Germany to spend $7.2 billion in 2021 to boost energy efficiency in buildings

Germany is supporting steps to increase energy efficiency in buildings, with subsidies and incentives, including programs to modernize existing buildings with better insulation and more efficient heating systems, worth 6 billion euros ($7.2 billion) this year. Read more

SANEDI unveils an app to guide users through a lighting energy audit

The first of its kind in South Africa, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has tailored an app especially for the local market to improve investment decisions around energy use in lighting of buildings across the country. It will be available for download in early 2021.  Read more

DDA approves draft ‘green development area’ policy for sustainable development

The DDA (Delhi Development Authority) has approved a draft policy to provide an integrated framework for development of lands falling in the designated green belt and Low Density Residential Area (LDRA) as per the Master Plan of Delhi 2021. The policy provides a comprehensive framework defining minimum land area required for green development, i.e. for Grade 1 category, the minimum plot area required is 600 sqm; for Grade 2 it is 4,000 sqm; and 10,000 sqm for Grade 3, the statement said. The mandatory wooded area shall be increased as per the grade change, with a minimum 45% of the plot area, in case of Grade 3 development, it added. Read more

The Benchmarks Countries Must Hit to Reach Net-Zero Emissions

The global public needs simple benchmarks to gauge progress towards net zero emissions as per Paris Climate accord over the next five or 10 years, without waiting to check final results at mid-century. Bloomberg Green launches the Carbon Benchmarks series to analyze how countries plan to eliminate their net emissions. Read more

ADB, Japan to strengthen cooperation on clean energy in ASEAN region

The MoU between ADB and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan will strengthen cooperation between the two organizations under the Cleaner Energy Future Initiative for ASEAN (CEFIA).The cooperation will focus on the areas of renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency, and other technologies that will facilitate the transition to low-carbon energy for South-East Asia. Read more

Two new International Code Council online code tools released

The Global Building Codes Tool provides information about the building codes and standards used in countries around the world. Users may select a country from the world map to view information about the respective building safety regulation agencies and the building codes and standards referenced and enforced within that country. The second one in partnership with FLASH and ISO is a U.S code adoption database A one-of-a-kind tool, the database displays which codes are adopted within each state/jurisdiction and provides context and links to access further code information. Read More

India and IEA signs MoU on Strategic Partnership Framework

IEA and the Government of India entered into a Strategic Partnership on 27th January, 2021, to strengthen their collaboration across a range of vital areas including energy security and clean energy transitions. The signing of the Framework marked a major milestone in global energy governance that could eventually lead to IEA membership for India. IEA is working with major economies around the world to enhance energy security and to help accelerate their clean energy transitions. Read more

Battery storage cheaper than new coal power plants

Analysis released by Climate Trends and JMK Research and Analytics revealed that the cost of hybrid RE with battery storage system is at parity with new coal power plants in Tamil Nadu. Moreover, in 10-year time, incremental capacity addition would further drive down the cost by over 31%. Cost of energy for a hypothetical hybrid, solar, wind and li-ion battery storage system in the state is Rs 4.97/kWh in 2021, which will fall to Rs 3.4/kWh by 2030, whereas cost of electricity produced from new coal power plants in Tamil Nadu is between Rs 4.5-6/kWh. Read more

Too many Companies are banking on Carbon Capture to reach Net Zero

42 companies announced net-zero targets in 2019 and 2020. More than half of those plan to plant trees, preserve forests or capture CO₂ in order to get there, even as their own businesses continue to warm the atmosphere. These measures, known as carbon dioxide removal (CDR), have a limit. As net-zero plans proliferate, some companies assume they can rely disproportionately on CDR to offset their own emissions. Read more

UK Government announces plans to make new homes net zero by 2025

The new net zero homes are expected to produce 75-80% less carbon emissions as compared to current levels. To ensure industry is ready to meet the new standards by 2025, new homes will be expected to produce 31% lower carbon emissions from 2021. Read more

IEA ‘plans global net-zero energy roadmap’

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is planning to publish a comprehensive roadmap on how the global energy sector can reach net zero by 2050. The roadmap will highlight mechanisms for emerging and developing economies to give them access to knowhow, financing and technologies for clean and reliable energy. Read more

Publication of the CMS Renewable Energy Guide 2020/21

The RE industry has been spurred on by falling costs and rising innovation, ‘net-zero’ commitments and the enhanced focus on building back better and greener out of the pandemic. Integration of decentralised energy into power grids remains a challenge in all countries. IRENA notes that no insurmountable technical constraints exist for the transformation of grids in this regard, but the economic, political and regulatory environments will be critical to this achievement. The guide examines the current state of the renewables sector in 44 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America and outlines expectations for the future of the sector in each of those jurisdictions. Read more

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