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Renewing and decentralising Iraq’s electricity
The European Union and Iraq on 18 January signed an agreement to strengthen their energy cooperation in areas such as natural gas, energy security and ...
The UK general election – climate and money
Climate Answers will comment on what the parties are saying they would do, their policy statements and the manifestos once they appear. Labour, Conservatives ...
Was Copenhagen worth it?
Yes, just. The Copenhagen Accord is vague and, having been negotiated by a small number of countries led by the US, China, India, Brazil and South Africa, was ...
Energy efficiency - made in Denmark and exportable to the rest of the EU?
Denmark uses energy more efficiently than any other EU member-state. Successive governments have implemented ambitious and consistent policies on energy ...
A new UK government
The UK has a new government and the prospects for climate policy are mixed. The promised policies on aviation and coal are stronger than those of the former ...
European Climate Foundation roadmap
The European Climate Foundation’s latest report, Power Perspectives 2030, is part of their project on Roadmap 2050, and aims to be a practical guide to a ...
How can the EU best meet its 2020 renewables target?
Climate change: Europe needs to move more than three times as fast over the next 12 years as it has over the last 12.
Will Merkel II be green?
Angela Merkel’s victory in Germany’s election was not unexpected. What was less clear was who her coalition partner would be. The decline in the Social ...
Ireland votes for a more effective EU
The Irish have voted to accept the Lisbon Treaty so, unless the Czech Republic or Poland decide unexpectedly to refuse to do so, the Treaty of Lisbon will come ...
Acting locally, thinking globally
“Think global; act local” – the phrase often used by of Friends of the Earth – is an excellent philosophy.
Major economies talk money, not targets
Most international discussion about climate change this week has been about finance, not targets. This is good news. Targets are important, but mainly for ...
EU fails leadership test
EU leaders met last Thursday and Friday to discuss climate finances. They said that €100 billion a year should be transferred to the developing world by 2020 ...
Little progress, just a dustpan and brush
The Finance Ministers of the G20 economies met over the weekend in Scotland. UK Prime Minister Brown, who attended the meeting, won headlines for his support ...
The EU and energy efficiency
The now-ratified Lisbon Treaty says that there will, in the future, be a common energy policy, but this is unlikely to have much practical impact. Yet the EU ...
Climate Answers
Climate change is the most serious issue ever to have faced humanity. Rightly, it is now high on the public, political, media and business agendas. However, ...
EU talks finance as well as targets
The EU is prepared to push for funding to help developing countries control emissions and deal with the effects of climate change, according to the current ...
We have much to learn from Scandinavia
The Danish government has said that it will pay for poor nations, including the Maldives, to send people to the Copenhagen climate conference in December. This ...
Is the ‘peak oil’ debate relevant?
Should we worry about oil and gas running out? No.
Brazil must look after the Amazon - with our help
Brazilian president, Lula da Silva, says (quite often) that “Brazil is in charge of looking after the Amazon” and, to be fair, his government has tried to ...
The new EU budget: A missed opportunity
The European Commission published its proposals for the 2014-2020 EU budget at the end of June. The British media were incensed about proposals for new ‘EU ...
Ukraine is more than just a transit country
Ukraine is one of the top 20 countries in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and it is the site of Chernobyl. It is also a country which, after it became ...
Commission's energy roadmap a missed opportunity
The European Commission's recently published its ‘Energy Roadmap 2050′ repeats the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95% (against ...
EU 'energy summit'
The EU summit on 4 February was billed as an energy summit. In fact it occurred during the on-going Eurozone crisis and faster moving events in Egypt, so ...
European Commission sensible on coal subsidies, but not on nuclear fusion
The European Commission has done well in securing some – though not nearly enough – money to support renewables and CCS from the European economic recovery ...
European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Plan
The European Commission published its Energy Efficiency Plan yesterday. This document was previously referred to as the energy efficiency action plan, but the ...
Draft EU radioactive waste directive
The European Commission has now published a draft directive on safety standards for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants and ...
Which is worse, gas or nuclear?
There are many good people working for Greenpeace who are genuinely and deeply convinced that nuclear power is not part of the solution. But they are wrong to ...
Taxes better than targets
Once again, European governments have been debating whether the EU greenhouse reduction target should be increased, from 20% below 1990 levels by 2020 to 30%, ...
The green benefits of Britain's EU membership
European rules have delivered cleaner air and water in Britain, and protected wildlife. Outside the EU, Britain would again be 'the dirty man of Europe'. CER ...
Is the EU good for business?
Speaking on green growth, Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin, called for high carbon taxes on energy intensive industries (and he explicitly included aviation ...