Clean cold sits at the heart of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Clean Cold and Power / Climate Change / Cold Economy / Dearman

Clean cold sits at the heart of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

As the Prime Minister heads to India for the India-UK Tech Summit, Professor Toby Peters of the Birmingham Energy Institute, argues that the humble fridge is the key to meeting the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals? At the stroke of midnight last New Year’s Eve, the clock began to tick on the most ambitious set … Continue reading

Clean cold has a key role to play in UN Global Goals
Clean Cold and Power / Climate Change / Cold Economy / Dearman

Clean cold has a key role to play in UN Global Goals

In September 2015 the United Nations launched the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, 17 goals to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030 – end poverty, combat climate change, and fight injustice and inequality. Developments in thermal energy technologies (heating and cooling) and the global cold economy has an important part to play if we are … Continue reading

The World Trade Network and the Environment
Climate Change / Energy Economics

The World Trade Network and the Environment

Dr Maria Jesus Herrerias, University of Birmingham, Carlos Aller, University of Girona, and Lorenzo Ductor, Middlesex University London, examine the role of the world trade network on the environment and discuss their investigation into an innovative way of measuring the effect of international trade.  In a growing, integrated and globalised international market, sustainable development and … Continue reading

The Climate Argument: should we panic and are we doomed, or what can we do?
Climate Change / Research

The Climate Argument: should we panic and are we doomed, or what can we do?

Professor Richard Tuckett, Professor of Chemical Physics, University of Birmingham, discusses evidence surrounding the connection between CO2 concentrations and the temperature of the planet, to  coincide with the start of United Nations COP21 in Paris, December 2015.  The evidence that anthropogenic carbon emissions are contributing to the increasing temperature of the Earth grows stronger by the … Continue reading

Moonshot or earthbound – what approach for reducing emissions from energy?
Climate Change / Low Carbon Energy

Moonshot or earthbound – what approach for reducing emissions from energy?

In a recent Opinion piece for the Financial Times (FT), Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, and previously a President of the Royal Society,  made the case for an ‘Apollo Programme’ approach to tackling climate change mitigation. The Apollo Programme itself was the American initiative to put a man on the moon in the 1960s, exemplified … Continue reading

Expect all cars to soon be electric says Chief Scientific Advisor
Climate Change / Events / Low Carbon Energy

Expect all cars to soon be electric says Chief Scientific Advisor

Professor John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change laid out the department’s priorities for future sustainable energy systems at the University of Birmingham in July 2015. He informed students and guests at the first Birmingham Energy Institute prestigious lecture series that in order to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets investing in … Continue reading