UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday outlined what amounts to a global Marshall Plan for ushering in a world powered by renewable energy rather than coal, gas, and oil. The AFP news agency reports, in an article that can be read in full on the News Blog page of the Future Media website, that Guterres singled out battery storage, calling for an international coalition of industry, tech companies and financial institutions, led by governments, to “fast-track innovation and deployment”. His five-point plan to “jump-start” a renewables boom also called for scaling-up and diversifying the supply of critical components and raw materials, such as rare Earth metals and for governments to cut red tape and streamline approvals for solar and wind projects.