Globale CO2-Emissionen am Wendepunkt? >> 31 Jul 2017

Weltweite Emissionen des Treibhausgases auf hohem Niveau aber nicht weiter ansteigend
Ein kürzlich erschienener Report der Niederländischen Umweltagentur PBL, welcher zusammen mit dem Joint Research Center der Europäischen Kommission erstellt wurde, kommt zu der bemerkenswerten Aussage, dass der Anstieg der globalen CO2-Emissionen 2015 zum Stillstand gekommen ist. China, als das Land mit dem größten Treibhausgasausstoß, spielt [...]

Statistical Review of World Energy 2016: Von Energiewende keine Spur! >> 10 Jul 2017

Die Weltenergiezahlen 2016 von BP zeigen, dass die Entwicklungen in Richtung eines sorgsameren Umgangs mit den energetischen Naturressourcen nicht richtig begonnen hat. Auch wenn der Kohleabbau nochmals etwas abnahm, lässt dies keine Rückschlüsse auf ein grundsätzliches Umdenken zu. Der Anstieg des Verbrauchs von Primärenergie zeigt, dass der Lernprozess noch nicht begonnen hat.

‘Spectacular’ drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost >> 07 Jun 2017

Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data – although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell.
The greater “bang-for-buck” resulted from plummeting prices for solar and wind power and led to new power deals in countries [...]

MEPs vote to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels >> 04 Apr 2017

MEPs say a ban, which needs approval from the European commission, is needed to avoid renewable targets contributing to deforestation.
MEPs have voted overwhelmingly to ban biofuels made from vegetable oils including palm oil by 2020, to prevent the EU’s renewable transport targets from inadvertently contributing to deforestation.
A new palm oil regulation, minimum sustainability criteria, [...]

Why I think there’s still hope for the climate in 2017 >> 19 Mar 2017

Optimism has always been in short supply in conversations about global warming. Only for the briefest window – after the Paris climate agreement was reached in December 2015 – did the words “climate” and “hope” look reasonable next to each other in headlines. Then came 2016.
And yet, in spite of these past 12 months, I [...]

EU must shut all coal plants by 2030 to meet Paris climate pledges, study says >> 09 Feb 2017


The European Union will “vastly overshoot” its Paris climate pledges unless its coal emissions are completely phased out within 15 years, a stress test of the industry has found.
Coal’s use is falling by about 1% a year in Europe but still generates a quarter of the continent’s power – and a fifth of its greenhouse [...]

Will the internet of things sacrifice or save the environment? >> 12 Dec 2016

The internet of things (IoT) – that ever-expanding ecosystem of digital sensors, home appliances and wearable smart devices – attracts its fair share of attention. Speculation is rife on how the 23bn-odd (and counting) “things” will improve quality of life, streamline business operations and ultimately fuel economic benefits to the tune of up to $11tn [...]

EU declares war on energy waste and coal subsidies in new climate package >> 30 Nov 2016

Plan to cut energy use by 30% before 2030 forms centrepiece of package to help EU meet its Paris climate commitments

Europe will phase out coal subsidies and cut its energy use by 30% before the end of the next decade, under a major clean energy package announced in Brussels on Wednesday.
The 1,000-page blueprint to help [...]

Renewables could lose European power grid priority, documents reveal >> 02 Nov 2016

Industry concern after confidential impact assessment models scenarios for paring back the ‘priority dispatch’ system for clean energy
Windfarms and solar power could soon lose the privilege of getting priority over other energy sources on European electricity grids, leaked documents show.
Paring back the “priority dispatch” system could increase carbon emissions by up to 10%, according to [...]

More than half of all businesses ignore UN’s sustainable development goals >> 07 Oct 2016

One year on from the adoption of the SDGs and most businesses are not engaging, says survey, despite experts pointing to the economic opportunities
The SDGs on poverty and hunger were the least supported by businesses; goals around climate action were the most supported. Photograph: Ken Hermann/Save the Children
Businesses are failing to work on the [...]

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