Energy

EU must stop trying to dictate Africa’s clean energy future

Strong-arm tactics by the European Commission and France to bypass African leadership are unacceptable, writes Mohamed Adow

EU, France accused of hijacking ‘Africa-led’ clean energy scheme

African head of $10bn programme quits, saying French environment minister Ségolène Royal intervened to impose EU-preferred projects

Insurers urged to stop underwriting coal projects, following Axa move

#UnfriendCoal campaign targets the insurance sector to end support for climate-polluting fossil fuels

Vulnerable nations call on G20 to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2020

Ministers from countries on the front line of climate change have urged rich nations to stop pouring money into the coal, oil and gas industries

Fund considering Adani coal mine loan ‘obsessed with secrecy’

Experts say $5bn Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s repeated rejection of requests for information on Adani coal project loan has no basis in law

UK set for first coal-free work day since pre-industrial times

Britain is expected to be coal-free on Friday, reports National Grid, as the power sector shifts to cleaner sources of supply

Energy efficiency becomes breakthrough issue in French election

All five leading candidates in France’s presidential election have made prominent energy efficiency pledges, now UK Labour have followed suit

EU should block Nord Stream 2 on climate grounds

Planned gas pipeline from Russia undermines long-term EU energy security and climate goals, writes Marcin Stoczkiewicz

Energy

Renewable Energy

Decommission North Sea oil rigs? Here’s a better idea

Rather than waste vast amounts of taxpayer money pulling defunct rigs from the sea, why not spend it on something useful?

Indian power minister celebrates record low solar price

French company breaks new ground in affordable solar, but Piyush Goyal tells parliament coal will “remain our mainstay”

Have Chinese CO2 emissions really peaked?

We are really bad at predicting Chinese emissions. Why do we think we know what happens next?

Executive disorder: Trump’s climate policies bid goodbye to reality

Despite the rhetoric, US president Donald Trump’s irrational climate order will fail to benefit the miners he has championed

Brazilian Amazon to ditch diesel for clean energy

Bids have been invited for a renewable power auction in May, to wean the Amazonas region off reliance on fuel imports

Weekly wrap: Will China turn its back on coal?

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China coal use fell again in 2016, solar capacity rose 82%

Massive investments in clean energy and economic shifts continue to dampen demand for coal in the world’s largest carbon emitter

World is well placed to stay under 2C – if we have carbon capture

“We are broadly in the right starting position to keep warming below 2C,” but most models require carbon capture to meet the Paris goal, researchers say

Renewable energy

Fossil Fuels

Supreme Court loss creates new problem for Adani’s Australian mine

Indian ruling means Adani will be unable to manipulate price of coal overseas then seek escalations in cost of power back home

Balkans are gambling on coal as EU utilities opt out

Eurelectric members have pledged to build no new coal power stations from 2020. So why do firms in Serbia and Bosnia still think they can make coal pay?

Azerbaijan president: gas pipeline to EU will not be stopped

Environmental protests against the $46bn Southern Gas Corridor are baseless, says Ilham Aliyev, who expects to begin exporting gas through the pipeline by 2018

Dutch coal plant lost €800m in value last year

Power stations opened in 2015 are losing value fast, amid falling EU electricity demand and surging renewable generation

UK is in no position to lecture Saudis on oil dependence

PM Theresa May has offered to help wean Saudi Arabia off oil, but her government’s subsidies to North Sea producers are a poor model for the Middle East petrostate

Adani coal would not cut emissions – IEA expert

Australian ministers claim Carmichael mine would send cleaner coal to India than imports from elsewhere. This is false, says analyst from major global agency

German coal plants burn on as EU carbon price stagnates

EU emissions trading data show €5 a tonne of carbon dioxide is not enough to drive dirty brown coal off the system

Indian oil majors prepare for electric vehicle boom

As India aims to go to 100% EVs by 2030, oil producers are considering investment in lithium-ion battery production

Fossil Fuels

Nuclear energy

Wind, solar costs undercut new coal plants in South Africa

Wind and solar power are 40% cheaper than new coal generation today, analysis of government data shows

Atomic politics: UK mends China links with Hinkley deal

Choosing your power source should come down science and economics, but as the UK’s Hinkley saga shows it’s also a deeply political game

Atomic shambles: UK nuclear plans need urgent rethink

Planned celebrations by the nuclear industry were cancelled last week following the shock decision to put the world’s largest electricity project on hold

Could every UK town have a small nuclear reactor?

Industry poll shows that backing from the UK government is seen as a beacon of hope for a new breed of small nuclear reactors

Can nuclear really deliver 25% of global electricity by 2050?

Despite a record-breaking year of global nuclear construction in 2015, a report by the industry recognises that it still faces unresolved problems and uncertainties

Are small nuclear reactors a clean energy solution?

NEWS: Nuclear companies meet to discuss licensing the controversial modular reactors set to cost billions of dollars and be built near towns

As memory of Chernobyl, Fukushima fades, activists renew nuclear warning

BLOG: 2011 disaster survivors urge UK to ditch atomic plans: “Don’t consider Fukushima as something that could never never happen to you. It could.”

Armed ships embark on secretive plutonium mission

NEWS: Consignment from Japan to the US highlights hidden cost and security risk of growing nuclear waste stockpile

Nuclear Energy

Efficiency

UNEP: global climate action “still not good enough”

Greenhouse gas emissions need to fall a further 25% from projected levels in 2030 to meet 2C global warming limit, says report

Statoil chief: rise of electric cars will shrink oil industry

Once regarded as a joke, the electric car sector is growing fast with some predicting it could take a 35% share of car sales by 2035 – bad news for oil majors

Brazil shifts funds from coal to solar power

Major development bank is prioritising clean energy as economic crisis limits resources

IEA: oil, gas investments fell 25% in 2015

Energy experts say global investment patterns show a spectacular shift, with renewables on the rise and support for fossil fuels in sharp decline

Sustained cheap oil likely to hurt global climate plans

Low oil prices “considerably” hinder transition to greener energy, say IIASA and World Bank analysts, while sustained high prices would give a boost

Coalition of 17 US states signals support for wind, solar

NEWS: New ‘Accord’ published on Tuesday avoids direct mention of climate change, but makes economic case for renewables and warns of future extreme weather events

Vladimir Putin’s global warming fix: Carbon nanotubes

NEWS: Super-strong carbon nanotubes could transform materials like steel and plastics to slash carbon pollution, claims Russia

Philips targets carbon neutrality by 2020

NEWS: “We’ve reached the climate change checkout” but contributions are not enough, warns CEO, as giant lighting firm launches new efficiency drive

Efficiency