Greentech Media Helped Shine A Light On The Clean Energy Transition. Now It’s Time For Us To Save It From Going Dark.

Silvio Marcacci is communications director at Energy Innovation. Justin Guay is director of global climate strategy at The Sunrise Project. The views expressed in this article are their own and do not reflect the views of their employers.

It’s time for a climate philanthropist or clean energy investor to buy Greentech Media.

News that Woods Mackenzie would shutter GTM in mid-March was a gut punch felt across the clean energy industry. From the dawn of cheap solar, to…


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Over 142 globally significant financial institutions have enacted a coal exclusion policy. But for some curious reason Macquarie Group, the world’s largest infrastructure investor and owner of the former UK Green Bank, is not one of them. Understanding why turns out to be very difficult.

Just this month the trend across the financial system to shift away from coal has accelerated, particularly in Asia, with three of Japan’s largest non-life insurance firms, Sompo, Tokio Marine and MS&AD announcing new, albeit weak, coal exclusions. At the same time, KB Financial became the first Korean bank to stop financing coal fired power…


Did Coronavirus Make The IMF Director The Most Important Climate Leader No One Is Talking About?

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When it comes to addressing the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic how we spend the vast sums of public money being generated could forever alter the fossil fuel era.

But all is not equal when it comes to marshaling resources to fight the crisis. Indeed, the world is increasingly being sorted into two camps — those who can print money and those who can not. While we struggle to generate attention to the climate impacts of the historic decisions being made in…


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Could Coronavirus Forever Alter the Fossil Fuel Era?

Wall-to-wall coverage of the Covid19 crisis is obscuring a once in a generation punctuated equilibrium event that will forever alter the energy landscape.

This event could lead to a wave of bankruptcies that accelerate the arrival of peak fossil fuels. Or It could lead to dramatic state intervention that papers over the glaring weakness’ in the fossil fuel industry creating a zombie industry forever dependent on state aid for survival. It could even lead to a wave of nationalization of key companies and sectors opening the door to a managed transition. But…


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Last month a consortium of NGOs released an annual snapshot of global coal plant expansion with a provocative finding. Thanks to slowing construction and accelerating retirements of old dirty coal plants, the world is headed towards peak coal generation by 2022. That’s right, despite the sheen of inevitability, coal plant expansion is finally, inexorably, coming to an end.


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If we want to end energy poverty we must be willing to embrace market based approaches to subsidies and government intervention.

That’s an important and fairly radical shift for many in the energy access community. But it’s one we must make at a time when resources, energy, and attention are rushing to this space from a host of new constituencies and institutions. This moment of international attention will be vanishingly short and the community of passionate advocates working to solve this problem needs to capitalize. …


We are dangerously close to the deadline for shutting down the world’s coal plants.

According to the IEA’s recently released Paris compliant scenario actual coal plant power generation needs to essentially cease by 2040. More importantly, big industrialized regions like the US and Europe need to end power generation by their coal fleets by 2030 (EU) and 2035 (US). That’s at most two decades away — an insanely short amount of time to fully shut down the entire coal fleet in the industrialized world. …


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To meet the Paris Climate Accord goals Europe must phase out coal plants by 2030.

That’s right, the implications of modeling from the International Energy Agency, are that not a single one of the 253 coal plants currently in existence across the Europe Union can still operate in roughly a decade. The IEA model shows that reducing coal use globally is critical — but that the EU needs to move beyond coal particularly quickly to be in line with the Paris agreement (* note the IEA models still have quite a lot of installed coal capacity in 2030, but they…


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Co-authored by Sherwin Das, David Mozersky and David Williams, the co-founders of Energy Peace Partners, which leverages transformative clean energy solutions to support peace and development in the world’s most fragile regions.

What if the hundreds of millions of dollars spent each and every year burning fossil fuels to power peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts could instead create lasting energy infrastructure powered by the wind and the sun?

That’s an important question that has been all but absent from the ongoing efforts to end armed conflict, emphasized during yesterday’s International Day of Peace. Instead, despite the increasing acknowledgement that there are…


Is Dirty Air The Cure For Climate Change?

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Dirty air may be the biggest gift climate hawks have ever been given.

That’s an incredibly cynical take on the fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) now considers air pollution a global health crisis on par with malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis. But this monumental shift in the public health community due to the persistent and growing menace of air pollution has profound strategic implications. Not only does it generate political will, it shares a common villain with the climate crisis — it’s mostly caused by burning stuff (i.e. fossil fuels). …

Justin Guay

Director Global Climate Strategy Sunrise Project. All tweets my own.

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