A massive increase in recycling across the steel, cement, aluminium and plastic sectors would help China accelerate its transition to net-zero emissions, says not-for-profit RMI in a new report.
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.
Market reforms and administrative policies are often at odds in China, leaving fossil fuels with distinct advantages over wind and 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.
South Korea could have close to 5GW of floating offshore wind energy by 2028, making it the global leader with the UK and the US close behind.
A growing reliance on Chinese components in the US power system is increasing cybersecurity risks and could threaten US energy supplies, says the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
While the world brings record levels of clean energy online, geothermal energy growth is virtually stagnant, but the increased push to decarbonise heating systems could see the technology receiving renewed attention.
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.
China and other Asian countries will have to be much more ambitious if the world is to achieve CO2 emissions cuts from buildings in line with global climate goals.
Ten years after an earthquake and tsunami sparked a crisis in the east of Japan, the country’s electricity generation profile has shifted in favour of fossil fuels. Will its net-zero emissions goal change that?