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Green Energy #15

  • Singapore’s energy shift
  • Europe and North Africa
  • Green energy’s side effects
  • Cleaning up India’s coal
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Financial Times ($)

Poland counts the cost of turning down Russian gas taps

Polish energy relations with Russia have been difficult for many years, with Warsaw keen to diversify away from its eastern neighbour.

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Is COVID-19 an opportunity to clean up India’s coal power plants faster?

The arrival of COVID-19 in India led to a lockdown requiring 1.3 billion people to stay at home. Economic activity, at least in the first two versions of the lockdown, almost came to a standstill. By many standards, this was the world’s strictest lockdown.

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Editor’s Note:

While a lot of other countries have moved away from coal energy, India continues to be highly dependent on it. This piece from The Brookings Institution wonders whether the ongoing pandemic could be the push to transition to cleaner fuels.

The Economist ($)

Green investing has shortcomings

The financial industry reflects society, but it can change society, too. One question is the role it might play in decarbonising the economy. Judged by today’s fundraising bonanza and the solemn pronouncements by institutional investors, bankers and regulators, you might think that the industry is about to save the planet.

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Why carbon-free Europe will still need North African energy

Goodbye African oil and gas. Hello African wind and sunshine.

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Time for Environmental Taxation in Nigeria?

I was recently a privileged panellist at the 2012 University of Lagos Law Students Tax Club Annual Conference, ‘Is Environmental Taxation Possible?’ Erudite environmental lawyer, Dr Dayo Amokaiye delivered a stimulating paper, Feasibility of Environmental Taxation in Nigeria, which set the tone for discussions. Mr. Tunde Fowler (Executive Chairman LSIRS/Tax Club Patron), as Chairman of the occasion, ably directed proceedings. Fellow panellists, Messrs Ajibola Olomola (represented) and Isaac Komolafe; with Prince Quadri, former and current President of CITN and WAUTI respectively, made up the ‘high’ table.

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Foreign Policy ($)

Green Energy’s Dirty Side Effects

The global transition to renewables could lead to human rights abuses and risks exacerbating inequalities between the West and the developing world.

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Editor’s Note:

Generating power in a cleaner more efficient way is all well and good. However, transitioning to renewable energy sources could also have certain side effects based on the minerals that need to be extracted from the ground. Carl-Johan Karlsson and Katarina Zimmer report for FP.

Straits Times

After pandemic, S’pore must shift towards a green economy

In April, for the first time in history, oil prices fell below zero.

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World Economic Forum

COVID-19 is a game-changer for renewable energy. Here’s why

COVID-19 has brought the generation of energy from fossil fuels to breaking point. As the lockdown measures were introduced, global energy demand dropped precipitously at levels not seen in 70 years.

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Scientific American

To Boost Renewable Energy, Australia Looks to Water and Gravity

Pumped storage hydropower could store intermittent energy from wind and solar power to de-carbonize the nation’s electricity supply.

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Green aviation still has electrifying future despite virus

The aviation industry has long been under pressure to reduce pollution, and while airlines have taken a financial wallop from the coronavirus crisis it may not stop a greening of the skies.

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Editor’s Note:

The aviation industry is getting hit with significant changes in the post-COVID era. This article from AFP presents some possibilities of the way things could change energy-wise, such as hybrid aircraft engines, that could make the skies ahead greener.