Governments at all levels are establishing green banks to catalyse investment in carbon-cutting solutions. In the US, Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress want to take the model nationwide.
Falling costs boosted growth in offshore wind globally in 2020, with Asia-Pacific moving ahead of the rest of the world, reports market intelligence company the Renewables Consulting Group.
Governments must make renewable energy uptake a key performance indicator across every level of decision-making if the share of fossil fuels in final energy consumption is to fall, says international policy network REN21.
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 debt-for-climate swap plan is expected from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank ahead of COP26. If fit for purpose, it could be highly effective in addressing spiralling low and middle-income country debt and the climate crisis.
A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency reveals the importance of a nuanced approach to the energy transition and openness to best practice across municipalities.
Many countries in Africa and Latin America could meet all their energy needs by covering less than 0.1% of their landmass with solar panels.
Limiting oil and gas extraction in rich countries could allow some emerging producers to develop, but the world's diminishing carbon budget also makes this a pathway fraught with risk.
Covid-19 has slowed, or even reversed, progress on energy access in Africa, but with COP26 on the horizon, there is hope energy poverty will finally get the attention and funding it deserves.
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.
Off-grid solar only represents a tiny percentage of renewable energy, but it's vital for the poorest households in developing countries. This success story risks being jeopardised by the Covid pandemic.