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Climate justice is the heart of climate action

The idea the transition to a clean energy economy should also be as fair as possible to everyone has, until now, been seen by many as a nice to have. Andrzej Blachowicz and Julie-Anne Hogbin from Climate Strategies argue developing countries in particular can achieve greater and more inclusive climate action by placing the just transition at the heart of their climate plans

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We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

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The coronavirus is a deadly human tragedy, causing untold grief and pain. It is also rocking the world’s economies as people lose income and businesses struggle to stay afloat. Yet there are lessons to be learned for the climate crisis

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A just transition can help end energy poverty

The clean energy transition needs to be fair to everyone, with laws and financing to ensure the poorest households are not penalised by the switch from fossil fuels to renewables and benefit from the change, argues Marilyn Smith, Founder & Executive Director of The Energy Action Project

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EU Green Deal in a time of pandemic

The European Green Deal sets a clear, sustainable path for Europe to move forward from the economic and social impacts of Covid-19, speed up the energy transition and create jobs, says Julian Popov, Fellow at the European Climate Foundation and former Bulgarian Minister of the Environment

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European development bank money at work in Macedonia

The EBRD is increasingly active across the whole of Southeast Europe, which remains highly reliant on coal, to move it to cleaner energy sources

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Green Deal for heat — smart sector integration is key

As the EU puts forward plans for a European Green Deal aimed at getting the region to climate neutrality by 2050, Jan Rosenow and Richard Lowes from the Regulatory Assistance Project argue for much more attention to be paid to the decarbonisation of heat

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Biodiversity must not be sacrificed to the energy transition

With the world facing an energy and a biodiversity emergency, realisation is growing that solutions need to be made compatible with sustainability in both areas

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What will it take to start — and sustain — a renovation wave?

With the European Commission planning to announce details of a building “renovation wave” in the autumn of 2020, Susanne Dyrboel, vice-chair in Renovate Europe explains what the EU executive should be considering to make its vision reality

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Golden opportunity for an industrial strategy for solar

Ahead of proposals this week by the European Commission for EU industrial policy and circular economy strategies, Christian Westermeier, President of SolarPower Europe, argues for solar to receive the boost it needs to help Europe achieve its carbon neutral ambitions

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Retailers want electric trucks, but need more infrastructure, incentives

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US retailers want to electrify their fleets, but upfront costs for electric trucks and buses remain a major barrier, finds a report co-authored by the Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions. Models suggest it can cost less to own an average electric lorry compared with a diesel or natural gas equivalent if there are adequate financial incentives and a comprehensive charging infrastructure. Energy and fleet management teams within retailers must also collaborate to keep costs down and companies need skilled technicians to maintain vehicles.

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Hermes reveals climate emergency metrics

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Hermes Investment Management has published its latest climate report, the first to be aligned with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The company lays out its approach to identifying and managing climate risks and seizing opportunities as a business, from involvement at the policy level in developing climate-related initiatives to ensuring all employees factor the climate emergency into their work. The report highlights how the company is implementing TCFD recommendations and where improvement is needed. Its clear approach and metrics offers a model for others to follow.

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Wind power is main US renewables source

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Wind energy overtook hydro in the US in 2019 to become the top source of renewables-generated electricity, says the US government’s Energy Information Administration. Wind generation was about 300 million MWh, exceeding generation from dams by 26 million MWh. Wind generation has increased steadily in the past decade, in part because of the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), which drove capacity installations and is now expiring. Wind costs have also dropped dramatically. Annual hydro generation varied between 250 million MWh and 320 million MWh in the past decade, but since 2017 has dropped significantly.

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