Plug-in hybrids called a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ as study claims emissions are higher than thought

Carbon dioxide emissions from plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are more than two-and-a-half-times greater than official test levels, new research claims. Published this week, the analysis — conducted by the Transport & Environment campaign groupand supported by environmental organization Greenpeace U.K. — stated that, on average, “typical” plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEVs, emit around 117g of CO2 per kilometer. This figure is considerably higher than the 44g of CO2 per kilometer that official test results have shown, the briefing said. To put this data into context, the paper said that over its…

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Big potential, but challenges to overcome: A look at offshore wind in the U.S.

Stretching for thousands of miles, the east coast of the United States is home to major cities, stunning beaches and millions of people. Soon, though, it could also host several major offshore wind farms, a development that would have a significant effect on America’s energy mix. At the moment, the offshore wind sector in the U.S. is small. The country’s first offshore wind farm, the 30 megawatt, five turbine Block Island Wind Farm, only started commercial operations at the end of 2016. Located off the coast of Rhode Island, the…

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Oil Bulls Return As OPEC+ Reassures Markets

t’s been a busy month for oil markets, with a build-up of bearish news sending oil prices crashing at the start of the month, only for prices to rally again this week. A combination of outages from Hurricane Sally, a drawdown in oil storage, and high compliance from OPEC is responsible for the rebound. For Global Energy Alert members there are now two new free reports available in your dashboard. The first of these reports is on how to interpret stock charts and the second outlines the three biggest mistakes made by traders today. Make sure you become…

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Chinese brands invited to target Pakistan tea market

Inviting Chinese popular tea brands to explore Pakistan’s tea market, Dr Sajid Khursheed, a doctorate from Beijing, has reckoned that the Pakistanis, especially youths, were very fond of drinking tea. “There is big potential for Chinese investors in Pakistan’s tea market,” he declared while participating in a TV talk show of CPEC Face to Face at the China Economic Network Television on the subject of China’s milk tea craze. “Pakistan people love tea and have a long history of tea culture”, Dr Sajid Khursheed, a teacher at the Canadian International School in…

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Pakistan to start producing solar panels, lithium battery

Pakistan will start manufacturing solar panels and lithium batteries of busses locally. The solar panel indigenous production is expected to start within 18 months. According to the information shared by the Federal Minister for Science & Technology, Fawad Chaudhary, the buses to be run on batteries will also be made in Pakistan. The Chinese companies are all set to establish solar panel manufacturing plants in Pakistan and another major Chinese battery maker will set up a lithium battery manufacturer in Pakistan.

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Reaching energy and climate goals demands a dramatic scaling up of clean energy technologies

A major effort to develop and deploy clean energy technologies worldwide is urgently needed to meet international energy and climate goals, particularly in order to reduce carbon emissions from areas beyond the power sector such as transport, buildings and industry, according to a new IEA report released today. With global carbon emissions at unacceptably high levels, structural changes to the energy system are required to achieve the rapid and lasting decline in emissions called for by the world’s shared climate targets. The IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2020– the first core ETP report for…

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Op-ed: Impacts of CPEC on Asian region and beyond

The comprehensive development deal between Pakistan and China (CPEC) not only creates strategic and economic connectivity between these two countries but also has the potential of integrating other regional and extra-regional countries, and could play a key role in improving the economic and security environment. The project is being considered a vital component in realizing the prospective of regional connectivity and improving trade with regions like Central Asia, Africa, the Middle-East, and Europe. From a strategic perspective, the CPEC will bring many benefits to China and one of them is the development…

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Revoking KE exclusivity is no solution

EDITORIAL: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) is to hold a public hearing on 21 September to consider its proposal to end K-Electric’s exclusivity over Karachi. The argument in favour of this proposal is that this would encourage competition in the sector which would benefit consumers, the prime objective of privatization today as opposed to the time when K-Electric was privatized, while those against this proposal point out, equally validly, that this would effectively end Shanghai Electric Power’s (SEP’s) interest in purchasing K-Electric. The “knee-jerk” Nepra proposal will not only…

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CDWP approves Rs57.78bn energy, development projects

ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Wednesday cleared a total of seven development projects with a total cost of Rs57.78 billion. At a CDWP meeting presided over by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, four development projects with a cumulative estimated cost of Rs12.25bn were approved. Two other projects with a total cost of Rs33.43bn were referred to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec). The meeting allowed extension in re-tendering of a Rs12.10bn hydropower project in Gilgit. Under the financial rules in vogue, the…

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Startup aims to reduce energy wastage in Pakistan

KARACHI: Startups in Pakistan are striving to lessen darkness due to insufficient electricity transmission, while making money out of the opportunity. Pakistan is one of those countries which still faces prolonged power outages and one of the main reasons is line losses at a time when the country has surplus production capacity. Inefficient distribution, coupled with lower recovery of consumer bills and high power theft, is giving birth to the complicated circular debt. Consumers are now looking for opportunities to slash their electricity bills such as through installing solar panels.…

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