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Week 7 – Case study 2: Energy /3542

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has just published its annual World Energy Outlook report for 2020. Unfortunately it is a paid-for document. However, summaries of parts of the report are on the IEA website:


Renewable energy

Renewables 2020 Data Explorer

Covid-19 and the resilience of renewables

Solar PV


Key trends to watch

Review the IEA materials and prepare responses to the following questions

  1. What broad trends are evident in renewable energy, in terms of generation, cost, technology and investment?
  2. What geographical variation is evident?
  3. How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the renewable energy market?
  4. To what extent are policy responses to the pandemic aligned with the need to cut global emissions?
    On a wider basis, is there likely to be sufficient progress to meet targets like ‘net zero’ by 2050?

Case 2 worksheet [pdf]