About: energy subsidies

Can the invisible hand guide us towards a decarbonised energy system?

Prices for many sources of energy do not reflect their true environmental and social costs, writes Thomas Nowak who proposes abolishing fossil fuel subsidies as one of four necessary measures to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Energy 01-12-2016

Backdoor for coal subsidies remains half open under new EU rules

While it may seem like a gesture to coal-dependent countries such as Poland, the Winter Package of EU energy market rules, presented yesterday (30 November), will make using coal subsidies more difficult, writes Izabela Zygmunt.
Energy 05-07-2016

Renewable energy: A simple strategy to regain global leadership

The EU is no longer leading the global energy transition. To reclaim this position, it must stop prioritising fossil fuels and nuclear, increase energy efficiency and keep fossil fuels in the ground, argues Christine Lins.
Energy 13-11-2015

Fossil fuel subsidies are calamitous for the planet, and poor economics, too

Some governments have been acting to rein in highly-subsidised fossil fuel production, but much more has to be done by leading economies, write a group of scholars led by US economist Jeffrey Sachs.
Energy 03-08-2015

Energy Union needs clear, transparent rules and a change of mind-set

The completion of the Internal Energy Market can certainly be seen as one of the pillars of the Energy Union, but the closed markets of South-East Europe are a major obstacle, writes Kalina Trifonova.