The United Kingdom, the originator of the Industrial Revolution that kicked off climate change, is forging ahead with R&D projects to reduce the carbon impacts of dirty industries, with the central focus on carbon capture and hydrogen generation, ignoring energy efficiency.
The UK Climate Change Committee (CCC) has published its recommended pathway to a 78 per cent reduction in UK territorial emissions between 1990 and 2035 leading to net zero by 2050. This brings forward the UK’s previous 80 per cent target by nearly 15 years. The CCC’s chairman, Lord Deben, said: “As we emerge from […]
Last week San Francisco became the latest city to ban natural gas in new buildings. The legislation will see all new construction, other than restaurants, use electric power only from June 2021, to cut greenhouse gas emissions
FEATURE: It’s been about a month since South Australia’s new “smarter homes” rules for rooftop solar were ushered in to help stabilise the grid. So how are they doing?
“Europe’s man on the moon moment” is how Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, describes the European Green Deal.
Hobsons Bay City Council has taken a big step towards its net zero carbon ambitions with a large-scale roll out of its Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and the installation of new solar panels across more than 40 council-owned buildings.
Carbon capture and storage technology as an emissions reduction strategy is like slapping a band-aid over the fossil fuels industry – a last ditch attempt to keep coal-fired generation alive.
The evil gnome who has taken up permanent residence on the shoulder of British prime minister Boris Johnson and whispers dark instructions into his ears, last week pronounced energy efficiency as “boring“. His name is demonic comings. I’m sorry, that was a mistaken auto-correction by my dictation software; it should have read Dominic Cummings, who […]
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week announced environmental approvals for 15 major infrastructure projects will be fast-tracked to accelerate investment as Australia emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown.
Interest in heat pumps – a lower cost, lower emissions alternative to gas boilers in aquatic centres – is growing.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Conservative Party is starting to govern the UK this week with 109 new MPs. Many of these are younger people who perhaps never expected to be elected. What action can we expect to protect the climate from this government?
The Northern Territory is embarking on a huge investment in solar energy but the government needs to reconsider its fossil fuel plans, and recognise the role its Indigenous people play in controlling carbon.
Federal energy minister Angus Taylor has finally called the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council meeting this weekend. Let’s hope the meeting is not in vain.
CSIRO is accelerating towards a zero carbon economy, announcing it’s move towards 100 per cent renewable energy for all its sites across NSW, Victoria and the ACT.
City of Sydney has made good on its commitment to go 100 per cent renewable, today unveiling a $60 million deal with Flow Power to purchase only wind and solar to meet its energy needs.
It has taken something dramatic like burning building cladding to focus governments on the chronic failings of our building industry when it comes to key aspects of public interest. It is going to take billions of dollars to fix this, while the victims will suffer traumatic dislocation. Taxpayers and victims will end up paying most […]
A raft of new sustainability incentives will help prepare South Australia’s capital for the future influx of electric vehicles.
A treaty established in the 1990s after the end of the Cold War to protect Western Europe’s fossil fuel industry expansion into the former Soviet Union countries has now become a goldmine for fossil fuel companies as well as lawyers and investors with vested interests in holding back the zero carbon revolution.
SOLAR ENERGY REBATES REPORT: Politicians are latching on to the vote-winning potential of incentives for solar energy. So what’s on offer now in NSW and federally, and what’s the state of play in the solar market? We talk to Adelaide based solar expert and founder of SolarQuotes, Finn Peacock.
Australia has just sweltered through the hottest summer on record, putting extreme pressure on the grid and resulting in blackouts in late January.
The moving feast that is energy policy continues to bemuse, frustrate and confuse on many fronts.
NSW councils can now apply for grants to plant trees, put up shade clothes and install water-misting systems in public places under the state government’s new $3.5 million grant program.
Victoria’s sustainability crusade continues at the local government level, with six new councils mandating ESD clauses in their planning schemes.
NSW is barely off the starting blocks in the race to transition to renewable energy, with Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia leading the pack.
State and territory governments are leading the charge on the renewables transition while the Commonwealth is falling short. Latest news in the sector is the Queensland government’s launch of the state’s new publicly owned renewable energy generator last week.
A partnership between RMIT researchers, Moreland Energy Foundation, renewable energy services business, Ovida, and solar retailer Allume Energy has won a $980,000 grant from the Victorian government towards a trial of microgrids for multi-tenanted buildings.
What do you do with your solar panels when they are past their use by date? In the case of the Victorian Government you commission a study to find the best solution.
For many Australians, wind farms are unsightly. But in the Philippines they’re now becoming a tourist attraction.
The UK government has been failing on home energy efficiency since 2012, and developers of speculative office buildings manipulate design modelling to achieve their desired results. Both are fixable.