About: decarbonisation

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A defining moment for Europe and the European solar sector

Europe is currently facing two major crises: climate change and energy security. To address these crises, there is one crucial element that should be considered: Heat. Why? Because heat is half of the energy we consume in Europe! Costas Travasaros...
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Green hydrogen is not always the holy grail for decarbonizing industry

“Green” hydrogen rightly plays a central role in the European Commission’s ambitious climate agenda and the EU’s path toward climate neutrality. However, it would be misconceived to assume that it is the best solution to decarbonize every industry sector. The Commission’s plan for obligatory use of green hydrogen in industry, for instance, ignores the enormous potential of other emissions reduction pathways, including the reuse of residual gases in the chemical industry.

Call to European leaders: do not bury the ETS2

The European Parliament's proposed reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) fails to guarantee emission reductions in the housing and transport sector in line with the bloc's 2030 climate objectives, writes a group of academics and civil society groups.
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Deliver on Europe’s climate targets, keep the EU ETS system simple

The EU ETS has been successful in reducing emissions, the European pulp and paper sector is a good example of this. Now it risks becoming overly complex and losing its key purpose as a simple and efficient price signal.
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Transport 25-05-2022

The road ahead to be Fit for 55

The timely deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure across the EU, and smart taxation and charges, which encourage operators to decarbonise, are paramount for successfully decarbonising road transport. Raluca Marian is the Director EU Advocacy and General Delegate of IRU’s Permanent...
Energy 18-05-2022

Germany could quit fossil fuels by 2035

Germany could shift all of its current electricity demand onto solar, wind and batteries within the next 10 years for just €35.2 billion per year and could be completely energy self-sufficient by 2035 for less than it currently spends on fossil fuels, writes Nafeez Ahmed.

Europe should dream big and start the gas exit now

True energy independence means a complete phase out of natural gas from the energy system and its replacement with renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency, write Martin Dimitrov and Kostantsa Rangelov.
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‘Fit for 55’ climate policies must be ambitious without undermining industry’s ability to invest in decarbonisation

Access to affordable clean electricity and a global level playing field on carbon pricing are crucial for the ability of energy-intensive industry in Europe to invest in decarbonisation. When EU Environment Ministers meet to discuss the revision of the EU ETS this week, they should look for a framework that puts Europe on track for carbon neutrality.
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Transport 04-02-2022

The way ahead for a greener Europe

Road transport operators are at the core of the EU’s green transformation. Fully aware of their responsibility, they are committed to decarbonise. However, technologies for zero-emissions alternatively fuelled heavy-duty vehicles and related infrastructure are still in their infancy. Raluca Marian...
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Reshaping our energy system – the decade of action is now

To achieve rapid and effective decarbonisation of our economy and to tackle climate change, Europe must utilise the potential that available pre- and post-combustion gas technologies offer complementary to variable renewable energy.
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Transport 03-11-2021

Greener shipping: how the EU can boost a global ambition

Progressive Industry leaders from the shipping sector stress that full decarbonisation of international shipping is urgent and achievable. Governments and international regulators must deliver the policies that will supercharge the transition and make zero emission shipping the default choice by 2030.
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Time to act to deliver cost-effective plan to decarbonise European heating system

Heating represents nearly half of the EU final energy consumption and is structurally one of the most difficult sector to decarbonise. Europe faces an urgent need to roll out a cost-effective plan that can match environmental and energy objectives.
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Digital must be at the centre of our climate action plan

We urgently need to take bold actions to counter the global existential threat of climate change and to promote a green economic recovery.
Energy 19-10-2021

How carbon payments can facilitate the EU’s new effort sharing targets

Carbon payments for emissions reductions could be a more politically attractive way of promoting EU country-level cuts than current effort sharing regulation targets and providing more solidarity and additional finance for the green transition, writes Arpad Cseh.  

Healthcare must drastically reduce emissions to help prevent new health crises

Climate change is the biggest health threat of the 21st century and healthcare systems need to dramatically reduce their emissions in order to help prevent this from worsening, writes Jacqueline Cramer.
Energy 22-06-2021

Why a carbon tax is the most effective price signal for the building sector

A carbon tax on the fuel used to heat Europe's buildings is the most effective price signal to decarbonise Europe's building stock, which is in desperate need of renovation to meet the EU's climate ambition, writes Oliver Rapf.
Climate change 29-04-2021

It’s time to put climate targets first

Legally binding reduction targets for member states should be the unequivocal starting point of making EU laws fit for new EU climate targets. Based on a new distribution formula, national targets should continue until climate neutrality is achieved in 2050, argue Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf, Michał Kaminski, and András Huszár.
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Ammonia – a fuel of the future?

Like hydrogen, ammonia can play a key role in decarbonising Europe’s heavy industry and transport. So why isn’t it grabbing the headlines in the same way? Kazuhiro Morita is a Member of the Board and Executive Vice President and CTO...
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This is how policymakers can boost the hydrogen market

Step by step, hydrogen has worked its way into the heart of the energy transition: as a storage medium for renewable energy; a fuel of the future for ships and planes; and a replacement for fossil fuels in homes, power...
Energy 06-10-2020

Efficiency First must tackle implementation issues to be effective

Efficiency First needs to be effectively applied across the EU in order to help meet climate goals, writes Zsuzsanna Pató and Jan Rosenow.
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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."

What EU innovation policy can learn from professional cycling

Mission-oriented innovation is potentially significant in tackling big societal challenges such as climate change. When establishing those missions, the EU could take a few lessons from Britain’s most successful cycling team, writes Simon Skillings.
Energy 19-11-2018

Greece’s energy future on the line

Lignite has been the driving force of the Greek economy for the last six decades and the government intends to keep it that way, even though this most polluting of fuels is now becoming uncompetitive, writes Nikos Mantzaris.
Climate change 19-06-2018

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

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.