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This month, we look at the Irish government’s recent Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020, which formalises its intention to pursue net zero by 2050. The Bill provides some interesting points of comparison for the UK, with a focus on carbon budgets and a requirement for local authorities to prepare climate action plans.

In this issue, we also look at two papers from the International Renewable Energy Agency. One discusses heating and cooling decarbonisation and the other discusses key pillars of green hydrogen policy making. Hydrogen Europe also explored ways to upscale electrolysis in a report this month. These are all topics that are essential to develop to deliver net zero energy targets.

We also look at two developments in California: a hydrogen blending demonstration programme and a proposal outlining the strategies to better integrate electric vehicles as grid resources.

Boosting the uptake of zero-emission vehicles, renewable and low carbon fuels and related infrastructure is a key part of the European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, which was published this month. This lays the foundation for how the EU transport system can achieve a “green and digital transformation”.

We feature an article that discusses examples of industry using or storing assets behind the meter industry and shifting to integrating distributed energy resources.

We also present a write-up of December’s Net Zero Business Forum, where we covered a range of important energy policy and regulatory changes in the UK. The session finished with a look ahead to COP26 next year and what a new US presidency means for US energy policy. This came after the American Wind Energy Association published its Vision for Driving a Clean Energy Transformation, which offers recommendations of Executive Orders President-Elect Biden could issue in the first 100 days in office.

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