World Energy Outlook 2016 and global CO2 emissions

Every year in late November, it is the same thing: the very respected International Energy Agency publishes its World Energy Outlook. This year’s edition is interesting in more than one aspect.

Cleantech investments rebounded in 2014

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance global investments in clean energy such as wind and solar bounced back in 2014 with an increase of 16 percent over 2013. They reached $310 billion (260 billion euros).

Japan has a carbon tax too

This was kind of a surprise for me when I learned that not only does Japan has a carbon tax, but that is has one since… October 2012. The world’s third largest economy is taxing emissions from power plants and vehicles alike. 

Afforestt : planting mini super forests everywhere

For the past few years I have grown to become a treehugger, willing to see more trees everywhere as they could clean our air from pollution and prevent climate change. Then comes Afforestt. 

Screw Business As Usual, by Richard Branson

Richard Branson is the serial entrepreneur of genius behind Virgin. Having studied him in my management classes at Audencia back to 2006, I have to say that I really wanted to read his latest book, Screw Business As Usual. Having read it in a couple of days, I have to say that it is highly… Continue reading Screw Business As Usual, by Richard Branson

South Africa to tax carbon by 2015

Will we have a global carbon tax by 2015 ? Even if it is way too early to tell, here are some news in that direction. After China, South Africa plans to enact a carbon tax by this year. Reuters, Bloomberg and All Africa brings us more details. The tax would be of around $14… Continue reading South Africa to tax carbon by 2015

Cleantech investments fell in 2012

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, investements in clean technologies fell by 11 percent in 2012 compared to their 2011 levels. They still amounted to 268.7 billion USD or over 200 billion euros. These news aren’t all that bad even if this decrease marks the end of a seeminlgy unstoppable increase but i has to… Continue reading Cleantech investments fell in 2012

2°C temperature rise to be expected by 2052

According to the latest report by the Club of Rome, the average global temperature could increase by two degrees Celsius if nothing were done beforehand. Such an increase is seen a dangerous as it would enable positive feedback mechanisms – such as drying up of the Amazon or melting permafrost in Siberia –  to be… Continue reading 2°C temperature rise to be expected by 2052

It is time for a global price on carbon

It seems more and more countries around the world are willing to put a price on carbon as the evidence of carbon dioxide fueled climate change is more than overwhelming. Indeed, extreme weather events are heating all continents, all countries, all regions. France thought about it in 2009 and retracted. The Emission Trading Scheme in Europe… Continue reading It is time for a global price on carbon

How Africa is embracing cleantech

I have recently noted that cleantech is booming globally, but what does it mean for Africa ? In today’s post I will try to give a few answers to this crucial question as still 600 million Africans have no access to electricity. To a study titled Mega Trends in Africa: A bright vision for the… Continue reading How Africa is embracing cleantech