The Big Picture: Countries and the green energy transition

Although pandemic-related lockdowns have contributed to a steep reduction in carbon emissions worldwide this year, researchers warn that it’s likely to be temporary — and say that one of the most realistic ways to address global warming is to green the electrical grid. With that in mind, the World Economic Forum recently released the Energy Transition Index 2020, which measures which countries are furthest along in moving to a sustainable energy system. Sweden comes out on top, followed by Switzerland and Finland. The criteria is based not only on a high share of zero-emissions energy but also “a strong political commitment to transforming their energy sector to meet climate targets.” Of the 115 countries ranked, Canada finished 28th and was singled out thusly: “High energy-consuming countries including the U.S., Canada and Brazil show little, if any, progress towards an energy transition.”

(CBC)

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