Dave Elliott:S ome say the tragic Coronavirus emergency means that climate change concerns will have to be put on the back burner, but they can’t be left aside for long – they also need urgent action. Some of the things that need to be done to cut emissions may be hindered by Covid 19, others may be helped. The central and overwhelming story is of course a horrible one, but there may be some positive sides. Being hopeful, the Coronavirus may have created an awareness of the benefits of changes in how we use energy. The Coronavirus lock down in China and then elsewhere did show what the word might be like without so much fossil-fuel use– with less cars, trucks, factories and power plants spewing out toxic gases, and many fewer aircraft in flight, leading to air you could breathe and a big potential reduction in air pollution reductions and respiratory diseases. Certainly emissions fell in China as energy demand, and coal use, fell. To an extent then, grim though its impacts are, Covid 19 may also point to some positive outcomes, or at least opportunities for beneficial change. However, some of the Covid 19 economic impact projections are very pessimistic, with a major global economic recession seen as likely, and that could make positive change harder, for example undermining the growth of renewables. Even in the short term, it’s been claimed that the economic slow down in China could mean delays in wind turbines production and installation and a 10-50% fall in wind turbine installation in 2020. It’s the same for solar PV: BNEF has cut its estimate for solar growth by 16%. More generally, COVID 19 may make positive eco-changes harder by shifting the policy focus from climate change, although it is also possible that, after COVID-19 is beaten, we may not just revert back to how things were done, but embrace new approaches.
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Global renewables expansion in 2020 will be ‘wiped out’ by Covid-19: Rystad. Analyst group forecasts slow-down in worldwide wind and solar build-out due to coronavirus-spurred movement restrictions and contraction in currency markets. The momentum-building global expansion of wind and solar power plant could be stymied for at least year as government restrictions on movement impact construction timeframes and foreign exchanges market contract around the world, according to new forecast by Rystad Energy.
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Europe’s Green Deal and wider energy transition strategy should be dovetailed with efforts to limit the socio-economic impact of the ongoing coronovirus pandemic, EU leaders have said. Heads of government from the EU’s 27 member states, meeting by video-conference, said a “coordinated” approach to Covid-19 emergency measures – which ranged over the provision of medical equipment, promotion of research, tackling socio-economic consequences, and helping European citizens stranded in third countries – needed to be built around the “green transition and digital transformation”.
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