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Connecting Europe's energy systems
In this policy brief published by the Centre for European Reform, Stephen Tindale argues that Europe’s energy infrastructure urgently needs to be modernised, ...
EUR 8bn available for energy efficiency in Europe
Energy efficiency is the quickest and most cost-effective way to create jobs in green industries, improve energy security and reduce emissions. Improving homes ...
Delivering energy savings and efficiency - CER Policy Brief
The EU should not waste its time arguing about whether to make its energy efficiency targets binding. Instead, it should focus on practical steps to improve ...
Saving emissions trading from irrelevance
Allowances under the European Emissions Trading System are trading at less than €8 per tonne of carbon dioxide. This is far too low to stimulate increased ...
European Investment Bank increases lending to climate projects
The European Investment Bank (EIB) increased its lending to projects to help control climate change to €19bn in 2010. This was a 19% increase over the 2009 ...
Norway leads
Last week, the Norwegian government announced that it is on track to meet its new renewables target for 2011. On the face of it, this isn’t significant – the ...
So it is getting warmer
James Hansen, the top scientist at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and one of the first to warn world leaders of climate change, back in ...
Energy efficient homes
Too much of the general political and media discussion is about making new buildings efficient. This must be done, but is nowhere near enough, as most of the ...
Germany planning several new fossil fuel plants
The German trade association for the energy and water industry, the BDEW, says that the country’s utilities and other investors intend to build or update 84 ...
Prospects for nuclear power after Fukushima
The German government has said that all the German nuclear power stations must close by 2022. The Swiss government has said that no new ones will be built. The ...
Controlling fuel poverty during the transition
The transition from a fossil fuel economy to a renewable one, and the use of low-carbon bridge technologies like nuclear power and carbon capture and storage ...
What the EU should do at and after the Durban climate summit
The next climate summit takes place in Durban, South Africa in late November/early December. This follows the unsuccessful 2009 Copenhagen summit and the ...
Was Durban a significant step forward?
The Durban agreement was essentially an agreement to keep talking. All countries promised to negotiate commitments, but no actual commitments were made.
Earth Day – what have we achieved in the last 40 years?
22 April is the fortieth Earth Day, so it is an appropriate time to consider what the environmental movement has achieved globally over the last four decades. ...
UK bills and bonfires
The new UK government has now announced its legislative programme for the next 18 months and there is to be another energy bill. This is a good bill and should ...
What the EU should do about CCS
This morning, the Centre for European Reform launched the report which Simon Tilford and I have written about what the EU should do about CCS (carbon capture ...
How to deliver energy efficiency in the EU
Using energy more efficiently is the cheapest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also has economic, energy security and employment benefits. In a ...
The UK and European energy co-operation post-Brexit
The UK Government has said that Britain will not seek to remain part of the Single Market post-Brexit. However, sectoral deals to retain access to parts of the ...
'Green Ed' Miliband
Ed Miliband has been elected Labour leader. This is good news for UK climate politics, as he was a good energy and climate change secretary, taking the right ...
How to expand renewable energy after 2020
The EU should set targets for renewable energy for 2030 and the end of each subsequent decade, to reach full reliance on renewables by 2060. The policy brief ...
Merkel punished for opportunism
Yesterday’s election in the German region Baden-Württemberg, one of Germany’s richest regions, saw Angela Merkel’s CDU lose power after over half a century in ...
Courts block Spanish coal subsidies
The European Court of Justice has issued a temporary injunction preventing the Spanish government from subsidising the use of domestically produced coal in ...
Major progress on wind in 2009
2009 is in danger of being remembered as the year of the Copenhagen ‘failure’ and Obama’s failure to get a cap-and-trade bill through the US Senate. However, ...
EU budget: the Union risks having the wrong debate
In the forthcoming EU budget talks, the EU should move its debate about taxes beyond dogmatic arguments about subsidiarity and sovereignty, and instead ...
The EU must support clean energy, not dirty coal
The EU aspires to be a world leader in reducing carbon emissions. It seeks to develop renewable sources of energy and new ways of making coal and gas cleaner. ...
Europe must follow Germany and Spain
For the next six months, Spain holds the Presidency of the EU and, from the start of February, there will be a new European Commission, with the German Gunther ...
Carbon capture and storage: EU advancing, but not fast enough
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is not only essential to meet the EU’s climate objectives; it is also a major business opportunity. So it is welcome that the ...
Has Europe given up on fighting climate change?
The EU has long prided itself on leading international efforts to control climate change. Today, the issue is nowhere near the top of the EU’s agenda, having ...
Subsidies should be switched
The debate should not be between subsidy and no subsidy, but between subsidy for low carbon energy and energy efficiency and subsidy for high carbon energy.
European Commission's new energy strategy
Yesterday the European Commission presented its proposals for a new energy strategy for the next decade. In Brussels jargon this is known as the Energy Action ...