New Cross-Sector Project Targets Wind Turbine Blades Recycling

The wind energy industry in Europe has joined forces with two other industry bodies to tackle the issue of turbine blades waste. WindEurope, the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the European Composites Industry Association have developed a cross-sector platform to advance novel approaches to recycle wind turbine blades. Turbine …

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 …

Renewable Power ‘Already Cheapest Kind of Electricity in Many Countries’

Renewable power is already the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world. That’s the verdict from a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which suggests the cost advantage of renewables will extend further as prices continue to fall in the next decade. It …

World Bank Launches New Fund to Support ‘Climate-Smart’ Mining for Low Carbon Tech

The World Bank has launched what is claimed to be the first ever fund dedicated to making mining for the low carbon energy transition “climate-smart” and sustainable. The Climate-Smart Mining Facility, targeting a total investment of $50 million (£38.2m), will support the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals …

EU Approves Lithuania’s €385m Renewable Energy Scheme

The European Commission has approved a €385 million (£333m) scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources in Lithuania. The government intends to introduce the new aid scheme in May for the installation of renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydropower. It will support Lithuania’s national target of …

UK’s First Offshore Wind Farm Retires

The first ever offshore wind farm built in the UK is to be decommissioned starting next month. Developer E.ON says the Blyth Offshore Wind Farm, which has two 2MW turbines, has generated enough electricity to supply more than 2,000 homes and saved more than 4,500 tonnes of carbon emissions every …

Finland Approves 2029 Coal Ban For Energy Use

Finland has brought forward its coal phase-out date by one year, according to reports, with the new deadline set for May 1, 2029, after which coal will be banned from use as an energy source except in an emergency. Reuters reported last Friday that the Finnish Parliament approved on Wednesday …