bneGREEN: Brussels puts €300bn price tag on ending Russian energy imports, but relies on new spending on gas

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 18, 2022

The European Commission has set 2027 as its target date for ending Russian energy imports, warning it would require €300bn of fresh investment and that new short-term spending on fossil fuel infrastructure would be needed.

bneGREEN: Serbia’s new era of digital agriculture

Clare Nuttall in Belgrade May 16, 2022

Digitisation of agriculture is already helping farmers to respond to climate change and raise production, according to the BioSense Institute in Serbia’s Novi Sad.

bneGREEN: Raising EU green targets will cost an extra €195bn

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 14, 2022

The European Commission is considering raising its renewable energy target for 2030 to 45% in new green plans to be published later in May.

bneGREEN: Climate change, war in Ukraine and rising prices create perfect storm threatening global food security

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2022

The war in Ukraine has interrupted grain exports from the country and could create a global food crisis as vulnerable wheat importing countries in Africa and the Middle East face shortages and rising prices.

bneGREEN: Renewables set for record growth in 2022, but 2023 is not so rosy

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 11, 2022

Renewables are again set to break global records in 2022, with 320 GW of new capacity forecast to come online and new solar projects in China and Europe driving growth.

EBRD 2022: Coal-dependent Kosovo prepares for leap to renewables

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 11, 2022

Kosovo, which relies heavily on coal power generation, is preparing to leapfrog entirely over natural gas power, straight to renewable energy.

bneGREEN: Will India become too hot to live in?

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 5, 2022

Behind India’s soaring temperatures lie a healthy appetite for cheap Russian fossil fuels, lukewarm enthusiasm for a fast reduction in CO2 emissions and not enough investment in climate adaption

Serbia to get Europe's largest agro-solar plant

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo May 5, 2022

Fintel Energija and MK Group signed a memorandum of understanding with PowerChina on the €340mn Agrosolar project in Kula.

bneGREEN: GreenGroup raises €127mn to accelerate regional expansion

bne IntelliNews April 29, 2022

Central and Southeast Europe's largest integrated recycling group set to expand to meet surging demand for recycling and sustainable products in the region.

bneGREEN: Coal expansion slows slightly in 2021, but far more is needed to meet net-zero targets.

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh April 28, 2022

Total global coal power capacity under development declined by 13% in 2021 to 457 GW, a record low, with the number of countries building coal plants falling from 41 in 2020 to 34 in 2021.

bneGreen: UK drives record 2022 for offshore wind in Europe

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh April 20, 2022

New offshore wind additions in Europe are forecast to bread the 4-GW barrier for the first time in 2020, more than double the additions seen in 2021.

HSE opens largest solar power plant in Slovenia

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2022

Prime Minister Janez Jansa says developing Slovenia's energy resources has become even more important since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

bneGREEN: Rich countries must cut oil and gas output 74% to ensure fair transition

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh April 5, 2022

Rich countries must reduce oil and gas output by 74% by 2030 and fully by 2034 in order to keep the world on track for 1.5°C and give poorer oil-reliant countries longer to replace their income from fossil fuel production.

bneGREEN: Wind growth needs to quadruple to meet net-zero goals

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh April 4, 2022

The global wind industry posted its second-best year ever in 2021, posting 12% growth and adding 93.6 GW of new capacity onshore and offshore, bringing the global fleet to 837 GW.

bneGREEN: Wind and solar growth must accelerate to keep pace with demand for power

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh April 1, 2022

Wind and solar accounted for a record 10.3% of global electricity consumption in 2021, after solar generation rose by 23% and wind grew by 14%.