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In 2017 carbon emissions rose for the first time since 2014 – IEA

In 2017 carbon emissions rose for the first time since 2014 – IEA

Fossil fuels accounted for over 70% of the growth in world energy demand last year Source: Global energy demand grew by 2.1% in 2017, and carbon emissions rose for the first time since 2014 About one year ago, commenting on the trend in carbon dioxide emissions in a similar post in the News section, I wrote: “The stop in the global emissions growth appears consolidated at this point: now the goal is to reverse the growing trend of the past…

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Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union – IRENA

Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union – IRENA

Report launched today outlines how increasing share of renewables to 34% can boost economy, and help meet emission reductions goals. Source: EU Doubling Renewables by 2030 Positive for Economy, Key to Emission Reductions – IRENA The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has recently published a report titled “Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union”. This is literally one of the tasks of my MERCURY project, so I will read it very carefully. In the meantime, the page that I linked to…

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More policy attention is needed for renewable heat – IEA

More policy attention is needed for renewable heat – IEA

Heat remains the sleeping giant of energy policy despite massive potential for energy savings and emissions reductions Source: IEA: More policy attention is needed for renewable heat As you know, my project is focused on the power sector, which is the main responsible for carbon dioxide emissions within the overall energy sector. However, one should keep in mind that there are other sectors – especially transport and heat – which not only are characterized by high levels of energy consumption…

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Renewable power generation costs keep on decreasing – IRENA

Renewable power generation costs keep on decreasing – IRENA

New IRENA report finds all renewable technologies to be competitive by 2020. Source: Onshore Wind Power Now as Affordable as Any Other Source, Solar to Halve by 2020 I guess that the title and the caption perfectly summarize the concept! This is surely good news on the way towards the decarbonization of the power sector. The webpage also links to the full report which provides plenty of useful and interesting data.

Coal 2017 – IEA

Coal 2017 – IEA

Explore key findings from the IEA’s market report on coal Source: Coal 2017: Key Findings In the past months I had dedicated a post to the energy trends in 2016 as depicted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which was summarized with the following words: “Coal falls as gas rises”. Few days before Christmas, the IEA released a full and more detailed report dedicated to the status and the prospects of coal. After decades of constant and dramatic growth, coal…

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Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the US absent – Washington Post

Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the US absent – Washington Post

Source: Macron takes lead in climate change battle The President of the United States, Donald Trump, may have decided to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement, but the world has not stopped, and indeed the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has taken the lead. … And there is some irony as well: make our planet great again! 🙂

Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future – GRIST

Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future – GRIST

The digital currency is slowing our effort to achieve a rapid transition away from fossil fuels. Source: Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future Bitcoin is probably one of the most topical issues in these weeks. We are all impressed with the astonishing growth in its value that every day achieves a new record high. What many might not know, though, is that the generation (technically, the “mining”) and the exchange of this currency entails a huge energy consumption: in…

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COP23 – UNFCCC: Outcome

COP23 – UNFCCC: Outcome

As I discussed in my relevant post a couple of weeks ago, the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) took place from November 7 to 17 in Bonn, Germany. Indeed the last negotiations took the whole night of Friday 17, and the final agreement was found only at the sunrise of Saturday 18. This COP was not expected to be revolutionary: the objective was essentially to make a step ahead towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which is what has…

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World Energy Outlook 2017 – IEA

World Energy Outlook 2017 – IEA

Source: WEO 2017: Key Findings As I had anticipated in this post, the 2017 issue of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) was released yesterday by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Every year, the WEO provides a full overview on the current status and prospects of the energy sector and it is considered the main publication in this field. The webpage linked above provides a great overview on the main insights of this year’s issue: as you can see, bright prospects…

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COP23 – UNFCCC: Objectives and expectations

COP23 – UNFCCC: Objectives and expectations

The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) – the yearly session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – was inaugurated yesterday in Bonn, Germany. It will last until November 17. As we can read on the conference website, COP23 has “one clear objective: making progress for a successful, inclusive and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. This includes negotiations on the implementation guidelines for transparent climate action under the Paris Agreement, as well as showcasing cooperative climate…

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