Climate activists are using courts to hold big emitters accountable. Landmark successes in recent months suggest this trend is set to continue as the imperative to slash emissions and ditch fossil fuels grows ever greater.
Data shows the EU's pipeline of solar and wind is 1.2 times greater than existing capacity.
Climate campaigners say the move will penalise society’s most vulnerable, while the chair of the European Parliament’s environment committee calls it “politically suicidal”.
Clean energy advocates say citizen-owned solar and wind power is the best way to get community buy-in for renewables projects, but as feed-in tariffs are replaced by competitive auctions, citizen-led initiatives are decreasing in number.
Emerging partnerships between countries like Germany and Australia, backed by business interests and financial incentives, are laying the foundations for a global, green hydrogen market to replace fossil fuels.
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.
The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, disliked for geopolitical and climate reasons, is nearly complete. The German Greens, who are riding high in the polls ahead of the federal election, want to stop it. Even if they win this autumn, economics could still triumph over clean energy needs.
German Greens put up their first-ever candidate for chancellor in an election that will be dominated by Covid and climate change.
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.
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.
Policy decisions on how electricity bills are constructed have a much clearer impact on consumer costs than the rate at which countries are making the transition to renewables.
Heat pumps provide energy-efficient heating and cooling and are one of the most effective technologies available to decarbonise buildings.