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.
Incentives for the European energy transition: can they lead us to carbon neutrality?
Released from the Energy Transition Virtual Forum, this session addresses the impact of cross-border carbon tax, the support required for heavy industry to achieve decarbonisation goals and the regulations which will be required to meet climate change objectives in 2030 and 2050.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Renewable energy's uneasy relationship with the deep sea mining industry
The manufacture of clean energy technologies is dependent on a dwindling supply of valuable metals and rare earth minerals. Can deep sea mining be the solution, and is it worth the environmental costs?
Lock-In or Phase Out? An Interview with MEP Bas Eickhout
Bas Eickhout is a Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands, representing GroenLinks (the Dutch Green Party). He is an outspoken advocate for decarbonisation, and is heavily involved in European energy policy in relation to natural gas, biofuels and renewable energy. We caught up with him at Flame to discuss his attitude to the gas industry, the pathway to decarbonisation, and the risk of a fossil fuel “lock-in” due to overinvestment in natural gas infrastructure.
Getting a handle on fugitive emissions
The argument goes something like this: natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel. When burned, it produces 50% less CO2 than coal, and 25% less CO2 than petrol. By choosing to fuel our homes, our power plants, and even our means of transport with natural gas, we are making a responsible choice that will help to slow the warming of our climate.
Decarbonisation: the Outlook from Flame
If a clear message emerged from the discussions around decarbonisation at the 2018 Flame conference, it was this: that the challenges involved with reducing emissions are severe, and that there is no room for complacency about the role of gas in achieving this end.
Why Private Sector Leadership is Crucial if Climate Targets are to be Met
Ahead of the Energy Transition World Forum, we take a look at six ways private sector leadership will be crucial in the quest to decarbonise energy production.