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Energy 05-11-2018

Four priorities for a future-oriented Connecting Europe Facility

Swift implementation of the EU’s energy and climate commitments is only possible if the next EU budget gives a clear signal to invest in a transition to a low-carbon economy, write Lisa Fischer and Elisa Giannelli.
Climate change 08-10-2018

The good, the bad and the ugly: The IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5°C

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows keeping global warming below 1.5°C is necessary, feasible and beneficial. Rich countries must now commit to ensure their economies reach net zero emissions before 2050, writes Nick Mabey.
Electricity 14-09-2018

Mega infrastructure projects win over clean energy in Visegrad Four

In the Visegrad countries, decision makers prefer their historical favourites – coal and nuclear – to renewable sources and energy efficiency. As the Global Climate Action Summit resumes in San Francisco, it’s important to realise that corporate leadership can also shape the outlook for clean energy in Eastern Europe, writes Ada Ámon.
Energy 06-06-2018

InvestEU must make a serious dent in the EU’s energy efficiency investment gap

Unlocking far greater energy efficiency investment is the real test for whether InvestEU, and the wider EU budget, can deliver on clean growth and climate targets, write Pedro Guertler and Tom Jess.
Climate change 02-05-2018

Five steps for a climate-friendly EU Budget

The EU’s next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) must reflect the commitment the EU has made to decarbonise its economy, in line with the aims of the Paris Agreement. Strong overall coherence to ensure that funds are spent in targeted and intelligent ways is the key to its success, writes Jonathan Gaventa.
Energy 15-12-2017

EU governments are self-sabotaging the clean energy drive

On Monday (18 December), the 28 European energy ministers will risk making the transition to a low carbon economy harder for themselves and more expensive for all of us, because of their self-sabotaging tendencies, warns Manon Dufour.
Energy 27-10-2017

A coal phase-out in Europe can be planned

Italy just added its name to the list of country’s pledging to phase out coal. A fair energy transition requires significant efforts but there is experience to build on, writes Julian Schwartzkopff.

Brexit and the breaking of environmental promises

Brexit will have more immediate impact on the UK’s ability to manage growing stresses on the environment than any other single political development of the past 50 years, writes Tom Burke.
Energy 26-09-2017

Stars are (almost) aligned for energy efficiency projects in Europe

Eurostat last week revised its accounting rules, allowing local authorities to stop counting as public debt the building refurbishment work they undertake as part of energy performance contracts, writes Quentin Genard.
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.

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.
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.

Reshaping the financial system as a tool for good

The European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivered its interim report today (13 July). Ingrid Holmes, one of the members of the group, explains how the financial system can help address long-term challenges such as climate change.
G20 05-07-2017

Wind of optimism blows on global climate politics, in spite of Trump

Despite Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, it is hard not to feel a sense of optimism on global climate politics as world leaders gather in Hamburg for the G20, writes Taylor Dimsdale.
Energy 03-07-2017

Britain’s gas: Let’s focus on efficiency, not fracking

The closure of the UK’s largest gas storage facility along with disruption to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supplies this month puts UK energy at a crossroads, writes Joseph Dutton. Rather than focus on imports or fracking, Britain should pay more attention to decreasing demand and renewable energy, he argues.
Climate change 27-06-2017

It is high time to localise the energy transition

Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement is not the end of the world. Cities and towns are moving ahead in localising the energy transition but to fully harness their potential, local governments need to be empowered and equipped with the right tools, argues Philipp Thaler.
Energy 14-06-2017

Proper Energy Union governance is essential to delivering the EU’s Paris Agreement promises

Transparency and long-term planning are the only ways to reduce the cost of the transition and align climate and energy policies, argues Quentin Genard of E3G. The EU’s Governance Regulation can do that.
Energy 10-11-2016

Beyond ‘toastergate’: Using small things to go big – the smart way

This European Commission famously promised to focus on the big policy picture and avoid petty regulations. But small things can grow into something big, for example on energy efficiency and eco-design rules for electric appliances, writes Ingrid Holmes.
Climate change 04-11-2016

Climate action after Paris: Tailwinds, headwinds and wild cards

As the Paris Climate Agreement enters into force, it is time to reflect on how the politics of climate change are evolving, writes Nick Mabey.
Climate change 28-09-2016

Energy and climate change all-important to new EU

As the debate over priorities for EU reform post-Brexit ramps up, misguided attempts to avoid political tensions are undermining popular and necessary action on energy and climate change, writes Nick Mabey.
Energy 20-04-2016

Why the EU’s electricity market design proposal actually matters

The European Commission’s vision of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where consumers take ownership of the energy transition, is to be applauded but needs to be followed up with genuine policy change, writes Jonathan Gaventa.
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Climate change 16-12-2015

Taking the Paris Agreement home to Europe

The EU played a key role in making the unexpectedly strong Paris agreement on climate change happen.  It must now walk the walk and deliver increased climate ambition through its own energy union, argue Nick Mabey and Sandrine Dixson-Declève. 
Energy 18-11-2015

Energy efficiency must be made an infrastructure priority

The energy efficiency gap doesn’t exist because of a lack of effort or will, it exists because we have approached it from the wrong direction, write Ada Ámon and Ingrid Holmes.