Arguing that electrification will increase carbon emissions is misguided, argues Jan Rosenow from the Regulatory Assistance Project. Instead, the focus must be on bringing more renewables online to make electricity production as clean as possible.
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.
Blistering heatwaves, crippling drought and catastrophic wildfires – abnormal is the new normal in California. Weaning the state off fossil fuels will help tackle these interlinked threats.
Explicitly linking sustainability and financial data reporting, as will soon be required by EU regulation, could provide much-needed clarity for investors and serve as a strategic tool for companies in transition.
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.
Energy experts that advocate heating homes with hydrogen rather than turning to deep renovation and building insulation as their first port of call will make the energy transition more expensive for everyone, says Jan Rosenow from the Regulatory Assistance Project.
Research suggests little conflict between stemming biodiversity loss and a massive buildout of renewables, but opinions differ widely over the use of forests, and over-simplistic decisions about the role of wood in the energy transition must be avoided.
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.
The EU wants “a quick agreement” with the US on methane emissions. Joe Biden should accept the offer to help assemble a global coalition of countries to slash methane pollution.
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.
Accession talks between the EU and Turkey have well and truly stalled, but trying to work more closely together on clean energy could benefit both sides, and help take fossil fuels offline.