Energy Archives

  • Higher shares of renewables for higher levels of electrification

    Electricity 10-07-2018

    A deep decarbonisation of the European economy is doable, but it will rely heavily on an increased uptake of electricity – even if the challenges are very different across the individual use sectors, writes Kristian Ruby.

  • China and EU can lead on climate action

    09-07-2018

    An upcoming EU-China summit in Beijing will be yet another moment for both economies to show leadership on climate action, following the United States' surrender of influence under Donald Trump, writes Professor Zou Ji.

  • People leading the renewable revolution

    Electricity 05-07-2018

    With its updated Renewable Energy Directive, the EU has sent a clear signal that citizens and communities are key to the energy transition’s success. The next step is to empower these groups to access the market and use their untapped potential, writes Emily Rochon.

  • Grid neutrality is a prerequisite for energy storage to flourish

    Electricity 03-07-2018

    Without energy storage, the EU target for renewable energy cannot be reached. And that can only succeed if the incentives for investment are set correctly and if “ownership unbundling” rules in the EU energy market are strictly enforced, writes  Dr. Hans Wolf von Koeller.

  • Spain to lead the energy transition in Europe?

    03-07-2018

    The creation of the new ministry for ecological transition in Spain brings fresh air not only at the national level but also at the EU level as Spain can give a push in the fight against climate change, writes Ana Barreira.

  • The EU needs to walk the talk on the Paris Climate Agreement

    Climate change 19-06-2018

    With its objective of reaching greenhouse gas (GHG) neutrality in the second half of this century, the Paris Agreement has been hailed as the most ambitious climate accord to date. But it is only as ambitious and effective as the policies that countries implement to achieve its objectives, writes Lola Vallejo.

  • Why new coal in Turkey and the Balkans will test China’s and EU’s climate leadership

    Climate change 19-06-2018

    The EU and China have to live up to their responsibilities on climate change and use every opportunity to support the Western Balkans and Turkey to move beyond coal. This means renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, not new coal, argue Elif Gündüzyeli and Igor Kalaba.

  • The EU needs to walk the talk on the Paris Climate Agreement

    18-06-2018

    The EU’s Energy Union Governance Regulation is not an EU-level invention or a bureaucratic imposition from Brussels. Instead, it is to a large extent an attempt to translate what several of the EU’s individual member states are already doing on climate and energy policy, writes Lola Vallejo.

  • Poland is growing its green energy generation. The capacity market should boost it even further.

    Promoted content 12-06-2018

    New wind turbines, new photovoltaic panels, and gas-fired power stations have been built in Poland for many years. But we can have more of them and more of the energy they produce. To a large extent, this may result from the capacity market, argues Filip Grzegorczyk.

  • How do we make a net-zero carbon economy the new normal?

    12-06-2018

    As the EU Talanoa Dialogue and the Petersburg Dialogue kicks off a busy month for EU climate action, Eliot Whittington explains why now is the time for the EU to show its colours on legislation currently under consideration and make a net-zero carbon economy the new normal.

  • Will Slovak coal giant benefit from EU’s clean energy transition efforts?

    11-06-2018

    The European Commission chose the Trencin region in Slovakia as a pilot for its new initiative to support the transition away from coal in Europe’s regions. Coal company HBP wants to take advantage of the EU initiative – while keeping coal mining in the region.

  • The battle for low carbon cars: Round 2

    Electric cars 08-06-2018

    The debate on CO2 targets for cars and vans in Europe by 2030 is shaping up to be another epic fight, write Greg Archer and Julia Poliscanova.