reduction. More than ever, the fight against climate change also needs to contribute to the economic recovery by developing the EU industry and technologies of the future. Low-carbon hydrogen meets both ambitions, says Christelle Rouillé, from EDF subsidiary Hynamics
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It is time to bring consumers on board the energy transition

Consumers can play a significant role in the energy transition as distributed energy resources, and as electrification of heating and transport increase on the system, says Zsuzsanna Pató from the Regulatory Assistance Project
4 min.

Fixing renewables certificates could boost corporate uptake demand

The guarantees of origin (GO) framework for renewable energy certificate trading is unable to function efficiently and is distorting the market, says Rasmus Lildholdt Kjær, CEO at solar PV project developer Better Energy. But a change in the rules could spark a wave of new investments
4 min.

Revision of TEN-E policy will prove how serious EU is on tackling climate change

Continued backing for gas infrastructure from the European Union is not in line with its climate ambitions, says Dominic Kavakeb from environment NGO Global Witness
5 min.

Electrification is driving sustainability in cement and mining

The cement and mining industries recognise their need to decarbonise, and the rapidly falling price of renewables-generated electricity is making this decision easier, says Thomas Schulz, CEO at FLSmidth
4 min.

Collective action can put an end to coal generation

Coal power generation is the single biggest cause of global temperature increase. The efforts to transition away from coal must accelerate to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change, say UK energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng and Canada’s climate change minister Jonathan Wilkinson, co-chairs of the Powering Past Coal Alliance
6 min.

Biden’s opportunity for reinventing climate innovation

The president-elect’s climate agenda could spur new forms of innovation beyond just technological advancements, says EIT Climate-KIC's Chief Strategy Officer Tom Mitchell and its Director of Capital and Investment, Dominic Hofstetter
7 min.

ESG is growing in importance for investors

Economies and companies that set an agenda for climate-resilient growth will likely be seen as more attractive prospects, says Matthew Bell, EY Asia Pacific climate change and sustainability services leader
4 min.

Greater access to financing will boost Renovation Wave

There needs to be more effort in easing access to financial backing in order to take full advantage of Europe’s Renovation Wave, says Louise White and Reinhard Six from the European Investment Bank (EIB)
6 min.

Debt relief focus risks crippling the economic recovery

Debt markets and capital markets both notoriously struggle to prepare for external shocks. The covid-19-induced economic crisis is no exception, says Dileimy Orozco from climate change think tank E3G
5 min.

Climate and energy innovation needs to be more sensitive to inequalities

Research into energy poverty initiatives often ignores society’s most vulnerable groups. In order to fulfill the just transition, all members of society across geography, gender and income need to be included, says Sergio Tirado Herrero of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technologies (ICTA) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the EmpowerMed research project
5 min.

We need a new litmus test for energy innovation

The global pandemic has bought us more time to make the changes necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change. But innovation solutions need to have a global appeal to be truly impactful, says Elena Bou, Innovation Director at EIT InnoEnergy
6 min.

The Renovation Wave brings a sigh of relief

The European Commission’s Renovation Wave strategy will bring added momentum to the pandemic recovery along with much-needed new standards, and some clarity on financing. On REDay2020, Adrian Joyce from the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency (EuroACE) says the real work to improve the efficiency of Europe’s building stock starts now
4 min.

South Korean biomass lawsuit a warning to Europe

Solar players in South Korea have filed an unprecedented legal challenge against the government for its support of biomass generation. As the European Commission prepares to reopen its own Renewable Energy Directive, Joojin Kim, from Seoul-based NGO Solutions for Our Climate explains the background to the South Korean case
6 min.

The EU cannot ‘go it alone’ on Border Carbon Adjustments

Border carbon adjustments (BCAs) are technically difficult to design and politically challenging to implement. If BCAs are going to succeed, the European Union (EU) will need to engage trade partners from the start, says E3G’s Johanna Lehne
6 min.

Increased goals will bring increased benefits

The European Commission’s plan to increase the emissions reduction target to 55% lacks ambition and would miss out on additional benefits that a higher goal would present, argues WWF’s Imke Lübbeke
4 min.

Europe’s relationship with hydrogen will need to change over time

Hydrogen brings a lot to the table for the EU's energy transition. But to be truly beneficial we need to design its contribution with a global perspective, argues Thomas Boermans, head of innovation trends and strategy at E.ON.
5 min.

Figures do not lie: electricity speeds up on decarbonisation

Europe’s electricity industry is decarbonising at an increasing pace, with the rise of renewables and drop in coal-based power generation. But progress on the ground will be bigger once the remaining barriers are removed, argues Eurelectric’s Kristian Ruby
5 min.

Charging an EV should be as easy as charging a smartphone

The biggest barrier in the transition to electric vehicles is the lack of charging infrastructure. While large-scale projects will ultimately deliver the most effective results, traction will come from multiple smaller applications and innovations, argues Jean-Christoph Heyne from Siemens’ Future Grids business unit
4 min.

An EV future is in our hands

On World EV Day, the stage is set for electric vehicles to become the mainstream mobility choice, as long as the main actors play their part, says Frank Mühlon, head of ABB’s Global E-Mobility Infrastructure Solutions
6 min.

A clean-energy future is reliant on sustainable mining and cement

The mining and cement industries contribute over 10% of the world’s CO₂ emissions but demand in both industries remains high. It is, therefore, imperative that decarbonisation efforts should be accelerated, argues Thomas Schulz, CEO of engineering firm FLSmidth
4 min.

Why do we favour renewables over energy efficiency?

It is beyond discussion that the global climate emergency calls for solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and requires decarbonisation. Often, the spotlight is aimed at renewable energy as the solution, but in fact, we can achieve 44% of the required global reductions by capturing the potential of energy efficiency, argues Lars Knaack of Novenco
4 min.

Wind was resilient throughout the crisis, will be decisive in the recovery

The strong figures posted by the wind industry in the troubled first half of 2020 were testament to the resilience of the industry. This further shows how vital wind energy will be in achieving a zero-carbon economy, argues Ivan Komusanac from trade body WindEurope
4 min.

Expensive oil means we are failing

By competing with each other in clean transport technology, Europe and China have the opportunity to keep oil prices, demand and production down, says Carl Pope, environmentalist and climate advisor to Michael Bloomberg
4 min.

The quest for carbon-neutral cities

A development being planned in Sacramento, California, could provide a blueprint to tomorrow’s cities. Many of the answers are already here, but some research remains, says Geeti Silwal from design firm Perkins and Will
4 min.

The pandemic has changed the course of energy transition

The Covid-19 crisis has forced society to collaborate on the recovery. This shows the same effort can occur in the fight against climate change, argues Adriano Pires of the Brazilian Center for Infrastructure and Elbia Gannoum from Brazil’s wind energy association
6 min.

Getting off gas: future risks for energy poor households

The gas package and renovation wave in the European Green Deal raise new opportunities for ending Europe’s dependence on gas. We need to think about what this means for energy poor households, writes Louise Sunderland from the Regulatory Assistance Project
5 min.

Reducing waste in manufacturing is imperative for the wind industry

With careful planning and utilising materials within a circular economy, the wind industry can reduce its waste during the production process, says Olivier Fontan, the new CEO at blade manufacturer LM Wind Power
3 min.

Renewables face competitive test

Energy systems across the world suffered a shock as the Covid-19 health crises forced carbon-intensive industries, aviation and other transport, to a virtual standstill. The effects of the slowdown could result in a stiff test for renewables competitiveness, argues Juan Alario from GNE Finance
5 min.

Finance ministers need to coordinate for a resilient economy

The fiscal response to the Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to establish a green economy but finance ministers across the globe need to coordinate their actions for the biggest impact, says Dileimy Orozco from E3G
5 min.

Near-term headwinds slow renewables’ march

The renewable energy sector cannot escape the impact of Covid-19, but a redrawing of the landscape and its resilience through the pandemic will lay the foundations for future growth, says Arnaud de Giovanni, Global Power and Utilities Transaction Advisory Services leader at EY
5 min.

Pay attention to young voices and quit wasting our future money

The 2050 targets are closer than you think. The impacts of today’s decisions will directly affect the young people already in the workforce. Monika Skadborg, chairperson of the Danish Youth Climate Council, argues it is time those voices should be heard in the climate debate
4 min.

How we reduced our energy bills by 60%

A year of living with a heat pump has required some lifestyle changes, but after doing some number crunching, Jan Rosenow from the Regulatory Assistance Project found the numbers speak for themselves
3 min.

Ocean energy is critical to recovery

Offshore wind attracts investment, jobs and has the ability to severely cut emissions worldwide, which is why the world should aim for 1,400 GW of capacity by 2050, argue Benj Sykes and Stephen Bull, Co-Chairs of Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition (OREAC), a global coalition of offshore wind companies and international institutions on World Oceans Day (June 8)
6 min.

Why clean hydrogen can be part of the just transition

In an EU that aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, production of green hydrogen can be a new job creating industry, argues Tjisse Stelpstra, Member of the Council of the Province of Drenthe in the Northern Netherlands, providing an economic boost for regions like his and Europe as a whole.
3 min.

Responding to the growing demand for methane-differentiated gas

As methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors come under increasing scrutiny, Cate Hight and Laura Hutchinson from the Rocky Mountain Institute, a US-based NGO, call for a differentiated gas standard that focuses on climate change and sets the bar for acceptable methane emissions
6 min.

Transition to just

The clean energy transition must be socially fair for everyone, not just those living in regions that are heavily reliant on coal for fuel and jobs, says Louise Sunderland from Regulatory Assistance Project
5 min.

Making the EU ETS and carbon pricing fit-for-purpose

Recent Eurelectric analysis reveals the need to reconsider and improve a number of policies and priorities as part of the European Green Deal — the EU Emissions Trading System and an effective carbon pricing for non-ETS require careful consideration, says Petar Georgiev, Eurelectric Policy Advisor climate & e-mobility
3 min.

Reducing emissions while creating jobs

With strong leadership from government, the world can achieve a 100% clean energy economy and get out of the recession caused by Covid-19 measures, argues Solomon Goldstein-Rose, a US climate activist and author
3 min.

Financing smart buildings: contributing to your core business

Making buildings greener and more energy efficient makes environmental and economic sense if the right financing solutions are used, says Thomas Geiselbrecht, Financing Solution Partner, Siemens Financial Services
7 min.

What Covid-19 can teach us about climate action

The impact of Covid-19 on decarbonisation efforts is likely to be short-lived if governments can learn lessons around the effective response to a crisis, says Paul Micallef Global Digital Grid Leader at EY
6 min.

Managing crises by learning fast – from COVID-19 to climate

Investments spent on dealing with the social and economic impacts of Covid-19 in Europe should focus on achieving the highest value outcomes in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, insists Simon Skillings from think tank E3G
6 min.

Covid, climate and hopes for recovery

Despite the constant flood of bad news related to Covid-19, there are signs we are also witnessing unprecedented global dialogue, innovation and collaboration, offering hope that climate change and clean energy can be at the forefront of post-pandemic plans, says Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities