Carbon Tracker news and IRENA report “A New World: The shifting geopolitics of the energy transformation”

Jay Owen Green Prosperity, Reforming Global Finance, SRI/ESG News, Greentech, Beyond GDP

“Ethical Markets highly recommends this report “A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation”  from IRENA and the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, with the game-changing inputs from Carbon Tracker’s ground-breaking research!

We have been reporting on this geopolitical shift since 2009 in our annual GREEN TRANSITION SCOREBOARD® , focusing on the private investments flowing into green technologies and companies worldwide, totaling $9.3 trillion in our 2018 report, which focused on all the start-ups in plant-based proteins; the needed shift of our global food system from dependence on freshwater plants to those hundreds of nutritious food plants thriving on desert lands and saltwater (halophytes, e.g. quinoa and china’s salt-tolerant rice): “CAPTURING CO2 WHILE IMPROVING HUMAN NUTRITION & HEALTH“  with TV show “Investing in Saltwater Agriculture” with NASA Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell, free at

Now that IRENA, Carbon Tracker and the Commission will be focusing on this global green transition, we at Ethical Markets are  happy to pass the torch! We are now collecting all our reports on this momentous shift into a textbook: MAPPING THE GLOBAL GREEN TRANSITION: 2009 -2020, (forthcoming in 2020.)

Watch for it for your college courses and meanwhile use these free downloadable reports and our TV series at!

Hazel Henderson, Editor, author, “The Politics of the Solar Age“ (1981) and “Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age(2014)“

A New World:
The geopolitics of the energy transformation

The world that will emerge from the renewable energy transition will be very different from the one that was built on a foundation of fossil fuels.

While the current system is dominated by the geopolitics of fossil fuels, which are concentrated, scarce and generate high rents, renewables are universal, modular, and their prices fall over time.

Countries that are held back by a lack of domestic fossil fuel energy can now use the new sources to grow faster and more equitably. On top of that, the modularity of renewables will see power shift from central to local actors.

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The first episode of our podcast is here!

Carbon Tracker has launched a new podcast for 2019; each month we’ll be taking a look at a different topic relating to our research.

In the first episode, our New Energy Strategist, Kingsmill Bond, discusses why Carbon Tracker forecasts peak fossil fuel demand in the 2020s, why the oil and gas incumbents are unable to forecast their own decline, and what the geopolitical landscape will look like as a result of this energy transition.

Listen to the podcast

Reaching the energy transition political tipping point

Our latest analyst note and infographic look at how the rapidly falling cost of renewables is opening up a political window for action.

The falling costs of renewables are driving a political tipping point where politicians move from grudging support for renewables to embrace the sector and to tax fossil fuel externalities.

The new reality is that renewables are cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuels. This means that politicians no longer need to choose between economics or carbon emissions and health.

Increasingly the cheaper choice is now also the cleanest, healthiest and most just.