Posts tagged as CO2

Carbon emissions set to rise in 2018 for first time in five years

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) carbon emissions from advanced economies set to rise in 2018 for first time in five years, reversing a declining trend. The organisation reports that the world’s advanced economies will see an uptick in their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions this year, bucking a five year-long decline. Based on the latest […]

The evolution of the electricity sector and the role of innovation

The energy industry, particularly the electricity sector, has undergone exciting developments over the past two centuries. From fulfilling the basic functions of lighting and cooking at the turn of the 19th century, electricity is now the backbone of the world’s economy and a basic societal need. In his keynote address at the 2018 Africa Energy […]

An assessment of new coal plants in South Africa’s electricity future

.  An important new research report by Gregory Ireland and Jesse Burton, of the Energy Research Centre (ERC), University of Cape Town, was published on 30 May 2018. The report assesses the cost, emissions and supply security implications of South Africa’s coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme which was launched in 2014 in line with […]

The transition to a low carbon future must be rapid, and must be for everyone

In response to the interdict sought to stop yesterday’s signature of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 27 renewable independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP) projects, the Life After Coal Campaign emphasises the urgent need for a rapid, but just transition from coal to a low carbon future. Workers in power stations and coal mines […]

Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage

  Big dams have a bad reputation. They’re often associated with social disruption and environmental damage. That perception is now shifting. The challenges of climate, urbanisation and economic growth in countries and communities already burdened by poverty and underdevelopment is leading to a radical change in attitudes. Dams and related water infrastructures are once again […]

Beyond one-million electric cars

  In 2015 the global threshold of 1-million electric cars on the road was exceeded, with the final figure reaching 1,26-million. This is a symbolic achievement highlighting significant efforts deployed jointly by a number of governments and industries over the past ten years. This the executive summary of the IEA’s Global EV outlook 2016 report.  […]

Sub-Saharan Africa produces less CO2 than Europe

  Scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide ever made solely from satellite observations of the greenhouse gas. The maps, based on data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite and generated with a new data-processing technique, agree well with inventories of known carbon dioxide emissions. No satellite before […]