Ursula von der Leyen used her 2021 State of the European Union address to urge urgent climate action, but EU capitals will likely deflate the ambition of her proposal over the coming months – and escape scrutiny for doing so.
Hydrogen, electric planes, cybersecurity, heat pumps, electric vehicles, gas, oil, CO2 removal, bitcoin and batteries have been some of our biggest hitters over the past year. To mark its first birthday, Energy Monitor takes stock of what is driving the energy transition.
The US states of Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia have signed a pact to collaborate on offshore wind development. The regional partnership is a potential model to avoid zero-sum, state-by-state competition and build a larger US market.
The droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes of the past months have prompted US and EU leaders to connect domestic weather events to climate change in an unprecedented way – but will they change policy?
Policy barriers are preventing capital flowing towards low-carbon transport. Ingrid Holmes, executive director of the UK’s Green Finance Institute, tells Energy Monitor how the organisation plans to bring them down.
Vast offshore generation is not a goal in itself, costs for new ‘transit' infrastructure need redistributing and hydrogen needs a business case, says Christian Zinglersen, director of the EU agency promoting cooperation among energy regulators.