Energy

Green Climate Fund to fund $1bn Egypt renewables drive

In its biggest project to date, the UN’s flagship climate finance scheme is putting $150m towards developing wind, hydro and solar power in Egypt

EU ‘increasingly likely’ to implement electric car quota, despite denials

Quota on the production of electric cars by 2030 would be mandatory, according to sources

Sri Lanka plans no new coal plants until at least 2037

Government electricity authority says coal’s impact on health and environment tipped balance in favour of a gas and renewable-focused future

Giant Tunisian desert solar project aims to power EU

Developer TuNur this week applied for authorisation to build a massive solar plant on the edge of the Tunisian Sahara, with undersea grid connections to Europe

Indian coal growth has slowed since 2015

After rising at an average of 6% over the preceding decade, India’s coal consumption has risen at 2.2% a year since 2015, analysis from Greenpeace Energydesk shows

Coal lobby threatens to sue over EU clean air rules

Euracoal accuses the European Commission of using air pollution legislation to implement climate policy, in breach of procedural rules

Pro-Adani Australian resources minister quits over dual citizenship

Matt Canavan, who has strongly backed Adani’s Queensland mega-mine, is third senator in recent weeks to be caught out by dual citizenship rule

Solar has not beaten coal in the race to electrify India

India’s future is still tied to coal and fixing woeful inefficiency of plants will create huge new generation at a price solar cannot match

Energy

Renewable Energy

Indian solar sector wary of China as protectionist policy nears an end

Indian solar manufacturers are likely to go bust when a World Trade Organization ruling kicks in later this year, experts say, increasing the dominance of Chinese imports

Egypt faces water insecurity as Ethiopian mega-dam starts filling

Farmers along the lower Nile have little information to guide them as upriver barrage threatens to compound the impacts of global warming

Cycle tour of Kenya promotes clean energy democracy

Ahead of an August general election, ride organised by Christian Aid is pushing access to renewables up the political agenda

‘Bad-ass business women’ bring solar empowerment to Nepal

NGO that helps women overcome cultural taboos and start their own clean energy businesses to be awarded prize in London ceremony

FORE! Trump’s Paris speech was an awful mishit

The golf-loving president says he will pull the US from the Paris agreement. The UN’s renewable energy chief explains why that’s dumb in terms he’d understand

India’s tumbling solar prices ‘a race to extinction’

India’s record-breaking solar prices are driven by a distorted market, in thrall to cheap Chinese imports, say analysts

EU climate laws undermined by Polish and Czech revolt, documents reveal

As the world looks to the EU for leadership on climate, eastern states are diluting laws supposed to guide Europe toward its carbon reduction targets

Conflict-hit Syrian hospital goes solar to save lives

Medical charity UOSSM plans to roll out solar power to five more facilities, reducing reliance on diesel generators to keep incubators and other equipment running

Renewable energy

Fossil Fuels

China signed African coal deal days before Xi low emissions pledge at G20

In the week China’s president called for development banks to support low emissions in poor countries, China Development Bank loaned $1.5bn to coal in South Africa

Hope and anger in Bangladesh as Unesco reverses coal plant opposition

“I want grid power,” say locals, despite concerns that Rampal’s mega-plant may threaten the world heritage listed Sundarbans mangrove forests

Tullow oil project in drought-hit part of Kenya suspended

Energy minister announces hold on Canadian-British firm’s plan to export oil from the unstable, drought-ravaged region of Turkana

UN committee urges Australia to rethink support for Adani coal mine

Human rights review finds Australia’s coal production ambitions will contribute to dangerous climate change and asks government to reconsider

‘Nobody wants to be part of a dying culture’: Reddit on the end of coal

Donald Trump wants to revive the coal industry. But Redditors from declining US coal towns say their families need a future rather than a return to the past

End of coal: Failure to see it coming will hurt miners most

History shows governments that don’t anticipate and make provisions for the decline of coal burden communities for generations

Planned gas investments will blow 1.5C climate target, say analysts

Report by Climate Action Tracker warns that overly bullish gas demand forecasts will lead to stranded assets or an unsafe future climate

Coal industry begs Congress to save carbon capture from Trump

Future of US carbon capture and storage looks shaky after Trump tried to cut domestic research then choked off access to international collaboration

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

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

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

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

Efficiency