Tag Archives: renewable energy

China leading on world’s clean energy investment, says report

china's state power investment corporation operates in brazil
China’s State Power Investment Corp operates the São Simão dam in Brazil. Credit: NASA/ISS.

China is by far the largest force in global clean energy development and its firms are increasingly looking abroad for opportunities, a new report says

January 9, 2018 — The report, released today by the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), details the rising importance of China’s firms and investors for low-carbon projects outside the country. Continue reading China leading on world’s clean energy investment, says report

Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

the itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant
The Itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant. Brazil gets more than 70% of its electricity from hydropower. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hydropower policy to be rethought in face of environmental concerns, indigenous sensitivities and public unease, says surprise government statement

January 4, 2018 — After swathes of forest clearance, millions of tonnes of concrete and decades of hydro-expansion, Brazil has raised hopes that it may finally step back from the construction of new mega-dams. Continue reading Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

hurricane harvey in texas
Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, US: rich countries are not immune from climate change impacts (Pic: Army National Guard/Lt Zachary West)

The Paris climate deal is based on pledges from 165 countries, but there are major omissions that need addressing before the next round in 2020

January 3, 2018 — The 165 national climate action plans submitted by countries to the UN climate negotiations are key to implementing the Paris Agreement. Continue reading Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability
A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies says 50% renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Chief scientist-commissioned report warns Australia risks missing global growth industry of energy storage because of ongoing policy uncertainty

November 19, 2017 — Australia’s power grid can reach penetrations of 50% renewable energy without a significant requirement for storage to support reliability, according to a new report commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel. Continue reading Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

white house officials and business leaders appear at the event, titled the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation
White House officials and business leaders appear at the event, titled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

The US administration’s attempt to portray fossil fuels as vital to reducing poverty and saving US jobs is ridiculed in Bonn

November 13, 2017 — The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil Continue reading ‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

syria’s surprise decision to sign the paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war
Syria’s surprise decision to sign the Paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave

November 7, 2017 — Syria has decided to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the world’s final functioning state to do so. The surprise decision, taken amid a brutal civil war in the country, will leave the US as the only country outside the agreement if it follows through on President Donald Trump’s vow to leave. Continue reading Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of rajghat
Rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of Rajghat. Photograph: Michael Safi for the Guardian

India’s population and emissions are rising fast, and its ability to tackle poverty without massive fossil fuel use will decide the fate of the planet

November 6, 2017 — “It’s a lucky charm,” says Rajesh, pointing to the solar-powered battery in his window that he has smeared with turmeric as a blessing. “It has changed our life.” Continue reading How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

Mapped: Where multilateral climate funds spend their money

intense sunshine in the deserts of rajasthan, india
The intense sunshine in the deserts of Rajasthan, India, is now being turned into solar power, thanks to a project by the Clean Technology Fund. Credit: Jitendra Parihar/Thomson Reuters Foundation/CIF Action (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Photo taken 14/04/2014.

In 2009, countries meeting in Copenhagen for the 15th UN climate conference set a new monetary goal

November 6, 2017 — They agreed that, by 2020, developed countries should be jointly “mobilising” $100bn a year to help developing countries tackle climate change. Continue reading Mapped: Where multilateral climate funds spend their money

UNEP: Six crucial actions to help close the world’s ’emissions gap’

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Solarpark Büttel solar farm, Büttel, Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Credit: imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo

Current pledges by nations to reduce their emissions add up to no more than a third of the reductions needed to avoid 2°C of global warming, according to a new UN Environmental Program (UNEP) report

November 1, 2017 — This “emissions gap” is possible to close, it says, but countries need to take action quickly. Continue reading UNEP: Six crucial actions to help close the world’s ’emissions gap’

‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

streetlights powered by solar
Businessman Jason Sharam’s Linked Group has spent $460,000 on a solar and battery installation. Photograph: Jason Sharam

From solar to running generators, some have quit the energy grid and several others are showing interest in ‘defecting’

October 29, 2017 — In the heart of Queensland’s mining belt, a businessman who has grown his enterprise mostly off the back of the coal industry sees the energy sector going only one way. Continue reading ‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs