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Energy 23-08-2021

A carbon neutral Europe? Not without the Balkans!

Increasing their share of renewable energy is crucial to the Western Balkans, but this must be done using the right technology for the region and with support from the European Union, argue Viola von Cramon-Taubadel and Thomas Waitz.
Energy 08-07-2021

Why the European Green Deal needs a 45% renewables target by 2030

Looking at EU member states’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2030, the European Union is far from harvesting its full solar potential, writes Aurélie Beauvais.
Energy 23-10-2020

Solar’s unique opportunity to lead the re-industrialisation of Europe

Planning for large scale, high volume solar PV manufacturing here in Europe may seem like a tall task, but it is becoming more and more apparent that the scale of the climate crisis dwarfs even the most ambitious of plans, writes Stefan Degener.
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.
Energy 17-04-2019

The EU needs a ‘Green New Deal’

Europe needs its own ‘Green New Deal’ to stave off the perfect storm of populism, climate change and economic crisis. Instead, the EU has adopted confused energy and environment policies which could be self-defeating in the long run, writes Vincente Lopez.
Electricity 14-09-2018

Mega infrastructure projects win over clean energy in Visegrad Four

In the Visegrad countries, decision makers prefer their historical favourites – coal and nuclear – to renewable sources and energy efficiency. As the Global Climate Action Summit resumes in San Francisco, it’s important to realise that corporate leadership can also shape the outlook for clean energy in Eastern Europe, writes Ada Ámon.
Electricity 24-05-2018

Conducting the new energy orchestra – or is it a circus?

The decarbonisation of electric power, and the electrification of energy, is unstoppable. Whether it will be rapid enough to prevent the coming climate crisis is uncertain and will demand vision from politicians, industry leaders and energy providers, writes Andrew Steer.
Energy 06-03-2018

Don’t be fooled: ‘Efficiency First’ is a necessary discipline

The idea of "Efficiency First" is on the line in ongoing EU talks. Member states must realise that this is no mere slogan but a real necessity, write Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart and Edith Bayer.
Energy 20-02-2018

A consumer-driven energy transition?

Supporting small-scale renewable installations is a no-brainer for the energy transition. But the battle for small installations is far from over as the European Parliament must formally adopt its position this week, writes Aurelie Beauvais.
Energy 07-11-2017

Celebrating France’s solar energy leadership

As the world gathers in Bonn for the COP23 climate conference, it is imperative to acknowledge and celebrate success in order to maintain the momentum required for us to collectively reach our climate goals, writes Stefan Degener.
Circular economy 29-09-2017

Circular Economy: From solar panels to bicycle handlebars

Solar panels offer clean, cheap and sustainable energy. But the materials they are made of are also valuable. It is essential that the proper strategy is put in place in order to bring the industry into the circular economy, explains Andreas Wade.
Electricity 29-09-2017

Smoke, mirrors and coal dust  

Making coal power look like a worthy candidate for taxpayer support in a Europe moving to low carbon generation is no easy trick. A recent study tried to pull off this illusion and failed miserably, explains Dave Jones.
Energy 19-06-2017

Cities are key players in the clean energy transition

Cities are often leaders in climate action and ambition. National governments need to recognise this and empower them with the financial and technical means to complete their transition away from fossil fuels, writes Abdeluheb Choho.
Electricity 22-03-2017

The true picture of the German Energiewende

Despite broad public acceptance, investments in renewable energy sources in Germany and the EU have been dramatically decreasing. The failing legislation and exclusion of citizen investments in renewables are jeopardising the Energiewende, writes Hans-Josef Fell.
Energy 07-11-2016

Carbon footprint of solar panels under microscope

As the COP22 opens this week in Marrakesh, recent news about solar power has been positive, with record-breaking tariffs reflecting the fast-declining price of solar electricity. But even solar plants can come with a heavy environmental footprint, writes Andreas Wade.

Energy 15-06-2016

Build a new Energy Union

Energy is the lifeblood of society, but it has become yet another negative punch bag in the UK referendum campaign, with claims and counterclaims about costs. But there is a simple and very positive story to be told, writes Michael Grubb.
Energy 07-06-2016

Renewable energy: How Europe can reinforce its leadership

Europe started the renewable energy revolution but is no longer its main driver. More ambitious decarbonisation policy would benefit innovative companies, boost the economy and protect the environment, writes Christopher Burghardt.
Solar eclipse
Energy 19-03-2015

March solar eclipse: How will it effect the energy grid?

The solar eclipse on 20 March will be a test for Europe’s energy grid, but the real concern is the ability to quickly restore the network, writes John Harris.
Biomass 25-06-2012

Was there an Earth Summit?

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) plays an important role in sketching out solutions, but at the moment other lobbyists and the big players in conventional energy have more influence, says Karlheinz Knickel.