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  • Contribute to further improving the EU-ETS

    Contribute to further improving the EU-ETS


    The general consensus at the Argus European Emissions Markets 2014 Conference was that Europe has a credible system in place ...
  • Breaking new ground to limit global climate change

    Breaking new ground to limit global climate change

    The urgency to limit climate change has increased. But there is also evidence that we could speed up the pace significantly, ...
  • Energy efficiency: what are we waiting for?

    Energy efficiency: what are we waiting for?

    Many studies have shown that there is big potential for energy efficiency improvement, and it is widely acknowledged that ene...
  • What is a “fair” contribution of the EU to the 2°C limi...

    What is a “fair” contribution of the EU to the 2°C limi...

    A greenhouse gas reduction target for the EU in 2030 would have to be in the order of 50% or more (with a large range) below ...

Latest posts

  • Contribute to further improving the EU-ETS

    An invitation to Europe's energy-intensive industry
    The general consensus at the Argus European Emissions Markets 2014 Conference was that Europe has a credible system in place which is supported by most stakeholders. About a decade of learnings in the EU-ETS has made Europe's flagship climate policy instrument more robust and the European Commission...
    Posted 12-06-2014 By: Erik Klaassen Category: Energy & Carbon Efficiency Comments: 0
  • Breaking new ground to limit global climate change

    The urgency to limit climate change has increased. But there is also evidence that we could speed up the pace significantly, if we are ready to break new ground. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) is releasing the last of three parts of its major assessment on mitigation of clima...
    Posted 11-04-2014 By: Niklas Höhne Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • Energy efficiency: what are we waiting for?

    There is something odd about energy efficiency Many studies have shown that there is big potential for energy efficiency improvement, and it is widely acknowledged that energy efficiency improvement is the number one option to tackle climate change and improve the security of our energy supply. Energy efficiency also saves us money: in two ways....
    Posted 13-03-2014 By: Kornelis Blok Category: Energy & Carbon Efficiency Comments: 0
  • What is a “fair” contribution of the EU to the 2°C limit?

    40% emission reductions by 2030 is not enough A greenhouse gas reduction target for the EU in 2030 would have to be in the order of 50% or more (with a large range) below 1990 to be compatible with the EU’s goal to limit global temperature increase to 2°C. Since 1996 the EU has repeatedly emphasised its commitment to help limit global temperat...
    Posted 21-01-2014 By: Niklas Höhne Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 3
  • Flexible caps for the Chinese emissions trading system?

    A dynamic cap for a Chinese emission trading scheme, regularly adjusted for the actual economic development could fit well with China’s growth and climate change ambitions.   China might be the key to a future global carbon market There is something interesting about carbon markets. On the one h...
    Posted 27-11-2013 By: Maarten Neelis Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • Is it time to devolve climate change policy making?

    Too often, when designing and implementing national strategy and policy such as Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) or Nationally-Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), the efforts of national and sub-national actors are not well aligned. Barriers such as poor communication, lack of incenti...
    Posted 02-10-2013 By: Nicholas Harrison Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 2
  • Apples to Oranges - Comparing the costs of energy technologies

    In the public debate on costs and benefits of renewable energy, the life-cycle cost per unit of energy is often used as the metric for comparing various technologies. Especially opponents of renewable energy often claim that technologies like onshore wind result in higher costs than coal, gas and nu...
    Posted 29-05-2013 By: David de Jager Category: Energy Systems & Markets Comments: 5
  • A fully renewable energy system needs biomass

    Biomass  and its conversion to feedstock, raw materials and energy plays a crucial role in every renewable energy scenario. According to The Energy Report by Ecofys and WWF, many sectors and countries will rely on biomass in decades to come. Biomass will be supplying almost 50% of the world’s energy...
    Posted 30-04-2013 By: Marjolein Brasz Category: Renewable Energy Comments: 2
  • EU’s 2030 energy and climate package

    More than a greenhouse gas target needed The energy and climate package agreed by the EU in 2008 formed a milestone in EU policy making. It included a target to achieve 20% of renewable energy, 20% energy efficiency improvements, and 20% reductions in GHG emissions by 2020. The implementation status of these targets is mixed: Renewable...
    Posted 18-04-2013 By: Niklas Höhne Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 2
  • US climate action: A call for more than individual approaches

    Global climate change affects the American public with growing visibility and ferocity. As severe weather events wreak havoc on the East coast or wildfires consume hundreds of thousands of acres in the West, concern about the effects of climate change grow. In addition, the American public bears a h...
    Posted 10-01-2013 By: Category: Energy & Carbon Efficiency Comments: 1