bneGREEN: CEE countries need to invest in more solar and wind to break their Russia energy dependence

bne IntelliNews February 7, 2023

The energy crisis in Central and Eastern Europe has lost some of its bite after a mild winter and record LNG imports led to a slump in natural gas prices. The EU has made good progress in replacing Russian energy supplies.

bneGREEN: Most growth in power generation by 2050 will be solar and wind – BP

by Roberta Harrington in London February 1, 2023

Most growth in global power generation by 2050 will be solar and wind, according to oil supermajor BP’s annual benchmark report, the 2023 Energy Outlook.

bneGREEN: Renewable energy was a hot topic in Davos but for Europe, much work remains

by Roberta Harrington in London January 25, 2023

‘Cooperation in a fragmented world’ was the theme at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but Europe is still struggling to catch up with the cleantech policies of the US and China.

bneGREEN: Floods turn Drina river in Bosnia into floating landfill

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 23, 2023

More than 10,000 cubic metres of waste including packaging, trees and discarded refrigerators cover sections of the Drina.

Central Asia’s shorter winters are whittling away glaciers

David Trilling for Eurasianet January 18, 2023

Glaciers are disappearing around the world. Here’s how it happens in Central Asia.

bneGREEN: River of waste clogs Serbia’s Lake Potpec after heavy rains

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2023

Packaging waste, household appliances, dead animals and other debris swept down Lim River to gather behind barrier protecting Potpec hydropower plant.

Bulgarian parliament orders caretaker government to renegotiate closure of coal-fired plants

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 12, 2023

Sofia wants to renegotiate recovery and resilience plan with European Commission after Russia cut off gas deliveries, prompting return to coal.

bneGREEN: Renewables to overtake coal in electricity generation soon

Martin Armstrong for Statista January 12, 2023

Hundreds of protesters currently trying to halt the continued development of a coal mine in Germany – which would involve the destruction of the now abandoned village of Lützerath – are putting pressure on the government to phase out coal use.

bneGREEN: Patent data show shift to green hydrogen gaining momentum

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh January 11, 2023

Global hydrogen production is set to become greener, with patent data suggesting a shift towards a new wave of innovation and scientific development in electrolysis technology.

bneGREEN: Green transition is $10.3 trillion opportunity for the global economy by 2050, new report finds

by Roberta Harrington in London January 11, 2023

New green industries could be worth $10.3 trillion to the global economy by 2050, equivalent to 5.2% of global GDP that year, finds a new report by Arup and Oxford Economics.

Central Asian rain may be caused by Indian, Chinese pollution

David Trilling for Eurasianet January 10, 2023

New research suggests that pollution thousands of miles away may be responsible for unusually strong summer downpours in Central Asia.

bneGREEN: Japarov wants Kyrgyzstan’s $4.2bn external debt ploughed into building green economy

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty January 10, 2023

President says countries and financial institutions from which Bishkek borrowed could participate in construction of hydropower plants in his country.

GUSTAFSON: Russian nuclear power – unsanctioned – is prospering worldwide

Professor Thane Gustafson in Washington January 8, 2023

As the Western nuclear industry flounders, Russia’s Rosatom is building nuclear power plants on time and under budget around the world, while selling uranium to the United States.

bneGREEN: Record 2022 for coal threatens green targets

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh January 6, 2023

World coal consumption reached a new high in 2022 before levelling out in 2023 and 2024, with rising usage in emerging Asian countries cancelling out falling demand in advanced economies.

bneGREEN NEO: Petrochemical companies should step up the fight against plastic waste

NEO January 6, 2023

Plastic waste has become a key issue in the fight against climate change. As experts and activists debate the merits of recycling versus reducing plastics overall, petrochemical companies should speed up their plans to recycle plastic waste.

bneGREEN: Warm weather halts ski season at Southeast Europe's mountain resorts

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2023

Unusually warm weather and the lack of snow have forced many ski resorts in Southeast Europe to delay the start of the winter season.

Tehran faces severe water crisis with reservoirs only 14% full

bne IntelIiNews January 4, 2023

Head of national climate and drought crisis management centre hits out at “gross mistake” of officials announcing new home building plans in a city running out of water.

Kazakhstan moves uranium exports through Middle Corridor

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet January 4, 2023

Kazatomprom said it was avoiding routes across Russia due to sanctions on the country.

bneGREEN: Slovenia to issue second sustainability bond

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2023

Proceeds to fund state investments that contribute positively to environmental and social goals.

ING: Europe is pushing climate-friendly travel

Diogo Gouveia sector economist with ING, Rico Luman senior sector economist with ING December 16, 2022

To reduce carbon emissions, Europe aims to transition travellers from planes to trains. Its extensive rail network and the growing consumer demand for greener transport solutions provide a clear opportunity.