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Posts in category 'Energy & Climate Policy'

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • We can still limit global warming to 2°C!

    An increase in the global mean temperature of two degrees would already result in fatal consequences: The agricultural productivity would be heavily impaired, the sea level would rise by up to one metre in this century and dying coral reefs would threaten the attached food chain. Europe would suffer...
    Posted 15-11-2012 By: Niklas Höhne Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 4
  • Climate Policy and the US Election

    Although Climate Change was hardly mentioned in the US Presidential campaigns, truly massive forces struggled behind the scenes. A series of Supreme Court rulings unleashed corporate campaign spending, with one estimate placing the total cost of the 2012 election at $6 billion. Although court ruling...
    Posted 08-11-2012 By: Ken Dragoon Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 1
  • Climate and energy policies of the new Netherlands’ government

    On Monday, the Liberal party (VVD) and the Social Democrats (PvdA) have presented their coalition agreement. It contains some really interesting mentions of a series of measures for climate, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Overall, we see healthy climate change ambitions to at least follow ...
    Posted 02-11-2012 By: Thomas Winkel Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • Wedging the Gap

    A bottom-up approach to the global climate challenge Weather records are piling up in the US and worldwide, and the seasonal state of the Arctic sea ice melt is the worst we’ve seen so far. And in the meantime, greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, where they should now start to go down to keep average global warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 degree...
    Posted 19-06-2012 By: Kees van der Leun Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 2