FT Guide: The Energy Transition

Part 5/6: Leadership and climate change policy

The world’s political and economic leaders are racing against time to modify energy use and mitigate climate change. Three years on from commitments given in Paris to limit carbon emissions, FT writers and contributors assess whether enough is being done.

The next instalment, on the challenge of financing measures to tackle climate change while delivering energy security to the world’s population, will appear on January 23

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The ex-New York mayor is an unofficial ambassador after Trump snubbed Paris accord

Analysts warn that ambitious expansion drive is losing momentum

It should be scientists, not politicians, who gather to combat carbon emissions

Madrid aims to produce all electricity from renewables by 2050 and cut emissions by 90%

Climate neutrality by 2050 is possible but requires a different economic mindset

Efforts are growing to cut the 36% of energy use taken up by construction and buildings

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More industrial groups are backing renewable projects to cut costs and boost income

Using renewables is helping the industry cut costs and reduce polluting emissions

New technologies are needed for power-hungry manufacturers

Innovative and simple solutions are cutting the energy and carbon footprints of many small businesses

Leading German manufacturers grapple with how best to switch to greener vehicles

Despite progress, more must be done to reduce greenhouse emissions of modern aircraft

Supply constraints drive interest in alternatives to current lithium-ion technology

Lower costs and wider take-up promise future where cars supply power to grids

New rules to limit sulphur pollution will force efficiency gains to save fuel costs

Transforming travel is core to energy transition — and the most resistant to change

It can be hard to know which individual actions will make the greatest impact

More than 550 readers give us their take on global priorities

Reducing carbon emissions among developing nations is hard to achieve

Improved emission standards are key to tackling health impact of combustible fuels

Plan to spend $35bn loan from China on new power stations looks set to continue under Khan

Air monitors, purifiers and apps find an audience outside Beijing

Divestment campaigns are gaining traction but their true impact is hard to gauge

Plans to tackle ‘market failure’ of fossil fuel consumption stumble in Congress

Producers in drive to cut costs to stay competitive on price

Wider uncertainty increases appeal of large, low-cost power projects

Rising developing world demand will keep a role for the most carbon-intensive fuel

Economic risks of atomic plants threaten their place in future energy mix

Cheaper new technologies make renewables competitive in fight against global warming

Major energy groups continue to invest heavily in ‘cleaner’ fossil fuel boosted by Chinese demand