Category: Energy Production

A Brief Sectoral Analysis of Australia’s GHG Emissions

In 2010, Australia ranked tenth globally for its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR), Australia’s GHG emissions accounted for approximately 1.54% of total global emissions. The Australian government reported its 2010 emissions to be

What’s the deal with CCS in the UK?

  Source: The Guardian The UK began to shift away from coal in 1990.  This trend has continued to play out in recent years, to the point that in 2008 natural gas produced 45 percent of the UK’s electricity, while

Prospects for Nuclear Energy in the Post-Fukushima World

 Source: The Guardian A common argument you might hear about is that the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant disaster scared the world away from pursuing nuclear energy. The only problem is that argument is not particularly well-supported by the evidence.

What does the Indian General Election mean for Climate Change?

As more than 850 million Indians look to elect a new government this year, it is not clear if “election issue” for any of the major political parties. None of the parties have actively campaigned using the climate change or environmental sustainability

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Legal Framework for CCS in China: What will the future hold?

This is the second part of a two-part post on the state of CCS in China According to a white paper from the Center for Climate Change Law, the National Development Reform Commission in China published a “Circular on Promoting

Nuclear Power in Germany: No Return

The conventional wisdom holds that the nuclear phaseout in Germany is a reaction to the Fukushima disaster on March 11, 2011. The story goes something like this: Fukushima changed Germany’s views on nuclear energy by “scaring” German politicians and constituents

Energy Production Report Release

In anticipation of the release of our report on Major Economies and Climate Change with respect to energy production, I thought I should outline some of the key recommendations with respect to coal-power generation. The following is an overview of

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China’s Clean Air Initiative?

While much of the world anxiously watched events unfold in Ukraine, on March 5th, to mark the beginning of China’s National People’s Congress, the Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, declared the central government’s commitment to reduce levels of air pollution. He

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The Future of Coal: The Case for HELE Generation

High-efficiency and low-emission technology coal generation describes three tiers of carbon-intensity and coal-consumption intensity: supercritical, ultra-super critical, and advanced ultra-supercritical technology. According to the IEA, non-HELE technology, or sub-critical generation, is most common in coal-generated electricity today. Plants combust pulverized

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Energy Future of Europe

The issue of hydraulic fracturing is revealing deep divisions in the European Union. While many of the rich nations of Western Europe have all shunned the practice, the poorer countries of Eastern Europe are in favor of it. The debate

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