Climate & emissions

17 August 2018

How resource efficiency in key materials can help cut CO2 emissions

A new report explores a broad range of opportunities for reducing the impact of the four largest materials in terms of emissions (steel, plastics, aluminium, and cement) and two large use segments for these materials (passenger cars and buildings). It finds that a more circular economy could make deep cuts to emissions from EU heavy […]

15 August 2018

CO2-absorbing magnesite developed artificially could boost CCS

Researchers have succeeded in artificially producing the mineral magnesite that can absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Magnesite’s carbon-storing capacity was already known to scientists. But the process normally takes thousands of years. By reducing this to a matter of days, the technique could become a valuable approach to carbon capture and storage (CCS). Every ton of magnesite is […]

14 August 2018

Wind and solar capacity smashes 1,000 gigawatt barrier

The world has now installed more than 1,000 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar power, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). As of June 2018, analysis shows there is now 1,013GW of wind and solar PV, evenly balanced between the two: 54 percent wind and 46 percent solar. The milestone is the latest sign […]

10 August 2018

Organic solar cells achieve commercial output

Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells. Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. But organic photovoltaics, made from carbon and plastic, promise a cheaper way […]

7 August 2018

Rockstrom: Climate change may soon be unstoppable

The Earth could be locked into unavoidable global warming even if all countries met their targets to cut emissions, a study has found. The 2015 Paris agreement on climate change aims to keep the increase in global average temperatures below 2C but this may not be enough to stop “feedback” mechanisms, such as permafrost melting […]

3 August 2018

Global boom in off-grid renewables

Off-grid renewable energy has witnessed spectacular growth over the last decade. Since 2008 capacity has trebled and the number of people in rural communities served by the technology has witnessed six-fold growth. Today, up to 133 million people are receiving life-changing access to low-cost, secure renewable energy and benefit from the socioeconomic impact access delivers. […]

1 August 2018

Construction to start on innovative carbon capture pilot for the cement and lime sector

The EU-supported LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) project has progressed to the construction phase with the delivery of the pilot’s shell furnace. The project is developing a breakthrough technology that has the potential to enable both Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their emissions dramatically while retaining, or even increasing international competitiveness. […]

31 July 2018

Efficiency of air conditioning systems critical to future energy demand

The growing use of air conditioners in homes and offices around the world will be one of the top drivers of global electricity demand over the next three decades, according to new analysis by the International Energy Agency that stresses the urgent need for policy action to improve cooling efficiency. A new IEA report – […]

24 July 2018

Cities in China cut emissions and increase economic growth

Chinese cities are lowering emissions, while also maintaining significant economic growth. More than 90 percent of the 115 cities studied showed gross domestic growth ranging from 40 to 100 percent between 2010 and 2015. Around 90 of these cities performed well on the Low-carbon and Green Index for Cities (LOGIC), which tracks progress and recommends […]

13 July 2018

Energy renovation of buildings is a key tool for urban regeneration

Across the globe more than 30 % of greenhouse gas emissions are the result of energy use in buildings. And by 2050 global building energy demand could increase by 50% if no action is taken. Reaching the Paris Climate goals requires investing in renovation of the existing building stock. Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings […]

10 July 2018

Mayors urge EU to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050

The mayors of ten major European cities -including Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona – have issued a joint call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. The joint call by the ten mayors coincides with the launch of a public consultation this week (10-11 July) by the European […]

3 July 2018

‘Breakthrough’ could deliver lower cost carbon capture

A Canadian company, Carbon Engineering, has developed a new approach to directly removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and claims the process can now be done for less than $100 per ton compared to current estimates of $600 per ton. Various of carbon capture and storage technology are being worked on to suck the climate-polluting gas […]

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