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Green Energy #17

  • A green stimulus
  • End of China’s mega dams
  • Germany phases out coal
  • Human rights problem
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The Conversation

A green stimulus to boost the energy transition?

Beyond its catastrophic impacts on health, the Covid-19 virus is wreaking havoc on the world economy and governments’ public finances.

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Editor’s Note:

All the leading economies of the world have announced plans to introduce fiscal stimuli in order to counter the pandemic. This piece from The Conversation discusses whether these stimulus plans need to be cleaner and greener.

Chatham House

Europe’s Clean Energy Future: Shared Challenges for Norway and the UK

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was clear that the world is undergoing a transition away from fossil fuels and carbon-intensive sectors, towards renewable energy and clean growth. The collapse of oil demand and prices have simply compounded the challenges that oil and gas producers already faced.

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Vox EU

Green stimulus, jobs and the post-pandemic green recovery

Many governments worldwide are currently considering fiscal recovery packages to address the Covid-19 crisis. This column analyses the impact of past green fiscal stimulus on employment. Focusing on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act after the Global Crisis, it finds that that the green stimulus was particularly effective in creating jobs in the long run, but not in the short run. Hence, while green stimulus packages are useful to reorient the economy and direct it onto a green trajectory in the longer run, they are less effective in restarting the economy quickly.

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New York Times

With much of the world’s economy slowed down, green energy powers on

After a two-hour boat trip from Lowestoft, a seaside town on the east coast of England, giant wind mills more than 500 feet high loomed out of the mist like enormous sea creatures.

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Associated Press

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear

German lawmakers have finalized the country’s long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn’t ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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Editor’s Note:

Germany has announced that it will be phasing out coal and nuclear energy in the decades ahead. This article discusses the potential implications of this decision as well as criticism by those who say it doesn’t move fast enough.

Oxford Business Group

Will Covid-19 accelerate the renewable energy transition in emerging markets?

With new data showing that global carbon emissions are rebounding more quickly than expected after coronavirus lockdowns are eased, questions are being asked about the prospects for renewable energy projects in emerging markets.

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Bloomberg

China’s Era of Mega-Dams Is Ending as Solar and Wind Power Rise

It’s the beginning of the end for the era of mega-dam building in China.

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Reuters

Powerless in a pandemic: Solar energy prescribed for off-grid healthcare

As Sierra Leone emerged from an Ebola epidemic in 2015, it was clear that health facilities lacking a reliable energy supply had been a big obstacle to treating patients.

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Bloomberg

Green-Energy Companies Have a Human-Rights Problem

A new report finds some striking abuses in the renewables business. It needs to clean up its act.

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Editor’s Note:

A report has found that green energy companies continue to face challenges in terms of ensuring proper working conditions for their staff. Adam Minter wonders whether being green is enough, or these companies should be “clean” too.

Rocky Mountain Institute

How To Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible & Just

For over a century, growing presence of coal smokestacks worldwide signified economic development and progress. Coal supplied our homes with electricity and our factories with power. At the same time, this workhorse of the industrial era caused serious harm to our health and the environment. Today, the costs of continuing to operate coal-fired power plants include not only its health and environmental impacts, but also a hit to the wallets of consumers who are paying more for coal power than they would for renewables.

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