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Looking towards Cancun

The unusual end-point to the Copenhagen climate conference last December and the rounds of UNFCCC negotiations that have followed in 2010 could lead even the most optimistic observer to the view that the international climate process is struggling....

Posted September 10, 2010    

The (not so) green energy race

Pick up almost any mainstream media publication today and there will doubtless be a story about the “green race”, the rapid growth of investment in renewable energy, sustainable transport and energy efficiency. It is certainly true that these areas...

Posted September 2, 2010    

Coming to terms with power

As the new UK government passes 100 days in office, it is clear that one issue high on the agenda of the Department of Energy and Climate Change is the shape of the power generation sector and its investment strategy.With the UK facing up to...

Posted August 22, 2010    

Learning from history

As society looks at the challenge of rapidly scaling up various energy technologies with a view to displacing existing CO2 emitting infrastructure, the question of policy keeps coming up. Should it be cap-and-trade, or a carbon tax, or direct...

Posted August 12, 2010    

A Lost Opportunity?

The final decision by the United States Senate not to proceed with climate change legislation for now raises the very difficult question as to where the world is going with a market driven / carbon price solution to emissions management. Added to...

Posted July 30, 2010    

Proposition 23: Be careful what you wish for, you might get it!

Climate change continues to appear on the electoral agenda globally, but this November in California it will be front and centre for the state’s voters. AB 32, the landmark emissions reduction legislation of the Schwarzenegger administration is...

Posted July 26, 2010    

Good News or Bad News: Japanese Development of Clean Development Mechanism

Recently Reuters reported that the Japanese government is looking at developing its own version of the Clean Development Mechanism (the offset / project mechanism instrument within the Kyoto Protocol). Japan has been a significant buyer of CERs...

Posted July 14, 2010    

A Focus on Canada: Challenging Times Ahead

The recent G8/G20 in Canada and the relatively small amount of time spent discussing climate change has again brought some to question the intent of the Canadian Government with regards the issue. The reality is that successive Canadian Governments...

Posted July 2, 2010    

Economy Wide or Utilities Only

In his speech to the nation last week, President Obama raised the prospect of energy legislation being delivered by the Congress in this session, building on the work of the House of Representatives in 2009. The President said:  ”. . . . . Last...

Posted June 25, 2010    

Liberty Turbines

In his speech to the nation this week, President Obama referred to the huge level of resource that the United States was able to muster as it turned its industrial capacity to the production of military equipment during World War II. The one answer...

Posted June 17, 2010    

Sustainable Mobility: Walking before running is always best

Recently I referred back to the 2004 World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) document entitled Mobility 2030 as I recalled that it had an excellent table listing the well-to-wheels CO2 footprint of a variety of vehicle and...

Posted June 2, 2010    

Sustainable Mobility: Efficiency, Electricity and CO2

When driving in heavy traffic or sitting on the freeway with cars backed up for miles, the phrase “sustainable mobility” might seem like an oxymoron, but the Challenge Bibendum event which takes place in Rio de Janeiro at the end of this week will...

Posted May 25, 2010