The European Commission’s latest attempt to align national fuel taxes and reward cleaner alternatives was always going to be a long shot, but its leniency towards natural gas may make it more palatable to member states.
The 'Fit for 55' package announced by the European Commission should be taken as a starting point for ambitious climate action. The European Parliament and EU member states must build on it, not delay its adoption or water down the proposals.
Clean energy advocates say citizen-owned solar and wind power is the best way to get community buy-in for renewables projects, but as feed-in tariffs are replaced by competitive auctions, citizen-led initiatives are decreasing in number.
Chile has masses of renewable energy potential, but its environmental and human rights record around energy projects is far from rosy. A new constitution being drawn up by independent candidates could be the opportunity for change.
The use of fixed fees in network tariffs disincentivises energy efficiency and puts a greater cost burden on low-income consumers, says not-for-profit the Regulatory Assistance Project.
Brown coal kills 32.8 people per terawatt hour (TWh) of power generated, versus 0.02 deaths per TWh of solar power.
Ensuring a just transition in emerging economies where informal workers are the norm can be particularly complicated. New structures are needed to bring together diverse groups including government representatives, trade labour organisations and indigenous populations.
Attaining universal access to clean energy by 2030 looks doubtful given the continuing significant lack of access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.
A joint paper by the World Resources Institute and Ørsted lays out recommendations for how governments can improve public support for the energy transition, highlighting the importance of community engagement.
Countries in the Global South need international public finance to support clean energy instead of the dash for gas as witnessed in recent years, says the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
A report from Rewiring Communities, a not-for-profit, presents a blueprint for the electrification of 60 US communities, which would help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide families with significant annual savings.
Policymakers are increasingly adding elaborate caveats to energy transition pledges in an effort to look ambitious on climate action, while refusing to fully engage with the implications of net-zero emissions for natural gas, writes energy analyst Jonathan Gaventa.