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Cold comfort in Warsaw

Jonathan Grant takes stock of COP19, including an unusually high profile for coal at a climate summit….. A few years back the thought of having a big coal event at the annual climate negotiations, including a keynote speech by the head of the climate convention would certainly raise some eyebrows.... [more]…

COP19: "We seem to be adding to the carbon bubble rather than trying to deflate it"

Jon Williams, and Jonathan Grant of PwC's sustainability and climate change on the reign of 'king coal' in Warsaw. [more]…

OPINION: Our carbon addiction - time to break the habit?

In advance of the release of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report on climate science, we've looked back over our analysis on the progress of the world and G20 in reducing its emissions and taking action on climate change. Links to further analysis are below the infographic. Further analysis of the... [more]…

FEATURE: IPCC 5th Assessment Report - Energy mix is far off a carbon fix.

Jonathan Grant & Lit Ping Low examine some of the significant shifts in energy and emissions from PwC's Low Carbon Economy Index, in advance of the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index has tracked the changes in global, and the... [more]…

FEATURE: China’s carbon market, the case for trial and error

China recently announced details of its first carbon trading scheme. Allan Zhang, a specialist in Chinese green policies in PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team examines what might be learned from the pilot. China’s carbon trading system ... [more]…

FEATURE: Is energy for all a basic right or an impossible dream?

Much of the talk here in Davos has been about an energy revolution. Not the long expected rise of renewables but the unbelievably fast emergence of fracking in the US. In just 12 months, gas has overtaken coal as the main source of power generation, and with gas prices now... [more]…

FEATURE: Who'd want to bank on 4C?

The latest World Bank report on climate change, Turn Down the Heat, sets out a stark vision of the future says Richard Gledhill, partner, PwC sustainability and climate change. The World Bank's latest report on climate change is not so much a wake up call, as the coffee and buffet... [more]…

FEATURE: M&A deals in the renewables sector

Paul Nillesen, partner, PwC renewables based in Amsterdam, reflects on renewables 'coming of age' year for M&As In just 12 months, the value of merger and acquisition deals across the renewables sector globally has risen 40%. Deal values hit US$53.5bn despite the backdrop of global economic instability, with billion dollar... [more]…

FEATURE: Floors and flaws

Last week we published our Low Carbon Economy Index report - which highlighted the dirty recovery in 2010. For the first time since 1996, UK carbon emissions growth exceeded economic growth – in other words the carbon intensity increased. We also compared the scale of investment that the UK Government... [more]…

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