IEA Chief calls for doubled energy efficiency progress
Investments in energy efficiency are reaching record highs, but their growth rate is slowing and potentially hindering progress towards net zero emissions. In 2022, investment in energy efficiency rose by 16%, but for 2023, growth is projected to slow to 4% due to reduced spending on efficiency measures.
Potential impacts of the top 10 technologies of 2023
The “Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2023” report focuses on highlighting technological advancements that are expected to positively influence society in the coming three- to-five years. This extensive report gives detailed analyses of the associated risks and opportunities of the top 10 technologies.
Five key insights into a ground-breaking approach to carbon removal
Carbon mineralization has the potential to remove significant amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and produce useful products like concrete. Scaling up carbon mineralization requires addressing challenges such as water consumption, energy requirements and mining impacts.
Enhancing climate change education in schools
Education about climate change is crucial for current and future generations. It involves integrating it into the curriculum and training teachers. A specific focus on environmental sustainability is needed across subjects. School education should be a priority in climate change decision-making.
What measures can we take to reduce the impact of flash droughts
Flash droughts are becoming more common due to global warming. A recent study predicts increased flash drought risk in major agricultural regions worldwide which would impact food production, energy, and water supplies. Improved forecasts are crucial for adaptation and mitigating these impacts.
Microfactories are a viable solution towards achieving a circular economy
Textile waste is a major problem, contributing to CO₂ emissions and surpassing emissions from maritime shipping and flights. Microfactories offer a local solution by converting urban waste into new raw materials. They shorten supply chains, reduce transportation costs and emissions.