Rummaging Through Trash to Find Clean Energy

Landfills around the world are filling up. In 2016, humanity generated over 2 billion tonnes of waste. In the next 30 years, that figure is expected to grow to 3.4 billion. Where will all this waste end up? A recent report by UN Environment’s International Environmental Technology Centre outlines one …

IRENA and UN Climate Change Join Forces to Accelerate Renewables as Climate Solution

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) are jointly ramping up efforts to fight climate change by promoting the widespread adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy. The new strategic partnership builds on a long history of cooperation that aims to ensure a low-carbon climate-resilient world …

IEA Launches New Tool for Tracking Oil and Gas-Related Methane Emissions Worldwide

The International Energy Agency has launched a new online tool that tracks oil and gas-related sources of methane, a major and often overlooked greenhouse gas. The new “methane tracker” offers the most comprehensive global picture of methane emissions, covering eight industry areas across more than seventy countries. This new and …

Renewable Jobs Around the World Topped 11 Million in 2018

Renewable jobs around the world topped 11 million in 2018. That’s according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – this figure compares with 10.3 million clean energy jobs in 2017, the increase being driven by renewable energy industries increasingly spreading around the globe. The report …

Bill Gates and EU Launch €100m Clean Energy Investment Fund

A new €100 million (£88m) clean energy investment fund has been launched by a fund led by Bill Gates, the European Commission and European Investment Bank (EIB). Initially announced in October last year, Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe (BEV-E) will support Europe’s best clean energy entrepreneurs whose solutions can deliver “significant …

Most Technologies and Sectors ‘Not Keeping Pace with Long-Term Energy Goals’

Most technologies and sectors are not keeping pace with the long-term goals of the clean energy transition. That’s according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which suggests many types of energy asset are not adequately working towards its Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS) targets to tackle climate change, deliver energy access …

Microsoft Inks PPA for Dutch Offshore Wind Energy

Microsoft has signed a new deal to buy electricity from a 713.5MW offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. It is purchasing 90MW of power from the Borssele III/IV wind farm under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Dutch developer Eneco. Electricity generated from the offshore wind farm will be used …