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America Joins With Canada And Japan To Promote Nuclear Power – FORBES

America Joins With Canada And Japan To Promote Nuclear Power – FORBES

At the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) meeting today, a new nuclear innovation partnership, called “Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future), was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, and Japan. Source: Countries Launch a Nuclear Innovation Initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial Is a new nuclear rise to come? The US, Canada, and Japan are leading an initiative that might be highly impacting on the future energy landscape: let us monitor how this will evolve. More…

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Air conditioning use key for global electricity demand growth – IEA

Air conditioning use key for global electricity demand growth – IEA

New IEA analysis shows urgent need to improve cooling efficiency as global energy demand for ACs to triple by 2050 Source: Air conditioning use emerges as one of the key drivers of global electricity-demand growth “The issue is particularly sensitive in the fastest-growing nations, with the biggest increase happening in hot countries like India – where the share of AC in peak electricity load could reach 45% in 2050, up from 10% today without action.” These figures are really impressive!…

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Progress on global energy goals slow, but strong gains in countries show promise

Progress on global energy goals slow, but strong gains in countries show promise

The world is not on track to meet the global energy targets for 2030 set as part of the Sustainable Development Goals Source: Progress on global energy goals slow, but strong gains in countries show promise In 2015, the United Nations launched the 2030 Agenda and its relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the aim of addressing the global socio-economic challenges over the following fifteen years. SDG7 is the goal referred to energy: ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and…

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Electricity, oil, and natural gas 2017 – IEA

Electricity, oil, and natural gas 2017 – IEA

Source: Key Electricity Trends 2017, Key Oil Trends 2017, Key Natural Gas Trends 2017 At the beginning of the year, I had published a post regarding the trends in 2017 for coal as depicted by the International Energy Agency. In the past days the IEA released similar reports concerning the status of electricity, oil, and natural gas, so I thought it could be nice to share these documents in order to have a complete picture including all the main energy…

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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! 🙂