The Energy in COVID-19 monthly research briefs collect the latest news read by our working group members. Each month, a different working group member takes the lead in writing up summaries and the brief’s framing, always in conversation with the full working group. The overall aim of the briefs is to showcase how disasters instigate policy changes, particularly around economic crises.
As we enter the summer months, we are seeing the impacts of climate change on our world through intense heat waves. These heat waves are the focus of the first theme in this media brief, which ties neatly to the next theme: energy policy shortfalls. This theme focuses on how many of the energy policies different sectors are enacting fail to adequately solve the issues they are aiming to solve. The last theme discusses energy future and responsibilities which discuss different potential ways we can build our energy systems for the future and what is needed in order to accomplish that.