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March 2023

Silicon Valley Bank's collapse could slow clean energy startups

Shining example? Solar power boosts struggling Tunisian school

EU’s Net-Zero Industry Act aims to bring home clean tech production

Biden administration tells Supreme Court big oil climate cases belong in state court

France welcomes inclusion of nuclear in EU power market reform

Bosnia to get €70 million from EU for energy support, envoy says

Germany welcomes EU plans to lead global shift to climate-neutral industry

EU takes first step to ensure green technologies are made in Europe

Shop around and turn off appliances: ways to beat Australia’s energy price hikes

Industrial drop saves Germany’s compliance with 2022 climate targets

These small- and medium-sized states punch above their weight in renewable energy generation

East Asia set to win scramble for wind power dominance by 2030

85% of global companies don’t have credible plans to reduce corporate flying emissions

EU Parliament agrees position on buildings law despite pushback

1.5C target not achievable under current conditions, says COP27 host

Finnish investigation blames EU for high electricity bills

Construction sector bets on EU green buildings law as new growth engine

EU’s Breton: Joint debt for green transition no longer a priority

Italian right-wing slam EU Green Homes Directive

The inconvenient truth about EU’s climate and energy ambition

Can Colombia's green energy plan succeed without fossil fuel cash?

Poland wants to loosen EU methane proposal, fears huge fines

Sunak to focus on carbon capture and mini-nuclear reactors in energy policy

EU’s green buildings law faces right-wing backlash in European Parliament

New York city begins its climate change reckoning on the Lower East Side, the hard way

Vietnam’s energy transition deal is a ‘black box’, partner warns

Can Pakistan's electric buses reduce urban air pollution woes?

Energy efficient buildings: the insurance policy against high energy bills

Retrofitting quota and minimum standards needed in EU building efficiency regulation – analysis

Recommendations for the EU’s Green Deal Industrial Plan

New EU energy efficiency directive sets 11.7% reduction target by 2030

Brussels prepares ‘strategy’ to boost deployment of heat pumps

EU agrees to push for global fossil fuel phase-out ahead of COP28

Think Sunak’s anti-refugee stance is bad? Just wait till the climate crisis truly ravages poorer countries

Fossil fuels received £20bn more UK support than renewables since 2015

Why renewable energy must be responsible energy

Tug of war over ambition threatens EU energy efficiency law

Sustainable construction: lessons from Helsinki

What is slowing Vietnam’s just energy transition?

Denmark inaugurates world’s first cross-border CO2 storage site

Vulnerable nations set up alliance to prepare loss and damage action plans

Research map reveals great local differences across Germany in attitude to climate action

Women more likely to fall into energy poverty, EU Parliament warns

Land used for European biofuels could feed 120 million people daily

Court restrictions on climate protesters ‘deeply concerning’, say leading lawyers

Chinese cities hit record high temperatures for early March

Gas industry lobbying hard against EU boiler phaseout, leaked emails suggest

Why European mayors support ambitious building retrofitting goals

Von der Leyen meets Scholz ahead of her US visit

Two-thirds of European battery production at risk – analysis

Climate change effects could cost Germany up to 900 billion euros by 2050 – report

Climate change effects could cost Germany up to 900 billion euros by 2050 – report

Revealed: 1,000 super-emitting methane leaks risk triggering climate tipping points

Countries are relying on forests and soil to absorb their remaining carbon – it’s a risky way to reach net zero

LEAK: Brussels targets 40% of clean tech manufacturing in Europe by 2030

German Science Academy urges speed and cooperation in Europe’s energy transition

‘Green Hydrogen’ would squander renewable energy resources in Massachusetts

Offshore energy workers call for public ownership in UK’s net-zero carbon transition

How to design Europe’s net-zero industry plan

Integrated planning helps local authorities to create sustainable energy and climate plans – report

Heat pump makers worried by EU crackdown on climate-warming F-gases

Italy rejects ‘ideological’ EU ban on combustion engines

EU too lax on methane venting from coal mines, campaigners say

Will efforts to ban the combustion engine fall at the final hurdle?

Solar power battery installations increase exponentially in Germany

Japan’s ‘green transformation’ would derail the energy transition in Asia

No land, no problem: Netherlands innovates to lead EU solar drive

Policy support needed to boost sustainable aviation fuels in China

EU negotiators agree on rules defining European green bonds

CO2 emissions may be starting to plateau, says global energy watchdog

UK efforts to deal with energy crisis ‘raise risk of missing net zero target’

Chinese provinces push for coal and clean energy

February 2023

The easy fix to air pollution linked to planes

Climate campaigners sue BNP Paribas over fossil fuel finance

Energy battle won, but fight not over, says EU energy chief

Germany asks EU for wiggle room on combustion engine phaseout

EPBD recast must define deep renovation as the standard – BPIE study

Confusion surrounds China’s energy policies as GDP and climate goals clash

Scientists pour cold water on UK aviation’s net zero ambitions

GreenerCars 2023: Efficiency and weight – not just electric vs. gas – shape environmental impact

The ‘last drop of diesel’ cartel

Skilled workers from India encouraged to fill gap in Germany’s solar industry

Electricity market reform: Paris challenges Berlin on the timetable

Toxic smog: Iran criticised for winter 'air pollution catastrophe'

Ukraine: building back better and greener

‘We have no time to lose’: Ban Ki-moon criticises climate finance delays

Transition state of play – Germany is emerging from the energy crisis

War in Ukraine has not increased EU fossil fuel consumption

This ‘climate-friendly’ fuel comes with an astronomical cancer risk

Italy overturns ‘superbonus’ scheme for housing renovation

Southeast Asia lags in electric vehicles. Can it catch up?

India set to push for green World Bank reforms at G20

The American climate migration has already begun

Republicans in the US ‘battery belt’ embrace Biden’s climate spending

Recapturing excess heat could power most of Europe, say experts

Inability to cool homes in summer heat making almost 90% of Centrelink recipients ill, survey finds

‘Energy battle’ between Europe and Russia not over, says global watchdog

Germany eyes state aid to boost domestic production of solar and wind technologies

Italian MEP warns of EU Buildings Directive ‘anti-EU propaganda’

China’s would-be parents and their climate concerns

It’s not just about the colour: too much hydrogen is unsustainable

Germany on collision course with France, Spain over EU power market reform

EU poised to copy US subsidies for green technology – new evidence from China shows how it could backfire

Russian gas out, renewables in? Europe clings to green goals

IEA: Global energy crisis pushed fossil fuel consumption subsidies to an all-time high in 2022

German finance ministry eyes tax cuts for firms' efficiency and climate investments

EU taxonomy for aviation: Will Von der Leyen rubber stamp the biggest act of aviation greenwashing in decades?

Australia’s big emitters could cut CO2 by 90% by 2050 without offsets, report finds

Green housing must be affordable and inclusive for all

Corporations push “insetting” as new offsetting but report claims it is even worse

Germany launches dialogue platform to prepare comprehensive electricity market reform

ECT boss accuses EU of protecting fossil fuels by blocking reforms

Italy brands EU plan to outlaw fossil fuel cars a ‘suicide’

Tap on commitment from COP27 to support Asean renewable energy target

Traffic-linked air pollution exceeds WHO limits across UK, EU capitals: study

What’s a climate ‘Doom Loop?’ These researchers fear we’re heading into one

EU investment rules will greenwash 90% of Airbus’ polluting planes

UK airlines: not paying for pollution

EU turns to long-term solutions for energy crisis

World risks descending into a climate ‘doom loop’, warn thinktanks

Biomass fight leaves EU renewable energy talks in a deadlock

Climate transition plans for banks: EU legislators on a razor’s edge

City of Hamburg bans new combustion engine taxis from 2025

Soaring fuel bills may push 141m more into extreme poverty globally – study

Analysis: Contradictory coal data clouds China’s CO2 emissions ‘rebound’ in 2022

It’s been a decade since Ella Kissi-Debrah died. But Rishi Sunak still drags his heels on clean air for all

Study: IPCC asks emerging countries to drop coal faster than rich nations did

EU retains combustion engines for trucks with 90% CO2 reduction target

Can we trust corporate climate pledges or is it greenwashing?

Germany welcomes EU’s new green hydrogen rules, activists divided

EU sees brutal drop in renewable energy used in transport

Global inequality must fall to maintain a safe climate and achieve a decent standard of living for all – it’s a huge challenge

Low-cost, low-tech cooling offers hope for Indian slums

Europe’s spending on energy crisis nears €800 billion: study

Renewable energy is Africa’s development answer

Climate refugee crisis has landed on Europe’s shores – and we are far from ready

Is the EU ready for the next big climate battle?

EU defines what makes hydrogen ‘green’

Seven EU countries call for cautious electricity market reform

Global companies’ “net zero” targets amount to only 36% emissions cut – report

Home insulation: how to stop your bills going through the roof

City of London proposing to make skyscrapers dim their lights at night

UK must quit climate-harming energy charter treaty, experts say

Ultra low emissions zone expansion cut London pollutants by up to 26% – study

UK must quit climate-harming energy charter treaty, experts say

Africa can become a powerhouse of renewable energy manufacturing

‘Intensive use’ of German coal power plants releases additional 15 mio t of CO2 in 2022 – report

Switzerland won’t follow EU out of controversial energy treaty: official

EU lawmakers vote for stricter climate due diligence obligations for companies

Parliament adopts position on law to green EU houses by 2050

‘Monster profits’ for energy giants reveal a self-destructive fossil fuel resurgence

An EU Renovation Loan can unlock €2 trillion of future energy savings

Plug-in hybrids pollute more than claimed in cities and on commutes, new tests show

Europe’s response to Biden’s green subsidy law lacks teeth

Europe proposes mass exit from energy treaty

Fossil fuel companies won’t save us from climate change. We need governments to step up

Denmark to put CO2 in seabed in step towards carbon negativity

Air conditioner curbs add to heat deaths - but renewables can help

Hydrogen standoff brings EU renewables law to screeching halt

Low investment volumes leave 600-billion-euro gap for Germany’s energy transition – report

How will EU’s ‘green tariff’ impact China’s carbon market?

Nuclear tops Poland’s wish-list for EU electricity market reform

It takes longer to permit a wind farm than to build it

EU’s carbon levy poses new test for Western Balkan integration

Timmermans: Africa likely to be EU’s most important renewable energy partner

Energy efficiency should be at the top of every politician’s New Year’s resolution list

Europe’s big players should copy Joe Biden’s green deal – not revert to old ways

Green homes directive would have ‘devastating effects in Italy’

Colombia gets $70m from new global renewable integration fund

Malaysia lags on renewable energy, threatening climate goals

EU green industry plan an ‘important proposal’ to improve investment conditions – chancellor Scholz

Solar power to the people

Ghana’s renewables push

Cables become cool

Nine EU countries want low-carbon hydrogen included in bloc’s renewables goals

Dark money is fueling climate denial and delaying action, watchdogs warn

How to get rid of a wood-burning stove

EU’s green industrial plan vague on clean tech, finance, critics say

India’s $4.3 billion budget for energy transition goes to fossil fuel ministry

Buildings directive: EU Parliament moves to save mandatory energy performance standards

Australia ready to become EU’s ‘energy powerhouse’, climate minister says

What lego—yes, lego—can teach us about avoiding energy project boondoggles

Jordan Peterson’s ‘zombie’ climate contrarianism follows a well-worn path

Electric car sales gain pace, despite hurdles

January 2023

Emissions divide now greater within countries than between them – study

The Netherlands ‘unquestionable solar energy leader’ of 2022: study

In climate resilience push, US federal cash flows to coastal rich

Renewables overtook gas in power generation for first time in 2022: study

‘It’s over, finished’: Coal boss gloomy about future EU power market

Build better for climate neutral cities

EU buildings directive in turmoil amid push for hydrogen heating

Global carbon emissions forecast cut due to Ukraine war and Biden, says BP

New wind and solar are cheaper than the costs to operate all but one coal-fired power plant in the United States

The time to scale-up energy storage in southeastern Europe is now

#Exxonknows: Why the oil giant is really taking Europe to court

Jargon alert – what does a carbon market for transport mean?

Voluntary carbon markets: a misunderstood climate solution

Earth is on track to exceed 1.5C warming in the next decade, study using AI finds

EU plans to loosen state aid rules to boost renewables investment

Key French MEP pitches low-carbon ‘weighting’ for EU renewables target