Sweden, the best place to invest your clima-Kronor

Attracted to the notion that its time to move your portfolio out of fossil fuels and into something greener? Or are you a corporate thinking about investments and wondering what the best country for this might be? Look no further than Sweden, the best place to invest your clima-Kronor. Sweden isnt at the top of […]

China will stick by Paris Agreement commitments

According to the FT, China will stick by Paris Agreement commitments. And so will India. Europe of course will too (at least it will say that it is going to, even if it backslides). The exact quote was “As a responsible developing country China’s plan determination and policy to tackle climate change is resolute”, according to […]

Australia shares the blame for coral bleaching

This week the FT said that ‘Australia shares the blame for coral bleaching‘, a result of ‘energy policy in thrall to coal interests’. Harsh, but ultimately fair, the story looks briefly into the coral bleaching that is destroying the Great Barrier Reef, and Australia’s response to it. The article then switches tack and looks at the amazing week […]

Wake up call

This is a wake up call. According to Bloomberg, pre-work for the G20 Finance Ministers meeting next week, has issued a communique that abandons the commitment for western government to fund poorer country efforts with $100bn by 2020. Evidently, the G20 Finance Ministers now say that cash is scarce, and that “the gap should be filled by the market economy, […]

Last night in Sweden: the government continued to govern

Last night in Sweden: the government continued to govern As Renovamus has said for a while, you can expect this Swedish government to be up for a fight when it comes to values. One UK journalist has spotted the link (röd tråd) between the activist mentality that underlies the issues of women’s health, feminism, freedom of the […]

Sweden’s Deputy PM trolling Trump

The international press asks the question ‘Is this Sweden’s Deputy PM trolling Trump?‘ I’ll provide my answer.  Swedish humour is subtle, but Swedes profound dislike for the ‘leader of the free world’ cant be disputed. As Renovamus said (italics below), you should expect more assertive Swedish climate diplomacy. This is a beginning. This country of 10 million people currently has a […]

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 […]

Sweden ups rhetoric and ambition on EU ETS reform

Svenska Dagbladet, a leading Swedish newspaper, today reports on the strong rhetoric and proposals from the Swedish government on European emissions targets. The Deputy Prime Minster, Isabella Lövin, and Industry Minister, Mikael Damberg, want the cancellation of EUAs, rather than storage in a reserve, sending a clear price signal to the market.  In addition, the government wants to be […]

Can-kicking becomes a national passtime in Australia: Energy industry becoming uninvestable

The global climate media has picked up on an apparent u-turn in Australian domestic politics during the week, when the Environment Minister was forced to reverse his own comments within 48 hours under the face of withering political attack. Whether there was a u-turn or not depends on your perspective of what the Australian cabinet had […]