Summary and update of The Winning of The Carbon War, Amsterdam, 8 June 2016

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State of the Transition, May 2016: Talk of twilight

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World records tumbled in renewable energy this month. Utilities, facing short-term existential threat in the face of clean-energy growth, continued to wrestle with the imperative of escaping the energy incumbency. Oil and gas companies, facing longer term threat to business-model viability, read dire assessments of their prospects in places they could not have imagined possible until recently. Investors continued to awaken to climate risk, and a critical mass of governments stayed broadly on course for the current and future action that the Paris Agreement requires of them. None of this, however, happened as fast as the recent run of world-record... read more...


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Imagine being responsible for the balance sheet of the company driving the nuclear fiasco slowing deployment of green energy in the UK

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Spot the CFO. (Thomas Piqemal and Jean-Bernard Lévy of EDF).

This article is an extended version of my latest column for Recharge:

The speed with which the renewables industries will be able to grow in the years ahead will be much affected by the course of the gas and nuclear industries’ efforts to grow. Having considered gas in my last column,... read more...


The global energy transformation and innovation: the case of Solarcentury and Sunstation

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Tomorrow the Financial Times stages a conference on strategies for the revolution unfolding in global energy markets. I am on a panel discussing the role of innovation. I have a thrilling example to recount based on the work of Solarcentury’s innovation team. In the limited time I have available, I will struggle to do their accomplishments justice, so I plan to try and do so in this blog.

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Good news at Solarcentury and SolarAid

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When the innovation team at Solarcentury told me they were shooting for a high-aesthetic solar product that could be integrated into a roof for the same price as modules bolted onto a roof, I didn’t think they could do it. Yesterday we launched the world-first outcome of their passionate work, Sunstation, at the Tate Modern. And my misplaced pessimism stands as an example of the mass... read more...


An open letter to solar companies: Beware alliance with the gas (and oil) industry

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This blog is an extended version of my latest column in Recharge magazine

Oil & gas companies are professing that the natural-gas and solar industries should be partners, working together supposedly to mutual benefit. It is a strategy that should be avoided by all solar companies able to do so – which is to say all those not owned by oil & gas companies... read more...


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The chronicle which accompanies The Winning of The Carbon War

Act de Triumph

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On Saturday December 12th, 2015, I witnessed something that nothing else in human history comes close to, in terms of scale and stakes. Most of the nations on Earth, 195 of them, adopted the world’s first universal agreement to fight an existential threat to civilisation and indeed life, as we know it, on the planet.
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The full Chronicle >>

The Paris Climate Summit begins. The world watches. And my Chronology of the Carbon War, charting the years running up to this unique event in human history, closes. But for one more entry.

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With this image of the atmosphere over Paris at night, this is the penultimate entry in my Chronology of the Carbon War. The last one will be made after the summit ends, with its outcome hopefully clear. The drama that will no doubt unfold in the next two weeks I will describe in the last few chapters of The Winning of the Carbon War, to be published as a free-download e-book in the first week... read more...


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