bneGREEN: Five countries seek delay for EU petrol and diesel ban

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 29, 2022

Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania are seeking to push back by five years EU proposals to slap a ban on selling new petrol and diesel cars from 2035.

bneGREEN: Arctic in meltdown

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 29, 2022

The Arctic is now heating up seven times faster than the rest of the world, with the region’s ice in danger of melting completely by 2050.

bneGREEN: Reducing investment in fossil fuels can fund Europe’s energy transition

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 24, 2022

Europe’s electricity system could become greener, more secure and more resilient while not requiring any funding if the right investments are made to replace increasingly expensive fossil fuels.

bneGREEN: Coal investment remains major threat to green dream

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 24, 2022

An 8% rise in global energy investment in 2022 to $2.4 trillion, driven by a 12% rise in clean energy spending, is still far from enough to tackle the energy crisis and to put the world on the path to a greener and more secure energy future.

bneGREEN: Iran records one of the hottest days on Earth ever

bne IntelIiNews June 22, 2022

World leaders distracted by multiple crises might like to spare a moment to take note of the city of Abadan’s experience of a brutally hot 52.2°C.

bneGREEN: Heatwave hits Europe as climate change bites

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 21, 2022

Temperatures in Europe broke through the 40°C mark in mid-June, stoking fears of record-breaking summer heat waves that could endanger lives and threaten food supplies whilst providing further proof of the effects of man-made global warming.

bneGREEN: Kremlin set to deprive Russian climate activist Makichyan of citizenship

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 15, 2022

Russian climate activist Arshak Makichyan, a close associate of Greta Thunberg, is set to be deprived of his Russian citizenship as the Kremlin tightens the screw on anti-war protestors.

bneGREEN: Albania to create Vjosa national park, blocking hydropower development

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2022

The Vjosa is one of the last wild rivers in Europe and environmental groups have been campaigning to have it made a national park to prevent it being exploited for hydropower.

bneGREEN: UN stresses green issues are key to reducing poverty and boosting sustainability

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 11, 2022

Maintaining a healthy planet and ensuring prosperity for all requires a renewed emphasis on reducing environmental impact, sustainability and changing the way the current economic system works.

bneGREEN: Europeans set higher decarbonisation targets to rescue continent’s security

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 10, 2022

A total of 19 European governments have accelerated their decarbonisation policies in response to a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, the gas crisis and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

bneGREEN: EU to use €2.4bn of carbon credit cash to fund green projects in CEE

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 9, 2022

The EU’s Modernisation Fund is to provide €2.4bn raised from the proceeds of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to seven Central and East European countries to help them meet their 2030 climate and energy targets

bneGREEN: Energy efficiency: a central pillar of meeting green targets

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 9, 2022

Energy efficiency must play a central role in meeting the world’s emissions reduction and renewable energy targets.

bneGREEN: BlueSphere Carbon to use blockchain to revolutionise carbon credit trading

Daniel Rad in Cumbria June 8, 2022

BlueSphere Carbon, a recently launched carbon trading platform, intends to raise $10mn to radically change how carbon credits are traded online. It has signed a partnership with Canada’s CarbonRx to develop green projects with First Nation groups.

Serbia prepares €35bn investment plan focused on RES

bne IntelliNews June 7, 2022

Serbia's target is to become fully decarbonised by 2050 despite its current heavy reliance on coal power.

Albania’s first major 2022 wildfire rages for days on Sazan Island

bne IntelliNews June 7, 2022

Fire ravages wildlife and threatens Cold War-era munitions on island, as defence minister warns of more emergencies ahead this summer.

bneGREEN: G7 sets decarbonisation goal for 2035

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 2, 2022

The G7 has agreed to “predominantly decarbonise electricity sectors by 2035,” and to end government financing for international coal-fired power generation and speed up the phase-out of unabated coal plants by the same year.

bneGREEN: Is coal killing us all?

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 27, 2022

Ending coal-fired power generation could prevent 14.5mn premature death from air pollution between now and 2050 and would create up to $16.3 trillion in economic benefits.

Slovenia’s DEM to launch geothermal pilot project at abandoned well

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2022

If successful, DEM's project to exploit the geothermal energy potential of a dry, unproductive well could be replicated around the world.

bneGREEN: Fossil fuel closures needed to stand any chance of meeting 1.5°C target

bne IntelliNews May 20, 2022

Ending new oil, gas and coal developments is not enough to reach net zero by 2050, according to new research. Instead, already built fossil fuel projects must be decommissioned early if climate change is to be limited to 1.5°C.

bneGREEN: More proof that climate change threatens lives and causes economic damage

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 20, 2022

Human activity has caused irrevocable damage to the climate, causing hundreds of billions of dollars of economic damage and threatening water and food supplies to millions of people.