Universal energy access stressed at UN

September 22, 2010By Elizabeth BastBlog Post

Yesterday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of making energy available to the poor as a foundation for combating poverty as world leaders gathered in New York this week at the Millennium Development Goal Summit. At a high-level event yesterday, the Secretary General said that it is lack of political will that is keeping … Read More

IEA: “Urgent Action” Needed on Renewables

September 30, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that nearly 50% of global electricity supplies will have to come from renewable energy if we want to halve CO2 emissions by 2050 in order to minimise irreversible climate change. Meeting these very ambitious objectives will require unprecedented political commitment, which has so far been badly lacking across both … Read More

Lights Out London

June 22, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Lights across London were switched off for an hour yesterday evening to encourage London’s three million households to conserve energy. The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus were among the landmarks plunged into darkness to try and raise the issue of climate change. The Lights Out London campaign aimed to have all non-essential … Read More

EU Wants Energy Giants Split Up

September 29, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The European Competition Commissioner has sent shock-waves through the region’s energy industries by proposing that integrated French and German gas and electricity giants might be broken up.The Commissioner, Neelie Kroes said there were too many conflicts of interest for companies that own distribution networks as well as supplying customers. She promised a more wide-ranging regulatory … Read More

The Answer is Simple: Change Your Light Bulb

July 3, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Sometimes it’s the simple things that are best. By just using low-energy light bulbs and other efficient lighting systems we could prevent some 16 billion tons of carbon from being emitted over the next 25 years, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. Just using widely available technology would save more than £1,300bn … Read More