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IEEFA: China, Japan and South Korea stand to gain most from increased scrap steel recycling

IEEFA: China, Japan and South Korea stand to gain most from increased scrap steel recycling

Mature, cost-competitive recycling technology offers an immediate opportunity for emissions reductions

17 December (IEEFA Australia): Investors are increasingly pressuring global steel companies to set out credible decarbonisation plans and these demands will only intensify. A significant trend that will lower emissions will be the expansion of scrap steel recycling, says a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Steel recycling is […]

IEEFA India: Why prices skyrocketed at the power exchange

IEEFA India: Why prices skyrocketed at the power exchange

Renewables can help stabilise the grid and level costs amid the vagaries of coal stocks

29 September (IEEFA India): With electricity demand in India recently peaking, a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) explores the supply and demand conditions that led to recent price spikes in the evening peak hours, starting in August through to September 2021. Electricity demand in India has peaked and […]

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IEEFA: Gas power plants assuming a constant capacity factor are being financially overvalued

IEEFA: Gas power plants assuming a constant capacity factor are being financially overvalued

Investors beware, capacity factor trends and LCOE analysis show gas-fired power plants likely to be stranded assets into the future

24 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Australian government may be relying on inaccurate financial assumptions for its gas-fired recovery as most gas- and coal-fired power plants in Australia, the UK, the U.S. and China are being operated less and less – what’s called a declining capacity factor, finds a new report by the Institute for […]

IEEFA update: Australia’s gas-led recovery is flogging a dead horse

With LNG worse for the climate than coal, Australia must adjust to our export markets shrinking

With polluting emissions from LNG 13% higher than gas, and Australia’s primary export destinations targeting net zero emissions and therefore less dirty LNG, Australia’s gas-led recovery is looking increasingly like the Australian government is ‘flogging a dead horse’. Australia’s core export markets for LNG, coal and iron ore – Japan, South Korea and China – […]

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IEEFA: From zero to fifty, global financial corporations get cracking on major oil/gas lending exits

IEEFA: From zero to fifty, global financial corporations get cracking on major oil/gas lending exits

Accelerating divestment from oil and gas shows similar early trends to global financial institution’s exit from coal

20 October 2020 (IEEFA): Fifty globally significant financial institutions have introduced policies restricting oil sands and/or oil and gas drilling in the Arctic including 23 to date this year, highlighting global capital continues to flee fossil fuels, according to a new tracker developed by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Momentum is […]

IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

Eleven PJM projects under development may fail to prove financially viable

October 5, 2020 (IEEFA) — The landscape for developers of natural gas-fired power plants in the nation’s largest regional power system has shifted dramatically over the last decade, according to a joint study by the Applied Economics Clinic and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system coordinates the flow […]

IEEFA update: Is IEA Sustainable Development Scenario reflecting the Paris Agreement?

Reviewing global climate and energy modelling

Each year the International Energy Agency (IEA), an independent intergovernmental organisation releases the World Energy Outlook (WEO) which among other things, models global energy demand using various scenarios. The scenarios are not predictions, rather tools to assess risks. The scenarios, briefly explained in a new IEEFA fact sheet , respond to global Paris Agreement targets entered […]

IEEFA Australasia: New global energy report headlines decline of coal as cheaper renewable technologies gain preference

International Energy Agency releases annual World Energy Outlook 2018 Report today

Nov. 13, 2018, SYDNEY (IEEFA): Thermal coal is fated for long-term structural decline and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are increasing despite the Paris targets: those are the key take-outs in the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2018 report released today, which also finds wind and solar are now two of the top three […]

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IEEFA Update: Financing the future of green hydrogen

Investors are punting and risk capital is moving

The next energy market disruptor, green hydrogen is moving at lightspeed and global investment, with strong policy support and replication of the solar learning curve, is adding to the momentum. In this ongoing global energy system transformation, the outcome is as inevitable as it is overdue. A number of factors are accelerating the shift from […]

January 26, 2022 Read More →
IEEFA: Skyrocketing EV sales in China spell a no-turning-back step change in global energy landscape

IEEFA: Skyrocketing EV sales in China spell a no-turning-back step change in global energy landscape

The avalanche of technology, policy and finance moves is now unstoppable

The jury is in. The global race between passenger electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells vs petrol vs diesel is over. EVs have won in China, the world’s biggest auto market. EV sales in China grew 154% year-on-year to 3.3 million in 2021. China now wants new energy vehicles (NEVs), including plug-in hybrids and hydrogen […]

January 19, 2022 Read More →
IEEFA: Risks are rising for ‘new generation’ of Australian coking coal projects
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IEEFA: Risks are rising for ‘new generation’ of Australian coking coal projects

Reluctant finance, emerging technology and climate concerns add to uncertainty over exports

It has been reported that a “new generation” of Australian coking coal projects are on the table that could add more than 100 million tonnes of coal to the seaborne market. Unlike thermal coal, which fuels coal-fired power plants, coking (or metallurgical coal) is used in blast furnaces for steelmaking. Australia is the second largest […]

IEEFA: China, Japan and South Korea stand to gain most from increased scrap steel recycling
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IEEFA: China, Japan and South Korea stand to gain most from increased scrap steel recycling

Mature, cost-competitive recycling technology offers an immediate opportunity for emissions reductions

17 December (IEEFA Australia): Investors are increasingly pressuring global steel companies to set out credible decarbonisation plans and these demands will only intensify. A significant trend that will lower emissions will be the expansion of scrap steel recycling, says a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Steel recycling is […]

IEEFA: Deutsche Bank claims responsible climate leadership while bankrolling yet more thermal coal

Funds facilitated by Deutsche Bank will enable Whitehaven Coal to continue building greenfield coal mining capacity

A major highlight of the COP26 summit was the UN-sponsored Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero Emissions reaching 450 globally significant firms that collectively manage US$130 trillion of financial assets, including Deutsche Bank. This pledge comes with a Commitment Statement to align activities with limiting global warming to 1.5°C, an interim 2030 target, prioritising areas […]

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Researchers urge International Energy Agency to share datasets

The Guardian: The International Energy Agency is facing calls to make the national energy data it collects from governments publicly available. This would aid independent research, which in turn could help to accelerate the global transition to low-carbon energy. More than 30 international academics have written to the global energy watchdog to call for it […]

December 13, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: BlackRock has moved rapidly on climate – but Adani exposures remain a major obstacle

A glaring inconsistency in the US$10 trillion giant’s commitment to climate action

One of the successes of the COP26 summit was the growth in the UN-convened Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero to a US$130 trillion of collective assets, almost double the total of just six months ago. Enforcement of the substance of this pledge comes next. And within that, BlackRock has moved massively on the issue of climate […]

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IEEFA: More than half of current global steel production may have already reached peak carbon emissions

Regulation and falling demand look to have capped steel's carbon emissions in China, the world's largest producer

The latest data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics shows that the country’s monthly crude steel production dropped to a nearly four-year low in October 2021 at 71.6 million tonnes. For the first ten months of 2021, China’s crude steel output is now down 0.7%, the first decline in year-to-date output for at least five […]

IEEFA India: Renewable energy sector could attract a flood of global capital to meet climate targets

IEEFA India: Renewable energy sector could attract a flood of global capital to meet climate targets

Renewable energy developers need to pursue a range of financing avenues from green bonds and multilateral development bank loans to infrastructure investment trusts

India is the world’s fourth largest energy consumer and among the fastest growing large economies. With strong economic growth and electricity demand, the country will need additional sources of energy to fuel its economy – the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that India’s energy demand will increase by 35% from 2019 to 2030. The nation’s […]

IEEFA: The cash hit-list to counter climate change

IEEFA: The cash hit-list to counter climate change

From Glasgow, the U.S. and Europe must produce three critical fiscal developments to counter climate change

I was struck by the image of the G20 leaders tossing coins over their shoulders into the Trevi Fountain to make a wish. That pretty much sums up what members of that group will be left with – not least our own PM – if they don’t get moving on providing an adjustment mechanism to counter climate […]