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According to the Independent, the UK government will today announce what amounts to a real renewables revolution. In a remarkable U-turn, Gordon Brown’s government wants all households in Britain to be powered by off-shore windfarms in 2020. It could mean building 7000 wind turbines along the coast of the UK. Read further articles about this… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Here, that is, in our own “developed” world and not only in those countries which are traditionally being identified as “developing” countries (the now politically incorrect “third world” in the past). As the economic growth successes and the consumption abundance of our developed countries have been bought on the back of rapid over-exploitation of the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I was quite surprised this week when I attended a conference organised by the Greens in the European Parliament and saw them do the lobbying for a grand solar industrial project which I think still has a lot of uncertainties and even environmental dangers. The DESERTEC project [see Wikipedia FR] aims at building huge concentrating… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

How can Europe lead on the necessary transition to a carbon-constrained economic future when the policy measures needed might undermine the competitiveness of European industries? This was the subject of a major conference “Towards a global low carbon economy” organised as the closing event of the EU Commission’s high-level group on competitiveness, energy and the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Remember the hippie movement of 1967? Those naive, young but well-meaning guys and boys who believed in “making love, not war” at a time when the US was fighting one of its dirtiest wars in Asia? Well, I guess a lot of these guys and boys now are running big businesses (or advising them) and still… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Big news on the wires yesterday as Brazil’s Petrobras announced that it has discovered a new oil field, deep under the Atlantic Ocean, which could make it one of the world’s largest oil producers. Shares of Petrobras skyrocketed as some journalists and market watchers got carried away by the Brazialian government spin. Let’s do a little… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I was in London yesterday attending the launch of the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2007 and I must admit that the report shocked me (because of its content) but also positively surprised me (because of the new “soft” realism of the IEA) The new Outlook states in cautious and, of course, more diplomatic… » read more

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Will America awake from its long climate sleep and become the new world leader for sustainable energy policies? It certainly looks like it judging from the fervour with which the Democrat presidential candidates are positioning themselves on this issue. The latest bold plans for a green US energy future come from Hillary Clinton and some… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

A bit of a different story today. Yesterday I had to defend the new internet-based journalism in the “Stand up for journalism” debate organised by three journalists’ unions in Brussels. The discussion focused on the commercialisation of media and its negative impact on journalists’ jobs. Speakers and union leaders Aidan White (International Federation of Journalists IFJ) and… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In another post I have already pointed to the symbolic irony of calling the new recently approved EU Treaty the “Lisbon Treaty”. As Lisbon has become synonymous with the over-optimistic, neo-liberal “competitiveness first” drive (the “Lisbon agenda”) of the last two Commission Presidents, the LisbonTreaty will be no more and no less than the final conjugation… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer