BusinessGreen brings you this week's green business headlines from around the world
IEA warns on clean energy progress
Investment in clean technologies may be soaring, but it is still not moving anywhere near fast enough to meet global environmental goals. That is the stark conclusion of the new Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP) report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which analysed 38 technologies and sectors and found only four were on track to meet long-term climate, energy access and air pollution goals in 2017.
It was good news for electric vehicles, solar PV, lighting, and green data centres, but for every other global clean tech sector it was a case of 'must do better'.
As IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol observed: "There is a critical need for more vigorous action by governments, industry, and other stakeholders to drive advances in energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The world doesn't have an energy problem but an emissions problem, and this is where we should focus our efforts."
South Australia vows to 'show the world how a sensible transition can be done'
There was better news from the newly elected Liberal government in South Australia, with Energy Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan this week promising that the state would continue to go big in pursuit of clean energy and storage capacity.
"The transition is underway, and the transition will continue," he said. "It is being driven by the fundamental economics of clean energy as the lowest cost new build energy source. South Australia will lead and show the world how a sensible transition can be done."
AstraZeneca embraces water hyacinth power
AstraZeneca this week announced it is teaming up with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) as part of a project to bring biodigesters to a community in Kenya.
The pilot project will see the technology deployed to Dunga Beach on Lake Victoria in Kenya, where the local community will be able to feed waste materials together with water hyacinth - a local weed known to clog the lake at Dunga Beach - into the digesters in order to create cooking gas and fertiliser that is cleaner and greener than current alternatives.
Study: coal plants shut; premature birth rates fall
We all know coal emissions can be bad for our health, but a new study from California has this week shone a spotlight on quite how bad air pollution ould be for expectant mothers.
Researchers looked records of more than 57,000 births by mothers who lived near eight coal- and oil-fired plants and found that the rate of premature births improved significantly in the year after the plants shuttered.
From the EU to the Philippines, climate litigation steps up a gear
Legal action was launched this week accusing the EU of adopting emission reduction targets that fail to do enough to protect its citizens from climate change. At the same time a case in the Philippines on the extent to which carbon majors can be blamed fort climate impacts kicked off its second hearing.
Honda preps EV push
Japanese auto giant Honda is widely seen as being a little late to the EV party, having focused its green efforts on hybrids and fuel cells. But according to reports it is now working with Chinese battery giant CATL on an affordable EV based on its Honda Fit Mini Vehicle.
Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd's speech at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - in full
Britain has its first new deep coal mine in decades - a result of pretending climate change isn't political
Rebecca Willis argues the controversial decision to approve a new coal mine in the UK is symptomatic of a wider political failure
Love Musk or hate him, the attention on his struggles makes public the problems that most in clean tech face
US corporate giants step up calls for more investment renewable energy for industrial processes