EU Investigates BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen over Emissions Collusion Allegations

The carmakers allegedly held meetings where they discussed clean technologies to limit harmful car exhaust emissions. The technologies aim to make passenger cars less damaging to the environment The Commission will assess if the companies colluded to limit the development and rollout of certain emissions control systems It aims to …

50% of Industrial Climate Change Emissions Tied to Fossil Fuel Companies

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report titled Decarbonization Pathways for Mines: A Headlamp in the Darkness, in which it was stated that in 2015, half of worldwide industrial greenhouse gas emissions came from 50 companies working in fossil-fuel industries. (This statement was a reference to a previously published …

UK Experts Back Subsidies for Mini Nuclear Power Plants

The UK Government should provide subsidies to developers of mini nuclear power stations like it did with the offshore wind industry. That’s the recommendation of the Expert Finance Working Group (EFWG), an independent group convened by BEIS in January to consider what was needed to attract private financing to small …

Rising Sea Temperatures Force Vattenfall to Close Reactor in Sweden

After reactor 2 at the Swedish Ringhals nuclear power plant had been running at reduced capacity since Monday 30 July, it was closed down completely Tuesday afternoon. The continued warm weather in Sweden has brought the sea water close to 25 degrees during recent days. To maintain cooling capacity at …

UK Hits Milestone of 1,000 Coal-Free Hours

The UK has gone a thousand hours without needing coal generation so far this year. That’s according to new figures released by MyGridGB, which show the country hit the milestone. The data shows the amount of coal-free time in 2018 has already eclipsed the figures from 2017 and 2016, in …

Ireland Becomes World’s First Country to Divest from Fossil Fuels

The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament. The state’s €8bn national investment fund will be required to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas …

Church of England Threatens to Withdraw Investment from Oil and Gas

The Church of England has voted in favour of withdrawing investment from companies that aren’t doing enough to tackle climate change. The General Synod, the decision-making body for the Church, said it broadly supported its ongoing strategy of engaging with companies “rather than prematurely disinvesting for them”. However, it added …