New research into Covid-19 recovery packages offered by G20 nations has shown that fossil fuels are benefiting more financially than clean energy as governments around the world appear to be responding differently to the economic crisis created by the pandemic.

The research, flagged up by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres last week during a International Energy Agency (IEA) summit, tracked energy-specific responses by G20 governments since the start of the year.

Early findings show that, between the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic early this year and 3 July, G20 countries have committed at least $135 billion to fossil fuels and at least $68 billion to clean energy in their stimulus and recovery packages.