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Energy 14-07-2021

Oil and gas needs the courage to reinvent itself

By unveiling the ambitious climate package “Fit for 55”, the European Commission showed that the EU’s climate law adopted in April can have teeth. The proposed overhaul of the EU’s regulatory environment is necessary to deliver on the promise to...

Why the European Green Deal needs strong methane regulations

Oil and gas companies throughout the supply chain need to do much more to bring down methane emissions immediately. And they can, writes Maarten Wetselaar.

The relevance of the EU Green Deal in a post-COVID-19 world

In the wake of an escalating global oil industry crisis, drastic global energy law reforms are more needed than ever in order to salvage a viable energy transition, argue Vicente López-Ibor Mayor and Raphael Heffron.
Energy 16-03-2020

US shale will be first casualty of oil price war

Although the oil price war was triggered by the Russia-Saudi fall-out, US shale will be the first casualty, writes Robin Mills. In the process, the US will learn that producing a lot of oil at high prices is not the “energy dominance” it has made a centrepiece of foreign policy, he argues.
Energy 19-11-2019

China’s growing interest in Saudi Aramco is part of a long game

The Aramco public offering gives China an opportunity to gain a foothold at the center of the global oil industry. According to Joseph Dana, the move is part of a longer-term attempt by Beijing to challenge the dollar’s dominance as the world’s universal currency.
Energy 17-09-2019

The attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq refinery and the realpolitik of oil

After a Saudi oil processing facility came under attack, attention turned on the immediate effect this could have on oil prices. But the worry should be more over the medium term than the short term, writes Robin Mills.
Energy 06-06-2019

Watad: The oil company that came from nowhere and became a key player in Syria

Life in rebel-held northwest Syria has, without a doubt,  been made easier by Watad Petroleum’s presence. But with no information available publicly about who owns or runs it, there is a persistent suspicion about it, writes Haid Haid.
Energy 23-05-2019

The US isn’t protecting oil supplies from the Middle East, it wants to control prices as foreign policy

America’s extensive use of military and economic coercion in the Middle East and other oil-producing countries around the world reflects the US’s new position as an exporter of oil and liquefied natural gas, argues Robin Mills. Robin Mills is the...
Energy 16-05-2019

Iran seeks to prove it can disrupt oil and gas exports from Arab Gulf States

A recent attack on Saudi oil facilities west of Riyadh were designed to demonstrate Tehran’s ability to target all of the region’s oil and gas exports and raise exponentially the cost of military conflict for the US and its allies in the Gulf region, writes Hasan Alhasan.
Climate change 30-04-2019

Methane: Europe’s chronic climate blind spot

Europe has long led the global charge against greenhouse gas pollution. But it has been chronically reluctant to address the climate impact of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, writes Poppy Kalesi.
Climate change 09-04-2019

ExxonMobil misled the public. Now they’re trying to mislead the European Parliament

Last month, US oil giant ExxonMobil was invited by the European Parliament to testify publicly about the history of climate change denial. But instead of responding transparently, they tried behind the scenes to discredit the peer-reviewed research conducted by Harvard University researchers, writes Geoffrey Supran.

How will oil producing countries meet the challenge of climate change?

As the United Nations COP24 gets underway in Poland, leading oil and gas players – countries and companies – are confronted with the challenge of mapping out their share of the new energy economy, writes Robin Mills.
Energy 04-12-2018

Making electricity rules fit for the integrated energy system of the future

When adopting new rules for Europe’s electricity market, EU policymakers shouldn’t lose sight of the bigger picture which involves an increasingly integrated energy system with multiple links between electricity, heat and gas, writes Hans Korteweg.
Energy 14-03-2018

Europe must regain the lead in clean automotive innovation

The EU must adopt policies that put European manufacturers on the right track to compete with the global shift to low carbon transport, writes Andrey Kovatchev.

Energy 20-02-2018

The future of gas is not fossil but green

There is a vast potential for green gas in Europe, generated from sustainable resources such as biomass and organic waste, some of which can directly be injected into the grid or take the shape of hydrogen, writes Claude Turmes.
Energy 05-12-2017

Common failures in predicting future oil demand

In a world where technologies are evolving at a blistering pace, many are struggling to make smart choices, especially in the area of transport, writes Pete Harrison.
Energy 30-11-2017

Fair fuel pricing: A test for Europe’s climate ambitions

Is the EU committed enough to increase taxes on fossil fuels? That is a question that needs to be raised now considering the long-running debate on the best measures, including energy taxation, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, write Kai Schlegelmilch and Zoltán Szabó.  
Climate change 02-11-2017

Gas lobby keeps Europe hooked on fossil fuels

As the COP23 UN climate talks open in Bonn, the European Commission and EU member states are embarking on a massive spending spree to subsidise new gas infrastructure that will make it impossible to achieve the global warming targets agreed two years ago in Paris, writes Pascoe Sabido.
Global Europe 12-09-2016

The omissions of the EU’s new Arctic policy

Nations both close and distant to the Arctic Circle are increasingly becoming engaged in the North, as the European Union’s new policy for the Arctic shows. The plan is a step forward, but it speaks volumes by what it leaves out, writes Antonia Sohns.
Geert Decock
Energy 04-02-2015

Instead of a shale bonanza in the EU, a shale fata morgana

The latest withdrawal from shale gas exploration in Poland by Chevron illustrates how shale gas is unlikely to ever contribute to the EU’s energy mix. Deflated expectations, industry mishaps and lack of social acceptance of fracking should stiffen the resolve of EU leaders to concentrate on renewables and energy efficiency, writes Geert Decock.
Oil drums. [Sergio Russo/Flickr].
Energy 19-06-2014

FQD – an oily tunnel. But will there be light at the end?

Under the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), oil companies must reduce the carbon intensity of their transport fuels by 6% by 2020. But heavy lobbying from industry, Canada and the US has led to a weakened Commission proposal. Laura Buffet of Transport & Environment argues that the option for oil companies to report accurate company-specific carbon values for their different oil is crucial for an effective FQD.
Regional Policy 25-04-2013

The Arctic Council needs to open up

Set up initially as an intergovernmental forum to promote cooperation among Arctic states, the Council is failing to adequately accommodate rising interest from outside the region and needs reform, argues, Roderick Kefferpütz.
Global Europe 29-01-2013

EU-Kazakhstan relations must evolve. Oil is not the future

Oil extraction projects in Kazakhstan will continue to bring great benefits to Europe’s oil companies and Kazakhstan for decades to come but it cannot remain at the heart of EU-Kazakh economic relations, which have to evolve for the sake of Kazakhstan’s economy and the wider shared challenge of climate change, writes Erlan Idrissov.
Energy 31-07-2009

Gas Supply and EU–Russia Relations

“EU energy policy towards Russia damages security of supply because it neglects the specific aims and propensities of Russia and Gazprom,” argues Evart Faber van der Meulen, Coordinator of EU Studies at Leiden University, in a recently published paper.