Clean energy companies are proving resilient to the Covid crisis and expectations are growing for a "new normal" that gets the world on track to net zero, but government commitments to a green recovery remain mixed.
Sonja van Renssen@sonjavanrenssen
Germany prioritises its renewables build-out, electric vehicles and hydrogen in a Covid-19 recovery plan that seeks to extend the Energiewende from the power sector to the rest of the economy.
Poland may have a reputation as a climate sceptic, but by at least one measure it is building back better than most. Nonetheless, it will need to match EU recovery funds with strong climate policies to really break away from coal.
Board member Jon Morrish explains how the world’s number two cement maker intends to eliminate its CO2 emissions. Carbon capture, use and storage will be key.
As electricity systems digitalise and transition to renewables, they become increasingly vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. Policymakers and utility operators are fighting an evermore sophisticated battle to keep the threat at bay.
Digitalisation could accelerate the energy transition and take the world to net zero, but the sector's own energy consumption and security concerns are potential flashpoints.
The energy transition depends on modern, digitalised distribution grids to integrate new technologies such as renewables and electric vehicles. Investments are not on track, but governments are stepping up.
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.
In 2020, net-zero pledges fell thick and fast from policymakers and businesses alike. In 2021, those ambitious words need to be turned into concrete actions.