Energy & Environment

Climate change 24-08-2019

G7 Leaders, take a stand for Africa!

Africa is still heavily reliant on coal. To protect the climate, leading industrialised countries should help Africa to invest in clean growth and leapfrop to renewables, says former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
22-08-2019

Human rights and green finance: friends or foes?

Policymakers currently discussing a 'taxonomy' for sustainable finance products at EU level often argue that the proposal already includes social and human rights safeguards. This is not true in the least, warn Eleni Choidas, Lis Cunha and Rachel Owens.
Energy 21-08-2019

As the sun sets on oil, the sun will rise on solar power

When shares in Saudi Aramco eventually go public, there will doubtless be a feeding frenzy on what promises to be the largest initial public offering ever seen. More significantly, the move would also signal Saudi Arabia’s recognition that sunset for fossil fuel is just over the horizon, writes Jonathan Gornall.
Energy 19-08-2019

US-Russia rivalry in the Middle East is now spilling over into the Mediterranean Sea

Most oil and gas experts agree that the East Med Pipeline Project is a pipe dream that cannot compete with cheap Russian gas. But America’s enthusiastic support for it is more about a re-alignment of alliances, and securing energy supply, writes Nour Samaha.
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Energy 18-07-2019

With fraudulent practices on Europe’s energy refurbishment market, national market authorities are needed!

Public decision-makers want to see progress on the energy refurbishment market. This means that EU member states need to take measures to enable the emergence of energy transition operators.
Eastern Europe 16-07-2019

Is Ukraine really committed to EU-style gas reform?

Ukraine has promised to reform its gas sector. But do the government, or the national gas company, really mean it, questions Danila Bochkarev.
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Health 15-07-2019

Water meets Energy, Energy meets Water

The Water Innovation Europe 2019 edition “Water meets Energy, Energy meets Water” was successfully concluded on the 13th of June in Brussels with about 230 participants joining us from the water & energy sector.
Energy 12-07-2019

In a moment of urgency, put energy efficiency first

Steps can be taken to improve energy efficiency. This is the surest route to achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, write Kim Fausing and Rachel Kyte.

How to fix Eastern Europe’s problem with 2050 climate neutrality

A radical, one might say populist, solution to solve the Eastern blockade on climate neutrality would be to set up a European Climate Solidarity Fund, writes István Bart.
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5G 08-07-2019

The digital industry must become greener

5G will allow the ICT sector to reduce its energy use, and innovate more to help other sectors reduce CO2 emissions, writes Detlef Eckert, Huawei’s Global Policy Affairs Vice-President.
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08-07-2019

Building circular and climate-neutral buildings for Europe

The circular economy will be an essential building block of a climate-neutral Europe. This can’t be achieved without focusing on the built environment. For this, the EU needs to confirm its commitment to provide direction and a predictable business environment against the 2050 horizon.
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Energy 04-07-2019

European values and the drive for climate neutrality

On July 10th in Brussels, the Polish Electricity Association will host the second edition of ‘Summer Day’. The 2019 theme will be "Baltic Offshore: Regional answer to the EU energy transition."
04-07-2019

Cost-benefit analysis does not work well for wicked problems like climate change

What is the monetary value of being able to breathe in Beijing or New Delhi without discomfort? Beyond the simple numerical challenges, cost-benefit analysis has an inherent ethical blind spot, writes Kevin Noone.
02-07-2019

Will Germany block the EU’s sustainable finance drive?

The EU is currently finalising a “taxonomy” aimed at shifting financial flows towards sustainable assets. However, Germany is leading a group of countries trying to muddy the waters by removing the disclosure requirement, writes Sébastien Godinot.
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Energy 02-07-2019

Financing the energy transition in Poland

Financing climate change targets is currently a hot topic on the EU’s agenda, especially in the context of reaching climate neutrality by 2050. How do the EU's financing options compare to to the needs of the energy transition in Poland?
Energy 01-07-2019

Heatwaves hurt the poor most: Time for an EU plan

Recurring heatwaves across Europe have been most devastating for the poor. New EU institutions have a mandate to make Europe’s energy transition a just one, but this can only be done if a European Marshall plan is implemented to fight climate change and protect the vulnerable, writes Yamina Saheb.

Paying our way out of purgatory: Is carbon pricing enough?

After the Pope backed a carbon tax to stem global warming earlier this month, Louise Sunderland argues carbon taxes will be efficient and cost-effective enough only when coupled with a strategic use of the revenues.
27-06-2019

Romanian national parks and forest at risk

Romania hosts the largest remains of natural and old growth forests in the whole of the EU. However, they are not on the safe side yet, writes Luc Bas.
Aviation 26-06-2019

Will airline companies cause their own crash?

Airline companies should embrace their changing industry if they ever want to come out on top again, said Bertrand Piccard, president of the Solar Impulse Foundation.
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Energy 26-06-2019

Threatening EU’s capacity mechanisms: Understanding unintended consequences for the Clean Energy package

In contrast to energy companies and NGOs, governments have to balance their climate as well as environmental needs with the other two objectives of the “energy trilemma”, namely economic competitiveness and energy supply security.
Energy 26-06-2019

The Visegrad 4 and Russian pipelines: An imaginary unity

The Nord Stream II pipeline gave birth to a seemingly united front among several Central and Eastern European states objecting to the project, including Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. That, however, is far from the truth, writes Martin Jirušek.
Electricity 25-06-2019

EU must block Greece’s desperate attempt to subsidise coal power

Greek consumers could end up footing the bill for new coal plants well beyond 2050 under a proposed government scheme, despite recently agreed EU electricity market rules specifically designed to call time on coal subsidies, write Joanna Flisowska and Nikos Mantzaris.
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24-06-2019

Chemistry is at the Heart of Europe’s Competitiveness

While much has already been done in Europe to drive an industrial strategy, creating the post of Commissioner for Industrial Policy will send a clear message about the value that Europe sees in the manufacturing industry.
Energy 24-06-2019

The Energy Charter Treaty, a case study of ‘business as usual’ in the energy sector

A closer look at the Energy Charter Treaty provides a case study of who really holds power in our increasingly interconnected world, writes Timothy Knickerbocker.

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