• Green jobs fiasco: Number of people employed in German renewables sector has halved since 2011

    • Date: 04/02/21
    • Clean Energy Wire

    The number of jobs in the German renewables sector (production and installation) has fallen from about 300,000 in 2011 to around 150,000 in 2018, the German Trade Union Association (DGB) found in an analysis of employment in the energy transition. The drop in employment is mostly due to the collapse of Germany’s solar power industry over […]

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  • China’s Coal Boom: New coal power plant capacity in 2020 grew more than 3 times rest of the World’s

    • Date: 03/02/21
    • Reuters

    SHANGHAI – China put 38.4 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power capacity into operation in 2020, according to new international research, more than three times the amount built elsewhere around the world and potentially undermining its short-term climate goals.   The country won praise last year after President Xi Jinping pledged to make the country “carbon […]

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  • Siemens slashes 7,800 jobs for green transition

    • Date: 02/02/21
    • Yahoo Finance

    Siemens Energy announced plans to cut 7,800 jobs in its gas and power segment to improve its “long-term competitiveness” as it looks to focus on green energy. Its shares ticked up roughly 0.8% Tuesday morning. The company, which was spun off last year by German industrial giant Siemens AG (SIE.DE) and currently employs 90,000 people […]

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  • Europe welcomes Joe Biden: Norway awards oil and gas exploration rights to 30 firms

    • Date: 24/01/21
    • Reuters

    OSLO (Reuters) – Norway awarded 61 offshore exploration blocks to 30 oil firms in its latest pre-defined areas (APA) licensing round as it seeks to find more resources close to existing fields, Energy Minister Tina Bru said on Tuesday. Norway, which began to extract oil and gas from its offshore continental shelf 50 years ago, […]

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  • China’s energy dilemma: between green pledges and blackouts

    • Date: 23/01/21
    • Reuters

    HONG KONG – China’s President Xi Jinping has promised to turn the world’s largest consumer of fossil fuels into a carbon-neutral nation by 2060, but that might make it harder to keep the lights on. Widespread electricity rationing in December stoked fears of another harsh winter for the country’s households. A clunky grid monopoly is […]

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  • Europe to close down ageing nuclear power plants by 2030

    • Date: 17/01/21
    • Reuters

    Nuclear power capacity able to supply roughly 60 million homes is scheduled to close this decade as utilities struggle to replace northwest Europe’s ageing reactors, raising the risk of higher carbon emissions as fossil fuels plug the gap. Nuclear power provides around a quarter of the European Union’s electricity generation, with 15 of the 27 nations […]

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  • How the race for renewables is burning Europe’s forests

    • Date: 16/01/21
    • The Guardian

    Europeans are paying €billions for increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere Sustainability goes to the heart of the European renewable energy debate. The drive to replace coal, one of the world’s biggest sources of carbon emissions, with cleaner sources of power, is a top priority in the fight against climate change globally. A switch to […]

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  • African nations planning 1250 new coal and gas power plants, new study reveals

    • Date: 13/01/21
    • GWPF & Power Engineering International

    Of Africa’s 2500 planned power-generation projects, half are coal and gas power plants, Oxford University study reveals A new study into Africa’s energy generation landscape uses a state-of-the-art machine-learning technique to analyse the pipeline of more than 2,500 planned power plants and their chances of successful commission. The study shows the share of non-hydro renewables […]

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