First Floridian city commits to 100% green energy

A Floridian city has committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy. St. Petersburg is the first city in the state and the 20th in the US to make the commitment, according to the Sierra Club, a group working to get US cities to adopt renewable energy. The city council has allocated $250,000 (£200,000) of BP […]

Progress being made towards Paris climate deal, says IEA

  An expert from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has told ELN progress is being made towards the COP21 climate targets. Kamel Bennaceur, Director for Sustainable Energy Policies and Technologies, said the first clear signs of carbon usage and GDP decoupling can now be seen. He told ELN: “In 2015, despite a worldwide growth of 2 […]

Green partnership to cut energy in cities

Green Building Councils will work with major cities to help save energy in their buildings. Green Building Councils in Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Poland and South Africa will work with the cities of Bogota, Dubai, Warsaw and Tshwane respectively in a bid to double energy efficiency rates by 2030. A partnership of cities, businesses […]

UK firms to help Indian city cut carbon

Ten UK companies specialising in waste, energy and water management have visited India to work towards sustainable growth in the city of Kolkata. They met with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to discuss potential for collaboration in the low carbon sector and see where their expertise could be used. Rapidly developing Indian cities like Kolkata are said to be the primary engines […]

International coalition launched to boost green cities

An international coalition to boost sustainable cities has been launched. The ‘Coalition for Urban Transitions’ was launched at the Climate Action Summit in Washington and includes more than 20 major institutions such as the UK Department for International Development, New Climate Economy, OECD, Siemens and PwC. It supports decision-makers to meet the goal of unlocking the power of […]

Ofgem announces new temporary chief exec

A new man will temporarily pick up the lead at energy watchdog Ofgem in June, it was announced today. When chief executive Alistair Buchanan steps down, the regulator’s current Head of Markets Andrew Wright (pictured) will take over as interim chief executive from 28 June. He will have to shepherd the regulator through choppy waters […]

London signals green investment ambitions

The vital role of capital markets in tackling climate change has been ignored for too long, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said this week. Barker was at the London Stock Exchange to launch the Capital Markets Climate Initiative, which has two targets: to highlight the City of London’s potential to become a global hub for […]