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From FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Policy Dispatch is a podcast all about the policies that underpin the energy transition. This is what will make or break the global decarbonisation effort. Through biweekly, short-but-sweet episodes, the Policy Dispatch will aim to explain what governments in the globe’s key markets are doing to boost clean energy and create sustainable ecosystems.
 
From FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Watt Matters is a podcast all about the energy transition and the shift to a decarbonised economy. Through biweekly debates and discussions on the energy transition in Europe, North America and around the world, Watt Matters focuses on how to achieve thriving renewable energy markets and liveable cities through the right mix of policy, regulation, finance and technology.
 
The Energy Transition series is comprised of one hour panel sessions involving executives and industry experts dedicated to improving awareness on various elements of the energy transition, as well as identifying investment opportunities for corporate and institutional investors.
 
Welcome to the Electrified podcast, where each Tuesday we talk about the electrification of industry and moving toward a more decarbonized, resilient energy ecosystem. As former startup operators in this industry and now venture capital investors, our mission is to leverage that business experience in conversations with leading thinkers across technology, policy and media to tease out insights that help accelerate the energy transition.
 
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Europe’s emissions trading system is considered to be the backbone of EU climate policies. After very nearly 20 years of service, the carbon market plays a substantial role in cutting emissions and driving demand for green technology by enforcing the polluter pays principle. Late last year, EU negotiators brokered an agreement on how to update the …
 
Multilateral development banks (MDBs) like the World Bank are increasingly under pressure to invest more in renewable energy projects in emerging markets. The lack of financing for such projects is a problem at the small, distributed scale as we discussed in Episode #189, and it’s also a problem for utility-scale projects as we discuss in this epis…
 
For decades, energy and utilities companies have invested in infrastructure to collect, store, analyze and use data. Today, savvy digital consumers and advanced cloud technologies are driving demand for timely, cost-effective data that stakeholders can access and act on. As a result, data governance is moving away from IT-centric conversations, tow…
 
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), almost all of the growth in global clean energy spending is happening in advanced economies and China, while the two-thirds of the global population that live in emerging market and developing economies are receiving less than one-fifth of the total. The reason? The high cost of capital. But why i…
 
How much of a role might wind, solar, nuclear, transmission, power plants equipped with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology, or direct air capture of CO2 play on a 100% clean power grid? Which mix of those technologies would provide the cheapest pathways to a clean grid? And once we have met 90% of the need for grid power with clean g…
 
European energy markets are at a crossroads: on the one hand, they need to face the immediate shocks posed by the ongoing energy price crisis. On the other hand, the EU’s electricity market is gearing towards reform in 2023, which should make it fit to deliver a decarbonised power system by 2035.The need for a strong, stable and resilient energy ma…
 
Gas heating is not an affordable heating option anymore. Instead, the demand and uptake of heat pumps in Europe’s building stock have seen a major surge in the past few months. Global heat pump sales rose 15% in 2021. In Germany alone, demand rose by 25% in the first half of 2022 year-on-year. And in Finland, by as much as 80% year-on-year.Heat pum…
 
The Inflation Reduction Act is the largest climate and energy package in the history of the United States. It will unleash some $370 billion for energy and climate, and it will touch every sector of the economy, from manufacturing to renewable energy communities or environmental justice.The IRA could launch America back into international leadershi…
 
This is Part 2 of the first series in a new format we are piloting for the Energy Transition Show. Instead of exploring a particular topic with one guest who has a non-commercial perspective, as most of our shows so far have done, this new format aims to tell the stories about how the energy transition is proceeding in some of the places Chris visi…
 
The European Green Deal must put consumers at the heart of its policies. The European Commission has put strong emphasis in the social dimension of its energy and climate policies, and the energy price crisis has made it more evident that our most vulnerable consumers must not be left behind.But even when Brussels and EU capitals have some exciting…
 
Off the back of an intense two weeks in Egypt, the COP27 negotiations were once again deemed underwhelming. There were some successes: Developed countries will provide finance to emerging economies affected by climate-related disasters. But much of the focus remained on climate adaptation rather than mitigation. After nearly 30 years of internation…
 
This is the first show in a new format we are piloting for the Energy Transition Show. Instead of exploring a particular topic with one guest who has a non-commercial perspective, as most of our shows so far have done, this new format aims to tell stories about how the energy transition is proceeding in some of the places Chris visits in his travel…
 
The European Commission’s climate chief Frans Timmermans said before leaving to COP27 that the EU’s emissions reduction target “can be increased to 57%”. This news came as EU legislators concluded the revisions of two key pieces of the EU’s climate legislation, the Effort Sharing Regulation and the LULUCF Regulation.Why are these two pieces of legi…
 
Our latest Energy Transition Talks podcast explores the future scenarios that Fingrid (Finland’s state-owned transmission network operator) develops to improve their strategic planning and keep them on course to meet Finland’s net-zero targets. Fingrid executives Mikko Heikkilä, head of strategic grid planning, and Risto Kuusi, senior expert in str…
 
Global solar capacity continues to rise and solar PV is becoming ever more popular among homeowners as costs fall. As its role in the energy transition becomes more prominent, new technologies and business models developing.Our guest this week is Alexandra Sombsthay, vice president for external relations at renewable energy developer Akuo Energy. I…
 
Phasing out the old while simultaneously building up the new is always a challenge, and perhaps never more so than with the energy transition. Can we coordinate replacing fossil-fueled assets with clean, zero-carbon assets so that both systems remain functional and affordable during the transition? And how can we ensure that disadvantaged communiti…
 
Carbon dioxide removals (CDR) are, in essence, the opposite of carbon emissions: their goal is to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, ideally permanently. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sees an increasing role of removals in reaching net zero and limiting global warming.However, the concept of CDR is often misunderstood and con…
 
Effectively managing growing distributed energy resources (DERs) is at the heart of successfully navigating the energy transition and supporting decarbonization. In this episode of our Energy Transition Talks podcast series, CGI experts Matt Marrow and Vincent Dufresne discuss the importance of being prepared for the impending uptake of DERs and el…
 
Heating is becoming an increasingly pivotal issue in the energy transition, especially as we enter a winter where many of us are thinking twice about when to put the heating on in our homes. However, sustainable heating solutions seem absent in the EU’s response to the energy crisis.District heating & cooling (DHC) networks are one of the most effi…
 
Do renewable energy sources generate enough energy ‘profit’ to make them worth continued investment? And is any energy profit large enough to run our modern world, as renewables displace fossil fuels? Some skeptics of the energy transition have claimed that renewables can’t run our world because the net energy they deliver to society is too low. Th…
 
Aviation has shortened distances across continents and connected people and cities all around the globe. However, it has also made our planet warmer. With a carbon footprint comparable to that of several countries – as well as a significant non-CO2 environmental impact – cleaning up aviation will be crucial to achieving our climate goals.In this ep…
 
In this episode of our Energy Transition Talks podcast series, Frederic Lesieur and Peter Warren discuss insights from CGI Voice of Our Clients (VOC) interviews with 167 energy and utilities executives this year. They explore a variety of topics, including the energy transition and the impact of macro trends such as climate change, as well as the i…
 
The electrification of the transport sector is one of the most dynamic areas in the global energy transition, as sales of electric vehicles (EVs) globally continue to rise. According to the International Energy Agency, EV sales doubled in 2021 compared with 2020, to a new record of 6.6 million EVs on the road. Nearly 10% of global care sales in 202…
 
What began as a “global energy crunch” one year ago, as we discussed with Will Kennedy in Episode #158, has now become a global energy crisis. It is putting energy consumers into severe financial distress and forcing governments around the world to intervene in all sorts of unprecedented ways, as we discussed in Episode #181, “Command Capitalism.” …
 
Sky-high energy prices have threatened to bankrupt households and businesses alike, prompting governments and the European Union to dig into their pockets and design new energy and economic policies meant to quell the crisis.There is a lot of uncharted territory to cover. Governments have never had to replace energy supplies at such short notice an…
 
In response to the energy price crisis, EU national governments have been grappling with finding the proper measures to reduce their energy demand and alleviate consumers and industry from high prices without harming the energy companies’ ability to continue investing.However, a European problem requires a European response. For this reason, the Eu…
 
For our Seventh Anniversary show, energy researcher Jonathan Koomey rejoins us to review major stories over the past year, and to take stock of how the energy transition has progressed. We talk about how the global energy crunch we covered in 2021, in Episode #158, has evolved into a full-fledged global energy crisis in 2022. We reflect on the them…
 
As the United Nations’ COP 27 in Egypt approaches, Africa’s energy and climate transition is in the spotlight.The African continent has an opportunity to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Its main hurdle, however, is the need for cheap resources and access to financing to achieve its decarbonisation, and the need to incentivise participation f…
 
The risk of a widening skills gap in the energy transition is one of the most underestimated challenges for the global energy transition. But as Europe moves to install more solar panels, heat pumps, and EV charging points, electrical contractors will be in increasing demand.The lack of skilled workers and electrical installers is starting to be fe…
 
2022 has brought an unprecedented series of energy market interventions as leaders try to stave off domestic unrest in the face of numerous energy supply shocks. Some of the tumult we’ve seen in energy markets this year can be pinned on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and subsequent reactions by the West. But the war in Ukraine and associated sanctio…
 
Buildings are a crucial piece in the jigsaw of the energy transition, one that is often overlooked. The EU’s building stock is responsible for as much as 40% of the bloc’s energy consumption, and for 36% of its greenhouse gas emissions.The EU is updating its rules on energy performance of buildings at a critical time, since Russia’s war on Ukraine …
 
The role of carbon capture and storage (CCS) is perhaps one of the most divisive topics in the global energy transition. Economic and financial constraints are often cited as the main reasons why these technologies have never scaled up, as the cost of carbon globally has not yet reached the price needed to make them profitable. Moreover, CCS also n…
 
Listen to the trailer for the new podcast Policy Dispatch from FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, delving into the key policy and regulation that underpins the global energy transition.From FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Policy Dispatch is a podcast all about the policies that underpin the energy transition. This is what will make or break the global decarbo…
 
Environmental think-tank Ember found that 70-80% of the power system in Europe—including the EU27, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, and the Western Balkan countries—could be supplied by wind and solar generation, while relegating fossil fuels to under 5% of its total consumption.Ditching fossil fuels could save Europe as much as €1 trillion by 2035. Th…
 
Private capital investments are crucial to close the financing ‘gap’ in the global race to net-zero emissions.The world’s major economies and their financial institutions are taking different approaches to mobilise climate finance. The European Parliament has just endorsed the inclusion of gas and nuclear investments as "green" in the EU’s taxonomy…
 
The Biden administration was meant to bring renewed momentum for climate action in the US, with ambitious plans to deploy low-carbon technologies and to embed climate policy into other policy areas.However, one year and a half on, Washington is still struggling to pass ambitious legislation, with several key bills that have the potential to signifi…
 
With the current trio of crises facing many consumers around the world—high energy prices, the fallout of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and climate change—energy efficiency is on everyone’s lips. But to actually make these changes necessary, a greater level of dialogue is required to strengthen the narrative around energy efficiency.Recorded at the …
 
As Europe advances its vision of a hydrogen economy, what are some lessons learned for North America? In episode 10 of our Energy Transition Talks podcast series, CGI experts Frank Sent and Mark van Engelen discuss the foundational aspects of unlocking the potential of hydrogen, from regulations and funding to collaboration and innovation. Europe i…
 
The energy transition will only work if we engage consumers. The energy price crisis has made it clear that energy poverty is not a niche issue anymore, as more households are struggling to keep their homes at a comfortable temperature and use their electric appliances.Measures to alleviate consumers from high price hikes are featuring prominently …
 
The complex nature of our energy systems requires all sectors and actors to stop thinking in silos and develop a “whole system” approach to make the energy transition happen.This week, we dive deep into how more governments are putting forward system-wide approaches in energy policymaking and whether policy and regulation are keeping up with the fa…
 
Industry 5.0 objectives of human awareness and sustainability require a complete rethink of manufacturing operations. In part 9 of our Energy Transition Talks podcast series, CGI expert Helena Jochberger shares with Peter Warren how the energy transition is fueling this transformation and the role of digital technologies, data and ecosystem collabo…
 
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