Author: Vincent Lauerman
Mission net zero: part three—geopolitics
30 July 2021
US-Sino tensions could hinder global co-operation on climate and divert government spending away from net-zero push
Mission net zero – part two: economics
26 July 2021
Soaring government debt relative to GDP in wake of Covid-19 leaves economists divided over best approach to funding the transition
Mission net zero – part one: costs
19 July 2021
First in three-part Transition Economist series looks at the cost of the global energy transition and the magnitude of the work required
Aviation decarbonisation set for takeoff
2 July 2021
Energy efficiency improvements and use of sustainable aviation fuel seen as key to cutting emissions by 2050
Canada’s ATCO has big plans for clean hydrogen
30 June 2021
Iconic Western Canadian company advances hydrogen strategy on several fronts on the back of bullish long-term outlook for industry
Canada’s ATCO has big plans for clean hydrogen
30 June 2021
Iconic Western Canadian company advances hydrogen strategy on several fronts on the back of bullish long-term outlook for industry
Maine makes state fossil-fuel divestments a point of law
25 June 2021
Other US states expected to follow Maine’s lead, especially heavily Democratic ones on east and west coast
US to lag Europe in passenger EVs
21 June 2021
Current state of battery technology better suited for smaller cars popular in Europe
US oil majors will decarbonise
11 June 2021
Biden administration will start to have greater impact on company strategies as its carbon plans become substantive legislation
Chile pushes on with hydrogen strategy
1 June 2021
Country is forging international partnerships to help move the strategy forward, says IHS Markit’s Etienne Gabel
Lithium supply outlook hangs in the balance
28 May 2021
Supply of key battery material hinges on pace of investment in mining and processing
Biden administration’s battle against greenwashing
14 May 2021
Government moves to crack down on companies misleading investors over climate and overstating their green credentials
Entropy’s low-cost modular CCS technology
7 May 2021
Post-combustion modular technology allows capture of emissions from most common sources of industrial process rather than just largest single source
Earth Day summit a step towards restoring US climate credibility
21 April 2021
Gathering is an important opportunity to signal US commitment and resolve to sceptical leaders
Hope for negotiated US infrastructure deal
13 April 2021
Ruling by parliamentarian means Biden plan could be passed by a reconciliation bill if needed
US carbon price still some way off
7 April 2021
Political reality means moves towards establishing a carbon price or a cap-and-trade system will at least have to wait until after mid-term elections
Canada’s massive hydro potential to remain elusive
25 March 2021
Despite its southern neighbour seeking new sources of low-carbon power, further expansion of Canadian hydropower is unlikely to be competitive
Irena’s pathway to Paris a Herculean task
18 March 2021
Renewables agency has produced preliminary figures for the scale of investment required to hit 1.5°C Paris target
US and Canada plot road to carbon border adjustments
12 March 2021
The imposition of carbon tariffs is legitimate for tackling environmental concerns but risks initiating a slippery slope towards global trade protectionism, experts warn
Acore: World is moving to the ‘serious stage’ of fighting emissions
4 March 2021
CEO Gregory Wetstone talks to Transition Economist
BP and Chevron invest in geothermal startup Eavor
26 February 2021
CEO of Canadian firm expects other majors to invest in the sector, which is benefiting from a technological renaissance
E3 Metals leads Canadian ‘green’ lithium charge
18 February 2021
Canada’s vast unconventional wastewater brine resource base means it is likely to become a major producer on the global market
US fuel economy standards set for major shift
11 February 2021
President Biden is very likely to at least partially reinstate Obama-era Cafe standards while California is on the verge of regaining the ability to set its own standards
Geothermal power set to rise in Canada
4 February 2021
Technology capable of generating power from lower water temperatures is opening up substantial potential
Biden moves fast on climate plan
28 January 2021
The president has signed a series of executive orders to advance his climate policies, but Senate Republicans remain an obstacle
Total drops API on climate concerns
18 January 2021
The French firm is hitting the road, but its European peers are sticking with the API for the time being
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