If Pax Americana is over, what should cleantech do next?

American political and business leadership on climate change looks to be a door that’s closing. What should cleantech do next? The rhetorical question begins with geopolitics. It is obviously also presumptive that we are witnessing the end of America’s hegemony. There are many reasons to argue that it is too early to call. Maybe American institutions will […]

Huge news: 4 megacities to ban diesel by 2025

The Mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens have announced that they intend to ban diesel by 2025. This is groundbreaking news that, if implemented, will hasten the demise of the oil industry. That is not to say that the oil industry won’t be around for several decades, but it will be swimming in an […]

Swedish cities may ban petrol cars 

Will Swedish cities ban petrol cars? The Swedish Transport Agency’s (Transportstyrelsen) thinks it should, if the country is to fix air quality and reduce GHGs. It has proposed an expansion of the current regulations of heavy vehicles, to include other forms of transport by 2030.  In particular, it aims to exclude private cars, light vehicles and light trucks […]

Sweden to become the first fossil-free industrial state

Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven says that Sweden will become the first fossil-free industrial state.  Is that really going to happen, and, if so, what does it mean?  This analysis was coauthored by Sean Williams (Renovamus) and Magnus Nilsson, a Swedish consultant on green issues, and a frequent commentator in the Swedish press.  The timing for its publication […]

Cleantech VC losses force energy startups to look elsewhere for finance

Two months ago I attended a Darden Business School function at the Stockholm School of Economics.  I asked the Chairwoman of the Swedish Venture Capital Association, Elisabeth Thand Ringqvist, who was a panelist, which Swedish VCs were investing in cleantech.  Her simple answer was none.  Given that the Swedish government wants to develop its economy to be a […]