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Why South Africa is finding it difficult to wean itself off coal

Dr Lucy Baker

Lucy Baker, University of Sussex and Jesse Burton, University of Cape Town South Africa has made domestic and international commitments to climate change mitigation. But the country continues to depend on coal-fired power plants, which provide 92% of its electricity.

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Posted in All Posts, renewables, study

Paula Kivimaa writes for for ‘Energy Researchers Finland’ on energy saving in housing.

Paula Kivimaa of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand wrote an article recently for ‘Energy Researchers Finland’ arguing a need for energy services integrating energy saving and renewable energy measures into both new and existing housing stock, drawing on

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Posted in All Posts, CIED, Community Energy, Summaries and Links

Reflections on the IST2015 conference at SPRU

Steps towards an engaged and reflexive community: looking back at PhD-led activities at the International Sustainability Transitions conference By Jonas Torrens & Gijs Diercks During the last week SPRU hosted the 6th International Sustainability Transitions conference with a program packed with

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Posted in All Posts, Conferences and events

Jonathon Porritt on Hinkley C: The beginning of the end

Jonathon Porritt posted an important blog post on Monday, about the ongoing troubles at Hinkley C in Somerset. As Porritt points out, the project still faces vast hurdles including securing a final investment decision from minority partners, obtaining a £10bn loan guarantee from the treasury, and

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Can we devolve electricity generation in the UK?

Last week, a report publishing research conducted by a consortium of 9 UK universities, and co-authored by CIED researcher, Dr Victoria Johnson argued that up to 50 per cent of electricity demand in the UK could be met by distributed

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Posted in All Posts, policy

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