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Renewables and Natural Gas Big Winners Through 2040

According to the International Energy Agency’s 2016 World Energy Outlook, the big winners through 2040 are natural gas and renewables. Meanwhile, both coal and oil will get scaled back.

China Will Cut Back Its Coal Use. What does it Mean for the United States?

China Will Cut Back Its Coal Use. What does it Mean for the United States?

China is getting sick of breathing dirty air. So the top brass there says that the country will cut output from its coal-burning power plants over the next three years. But what does it mean to the United States and is this really a concession? The bottom line is that … Read more »

Can Your Company Consume Clean Energy and Still Compete Globally?

Is there is a correlation between economic growth and the rate of growth in greenhouse gas emissions? If the current presidential campaign is the benchmark, one would suspect a close link. But, at least for the last two years, those heat-trapping releases are stable while global economic growth is on … Read more »

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How to Reduce Carbon Capture’s Energy Penalty

Carbon capture from coal-fired power plants takes energy. So more coal has to be used to get the same amount of power from the plant. Thus reducing the energy demand of carbon capture is vital to making it more attractive. In a report for the International Energy Agency Clean Coal … Read more »

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Is Carbon Capture the Clean Tech Solution to Industrial CO2 Emissions?

Some 22 carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects are operating or under construction worldwide — double the number at the beginning of the decade — according to the Global CCS Institute’s annual report, Global Status of CCS: 2015. “The CCS industry is poised to move through its most active construction … Read more »

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Johnson Controls, WRI Partnership to Target Energy Efficiency in Cities

Johnson Controls has partnered with World Resources Council to accelerate energy efficiency action in cities. The Building Efficiency Initiative will combine Johnson Controls’ expertise in building efficiency solutions with WRI’s analytical know-how and policy experience. The goal is to encourage cities to save on energy use in buildings. Cities will account … Read more »

Global Investors Call for Carbon Pricing

Nearly 350 global institutional investors have called on government leaders on the eve of the Climate Summit to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment on a scale necessary to effectively deal with global climate change. The investors — BlackRock, CalPERS, PensionDanmark, Deutsche, South African … Read more »

Renewables Can Safely Reach 30% Penetration: IEA

Carbon-free wind power and solar photovoltaics (PV) can be fully integrated into power systems in large volumes without compromising grid stability and at a reasonable cost, according to a new study. A study released by the International Energy Agency, The Power of Transformation – Wind, Sun and the Economics of … Read more »

Carbon Pricing Buoyed by China – and US?

Carbon Pricing Buoyed by China – and US?

The proportion of global emissions subject to carbon pricing is projected to grow from about 8 percent last year to about 33 percent in 2035, according to the International Energy Agency’s 2013 World Energy Outlook, Reuters reports. The IEA predicts that China will launch nationwide carbon pricing in 2020, starting … Read more »

Climate Change Investment Totals $359 Billion Worldwide

Climate Change Investment Totals $359 Billion Worldwide

Global investment in climate change plateaued at $359 billion in 2012, slightly less than the $364 spent the previous year, according to a Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) study. The Global Landscape of Climate Finance 2013 says once again the figure falls far short of what’s needed. The International Energy Agency … Read more »

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Economy, Not Environment, No. 1 Reason Why Nations Push EVs

Many of the world’s most powerful nations promote the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles primarily for reasons of economic development — notably job creation — not because of their potential to improve the environment through decreased air pollution and oil consumption, according to a study. Researchers at the Indiana … Read more »