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  • How can we level out direct and indirect carbon costs?

  • Taking carbon from the atmosphere

  • What’s new about Paris

  • Never a dull moment: Supporting the EU ETS phase IV dev...

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  • 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 By: Bram Borkent 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: Rolf de Vos Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • Never a dull moment: Supporting the EU ETS phase IV development

    About half a decade ago, EU ETS specialists at Ecofys came together reflecting on the end of a hectic period of EU ETS phase III development. Via an intense exercise, the benchmark based allocation approach was developed for the Commission. Member States  and companies were trained in using the meth...
    Posted 11-01-2016 By: Maarten Neelis Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • What Paris is likely to deliver

    Prospects look bright for the Paris Climate Summit. The sole fact that this year’s Conference of the Parties (COP) will start with the government leaders meeting instead of finishing with it, is promising, writes Rolf de Vos. If the more than 80 world leaders who will gather in Paris, including Obam...
    Posted 24-11-2015 By: Rolf de Vos Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • What to take away from the State of the Energy Union?

    A brief analysis As foreseen by the European Commission’s Communication on the Energy Union from February 2015, the State of the Energy Union was published on 18 November 2015. It is intended to address the key issues and steer the political debate by providing a state of play, challenges and next steps of the imple...
    Posted 19-11-2015 By: Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • FASTER principles for a successful economic transformation

    In the run-up to Paris 2015, Rolf de Vos examines efforts to see broad implementation of global carbon pricing policies. The World Bank Group and the OECD, with support from IMF, are stepping up efforts to see broad implementation of global carbon pricing policies. “Nothing short of an economic tra...
    Posted 30-09-2015 By: Rolf de Vos Category: Energy & Carbon Efficiency Comments: 0
  • How companies can determine their fair climate share

    If energy-intensive industries were to get together and make joint climate pledges, how could they determine what would be a fair and significant contribution for each company? There are new tools available for this, including so-called Science Based Targets used by organisations like WWF, the Carbo...
    Posted 18-09-2015 By: Rolf de Vos Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • From what and why to how: Next steps in non-state climate action

    Interest has grown considerably in the field of non-state climate action, largely because there is a lot to gain. Efforts in tracking, analysing and quantifying these initiatives have been growing in number as researchers and climate actors continue to look for ways to bridge the emissions gap cause...
    Posted 02-09-2015 By: Michelle Bosquet Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • We need INDCs from industry too!

    Countries across the world are making climate pledges for 2030 through their INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions). Why can’t industrial sectors do the same? Industries are afraid that climate measures will hurt their international competitiveness, but this problem could be avoided if...
    Posted 01-09-2015 By: Rolf de Vos Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0