Posts tagged with 'policy design'

  • Promoting Sustainable Energy Systems on European Islands

    The EU has around 2,400 inhabited islands. EU islands vary substantially in size, population, natural conditions, and economic activity, but share common energy systems characteristics such as strong dependency on imported fossil fuels, insufficient interconnections, high energy prices, and massive ...
    Posted 04-04-2018 By: Izabela Kielichowska Category: Energy Systems & Markets 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
  • Never a dull moment: Supporting the EU ETS phase IV development

    This blog post was written by Maarten Neelis. 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 State...
    Posted 11-01-2016 Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • A simpler and more robust free allocation in the EU ETS post 2020

    After leading the Ecofys Beijing Representative office for two years, Maarten Neelis will return to Europe in the summer. He will continue as managing consultant, working for both public and private clients, in the area of carbon markets and other industrial energy and climate polices. In this blog,...
    Posted 24-06-2015 By: Maarten Neelis Category: Energy & Carbon Efficiency Comments: 1
  • Dynamic allocation: aligning economic theory to imperfect markets

    This blog post by Bram Borkent is published as a breakout article in the Carbon Almanac 2015 by ICIS Tschach Solutions, presented at the Carbon Expo 2015 on 26 May 2015. The distribution of free allowances to manufacturing industries remains an essential part of the EU Emissions Trading System afte...
    Posted 26-05-2015 By: Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • ETS market after 2020: Leftovers from Phase 3 will have an impact

    New Entrance Reserve and reduced allocations will hit the EU ETS With all attention focused nowadays on the start date and the details of the Market Stability Reserve, it is easy to overlook yet another source of allowances that might impact the already oversupplied EU ETS market in 2020: the leftover allowances from Phase 3. Last summer, a status update on the ...
    Posted 23-01-2015 By: Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 1
  • How to design successful policies

    Auctioning of renewable energy support How do past achievements impact future developments in energy and climate? Ecofys turns 30 and looks back to look ahead. In thirty years’ time, renewable energy policies in Europe have evolved from a pioneering phase to the present stage of fostering fast-growing markets. Up till today, Ecofys has ...
    Posted 22-01-2015 By: Category: Energy & Climate Policy Comments: 0
  • Zero-Energy Buildings need connections!

    How do past achievements impact future developments in energy and climate? Ecofys turns 30 and looks back to look ahead. To achieve 2050 targets for an almost climate-neutral building sector, new buildings have to be (nearly) zero-energy. And, the refurbishment of existing buildings has to reach a ...
    Posted 18-11-2014 By: Category: Energy & Carbon Efficiency Comments: 0
  • Avoiding market distortions from EU energy and climate policies

    The European wood-based panel industry uses woody biomass as its main resource to produce panels. Also, the energy demand is mostly covered with wood. The sector could be seen as an example of sustainable production and yet it is facing difficult times, in part because of fierce competition for biom...
    Posted 07-08-2014 By: Martijn Overgaag 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