All articles by Heather O'Brian

Heather O'Brian

Heather O'Brian is a Milan-based journalist who writes about energy, climate change and business.

Can Italy marry clean energy and economic prosperity?

Former chief of the European Central Bank and newly appointed Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi insists tackling climate change is central to his country’s economic growth, but Italy has a steep hill to climb to make the shift to a clean energy economy.

Greece looks past coal

Greece’s ambitious plans to exit lignite make it a front runner among coal regions in Europe, but its energy transition must avoid creating new stranded assets in natural gas while ensuring economic and social benefits.

Why Sardinia’s gas plans make little climate or economic sense

The Italian island of Sardinia has strong wind and solar resources, so why is it considering a natural gas transport pipeline?