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Japan must reverse direction on coal investments or face $71 billion stranded asset burden
Continued investment in the Japanese coal sector could leave the country lumbered with $71 billion in stranded assets, according to a recent report prepared by the financial think-tank Carbon Tracker, the Institute for Future Initiatives at The University of Tokyo and the non-profit CDP.
North West Europe needs new midstream gas infrastructure to support the rise of renewables
Europe’s increasing dependence on natural gas imports (which accounted for 54% of European gas supply in 2018), combined with growing reliance on natural gas to stabilise the power grid at higher penetrations of variable renewables, are undermining the flexibility of the gas system.
Energy policy decisions in a carbon constrained world: spotlight on Louisiana
Louisiana has the highest per capita energy consumption of any state in the US, and among the lowest retail electricity prices, thanks largely to an abundance of gas-fired generation capacity and an extensive network of existing supply infrastructure. But a key question for the state is what role gas-fired generation will continue to play in the medium to long-term.
Inside the UK government's landmark Clean Maritime Plan
This month marks the release of the Government’s Clean Maritime Plan. Like the net-zero target, the plan signals the UK’s willingness to lead the transition to a low carbon future. Its headline ambition is to ensure that all new ships ordered for use in UK waters are equipped with zero emission propulsion capability by 2025.
Without large-scale carbon capture initiatives, heavy industry is sleepwalking towards a costly future
Failing to introduce technologies capable of capturing and storing CO2 emissions from industrial processes could drastically raise the cost of CO2 abatement in future decades, according to a recent analysis by the International Energy Agency.
Video: National policies, incentives and regulatory frameworks for the energy transition
Filmed at the 2019 Energy Transition World Forum in Brussels, this panel discussion provides an in-depth appraisal of the policy landscape shaping decarbonisation initiatives in Europe.
Net-zero targets are meaningless without accounting for carbon consumption
According to the author of the UK’s Cost of Energy Review, Professor Dieter Helm, proposals that aim for net-zero emissions within the borders of European countries are insufficient to deal with climate change.
The challenges of upgrading the power grid for a decarbonised electric future
The transition to a decarbonised electric future requires a more complex and integrated energy system, able to balance the unpredictability of renewables with the need for reliable, on-demand power supply.
Validating the market for green financing
Simon Holden, Head of Investment Advisory Services at Lloyd's Register, writes that the green financing market needs to rethink how it verifies sustainability.
Carbon emissions from concrete are out of control. Here's how to rein them in.
The energy transition has a new worst enemy. It’s ugly, it’s heavy, it’s responsible for more carbon emissions than all but the two most emissions intensive economies, and it’s everywhere. You guessed it. Concrete is the world’s most widely used building material, and we’re consuming more of it all the time.
The wall of investment facing European electricity TSOs, and how to avoid it
Cosmo Tech's Dr Witold Krasny explains how the investment barriers facing European Transmission System Operators can be traced to the system's post war origins.
EU sees dual gas-power energy system as best bet to reach zero carbon by 2050
The debate over global warming has been won in Europe, and what now remains is to work out the best way of transitioning to a zero-carbon energy system. Europe’s Director of the Internal Energy Market, Dr Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, believes that the optimum solution involves a dual gas-power network – and the Commission plans to encourage its development.
Want more renewables on the grid? Focus on industrial DSR
A demand-side response policy which focuses on energy-intensive industry can significantly improve grid flexibility within a realistic timescale. Because it targets the largest consumers, it can also bring the largest gains. What’s more, we’ve been doing it for decades.
Business models, technologies and market design for decarbonising the connected energy system
Returning for the second year, the Energy Transition World Forum is a high-level, one-day summit co-located with the Flame conference. The event provides an unrivalled platform for the broader conversations needed to deliver deep-decarbonisation.
Managing energy sector cyber risk in an evolving threat landscape
The energy sector is at the centre of an arms race. Largely hidden from public view, and sometimes under-regarded by those with the most to lose, a great deal hinges on the race’s outcome.
The future of biogas will be modular and small-scale
QUBE Renewables create small-scale, modular anaerobic digesters to enable biogas production in conflict zones, refugee camps and developing world communities. We spoke to the company's Technical Director, Mark Clayton, to find out more about the technology.
Can BECCS pull us back from the brink of climate breakdown?
Released last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report was intended to provide a wake-up call to a civilisation nearing the edge of its runway. Backed by years of research, the report shows that the difference between 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees C of global temperature rise would be more dramatic than scientists had previously suspected.
Russian supply dependence could hasten electrification: an interview with Jonathan Stern
Jonathan Stern is a distinguished research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, having founded the institute’s Natural Gas Research Programme. He is an expert in the gas industries of Russia and the Soviet Union, and has written about the topic for over thirty years. His book, the Future of Russian Gas and Gazprom, is available to purchase on the OIES website. In our interview with him, we cover the EU's growing dependence on Gazprom, and the timeline for decarbonising the European energy system.