Last May, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a review of Finland's current state of energy policies. Naturally, we at YES-Europe Finland were particularly interested in this and together we decided to condense the content of the report into a slightly smaller form, as well as highlight interesting observations and results from the IEA's review.
A land trapped between two Grand Challenges? Central Asia is in a very unfortunate place with regards to climate change. On one hand, virtually all of the countries (except Tajikistan) are among the world’s most CO2-intensive countries, when CO2 per capita emissions are measured, meaning that they are considered the world’s biggest polluters. The fact
Energy communities are highly topical. Hardly any energy conference comes without a dedicated session on them. There are growing initiatives, both driven by people and policy, supporting their widespread adoption. Some consider them as a game changer for mastering the energy transition, whereas critics see them as an alibi for good will of policy makers
The hydrogen economy has attracted interest before, but previous booms have not been enough for a major hydrogen breakthrough. It would seem that now, if ever, is the time for hydrogen to find a permanent role in the changing energy sector. Finland aims to achieve its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2035 and, like other countries, to take advantage of the opportunities in the growing hydrogen industry.
Despite its promise of offering low-carbon energy at a stable generation rate, nuclear energy’s bad reputation precedes it in many countries. While overall public support in favor of using nuclear energy to combat climate change is high, more than a quarter of Europeans and Americans still opine against it. Despite the aftermath of disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, nuclear power capacity is set to grow in the coming decades, especially in Asia.
More and more often we hear about hydrogen strategies of individual countries. From various media, it is known that plants for hydrogen production are being planned and some have already been completed. Not only is the number of hydrogen projects increasing, but they are also becoming more concrete. Finally, recent events from around the world have led to a push for faster hydrogen establishment.
As a result of several catastrophes surrounding nuclear power, public skepticism of nuclear energy has increased greatly and prompted some countries to take drastic action in reducing their dependency on nuclear power (BBC News 2011; Brunken and Mischinger et al. 2020). In light of this skepticism, as well as the fact that coal continues
Humanity finds itself in a precarious situation in 2021. As the world population continues to grow past 7.5 billion and an ever-increasing number of people lift themselves out of poverty, the planet’s demand for energy shows little sign of slowing down. Greater energy consumption in isolation is not the problem; rising energy consumption has been
Energy demand is increasing, such as waste production: could we solve both problems with one unique solution? As the world population grows and living standards continue to rise, the consumption of goods and energy is increasing too, which has significant environmental consequences. The correlation between income and energy consumption remains very strong; additionally, higher consumption