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bneGREEN: Zero-carbon housing a key battleground for climate change

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh August 2, 2022

Zero-carbon housing is a key battleground in combating climate change and global warming, as the residential building sector across Europe has the potential to cut fossil fuel dependency and reduce emissions.

bneGREEN: Europe must double wind and solar deployment

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 29, 2022

EU countries need to double the rate of annual wind and solar capacity additions to reach the volumes required to meet the 1.5C aligned 2030 green capacities, think-tank Ember said in a recent report.

bneGREEN: Green output rises faster than power demand in 2022

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 22, 2022

Renewable power generation has grown faster than sluggish demand so far in 2022, driven by strong capacity additions, IEA data showed, dragging down global power sector CO2 emissions slightly despite rising coal use in Europe.

bneGREEN: Emissions surge to outstrip pre-pandemic levels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 21, 2022

Global emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases rose 6.4% to 51bn tonnes in 2021, eclipsing the pre-pandemic peak of 50.3bn tonnes in 2019 as global economic activity resumed, International Monetary Fund data showed.

Lithuania’s Leafood developing one of Europe’s largest vertical farms

bne IntelliNews July 18, 2022

Investments into vertical farms are increasing as a means to grow more food in smaller spaces and cut water use.

bneGREEN: The need for nuclear in the energy transition

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 9, 2022

Nuclear is set to make a "comeback," with capacity forecast to double between 2020 and 2050 from 413 GW to 812 GW, the IEA said.

RADIOACTIVE: Central Europe remains highly exposed to Russian uranium

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 8, 2022

Europe’s nuclear power sector is starting to worry about its fuel stocks as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is calling into question the security of uranium supplies and processing services provided by Russia.

bneGREEN: Has green energy had its day?

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 6, 2022

Global efforts to combat climate change are being endangered by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the current energy crisis.

bneGREEN: Cracks appear in German opposition to atomic energy

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 6, 2022

Germany’s opposition to expanding nuclear power could be changing slowly, as the current gas crisis leads to more voices calling for an end to the closure of nuclear power plants.

bneGREEN: EBRD passes €1bn green bond milestone

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 2, 2022

The EBRD has now invested €1bn in green bonds since 2017, with €524mn allocated in 2021 alone, as it supports emerging green capital markets across Central and Eastern Europe.

bneGREEN: EU bans petrol and diesel cars from 2035 as Green Deal law moves forward

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 2, 2022

The EU Council of Ministers has agreed to an effective ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2035, overcoming last minute opposition from a group of five countries.

bneGREEN: Poorer cities the most exposed to climate change

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 1, 2022

An increase in extreme weather events and natural disasters like flooding, heatwaves and landslides will hit urban areas the hardest, making climate change adaptation a matter of paramount importance, the UN has warned.

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: 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: 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: 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.

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