Tag Archives: Climate Change

European Commission calls out EU countries on insufficient renewables ambition, lack of policy measures in their National Energy and Climate Plans

The European Commission today released its assessment and recommendations on the EU-28 countries’ National Energy and Climate Plans for 2030. These Plans aim to drive investments into the energy transition and ensure that Europe meets its collective 2030 target of 32% renewable energy. As they stand the Plans will not allow Europe to deliver on … Continue reading European Commission calls out EU countries on insufficient renewables ambition, lack of policy measures in their National Energy and Climate Plans

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WindEurope calls on EU countries to make National Energy & Climate Plans their investment brochure for wind energy

European countries’ National Energy & Climate Plans are meant to be their energy transition roadmap to 2030. But the draft versions of the Plans need significant improvements if the EU is to deliver on its 2030 renewable energy target. Speaking at an event hosted by the European Climate Foundation alongside representatives of the Spanish Government, … Continue reading WindEurope calls on EU countries to make National Energy & Climate Plans their investment brochure for wind energy

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Why offshore wind energy is essential to the fight against climate change

16 May marked the opening of European Maritime Day (EMD) 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The two-day event is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth, focusing on entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains.  With the eyes of the world focused on the ongoing climate … Continue reading Why offshore wind energy is essential to the fight against climate change

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Draft National Energy & Climate Plans won’t deliver 32% renewables target

Europe’s draft National Energy and Climate Plans are insufficient to deliver the EU’s 32% renewables target for 2030, according to analysis released today by WindEurope at its annual event in Bilbao. The analysis shows that some EU countries are pledging to deploy good volumes of wind in their Plans. But the Plans are badly lacking … Continue reading Draft National Energy & Climate Plans won’t deliver 32% renewables target

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#FridaysforFuture: Young people are right. Time for a new culture and for 100% renewable energy to save the planet

Stefan Gsänger, Executive Committee Member of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform Global100RE, and Ruslana, Ambassador for Global100RE, declare on the occasion of today’s worldwide #FridayforFuture demonstrations: “Young people in more than 100 countries around the world are demonstrating today for our future. They are deeply concerned that climate change will destroy the earth and … Continue reading #FridaysforFuture: Young people are right. Time for a new culture and for 100% renewable energy to save the planet

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India projected to be on track to achieve its Paris climate change agreement target

India, which is successfully pushing its aggressive policy of adding renewable energy to its energy profile, is projected to be on track to achieve its target set under the historic Paris climate change agreement, a top US energy expert has said. Testifying before a Congressional Committee on Paris Climate Agreement Commitment, an energy expert from … Continue reading India projected to be on track to achieve its Paris climate change agreement target

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Climate Model funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation shows how we can solve the Global Climate Crisis

Two-year scientific collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney, German Aerospace Center and University of Melbourne produces unique regional pathways to stay below a 1.5°C temperature rise by transitioning to 100% renewable energy and implementing natural climate solutions. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report warned in October 2018, the planet must … Continue reading Climate Model funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation shows how we can solve the Global Climate Crisis

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COP24 outcomes do not reflect the urgency of the global climate threat

The 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently concluded in Katowice, Poland. While scheduled to run from 2 to 14 December, negotiations finally extended to the evening of Saturday 15 December.   Over the course of the two weeks of the COP, several issues relevant to climate … Continue reading COP24 outcomes do not reflect the urgency of the global climate threat

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Highlights from Katowice: wind energy the dominant power generation technology for net-zero emissions

The 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently ongoing in Katowice, Poland.   This COP is taking place under the Polish Presidency and focusing on three macro areas: technological development, the transition of coal regions, and the objective of climate neutrality. This week, WindEurope spoke … Continue reading Highlights from Katowice: wind energy the dominant power generation technology for net-zero emissions

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Northern inspiration for action on climate change

Rankin Inlet, Nunavut is a remote hamlet on the northwestern shores of Hudson Bay. There are no roads connecting it to neighbouring communities. There are no trees. The average annual temperature is well below freezing. It’s a uniquely beautiful and challenging environment that complicates even the little things – like turning on the lights. Rankin … Continue reading Northern inspiration for action on climate change

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Up Again

As climate negotiators from around the world meet in Poland this week and next to figure out how to keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, they are hearing some discouraging news: Emissions of the biggest pollutant, carbon dioxide, are going up. For three years — 2014 through 2016 — the amount of atmospheric CO2 … Continue reading Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Up Again

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Global companies call for a minimum carbon price

To complement the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), a group of companies propose the introduction of a European or regional carbon price floor in the power sector and minimum carbon pricing for transport and buildings. Predictable and consistent carbon price signals are widely considered the most cost-effective way to stimulate climate friendly decision-making by … Continue reading Global companies call for a minimum carbon price

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Key steps Member States can take to aid Europe’s long-term climate commitments

On 19 October WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated to the 18th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency organised by the European Forum for Renewable Energy (EUFORES) in Vienna. In a panel discussion dedicated to the Clean Energy Package, Dickson presented the key provisions that will help the renewable electricity sector to contribute to … Continue reading Key steps Member States can take to aid Europe’s long-term climate commitments

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Protermosolar highlights the necessary role of concentrated solar power to curb climate change

Luis Crespo, president of Protermosolar, has presented in the plenary session a report that shows that the concentrated solar power allows to reduce the need for fossil fuel backup.   The XXIV edition of SolarPACES was held in Casablanca (Morocco), with the participation of more than 550 attendees from 41 different countries. The chairman of … Continue reading Protermosolar highlights the necessary role of concentrated solar power to curb climate change

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IPCC report: electrification of Europe’s economy will be key to decarbonisation

A report published today by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that that urgent and unprecedented measures are required to keep global temperature rises to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The IPCC warned that there is only twelve years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C. Even half a … Continue reading IPCC report: electrification of Europe’s economy will be key to decarbonisation

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Wind Power Does Not Cause Global Warming — Is One Of The Best Solutions

Two Harvard researchers published a paper on wind power that drew a rapid flow of reactions from the press. A widely expressed interpretation of the paper in media articles is that the researchers had shown that wind turbines somehow cause climate change. That is not what the authors say. It is not what they imply. … Continue reading Wind Power Does Not Cause Global Warming — Is One Of The Best Solutions

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Wind energy: No, wind turbines do not cause climate change

Greg Alvarez Two researchers, David Keith and Lee Miller, released a new paper today and their findings are problematic for several reasons. Furthermore, certain media outlets are misreporting what the paper actually says. The fact is wind power remains one of the most effective and affordable ways to reduce carbon pollution. Here’s a breakdown of … Continue reading Wind energy: No, wind turbines do not cause climate change

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10th edition of Climate Week NYC

Sustainable financing, the growing importance of electrification and the proactive role of cities in tackling climate change and the need for inclusive long-term economic growth were among the main themes of this year’s Climate Week in New York. Enel one of the leading participants of climate-related events through its active role in Global Compact and … Continue reading 10th edition of Climate Week NYC

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COP22: What next for the Paris Agreement?

When diplomats arrived in Marrakech for the next round of UN climate talks, they knew the conference would get off to a good start. Only a few days before the opening ceremony of COP22, the Paris Agreement formally entered into force. It gave diplomats renewed impetus as they began critical discussions on how to implement … Continue reading COP22: What next for the Paris Agreement?

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How climate change influences wind energy

Climate change poses a big challenge for wind energy production in Europe. This is the conclusion of a study carried out by researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) using spatially and temporally highly resolved climate models. The mean wind power production of the entire European continent will change only slightly by the end of … Continue reading How climate change influences wind energy

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