Chart of the week | Saying goodbye to 2020

While lockdown may have been the most used word overall in 2020, in the energy sector net zero would certainly give it a run for its money. The raft of policy announcements, particularly in the last few weeks, will lead to a dramatic change in sector especially with moves to decarbonise heat and transport. This has been set amid a backdown of further consolidation in the supply market and escalation of ambition to achieve net zero.

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Chart of the week | Green recovery in Italy?

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Low carbon generation

Chart of the week | Higher or lower? Transitioning to the UK ETS

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Chart of the week | UK carbon emissions were down 10% in 2020

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