16 Dec 2015

The head of Europe’s coal lobby has said that his industry will be “hated and vilified in the same way that slave-traders were once hated and vilified” as a result of the Paris climate deal, in an extraordinary diatribe sent to his members and press outlets. Last weekend, the world’s governments agreed to cut greenhouse […]

16 Dec 2015

If there was one sound that captured the frantic nature of the talks that led to the Paris climate change deal last weekend, it was the ping of an incoming WhatsApp message. The instant messaging smartphone app was used by dozens of delegations from the 195 countries involved in the two-week negotiations. Among them were the representatives from […]

01 Dec 2015

The chief executive of Britain’s biggest power station operator has warned on the eve of the Paris climate conference that UK electricity supplies are tight and that more flexible power generation is needed. Dorothy Thompson, the chief of Drax, the coal-fired plant in North Yorkshire, has warned the UK is in a “tight situation” with its […]

05 Nov 2015

China has burned as much as 17% more coal each year than previously reported, meaning its annual greenhouse gas emissions are close to 1 billion tonnes of CO2e higher than estimated, the New York Times reported. The revised data, previously also reported by Reuters in September, was published recently in a statistical yearbook, but were […]

29 Oct 2015

In East Africa, Chinese-based power transmission and generation company, Shanghai Electric, has demonstrated an interest in  investing $2 billion toward the development of biomass energy in Uganda. On a tour visit to Uganda, Shanghai Electric senior officials told local media that an alternative power source like the biomass can effectively solve the power shortages that […]

22 Oct 2015

Apple and its biggest supplier Foxconn are together pledging to build solar power plants to produce more than 600 megawatts of electricity, in a big step towards making the Chinese factories that produce the iPhone run entirely on clean energy. As part of a new Apple initiative, Taiwan-based Foxconn — the world’s largest contract manufacturer — has committed […]

22 Oct 2015

China’s leading nuclear supplier has set out ambitions to build a series of new reactors in Britain, saying it wants to use a multibillion-pound deal on Hinkley Point to open the door to investment in other countries. State-owned nuclear group CGN will take a 33.5 per cent stake in the first of three such power stations in […]

21 Oct 2015

Energy companies have warned that 15 “illogical” policy changes introduced by the new Conservative government since May have made some renewable power sector projects “uninvestable” — causing them to cancel billions of pounds worth of investment. RWE Innogy — the renewable energy unit of Germany’s RWE Group — has scrapped nine onshore wind projects in England in the past […]

19 Oct 2015

EDF plans to sell as much as €10bn of assets over five years to shore up its balance sheet, as the French energy group prepares to start the expensive process of building three UK nuclear reactors. The French state-controlled utility is considering the sale of the exploration and production operations of Edison, its Italian subsidiary, as well […]