Earth Day 2021: A Turning Point for Climate Action

Earth Day 2021 marks a historic moment for action on climate change. Today, at President Biden’s unprecedented Leaders Summit on Climate, he is expected to put forward an ambitious national commitment from the US to help the world tackle the climate crisis. Combined with existing commitments to achieve net-zero emissions …

Four Ways To Improve Trade Rules and Support Climate Action

There is a myth that trade policy and climate action are inherently at odds. That does not have to be the case. Trade can, and should, be a driver of sustainable innovation, productivity, efficiency, and growth. The past year saw governments, companies, and cities alike signal important steps on climate …

European Union Approves World’s Largest Green Stimulus

On Friday, EU lawmakers agreed to provide a €672 billion recovery fund boost for the EU economy. How green is it? Fairly green — 37 percent of the funding has to go to projects that help the climate. Unfortunately, there’s also support in there for “alternative fuels” — which includes …

30 Innovative Solutions Show Path to Renewable-Powered Future

Recently, IRENA has published the full series of 30 Innovation Briefs under its Innovation Landscape report. It is the most comprehensive analysis available on innovation priorities that policymakers must address to successfully decarbonise the electricity systems with renewables and push for innovative renewables solutions in a COVID-19 recovery stimulus. With …

Indian Railways Accelerates Toward a Solar Future With New Tenders

Indian Railways has taken some significant measures over the last few weeks that will cement its place as one of the single largest clean energy users in India. These steps include the issuance of tenders for large-scale solar power projects and the commissioning of a first-of-its-kind project to use solar …

Renewable Power ‘Already Cheapest Kind of Electricity in Many Countries’

Renewable power is already the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world. That’s the verdict from a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which suggests the cost advantage of renewables will extend further as prices continue to fall in the next decade. It …