Is Carbon Capture for Natural Gas the Missing Climate Solution?

February 8, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Could Carbon Capture and Storage Work?


Natural gas with carbon capture and storage could be an ideal long-term cheap and reliable low-carbon energy source. When most people in energy policy or markets hear “carbon capture and storage” (CCS), they think of coal generation. And rightly so.[read more]

Warmest End to the Warmest Year on Record

February 6, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records in 2015

The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues with its broken record of broken records. The NOAA report states that not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, it broke the record by the widest margin ever.[read more]

Good News: China's Dropping Coal Consumption Is Putting the Brakes on Global Carbon Emissions

February 4, 2016 by Barbara Finamore

China, Coal, and Emissions

New analysis finds that China holds the key to achieving the 2 degree Celsius global climate goal reaffirmed by 195 countries in Paris. According to research by Barclays Bank, China accounts for 33-40 percent of the carbon emissions gap between current trends and a 2 degree Celsius pathway.[read more]

The Clean Power Plan Overcomes Another Attack

February 3, 2016 by Steven Cohen

Clean Power Plan and the Courts

A federal appeals panel rejected an effort to block the Clean Power Rule while the rule is being challenged in the federal court system. Although the latest decision does not mean that the courts will uphold the rule, it does mean that the process of implementation will not be delayed by current legal challenges.[read more]

China Coal Use Falls for Second Year in a Row: IEA Boss

February 3, 2016 by Tyler Hamilton

China Coal Consumption

Driven mostly by a need to get local air pollution under control, China has put a 2020 cap on coal emissions. Less economic emphasis is being put on energy-intensive industries such as steel manufacturing and big investment continues in renewables.[read more]

Trending Topics: After Paris, The State of America's Electricity Sector Emissions

January 6, 2016 by America's Power Plan

Electricity Sector Emissions

With the Paris talks just ending and policymakers thinking about how to meet national commitments, it is a useful time to review the current status of the United States power sector emissions and energy trends that will be shaping the next decade.[read more]

Carbon Pricing in 2015

January 6, 2016 by David Hone

Carbon and Future Pricing Plans

Perhaps more than any other aspect of the climate agenda, carbon pricing took a major step forward in 2015. This was supported by many initiatives, but most notably by the creation of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition under the auspices of the World Bank.[read more]

Stimulating 'Creative Destruction' to Transform How We Use Energy

December 16, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

Disruption of the Energy Industry

Given the urgency of climate change, it is unfortunate that the recent ‘reset’ of UK energy policy missed a big opportunity. That is to take a more strategic approach to developing public policies to drive the change required to reduce energy use and decarbonise in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

Next Steps for China on Paris Climate Agreement

December 15, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China has committed to peak its CO2 emissions by 2030 and to make best efforts to peak earlier. It will increase non-fossil energy to 20% of its energy consumption by 2030, which will require it to install 800 to 1,000 gigawatts in non-fossil capacity, equivalent to the entire current US generating capacity.[read more]

Climate Policy in Developing Countries: Does One Size Fit All?

December 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Climate Policy and Devloping Countries

A key concern at the Paris climate negotiations is to find a fair, effective, and economically viable way to curb greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, which are expected to vastly outpace those produced in developed countries in the coming decades.[read more]

Where The Carbon Emissions Are

December 7, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Carbon Emission Sources

With world leaders meeting in Paris this week and next to formulate plans for tackling carbon emissions, I believe it’s critical to understand the source of those emissions. After all, if you are going to solve a problem, you better make sure you have a good understanding of the problem.[read more]

Policy Brief: China's Emissions Trading Scheme and Targets

December 7, 2015 by Sieren Ernst

On his trip to the U.S. in September, President Xi Jingping announced that China would implement a national emissions trading system by 2017. The announcement was made with Barack Obama, reaffirming their interest in curtailing climate change in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Conference.[read more]

The $2 Trillion Stranded Assets Danger Zone: How Excessive Fossil Fuel Capex Risks Eroding Investor Returns

December 4, 2015 by Reid Capalino

Stranded Asset Risk

With climate negotiations occurring in Paris and clean energy technologies advancing rapidly, how should fossil fuel producers navigate the transition to a low-carbon world? Read our new Carbon Tracker report or my commentary to find out.[read more]

COP21: How are Carbon Markets Doing?

December 3, 2015 by David Hone

COP and Carbon Markets

The opening of COP21 has come and gone with some 150 statements from the pulpit by the largest collection of global leaders ever to assemble in one place. It wasn’t possible to listen to all of them as the group was split and parallel programmes ran in separate rooms.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for December 2015 [VIDEO]

December 2, 2015 by David Thual

European Energy News for December

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest EU energy policy developments, including State of the Energy Union, Energy Council's conclusions on a governance plan, Nordstream II, and the Hinkley Point C.[read more]