Accelerating investment in cheaper and cleaner energy in Africa

The Africa Energy Outlook 2022 is a new report from the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook series. It explores pathways for Africa’s energy system to evolve toward achieving all African development goals, including universal access to modern and affordable energy services by 2030 and nationally determined contributions. Today’s cripplingContinue…

Imagining Sustainable Futures for Europe

Achieving a sustainable Europe will require far-reaching societal change, engaging all areas of the economy and society according to the EEA web report ‘Imagining sustainable futures for Europe in 2050’. Since 2020, the EEA and Eionet (Environmental Information and Observation Network) have been exploring how to use qualitative scenarios or ‘imaginaries’ to support environmental assessment andContinue…

Opportunity cost of UK dependence on Russian oil and gas

An analysis from a team at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment finds that the U.K. could effectively eliminate the need for Russian gas imports in 2023 and oil imports by 2024 if it takes the net zero measures recommended by the Climate Change Committee’s 6th carbon budget. As Putin’s unprovokedContinue…

OXFORD ZERO CARBON INSTITUTE

The University of Oxford announces the launch of the multi-disciplinary ZERO Institute (Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford) to tackle the challenges of an equitable, secure global zero-carbon energy transition. Oxford launches new multi-disciplinary ZERO Institute Bringing together leading academics from a range of disciplines, the Institute will address the questions surroundingContinue…

Modernising EU Industrial Emissions Directive

The EU Commission proposed new rules to update and modernise the Industrial Emissions Directive, key legislation to help prevent and control pollution. Updated rules will guide industrial investments necessary for Europe’s transformation towards a zero-pollution, competitive, climate-neutral economy by 2050 and provide long-term investment certainty. Industrial Emissions Directive Industrial activities, likeContinue…

Mitigation of Climate Change

In 2010-2019 average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed. Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is beyond reach. However, there is increasing evidence of climate action, said scientistsContinue…

How Europe can quickly reduce imports of Russian natural gaS

IEA provides 10-Point Plan to European Union to reduce its reliance on Russian supplies by over a third while supporting European Green Deal, with emergency options to go further. The European Union could reduce its imports of Russian natural gas by more than one-third within a year through a combinationContinue…

Can Biomass be used in a Net-Zero Economy?

The growing concerns about Net-Zero Economy have resulted in favorable policies and regulations for renewable energy, which has been the key factor driving the growth of the biomass market. But are EU policies up to date with technology, needs and reality? Can Biomass be used in a Net-Zero Economy? The termContinue…

UNEP environmental threats

Wildfires are burning more severely and more often, urban noise pollution is growing into a global public health menace, and phenological mismatches – disruptions in the timing of life-cycle stages in natural systems – are causing ecological consequences. These critical environmental threats are requiring greater attention and targetted investments, asContinue…