Energy policy

Briefing: India’s energy and climate change challenge

  • 23 Jan 2015, 13:45
  • Mat Hope

President Obama is set to  arrive in India this weekend. Last time the president visited one of the world's foremost developing economies, China, he signed an  historic deal on climate change.

As the world's third largest emitter, India is coming under increasing pressure to  follow suit. But there are a number of reasons why such an accord is unlikely.

In advance of Obama's visit, Carbon Brief takes a look at the factors likely to shape India's energy and climate choices in the coming years, and what it means for the world's efforts to tackle climate change.

india challenges

Population and poverty

India has become noticeably more progressive on climate change under  prime minister Narendra Modi. It remains adamant that the world's developed economies must shoulder most of the responsibility for curbing emissions, however.


Oil industry cuts jobs and exploration budgets in response to falling prices

  • 16 Jan 2015, 12:05
  • Mat Hope

Oil prices slumped to a six-year low earlier this week. In response, oil companies around the world have been cutting jobs and exploration and production budgets.

The situation has become worrying enough that the UK government today ordered  a review into how low prices put the North Sea industry at risk.

For months, analysts have  warned of the effect such a price dip could have on the industry.

This week, a number of companies,  including fossil-fuel giants Shell and BP, announced they were reducing their budgets for 2015 and cutting hundreds of jobs as a consequence of the low oil price.

Carbon Brief looks at the cuts some of the industry's key players are making in response to the oil price drop.

Major oil company cuts


UK emissions fall to 25 year low as a surge in coal use ends

  • 15 Jan 2015, 14:15
  • Simon Evans

There was a 10 per cent reduction in UK carbon dioxide emissions in the twelve months to October 2014 compared to the previous year, new government data shows.

The majority of the 49 million tonne reduction came from reduced energy emissions as a three year surge in UK coal use came to an end, with renewables and gas picking up the slack in power supplies.

The reduction saw total UK carbon dioxide emissions fall to their lowest level in the past quarter-century, to 28 per cent below 1990 levels (the dark grey line on the chart below).

UK carbon dioxide emissions since 1990. Graph by Carbon Brief using emissions data from the Department for Energy and Climate Change