Policy

Authoritative explainers on policy, best practice governance & legislation driving positive change

5-6 min.
India’s solar sector may be facing certain difficulties, but its future holds plenty of potential21/September/2018

Despite some clouds, India’s solar sector will continue to shine

India’s solar sector may be facing certain difficulties, but its future holds plenty of potential
8-10 min.
13/July/2018

The challenge of decarbonising Europe

While EU energy experts unsurprisingly agreed the leading role renewables and energy efficiency will play in the move to a clean energy economy, speakers at a European Commission conference had widely differing views on what else should be prioritised
11-12 min.
Coal-reliant regions around the world have been generally resistant to the energy transition and regulators have tended to defend the status quo. But they are slowly starting to realise that clear plans and financial support for disrupted societies are more important09/July/2018

A fair and just energy transition

Coal-reliant regions around the world have been generally resistant to the energy transition and regulators have tended to defend the status quo. But they are slowly starting to realise that clear plans and financial support for disrupted societies are more important
13-14 min.
Voluntary agreements, instead of, or in conjunction with, regulation, are becoming the norm in many parts of the world to reduce wasted energy in various consumer sectors02/July/2018

Sticks and carrots

Voluntary agreements, instead of, or in conjunction with, regulation, are becoming the norm in many parts of the world to reduce wasted energy in various consumer sectors
9-10 min.
Australia, New Zealand explore low-carbon solutions04/June/2018

Australia, New Zealand explore low-carbon solutions

Two antipodean countries, two different approaches to the low-carbon transition. While New Zealand is starting to lead from the top-down, Australia still lacks clear national policies with a patchwork of approaches to decarbonisation remaining the order of the day
6-7 min.
biomass support threaten clean energy transition25/May/2018

Biomass support threatens clean energy transition

Over stimulation of biomass-fired combined heat and power and insufficient control of the sustainability of the raw material is leading Denmark in the wrong direction on clean energy, warns the country’s council on climate change
6-7 min.
Interview with Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish energy minister23/May/2018

Business sense

Interview with Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish energy minister
5-6 min.
Hurricanes wiped out Puerto Rico’s power grid, creating an opportunity to rebuild with cleaner modern technologies. But financial and institutional barriers stand in the way15/May/2018

Puerto Rico struggles back from the brink

Island series part 3/3: Hurricanes wiped out Puerto Rico’s power grid, creating an opportunity to rebuild with cleaner modern technologies. But financial and institutional barriers stand in the way
6-7 min.
Hawaii bets on solar power09/May/2018

Hawaii bets on solar power

Island series part 2/3: Battered by years of high energy prices due to heavy dependence on imported oil, Hawaii has been moving aggressively to take advantage of the declining cost of renewables
4-5 min.
Bornholm, a Danish island due south of Sweden in the Baltic Sea, is making itself into a “Bright Green Island” by pursuing a goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. To get there, Bornholm has become a laboratory for new technologies and strategies to cut emissions.07/May/2018

Bornholm Island a test bed for new energy technologies

Island series part 1/1: Denmark's "sunshine island" is taking its efforts to become carbon neutral beyond wind energy. Experiments with solar technologies are directed towards achieving heating, cooling and electricity generation from a single source of clean energy.
6-7 min.
Americans say they lack the consensus for the change seen in Europe18/April/2018

Utilities and distributed generation

Americans say they lack the consensus for the change seen in Europe
10 min.
mind the gap07/March/2018

Mind the gap

On International Women’s Day, FORESIGHT looks at the gender gap in the energy sector and why more women could boost the transition to a renewable energy economy
6-7 min.
01/March/2018

Danish businesses drive electric revolution, but government remains in park mode

Interview with Jeppe Juul, recently appointed president of the board of Transport & Environment (T&E), the Brussels-based organisation that helped break the dieselgate scandal
5-6 min.
14/November/2017

Green tech must engage with big business

Former EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Denmark’s first minister for climate and energy, Connie Hedegaard, in conversation with FORESIGHT
6-7 min.
07/July/2017

The dangers of using a sharp instrument

Auctions of power purchase contracts as a price-setting mechanism for wind energy are proving to be sharp tools for driving down cost. But sharp tools need handling with care
3-4 min.
07/July/2017

The shaky case for negative emissions

Achieving negative emissions could bridge the gap for meeting global warming targets, but could also be a dangerous distraction
4-5 min.
17/March/2017

Entry of China heralds emissions trading shake up

When China later this year introduces its emissions trading system, it will double the combined size of all existing carbon markets
4-5 min.
17/March/2017

Is it really carbon neutral?

IPCC author questions burning of biomass
7-8 min.
17/March/2017

A clear case of protectionist policy adding to the cost

Offshore wind in the US is in its early infancy. A century old law is making life unnecessarily difficult and is hindering market growth.
6-7 min.
11/October/2016

History lessons in why expensive is proving cheap

Plotting past trends in the cost of electricity clearly shows the way forward
5-6 min.
11/October/2016

A more nuanced approach to accounting for carbon

Better methodologies for allocating responsibility for carbon emissions would spark greater effort from underperformers
5-6 min.
06/July/2016

Your assumptions might be wrong

Environmental regulation does not make countries uncompetitive, says the OECD
4-5 min.
04/July/2016

Reality surprised us

On energy trends the IEA admits that prediction is difficult – especially of the future
5-6 min.
02/July/2016

Redirecting the global flow of money

Developing countries need around $300 billion annually by 2020 to limit their carbon emissions
4-5 min.
29/June/2016

A fiscal Stockholm syndrom

Government budgets are hooked on fossil-fuel derived tax revenues. Making the break is tough