My hopes for the great global energy transition, and thoughts on the UK state of play: Interview for Impact4AllJanuary 14, 2018
Q: How do you feel about the developments at the One Planet Summit in Paris? Was it enough?
It wasn’t enough to hit the ultimate Paris Agreement targets, but enough to keep those targets in play. I very much enjoyed the flurry of financial-sector announcements at the summit. If the energy incumbency and its increasingly risk-burdened investors couldn’t see the writing on the wall after all those then they are in very big trouble.
My top moment was when the World Bank President announced an end to upstream oil and gas investment from 2019, the assembled dignitaries clapped loudly and protractedly, and many of them actually... read more...
November 21, 2017
The US was a marginal presence at a COP23 summit that kept the wind in the sails of global climate action, writes Jeremy Leggett in Recharge Magazine.
Busy executives in companies producing and using renewable energy may be wondering what to make of the increasingly detailed negotiations at the latest annual climate summit, held in Bonn over the last fortnight.
The bottom line is that an international collaboration of every national government on the planet – save one rogue administration in the shape of the US – remains committed to, and on course for, decarbonisation of the global economy. There has never been a precedent... read more...
Explaining Solarcentury’s move this week, and a presentation on solar civilisation and the emerging threats to democracyNovember 4, 2017
Photo: Solarcentury CEO Frans van den Heuvel
Solarcentury entered a long-term strategic partnership with Germany’s number one solar park builder, Capital Stage, this week. Together we intend to capitalise and execute 1.1 GW of a 2.5 GW Solarcentury project pipeline, in 5 countries, an undertaking requiring capital of £0.8 billion to £1 billion over the next 2-3 years, of which the first tranche of some hundreds of millions is done. We have a roadmap in mind well beyond this 1.1 GW.
Solarcentury’s Dutch CEO Frans van den Heuvel was architect of this Anglo-German deal. He and his exec team, not least CFO Neil Perry,... read more...
The conundrum deepens – big solar deployment rises yet faster, small solar falls still further: chapter 4 of The TestOctober 31, 2017
Paramount Pictures, West London, 16th August 2017
A private screening of Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Sequel. We are ten years on from the release of his original blockbuster, An Inconvenient Truth. The new film tells the story of that decade, and the race against time that it represents for those with eyes to see. Some fifty people sit in a small cinema in a modern office block on an architect’s dream of a corporate campus. Many of the attendees are heads of sustainability from big companies.
I have not been looking forward to this screening. I know how good a job the great man does of explaining the horrors of climate... read more...