World Bank debars German oil and gas contractor for 13 months

The debarment makes Ferrostall Oil & Gas ineligible to participate in projects and operations financed by institutions of the World Bank Group for the stated period

Nepal to cut carbon emissions from deforestation with $45m support

The Emissions Reductions Payment Agreement is expected to help reduce nine million tons of carbon emissions in the Terai Arc Landscape

Belgian firm granted €425m EU bank loan for smart meters rollout

Fluvius, a co-operative company owned by 11 inter-municipal companies, has set a target to install smart meters at 80% of its clients’ sites by the end of 2024

Welsh Government appoints new environmental protection assessor

The temporary position was created following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union

Geothermal energy projects in the US receive $46m boost

Enhanced geothermal systems are different from conventional geothermal resources that occur naturally in the US and are geographically limited due to the need for underground heat and fluids

Cadent Foundation grants £3m for ‘green doctors’ to tackle fuel poverty

The grant will enable Groundwork to expand its programme, deploying trained energy efficiency advisors in at least 10 priority locations, providing energy cost saving advice to thousands of vulnerable households

Yorkshire Water’s smart network pilot helps reduce leakage by 90k litres a day

The water company is looking to reduce leakage by a further 15% by 2025, reducing waste and helping customers save money on their bills

Google spin-off Malta raises $50m for long duration energy storage system

Its system can provide a daily or weekly load cycle by efficiently storing up to 200 hours of energy storage, though early systems will focus on current market applications in need of 10 to 12-hour durations

Environment Agency: Climate emergency hitting ‘worst case scenario’ levels

Chief Executive Sir James Bevan said if left unchecked, climate change will kill more people and do much more harm, than COVID-19

EU approves €254m Romanian aid to upgrade district heating system

The district heating system in Bucharest is the largest of its kind in the EU and the second largest in the world, serving 1.2m people