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  • The EU ETS review – current state of play

  • When will renewables overtake coal in generated electri...

  • How can business contribute to climate targets in a pro...

  • Cut climate costs through carbon market cooperation

  • Looking for a chain reaction

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  • The EU ETS review – current state of play

    The review process of the European carbon market (EU ETS) is in full swing. Right in time before Christmas, the members of the Environment committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament voted in favour of a more ambitious post-2020 market set-up as compared to the European Commission’s proposal publish...
    Posted 16-12-2016 By: Marcus Ferdinand Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • When will renewables overtake coal in generated electricity?

    “Renewable power generation capacity now exceeds that of coal” (IEA) - True, but it will take a decade or so before this is the case for electricity generated. IEA, the International Energy Agency, recently stated that renewables overtook coal in terms of cumulative installed capacity in the world,...
    Posted 12-12-2016 By: Kees van der Leun Category: Renewable Energy Comments: 1
  • How can business contribute to climate targets in a profitable way?

    Making the Paris Agreement a reality The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) is a multi-faced animal. On the one hand, there are the formal negotiations where, since this year, details of the implementation of the Paris Agreement are discussed in seemingly endless meetings resulting in slow progress on the key items conferred. This ...
    Posted 22-11-2016 By: Maarten Neelis Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • Germany adopts climate action plan for 2050

    Taking account of the Paris Agreement This blog post was written by Marcus Ferdinand and Moritz Schäfer.  On 14 November, the German cabinet approved its Climate Action Plan 2050 (“Klimaschutzplan 2050”) after several rounds of political wrangling between ministers just in time for German Environment Minister Hendricks to present it at...
    Posted 21-11-2016 By: Marcus Ferdinand Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • Cut climate costs through carbon market cooperation

    New State and Trends Report of Carbon Pricing This blog post was written by Richard Zechter, Climate Change World Bank, Noémie Klein, Ecofys and John Ward, Vivid Economics.  This year’s State and Trends of Carbon Pricing report, launched recently in Vietnam, includes the first deep dive analysis of the carbon pricing initiatives of countries’...
    Posted 21-10-2016 By: Noémie Klein Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • Looking for a chain reaction

    How to extend science-based targets along the supply chain? Today, there are already 179 companies that have committed to science-based targets. These companies are setting themselves climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Each week, approximately two more companies join the call of the initiative (scie...
    Posted 16-09-2016 By: Giel Linthorst Category: Energy & Carbon Efficiency Comments: 0
  • How to bring investments in line with a 2°C scenario?

    Setting science-based targets and defining 2°C investment criteria This blog post was written by Giel Linthorst and Wouter Meinderstma, climate strategy experts at Ecofys. Financial institutions play an important role in limiting global warming to well below 2°C. On the one hand, they should divest from carbon intensive technologies like fossil fuels, inefficient ...
    Posted 13-06-2016 By: Giel Linthorst Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • How can we level out direct and indirect carbon costs?

    The revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the period 2021-2030 is currently ongoing, with the EU Parliament and Council forming their positions. One of the challenges is to provide a better level playing field between direct and indirect carbon costs. In this blog post, I provide ...
    Posted 12-05-2016 Category: Energy & Carbon Efficiency Comments: 0
  • Taking carbon from the atmosphere

    The dust is beginning to settle after Paris and the focus is now on implementation but one of the interesting questions to arise is what is needed to reach a 1.5°C target. What all the scenarios say is that you not only need to stop emitting carbon but you also need to have something that takes carb...
    Posted 20-04-2016 By: Ann Gardiner Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 1
  • What’s new about Paris

    Role of the private sector to become much more important A lot has been said about how national climate efforts under the Paris Climate Agreement will usher in a new energy future, but few have noticed another important change that COP21 heralds: for the first time non-state actors will start playing a prominent role in climate action, write Rolf de Vos a...
    Posted 13-01-2016 By: Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0