What do a luxury jeweler, a tech behemoth and a toymaker have to do with renewable energy?
While many countries are already taking decisive steps to try and reduce their carbon footprint, the global cost of inaction on climate change is estimated to reach US $23 trillion a year by 2020. But what more can the energy industry be doing to help bring about change?
Italy’s Five Star Movement used to rave about towns like Montieri, a village in the verdant Tuscan foothills that burns little coal or natural gas. Instead, the local power plant harnesses steam rising naturally from hot springs deep underground to generate electricity.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is attempting to market some of its natural gas as clean energy, packaging it with credits for eco-friendly projects that offset pollution coming from the fuel.
Lews Castle College UHI and housing organisation Tighean Innse Gall on Lewis have linked up with the University of Oulu in Finland to develop a unique, energy initiative which could make a real difference to the lives of people, facing high energy costs in areas which have a challenging climate.
An increase in global energy investment of seven per cent could prevent millions of deaths from air pollution a year by 2040, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says.
French energy giant Total has snapped up Belgian renewables firm Lampiris, acquiring all of the company's shares in an undisclosed deal.
The UK now has more than a million “solar homes” that get electricity or hot water from the sun, the industry has said.
New figures show record levels of investment in UK and global clean-energy projects. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report says global spending hit an all-time high in 2015, with nearly £230billion invested. Worldwide installed generating capacity also peaked, thanks to 64 gigawatts (GW) of wind power and 57GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, it adds.
Plans to roll out as much as 300 gigawatts of renewable energy across Africa by 2030 - twice the continent’s total supplies - have been announced.
A British company's revolutionary alkaline fuel system that is commercialising technology first developed in the 19th century is set to commission a pilot project that could launch it into the big league of clean energy producers.
Government and business leaders will pledge billions of pounds to research and develop a technical fix to the planet’s climate woes at high-stakes negotiations in Paris. Clean energy technology is being promoted as the key to fighting global warming at the UN climate summit.
London could run on 100% clean energy by mid-century, with electric cars, solar power and energy efficient homes, it has been claimed.
How serious is either Scotland or the UK about developing our renewable energy potential? To listen to the endless rhetoric about "the Saudi Arabia of renewables" or to judge by the setting of ever more ambitious targets by Edinburgh and Whitehall for conveniently distant dates, the question might seem redundant.
AN INTERNATIONAL conference which will aid Scotland's low-carbon economy by helping projects, technologies and companies to access finance and funding has been backed by the sector.
THE commercial development of wind and wave power in the Pentland Firth and waters around Orkney could pave the way for an economic bonanza.
AN INNOVATIVE three-in-one solution for providing clean energy from the sun has won this year's St Andrews Prize for the Environment.