Joe Biden will need to engage with the question of investor lawsuits to keep his clean energy plans on track.
Politicians and businesses shout about net-zero pledges and renewables, but Mike Berners-Lee believes most have yet to grasp the gravity of the climate crisis.
The introduction of a carbon tax in South Africa has revived interest in its lethargic offset market. This could be good news for emissions reductions, if the right projects are invested in and delivered at scale.
The Trump administration was eager to export US shale gas to the rest of the world. It remains to be seen whether President Biden will prioritise climate action over short-term economic interests.
Danish clean energy giant Ørsted and US commercial EV technology company Proterra are poised for breakout growth in the US over the next four years.
California and Texas account for over 80% of total renewable energy purchased by cities
US states with the largest renewable transactions by local governments, 2015–Q1 2020 (Source: American Cities Climate Challenge)
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The surprise takeover of the US Senate by the Democrats opens new possibilities for the EU, eager to have another major developed economy as a climate action ally.
Joe Biden is inheriting an energy landscape that has continued to decarbonise thanks to the actions of companies and individual states.
Carbon capture and use can reduce, recycle or even remove emissions from the atmosphere, but its role in climate action depends on the carbon’s origin and destination.
The question is not whether trees, CCS and direct air capture are needed, but what will deliver carbon removal at scale.
The balance of power in the US Senate tipped last week in favour of the Democrats, but their razor-thin majority could still limit Joe Biden’s climate change and clean energy ambitions.
Developing countries generally have the most solar potential, but investment and policies will need to change for them to realise it.
Policy decisions on how electricity bills are constructed have a much clearer impact on consumer costs than the rate at which countries are making the transition to renewables.