The G7 nations all support net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and have updated their 2030 climate goals, but their support for an international energy transition has been limited.
Short-haul flights get a lot of attention, but France’s new measure to force journeys of less than 2.5 hours to be made by train not plane will reduce the country’s aviation emissions by only 0.8%.
The chair of the European Parliament's environment committee says the EU failed ten years ago to connect the climate crisis to recovery from the financial crisis, but insists it will not fail for Covid-19.
Covid-19 recovery plans from Paris and Madrid have been deemed to be among the greenest in the world, but they have chosen different paths for how to structure their expenditure of EU money.
The UK was one of the strongest pro-nuclear voices in the EU. The loss of its large number of Council votes has left France without a strong ally and opened a path for Germany to block public funding for new nuclear plants.
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.
European governments had unprecedented power to force airlines to lower their emissions in exchange for providing Covid-19 bailouts. They chose not to.