Bumping up EU climate decisions to national leaders might seem like recognition of the urgency to act, but in reality it may slow down Europe’s energy transition.
All the indicators are clear: investing in green growth offers a better rate of return than the conventional equivalent in both the short and long term.
Creating jobs is now firmly at the heart of the energy transition narrative, but trade unions in Europe and the UK are concerned not enough attention is being paid to ensuring these jobs are good jobs that offer proper long-term contracts and protection for workers.
The UK has announced an emissions reduction target that would see a faster decline than the EU and US, but working out who has the policies to deliver on their targets is no easy task.
Global net-zero ambitions require a fresh focus on the demand side, from how energy is used to social justice to jobs and individuals as agents of change, argues Angela Wilkinson, CEO of the World Energy Council.
German Greens put up their first-ever candidate for chancellor in an election that will be dominated by Covid and climate change.
Donald Trump’s hostility to clean energy and aversion to internationalism damaged the US’s standing on the global stage. With sufficient ambition, Joe Biden can reassert US leadership at this week’s climate summit.
A majority of industry figures believe the global clean energy transition will speed up following the pandemic, shows a new poll by Energy Monitor.
Climate action and the energy transition are, along with Covid-19, top of the global political and economic agenda. Now is the time to focus on existing solutions that will benefit people and the planet.
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.
With some of the worst death rates from the Covid-19 pandemic, high unemployement and public debt, many Latin American countries are struggling to marry climate action and the need to stop their economies from falling apart.
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.