The 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 …

US and Russia ‘to Dominate Global Pipeline Expenditure to 2022’

The US and Russia will dominate global capital expenditure on planned oil and gas pipelines up until 2022. That’s according to data and analytics company GlobalData, which says the nations are set to spend an estimated $88.4 billion (£66.9bn) and $78.8 billion (£60bn) respectively on new build pipelines over the …

Pope Francis Tells Oil Bosses World Must Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

Pope Francis has told oil company chiefs that the world must switch to clean energy because climate change risks destroying humanity. “Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation,” he said at the end of a two-day conference at the Vatican. The pontiff said climate change was a …

Hamburg Bans Diesel Cars on Two of Its Roads

Hamburg has banned older diesel vehicles on two of its roads in a bid to reduce pollution. The move makes it the first German city to introduce such a ruling – the measure came into force on the 31st of May and affects relatively small sections of road in the …

Construction Delays Make New Nuclear Power Plants Costlier than Ever

The cost of building new nuclear power plants is nearly 20 per cent higher than expected due to delays, a new analysis has found. A new analysis of the history of nuclear power plant projects shows since 2010 delays have contributed 18 per cent the costs. These delays – which …