Category: Net Zero Emissions

Why banning financing for fossil fuel projects in Africa isn’t a climate solution 10/14/2021

Why banning financing for fossil fuel projects in Africa isn’t a climate solution

Payne Institute Fellow Benjamin Attia and Director Morgan Bazilian write about how globally, the top 10% of countries consume 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. And 1.1 billion sub-Saharan Africans share the same amount of power generation capacity as Germany’s 83 million people. At least half have no access to electricity at all.  These stark energy inequalities are fueling thorny debates around financing Africa’s energy future as world leaders and their negotiators prepare for COP26.  October 14, 2021.

Government appoints new members to Climate Change Advisory Council 10/13/2021

Government appoints new members to Climate Change Advisory Council

Payne Institute Director Morgan D. Bazilian is honoured to be appointed as a new member to the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC).  A critical part of Ireland’s transition to a low carbon society is the provision of accurate and timely advice. The CCAC needs to have a broad and diverse balance of skills and experience that will advise Government on both carbon budgets and progress on implementation of the climate action plan.  October 13, 2021.

In a World Fighting Climate Change, Fossil Fuels Take Revenge 10/10/2021

In a World Fighting Climate Change, Fossil Fuels Take Revenge

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to this article on how the demand for coal is moving back near peak levels. Across the world, fossil fuels are making a remarkable comeback as a super-charged recovery from the pandemic boosts demand. For all the green energy promises and plans, that transition is in its infancy, and the world still leans heavily on fossils. October 10, 2021.

CCUS gains momentum despite midstream challenges 10/6/2021

CCUS gains momentum despite midstream challenges

Payne Institute Communications Associate Brooke Bowser, Program Manager Laura Singer, and Director Morgan Bazilian write about how carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technology has again become popular in discussions on how to combat climate change, but the associated midstream infrastructure necessary to support an energy transition remains underdeveloped and often overlooked.  October 6, 2021.

How nuclear energy can help make all UK electricity green by 2035 10/6/2021

How nuclear energy can help make all UK electricity green by 2035

Payne Institute Fellow William Nuttall writes how Boris Johnson is set to announce at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that all of Britain’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035, according to a recent report in the Times.  The government suspects that the British public – tired of petrol station queues and dreading winter gas bills – will like the idea of moving away from fossil fuels, and towards nuclear power. October 6, 2021.

Why Biden’s Methane Fee Isn’t a Gas Tax 10/5/2021

Why Biden’s Methane Fee Isn’t a Gas Tax

Payne Institute Fellow Liam Denning writes an opinion piece on how President Biden’s methane fee isn’t a gas tax, but it’s a tax on the natural-gas industry for failing to capture and sell its own product. This isn’t a tax on the gas we consume but rather the gas that somehow never makes it far enough for us to consume.  October 5, 2021.

Tallgrass to track, measure emissions on U.S. interstate natgas pipeline 9/28/2021

Tallgrass to track, measure emissions on U.S. interstate natural gas pipeline

The Payne Institute is a data science partner with Project Canary to help Tallgrass Energy Partners monitor emissions, including methane and other greenhouse gases, on its Rockies Express Pipeline, making it the first U.S. company to measure the environmental impact of operations on an interstate natural gas pipeline.  September 28, 2021.  

To lead the green energy future, solar must clean up its supply chains 9/28/2021

To lead the green energy future, solar must clean up its supply chains

Payne Institute Fellow Dustin Mulvaney and Director Morgan Bazilian write about how the solar industry must work with governments to clean up the solar supply chain.  The rapid growth of the solar energy industry has seen in recent years is expected to continue.  Solar is now one of the cheapest power sources available globally, but its long-term sustainability has been threatened by allegations of forced labour and coal use by some silicon producers that supply the solar panel industry.  September 28, 2021.

HOW PUBLIC FUNDERS CAN HELP TAKE COAL OFFLINE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: THREE FINANCIAL OPTIONS 9/20/2021

HOW PUBLIC FUNDERS CAN HELP TAKE COAL OFFLINE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: THREE FINANCIAL OPTIONS

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian, Researcher Brad Handler, and Katie Auth write about how the International Energy Agency projects a need to phase out all unabated coal-fired power plants by 2040 to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. This has significant potential implications for emerging markets. Options include three public-private mechanisms discussed, each of which requires some form of concessionary public capital or guarantee.  September 20, 2021.