Road transport and buildings have been spared from EU ETS obligations until now, but an upcoming revision may change that, and climate campaigners are concerned.
Petrostates face a tricky future as the world decarbonises, with declining oil revenues threatening their finances. There is a strong case for industrialised countries to offer more support to less well off producer economies.
Falling prices have made battery energy storage competitive for myriad applications on and off the grid. Additional support from policymakers will enable storage to realise its enormous potential.
More electricity was generated from renewables than nuclear in 2019, but despite strong growth, investment in renewables will have to be massively scaled up to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Clean energy companies Schneider Electric, Vestas, Sunrun, Xcel Energy and NextEra Energy outperformed companies in other sectors over the past year. Their strong performance came as investment in renewables continued to increase in 2020.
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.
Former chief of the European Central Bank and newly appointed Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi insists tackling climate change is central to his country's economic growth, but Italy has a steep hill to climb to make the shift to a clean energy economy.
The UK has made strong commitments to build back better from Covid-19, but recent hiccups raise questions over whether it can deliver on its pledges.
Kenya's 100% renewable energy dream is being dampened by conflicts between indigenous communities and investors over land rights.
Nuclear is the bedrock of France's electricity system, but its reactors are old and nuclear's share in the power mix will shrink. Whether the government decides to go all out for renewables or splurge on new nuclear remains to be seen.
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?