Energy

22-09-2017

Will new EU buildings law help pave the way for an electro-mobile future?

The ongoing reform of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) offers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to make European buildings and cities of today fit for the low pollution, electric transport of tomorrow, writes Teodora Serafimova.

22-09-2017

Guarantees of origin for renewable power set for (overdue) scrutiny

A complex and misleading system of guarantees of origin for electricity generated from renewable energy sources is getting increased attention in Brussels, writes Ole Lofsnaes.

Electricity 21-09-2017

Is German climate leadership being sacrificed on the altar of coal?

The pre-election politicking currently going on in Germany should ring alarm bells among climate policy advocates, warns Julian Schwartzkopff. If Angela Merkel does not take personal ownership of securing a climate-compatible coal phase-out, she could jeopardise her legacy as “climate chancellor”, he writes.

Climate change 19-09-2017

My climate journey through Trump’s America

Does Trump speak for the American heartlands on climate change? Rosalind Cook spent two weeks travelling across the country meeting a range of people to ascertain what the thinking is at grassroots level. And it wasn’t what she expected.

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18-09-2017

Copper: A key facilitator of a low-carbon economy

This week, international leaders from business, government and civil society are meeting in New York to discuss how to keep the momentum going, particularly considering Washington's withdrawal from the agreement, writes Fleming Voetmann.

Electric cars 18-09-2017

It’s time to switch gears on electric vehicle uptake across Europe

Next week's European Mobility Week in Brussels provides a good opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved to date, and what is still required to enable and accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in Europewrite Hans De Keulenaer and Diego Garcia Carvajal.

15-09-2017

It’s cheaper to save energy than to buy it, despite misleading claims

“Energy efficiency is too expensive, will increase costs to consumers and push people into energy poverty” - this is a claim made by some commentators in Brussels recently. As the Energy Efficiency Directive is being negotiated in the Parliament, Jan Rosenow reveals how little truth there is to such claims.

Electricity 13-09-2017

United in Diversity? What Europe can do with its energy policy

As the energy market is being shaken up by the arrival of new local players, one crucial objective should be to guarantee diversity in the governance representation, write Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan.

08-09-2017

Will the 2030 EU Energy Package protect the right to energy for all Europeans? 

The EU’s package has to rise to the challenge. Awareness on the causes and consequences of energy poverty has been increasing for a decade and now is the time for action, writes the Right to Energy Coalition.

Climate change 06-09-2017

Will the European Parliament take the high road on climate and forests?

Ahead of a European Parliament vote on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), Hannah Aho explains how MEPs have both strengthened and weakened draft forest rules she says are essential in the fight against climate change.

Brexit, energy and climate policy: What is at stake for Europe

A crash Brexit would wreak chaos in both the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the effort sharing regulation necessary to deliver the 2030 climate and energy package, warn Shane Tomlinson and Manon Dufour.

31-08-2017

Brexit-fuelled energy efficiency myths

Despite negative reports in the British press, EU regulations that cut the amount of energy wasted by household appliances are overwhelmingly popular throughout the UK, writes Dr Jonathan Marshall.

Climate change 29-08-2017

Europe’s dramatic summer gives a foretaste of ‘super heatwaves’ to come

While Europe is recovering from an unusually warm summer, a new study warns that heatwaves with temperatures of above 40°C are expected to become more frequent, with some regions of Eastern Europe hit by new super heatwaves of above 55°C, writes Wendel Trio.

23-08-2017

How helium shortages might burst Europe’s security

Helium is about much more than balloons and squeaky voices. Its uses in medicine and military applications are vital but Europe risks finding itself between a rock and a hard place in securing a regular supply, writes Lukas Trakimavičius.

Electricity 14-08-2017

Cutting consumption is key to cutting energy bills

Westminster’s latest attempt to manage energy bills looks increasingly like an attempt to manage headlines about energy bills. Much more must be done to cut consumption, writes Tom Burke.

08-08-2017

US sanctions and Nord Stream 2: Every dog has its day?

The US’ new Russia sanctions only added fuel to the EU’s divisions over how to deal with Russian energy, write Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Bartosz Wiśniewski.

Global Europe 04-08-2017

New Russia sanctions: A European concern

Washington-Moscow relations are threatening to plummet even further after the US decided to impose new sanctions. The new penalties are likely to have an impact on European companies too. George Voloshin examines the situation in the second part of this op-ed. George Voloshin is head of the French branch of Aperio Intelligence, an independent corporate …

Biofuels 31-07-2017

Wrong assumptions could lead to phase-out of conventional biofuels

The European Commission cannot be trusted in its call to invest in advanced biofuels as experience with first generation biofuels set a negative precedent, writes Elmar Baumann.

Climate change 27-07-2017

Gove’s ‘green’ Brexit will be hard to achieve

On top of weakening environmental protection in the UK, a hard Brexit would strengthen the influence of the EU’s climate sceptic governments and undermine the bloc’s commitments at home and abroad, writes Joseph Curtin.

26-07-2017

Nord Stream 2 will divide the EU, but new US sanctions will do more harm

Nord Stream 2 will increase Russia’s influence over its neighbours and divide the European Union. But US sanctions against the pipeline will do more harm than good.

20-07-2017

The vote you’ve never heard of – and why it can change Europe’s investment climate

A revision of the EU accounting rules on the treatment of public-private energy performance contracts would allow massive injections of investment into the EU economy. Yet, there is opposition from some national statistical offices, writes Monica Frassoni.

19-07-2017

Poland’s cherry picking of EU energy rules makes no sense

When it comes to EU energy policy, Warsaw does not always adhere to the letter and the spirit of EU law and tends to select rules a la carte, adapting them to Poland's narrowly-defined interests, writes Danila Bochkarev.

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Electricity 12-07-2017

Europe must show the way on climate action

Clouds are gathering on the international climate agenda. But Europe must continue with its efforts despite the fact that President Trump has decided to pull out of the Paris Agreement, writes Kristian Ruby.

11-07-2017

Nord Stream 2 doesn’t matter

Nord Stream 2 continues to divide Europe. That's a pity. For all the noise, Nord Stream 2 is just a distraction - it doesn't really matter. Here's why, writes Nikos Tsafos.