Renewable Energy Can Support Resilient and Equitable Recovery

Advancing the renewables-based energy transformation is an opportunity to meet international climate goals while boosting economic growth, creating millions of jobs and improving human welfare by 2050, finds the first Global Renewables Outlook released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently. While a pathway to deeper decarbonisation requires total …

The Biggest Fall in Carbon Emissions Since WW2 Could Be Short-Lived

Experts warn that without structural change, emissions declines caused by coronavirus could be short-lived as economies get back to normal. * Emissions have to peak in 2020 to hit climate goals * Experts differ on likely impact of the coronavirus * Only lasting downward trend will curb climate change Carbon …

World’s First Zero Emission Construction Site

Even in cities like Oslo, Norway, which is typically thought of as progressive and “green”, more than 20% of the total CO2 emissions comes from heavy-duty construction equipment. That’s a huge number, and you can bet that older, less regulated machines in other major cities are even worse. That fact …

Oil Price Volatility Will Give a Boost to Renewables

Everyone loves low prices, but what the business community values most of all is predictability. The recent volatility in global oil markets — spearheaded by a fight to the death between Saudi Arabia and Russia — has sent the price of oil plunging to lows not seen in years. You …

How to Move More People in Fewer Vehicles

Shared mobility services have the potential to dramatically reduce levels of congestion and pollution in our cities. For maximum benefit, these services must be integrated with public transport systems. The technology to make this happen already exists. Advocates of autonomous mobility are looking forward to the day when zero-emission, shared …

Clean Energy at the Heart of Stimulus Plans to Counter the Coronavirus Crisis?

The impact of the coronavirus around the world and the resulting turmoil in global markets are dominating global attention. As governments respond to these interlinked crises, they must not lose sight of a major challenge of our time: clean energy transitions. The coronavirus is turning into an unprecedented international crisis, …

Economic Slowdown as a Result of COVID Is No Substitute for Climate Action

Efforts to control the Coronavirus pandemic have reduced economic activity and led to localized improvements in air quality. But it is too early to assess the implications for concentrations of greenhouse gases which are responsible for long-term climate change. Carbon dioxide levels at key observing stations have so far this …