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As an acknowledged global thought leader on the transition to a low-carbon economy, Michael is frequently quoted in the press an often asked to comment on TV, Radio or via Podcasts. On this page you will find links to notable media coverage of Michael and his views.

 

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Michael Liebreich invents the sustainable future in Les Diablerets

10 July 2019

The former freestyle champion turned golden boy is now concerned about the fate of the Diablerets. As an expert in sustainable development, he runs the Ecovillages forum every year in the Vaud resort.

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DNV GL Talks Energy – Face the Facts Podcast ‘The Road to Resilience’

17 March 2019

On July 17th Michael was invited to create a podcast for DNV GL Talks Energy – Face the Facts series entitled ‘The Road to Resilience’.
In this latest episode of Face the Facts, Michael shares his opinion and insight…

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When the owner of a Victorian house tried to make it more sustainable, he hit snags at every stage

15 March 2019

If anyone can pull off a green home renovation with the minimum of fuss, it should be Michael Liebreich.

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Michael Liebreich: «Las grandes empresas españolas están muy bien ubicadas ante la transición energética»

15 March 2019

An Interview with ABC.es The big Spanish companies are very well placed in the face of the energy transition…

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Youth climate strikers: ‘We are going to change the fate of humanity’

1 March 2019

Exclusive: Students issue an open letter ahead of global day of action on 15 March, when young people are expected to strike across 50 nations

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Australian headlines are designed to scare people into not acting on climate change

21 February 2019

As we head into another cycle of climate change politics beware the economic doomsayers.

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The kids are alright

15 February 2019

James Murray reflects on school strikes, theories of change, and vegan sausage rolls.

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The Burning Question

4 February 2019

Climate Change: Can the world economy continue to grow without burning fossil fuels? Or do we all need to cut back on our consumption in order to save the planet?

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In 2018 the Australian government chased its energy tail. Here’s a more hopeful story

31 January 2019

It is easy to feel deflated after another UN Climate Summit failed to deliver the ambitious pledges that are required, but read between the lines and the signals for business leaders are hugely encouraging

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Political noise will not drown out environment signals

22 January 2019

Will global climate co-operation survive pressure on the liberal democratic order?

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The Electric Robotaxi Dream

10 January 2019

Will we all abandon our cars in favour of self-driving taxi apps by the year 2030, or is this pure fantasy?

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Are the days of the private car really over?

10 January 2019

A couple of months ago I wrote a wildly optimistic piece about how we’ve all probably bought our last cars.

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The Daily Caller

8 January 2019

The most popular climate paper of 2018 called for “collective human action” to keep global warming from turning Earth into a “hothouse,” according to media tracking data.

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The positive signal from COP24 is clear, and businesses are responding

17 December 2018

It is easy to feel deflated after another UN Climate Summit failed to deliver the ambitious pledges that are required, but read between the lines and the signals for business leaders are hugely encouraging

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Quote of the Day

13 December 2018

As 1982 drew to a close, Men at Work were midway through a 15-week stretch atop the Billboard album charts with “Business as Usual.” So they’ve got today’s intro tune…

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Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Technology: Michael Liebreich and Azeem Azhar in Conversation

12 December 2018

Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Technology: Michael Liebreich and Azeem Azhar in Conversation

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RWE sees no way past compensation for German coal exit

26 November 2018

Germany will have to buy out utilities if it wants to speed up the pace of coal plant closures, RWE CEO Rolf Martin Schmitz told an energy conference in Berlin on Monday

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Inflection Points & True Leadership In The EV Revolution

19 November 2018

Zach interviewed Michael Liebreich, the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, right after that projection. Lieberich highlighted that it was completely insane that they would project that the same price decrease we…

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Video – Centre on Green Finance & Investment

13 November 2018

One to watch: Michael Liebreich’s keynote address at the OECD Centre on Green Finance & Investment 2018 Forum.

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Climate Changed: Big Coal Wants You to Pay to Fix Its ProblemBig Coal Wants You to Pay to Fix Its Problem

12 November 2018

Fossil fuel producers may need $90 billion a year or more to spread carbon capture technology

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Tesla — Spaceship of a Revolution

5 November 2018

Secondly, one of the key talking points automakers have long used to push back on cleaner car regulations is the claim that “consumers don’t want these cars.”

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PRESS RELEASE – Liebreich Joins SDCL as Senior Advisor

26 October 2018

Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) is delighted to announce that Michael Liebreich has joined SDCL as a Senior Advisor, effective immediately.

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10 stories to cheer you up in the wake of the IPCC 1.5C report

26 October 2018

No.10. Project Bo comes online…

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Not Joking: Why The Media Has Been Failing On Tesla, & Is It Turning A Corner?

26 October 2018

There are certain topics we at CleanTechnica find so important that we cover them from multiple angles. It’s like putting the pieces of a puzzle together to show the full picture.

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Imagine if there was only one country that was very skilled in energy (Translated

26 September 2018

In 2040, one third of the world’s energy consumption will come from the sun and wind, according to renewed bishop Michael Liebreich. But it is not enough. – It will take 332 years before electricity is responsible for…

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Had They Bet On Nuclear, Not Renewables, Germany & California Would Already Have 100% Clean Power

26 September 2018

In 2040, one third of the world’s energy consumption will come from the sun and wind, according to renewed bishop Michael Liebreich. But it is not enough. – It will take 332 years before electricity is responsible for…

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The Age Of Electrification Has Arrived

26 September 2018

Electric vehicles continue to gain market share at an accelerating rate, but electrification could go even further, expanding into the realm of commercial trucking, marine travel and even to airplanes.

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Top Toyota expert throws cold water on the driverless car hype

26 September 2018

Video: Michael Liebreich talks to Fatih Birol sharing insights on the future of clean energy.

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Heat, transport, storage, industry: Could hydrogen hold the key to decarbonisation?

26 September 2018

Hydrogen economy offers big opportunities to decarbonise the UK but coordinated leadership from government and industry is needed, Policy Exchange report finds

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Why there will always be a place for the office jerk

26 July 2018

One of the most difficult people I ever worked with was a very clever newspaper journalist with a stunning knack for getting scoops.One of the most difficult people I ever worked with was a very clever newspaper journ…

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‘Future-proof’: Pivot Power unveils plans for £1.6bn battery-based EV charging network

26 June 2018

The UK’s fast expanding electric vehicle (EV) market could be about to receive a major boost, in the form of an ambitious £1.6bn plan to drastically extend the country’s fast charging network

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The Smarter E Europe: The meeting point for the new energy world in Munich

26 June 2018

With 1,177 exhibitors, 86,000 square meters of exhibition space and around 47,000 visitors from 155 countries, the launch of The smarter E Europe was a resounding success.

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POWER2DRIVE EUROPE CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL PREMIERE: CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE, TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS AND INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODELS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

26 June 2018

One of the highlights took place on the eve of the exhibition — the Conference Opening keynote speech by Michael Liebreich, founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, UK, which offered the large audience an in-depth and…

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Social investors see the light on clean energy for the poor

26 May 2018

LISBON/BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After learning that three babies died in a government hospital in the Sierra Leone city of Bo last November when a power cut switched off machinery keeping them alive, L…

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Are we really on the cusp of a ‘hydrogen economy’?

26 May 2018

Hydrogen is making headlines again, but is the excitement justified? Policy Exchange’s Joshua Burke investigates

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Video – Energy Disruptors Unite 2018

15 May 2018

One to watch: Michael Liebreich’s keynote address at the Energy Disruptors Unite 2018 Conference in Calgary.

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When Power is Life or Death

26 April 2018

The founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael Liebreich, recently launched the Project Bo crowdsourcing campaign, triggered when he saw a tweet last year from Dr Niall Conroy of University College Dublin, who w…

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Fossil fuel companies will be surpassed by renewable energy resources if they don’t make new investments

26 April 2018

For the past hundred years, fossil fuels have dominated the energy industry creating a juggernaut in Big Oil. However, the increased popularity of renewable energy indicates that if fossil fuel companies want to keep …

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Solar Energy’s Dropping Costs Fuels Green Energy Investments

26 April 2018

For the past hundred years, fossil fuels have dominated the energy industry creating a juggernaut in Big Oil. However, the increased popularity of renewable energy indicates that if fossil fuel companies want to keep …

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Heating, Hydrogen And Efficient Homes Will Be The Keys To ‘Deep Decarbonization’

26 March 2018

Renewable energy is now indisputably part of the mainstream electricity sector – part of what Michael Liebreich, the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, calls “the new orthodoxy of the Three-Third World”.

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Project Bo: £100,000 campaign to save babies’ lives through solar power

13 February 2018

On November 19, 2017 three babies at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Government Hospital in the city of Bo, Sierra Leone, died when a power shortage stopped their oxygen supply. Project Bo was established to e…

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Project Bo: Michael Liebreich launches life-saving £100,000 solar hospital campaign

13 February 2018

Charitable fund-raising drive aims to save babies lives by delivering solar and storage system to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Bo, Sierra Leone

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Turnbull’s power play: Snowy 2.0 vs battery storage

6 February 2018

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has some front. On Monday, in the first Question Time of the parliamentary year, Turnbull was asked about the Greens’ proposal to buy back the grid and put a cap on returns to reduce pr…

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Solar Panel Prices Continue Falling Quicker Than Expected (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

2 February 2018

Solar power prices have been dropping faster than people expected, even faster than experts expected, and even faster than bullish experts expected.

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Saudi Arabia makes up for lost time in clean energy race

26 January 2018

LONDON: When Saudi Arabia announced its plan to embark on a program of renewable energy construction last year, the largest renewable energy project in the Kingdom was Saudi Aramco’s solar car park, according to Micha…

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Electric, automated, on demand: What might city travel look like by 2030?

19 January 2018

A combination of digitisation, ever faster WiFi, and more advanced self-driving EVs could revolutionise green urban spaces – but how soon will this smart city vision be realised?

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Michael Liebreich to join Ignite Power Advisory Board

19 January 2018

Ignite is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Liebreich to its advisory board to further strengthen the company’s strategic growth and scale up.

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Why a driverless future will not arrive until 2025

16 January 2018

Bloomberg New Energy Finance founder and Transport for London board member Michael Liebreich has told tahawultech.com why he believes a world of autonomous cars is currently a distant reality that must overcome urban …

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A year in energy: what we have learnt in 2017

22 December 2017

Opec’s influence, bringing back coal and responses to climate change

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2017 showed the global clean energy revolution is unstoppable no matter what Trump does

14 December 2017

The solar, wind, battery, and electric car “miracles” have gone mainstream.

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Michael Liebreich shares his views on nuclear, solar, and the politics of energy

13 December 2017

Michael Liebreich is a really smart guy…

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No region left behind: Can the EU help coal regions navigate the low carbon transition?

11 December 2017

Ahead of the One Planet Summit the EU has sent an admirable message to those communities that risk losing out as a result of decarbonisation

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Oliver’s continues rollout of Tesla charging stations in restaurant car parks

23 November 2017

Bloomberg New Energy Futures predicted last year that electric cars would spur growth in food and retail developments around charging stations.

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ESB AND IIEA GATHER INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS TO SET OUT A VISION FOR IRELAND’S LOW CARBON FUTURE

23 November 2017

International and Irish energy experts are today exploring how Ireland can reduce its carbon emissions over the next decade, at a landmark Take Charge conference hosted by ESB and IIEA.

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The 3 ways energy costs are crunching self-funded retirees: CIO

11 November 2017

Speaking in September, the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael Liebreich said “many hundreds of billions” of investors’ dollars have been squandered due to investment decisions led by poor energy forecast…

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The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: ‘There is reason for hope’

8 November 2017

Until recently the battle to avert catastrophic climate change – floods, droughts, famine, mass migrations – seemed to be lost. But with the tipping point just years away, the tide is finally turning, thanks to innova…

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Climate peace in our time?

27 October 2017

On October 17, Australia’s federal government announced the bones of a new energy policy – the National Energy Guarantee – which seeks to (i) ensure reliability in the National Electricity Market and (ii) provide a cr…

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Solar power crushes its own record for cheapest electricity ‘ever, anywhere, by any technology’

20 October 2017

Prices for new solar power projects are falling so fast that the cheapest prices from 2016 have become the ceiling price for solar today.

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With fast-charging, electric cars will soon match or beat gasoline cars in every respect

17 October 2017

Amazon wants its drones to charge your electric car. Here’s why you won’t need them.

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IEA: Systematische Fehlprognosen

17 October 2017

Computermodelle sind nur so gut wie die Zahlen, mit denen man sie füttert. Beim Basisszenario der Internationalen Energieagentur IEA sind die Zahlen schlecht. Die IEA unterschätzt seit Jahren systematisch das Wachstum…

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Coalition wrestles with internal demons on clean energy target

9 October 2017

Remember Gollum from Lord of the Rings? The Australian federal government is doing a pretty good impersonation of the twisted fictional character, as it wrestles with its own internal demons in trying to put together …

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IEA: Renewable electricity set to grow 40% globally by 2022

5 October 2017

The world’s renewable electricity capacity is set to rise sharply over the next five years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says, expanding 43% on today’s levels.

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Report shows solar, wind on the march as China surges

4 October 2017

A new International Energy Agency forecast this morning projects that worldwide renewable energy capacity will grow by another 43 percent over the next five years amid surging solar increases in China and other factors.

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Hyperloops Are To HSR As Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell Cars Are To Battery-Electric Cars

1 October 2017

Michael Liebreich’s slidedeck for the recent BNEF Summit was, to use Zachary’s words, epic. I love his presentations too, and not just because the first girl I asked to marry me was a Liebreich. (No relation to Michae…

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Michael Liebreich State of the Industry Keynote at BNEF EMEA Summit 2017 (Video)

29 September 2017

Banking giant says its $12.6bn environmental business programme supports almost 40,000 jobs and has avoided 2.37 million metric tonnes of CO2 being emitted in 2016 alone

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Faulty energy forecasts are costing investors ‘hundreds of billions’

29 September 2017

Faulty energy forecasts are costing investors ‘hundreds of billions’Since September 2011, “many hundreds of billions” of investors’ dollars have been squandered due to investment decisions led by poor forecasts, an en…

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Stunning tipping points mean coal will never be great again

26 September 2017

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating, particularly given what former coal chief Ian Dunlop describes as the extraordinary stupidity of Australia’s energy debate:

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Nobody is going to make coal great again, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance founder

21 September 2017

With new technologies hitting the markets every day, renewables are becoming cheaper far faster than anyone anticipated. This trend puts clean energy in investors’ cross-hairs and spells the end of coal as the mainsta…

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Tipping point for clean energy as ‘monster’ turbines arrive

20 September 2017

The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market.
That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, who…

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Clean electricity revolution poised to steamroll fossil fuels as cost of renewables plunges

20 September 2017

‘This is going to happen. Nobody is going to make coal great again,’ says expert Michael Liebreich as green tech predicted to reap 86% of $10.2 trillion dollar power generation market by 2040

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Bank of America claims climate work has bumped US GDP by $14.8bn

19 September 2017

Banking giant says its $12.6bn environmental business programme supports almost 40,000 jobs and has avoided 2.37 million metric tonnes of CO2 being emitted in 2016 alone

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Company Update (NYSE:BAC): Bank of America Corp Report Showcases Positive Impacts of $125 Billion Environmental Business Initiative

18 September 2017

“Bank of America has shown leadership with its long-term commitment to environmental finance,” said Michael Liebreich, chairman of the Advisory Board, Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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The Tories should embrace electric cars and make them a green capitalist triumph

22 August 2017

In 1911, Winston Churchill, the new First Lord of the Admiralty, began to switch the navy’s most powerful battleships from coal to oil power.

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Sparking change: what Tesla’s Model 3 could mean for electric utilities

9 August 2017

Tesla recently announced delivery of the first 30 production units of its Model 3 electric vehicle (EV). EV technology has generated plenty of buzz in the electric utility industry over the past decade and, with last …

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The EV bandwagon is accelerating, but is it unstoppable?

2 August 2017

So there you have it: first Norway and the Netherlands, then France and now the U.K. have all stated their intent to phase out conventional petrol and diesel cars once and for all. For those who have been following th…

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UK to ban gas and diesel cars by 2040

26 July 2017

Electric cars will soon be as cheap as gas ones, “signaling economic turmoil for oil-exporting countries.”

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What Trump is really doing in Poland

6 July 2017

Interview: Michael Liebreich gave Citywire his take on what the president’s Warsaw trip signals ahead of G20 talks this week.

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Electric vehicle sales set to smash expectations as ‘momentous inflection point’ nears

6 July 2017

Influential analyst firm BNEF upgrades EV adoption forecasts, tipping them to make up 54 per cent of new car sales by 2040

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Solar and wind tipping points: One down and one to go

28 June 2017

In the last 10 days, I have been travelling around North America presenting to senior executives from energy companies, policy-makers and investors a long-term forecast for the world’s electricity system that would ha…

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Renewable Energy Investing in the Age of Fossil Fuel Extinction

19 June 2017

Liebreich is the founder of Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance, and his analysis of the clean energy industry is the most accurate you can find. So every year, when the latest New Energy Finance “New Energy Outlook” is re…

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Solar And Wind Energy Aren’t “Alternative” Any More

16 June 2017

But they still need a lot more investment if we’re going to make a dent in climate change.

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Podcast – Costing The Earth: Insulation for the Nation

25 April 2017

Talking to Tom Heap at his ‘power station’ in Notting Hill, Michael Liebreich thinks we should think big: renovating all our homes could mean that we don’t need big new power stations like Hinkley.

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House of Lords energy report slammed as ‘confused’ and ‘misleading’

24 February 2017

Michael Liebreich talks to Simon Evans about the UK energy policy’s series of failures, in a new report from the House of Lordas economic affairs committee.

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Beyond Lighting: New Year, New Breakthroughs

15 December 2016

2016 has set the scene for what Michael Liebreich, founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, has termed a new ‘green revolution’ in efficiency and appliances.

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Peak Renewable Energy Investment Seen Holding Back Climate Fight

22 November 2016

An Article written by Bloomberg Journalist, Iain Wilson – Quoting Michael Liebreich’s Energy Outlook from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance APAC Summit, Nov 2016.

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Podcast – Costing The Earth: America’s Energy Independence

22 November 2016

Michael Liebreich talks to Tom Heap about New US President elect Donald Trump being a climate change denier, and so what does his rise to power mean for the environment?

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Podcast – Costing The Earth: The British Countryside after Brexit

18 October 2016

Michael Liebreich talks about visions for the future of the British countryside after Brexit.

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Je suis un ‘Brexiter’ aussi convaincu qu’atypique

16 September 2016

Interview: Green Entrepreneur and London Conservative supporter, Michael Liebreich, analyses the situation in the UK and discusses the European Summit which opens today in Bratislana.

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3 Trends in decentralised renewables and a Revolution

2 September 2016

Power for All caught up with Michael Liebreich to ask his predictions for the future of decentralised renewables and energy access.

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How should world leaders punish Trump for pulling out of Paris accord?

15 June 2016

The international community must show Trump, and any other leaders that may follow suit, that other core diplomatic goals – such as Nato funding – will depend on honouring their climate commitments

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Clean and green energy get down to business

14 June 2016

UK power of the future increasingly looks green as the renewable energy sector gains backing from businesses signing up to sustainable electricity generation.

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Clean energy guru touts the power of diversity

10 April 2016

For the makers of solar, wind and other forms of clean energy, the future looks bright, with all-time-high investments and expanding markets throughout the world.

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Presentation: Michael Liebreich’s Keynote Speech at BNEF Summit 2016

5 April 2016

Michael Liebreich, chairman of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance advisory board, speaks about energy technologies and markets at the BNEF “Future of Energy” Summit in New York.

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Clean energy guru sees more corporate renewables purchases

20 January 2016

It’s the time of year for 2016 predictions, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Chairman of the Advisory Board, Michael Liebreich, anticipates corporations will continue their trend toward directly sourcing renewable e…

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Podcast: Climate Countdown

5 December 2015

As the world gathers in Paris (COP21) to hammer out measures which all hope will slow the rise in global temperatures, In the Balance is in the city to debate the role of big business and big finance in what happens.

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IEA talks Energy Transition, but still low-balls future growth of wind and solar

10 November 2015

IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2015 acknowledges the increasing importance of non-hydro renewable energy, but retains unrealistically pessimistic estimates of cost reduction and future market growth.

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Interview – A place in the sun

4 August 2015

This progress is not going to stop. Solar power is now seeing costs in the 6 to 8 cents/kWh range for good projects, before any subsidies. The cheapest we have seen is 5.84 cents/kWh on a project announced this year i…

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Michael Liebreich wins British Renewables Energy Judges Award 2015

19 June 2015

Michael Liebreich was awarded the most prestigious accolade, the British Renewable Energy Judges Award 2015, an award specifically created by the judging panel to recognise outstanding contribution to renewables.

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Podcast: Why Renewables Can’t Be Stopped

24 April 2015

The Energy Gang talks with clean energy investment guru Michael Liebreich.

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Special Report: Let there be light

17 January 2015

4th and final part of a four-part interview.

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We’re fighting the wrong fights over energy subsidies

5 July 2012

4th and final part of a four-part interview.

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The Future of Solar

3 July 2012

Part 3 of a four-part interview.

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Coal and China: Bad, but Maybe not as Bad as you Think

2 July 2012

Part 2 of a four-part interview.

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The New Fossil-Fuel Glut: Less Glutty than you Think

1 July 2012

Part 1 of a four-part interview.

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Renewables Will Widen Investor Enthusiasm

1 June 2012

“Big wind farms in breezy locations such as the Great Plains in the US are now completely competitive with new coal-fired power stations.” By 2016, “the average wind farm in the US won’t need a subsidy at all”.

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Advocates for renewables need to change their messaging, BNEF founder says

17 April 2012

If this interview seems extraordinarily frank, it’s because I thought it was a background briefing and the journo didn’t tell me he was recording. It is basically a transcript of what I said in a long telephone conver…

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Pinstripe Greens

11 April 2011

Can you save the planet and make money at the same time? Meet the new generation of entrepreneurs making millions – even billions – from ‘clean tech’.

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Biofuels and Fuel Prices

8 May 2008

In a new study, New Energy Finance, an energy consultancy in London, shows that biofuels do have an effect on food prices but that this effect may not be quite as significant as some people think.

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Playing Games with the Planet

27 September 2007

A version of the “prisoner’s dilemma” may suggest ways to break through the Kyoto impasse. The Economist Magazine devotes a whole page to my white paper on game theory and climate change.

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