Articles & Video
Expectation vs Reality - A roadmap to achieving net zero
What is the real meaning of net zero? What has happened in the 30 years? Can 3 economic principles improve climate change? What is the value of proper carbon pricing? We explore the 4 main themes from Dieter Helm’s presentation at Flame Virtual 2020.
Securing the future of energy transition: Cybersecurity in the Energy sector
With an increasing focus on interconnection and digitalisation, we speak with Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and Fellow at McAfee, to find out more about the challenges, risks, and scenarios for cybersecurity in the Energy sector.
Challenges, barriers, and the costs of the EU hydrogen strategy
We caught up with energy policies and market consultant, Andrei Belyi, to examine the challenges, barriers, and the costs of the EU hydrogen strategy moving forward.
Scenarios & challenges for oil markets and energy transition in a post-pandemic climate
We asked energy policies and market consultant, Andrei Belyi, about the scenarios which exist for oil markets and energy transition in a post-pandemic climate, challenges, and the strength of systems to provide the required amount of renewable energy.
Carbon neutral vs carbon negative: what’s the difference?
Valpy Fitzgerald, Director of Green Markets at renewable energy provider at Opus Energy, breaks down the jargon around some of the most commonly used terms for sustainability targets, and shared some advice on how businesses can become more ambitious in their sustainability targets.
Turning the Tide Towards a Sustainable Blue Economy
We’ve all heard that business is going green, but 2020 just might be the year of the “blue economy” with organizations from the major shipping banks in the Poseidon Principles Association to the UN and the World Bank paying attention and taking action.
Ceramic fuel cells take a step closer to unlocking clean energy
Discovery of a new chemical compound by researchers at University of Aberdeen marks potential of a major breakthrough for ceramic fuel cells.
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.