The substantial increase in the CO2 global emissions registered in 2017 shows that the world is still very far from an absolute decoupling, and it probably also casts doubts on the goodness of the Paris Agreement, and on the more recent internationally shared pledges of green growth.
During the past few weeks, following the publication of RTE’s 2017 “Bilan prévisionnel”, rumours about a possible rethinking of the partial nuclear phase-out planned within 2025 spread out. RTE made a pragmatic analysis of long term possible scenarios for France’s electricity sector, with the maybe not surprising result that less nuclear generation entails higher expected CO2 emissions.
On 6th October 2017 the EU and India adopted a joint statement on clean energy and climate change, confirming their commitments under the Paris Agreement and agreeing to step up cooperation to enhance its implementation and meet its ambitious goals.
Environmental sustainability has been on top of the Swedish policy agenda since decades ago. Today the country has a worldwide solid reputation as a leader in many fields of environmental policy and innovation, with very demanding long-term commitments.
With the new world’s largest offshore wind farm project in progress in East Anglia the North Sea seems to be set to keep its leading role in the development of one of the currently most powerful renewable energy technologies.
Could China lead the world’s transitions to low carbon and greater resilience to climate change? While the US lags behind, stuck on President Trump climate change denial positions, the Red Dragon strengthens its economy transition efforts, leading the way toward sustainable policies and investments.
Is the coal-cheaper-than-gas paradigm coming to an end? Based on 2016 and 2017 Italian market results coal increasing prices came along with a substantial decrease of coal generation.