Dockless Bike-Sharing: the next regulatory quagmire

  • Posted on 15th August 2017
Dockless Bike-Sharing: the next regulatory quagmire

This summer, Londoners will have noticed the addition of new bicycles parked in various locations across Britain’s capital. Closer inspection of these bikes reveals that they are ‘oBikes’ – a bicycle which you can unlock with an app on your phone and use at very little cost, without the need to park at docking stations. This is the premise of…

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17 for ’17: Climate and energy policy issues to track in 2017

  • Posted on 16th January 2017
17 for ’17: Climate and energy policy issues to track in 2017

The energy sector – driven by climate policies and regulation and the technology revolution – is undergoing a transformation. As Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, said in introducing the IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook in November 2017: “…there is no single story about the future of global energy…”   Here‘s what to look out for in 2017 on climate…

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The international climate change agenda: prospects going into 2017

  • Posted on 22nd November 2016
The international climate change agenda: prospects going into 2017

2016 has built on the momentum of the Paris Agreement. But the election of Donald Trump in the US has placed question-marks over whether this momentum can be maintained, or if recent progress will be derailed. At the conclusion of COP 22 in Marrakesh, this analysis piece considers the state-of-play and the prospects for 2017.   The run-up to COP…

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Natural Capital’s future in UK policy after Brexit and the Protocol

  • Posted on 27th July 2016
Natural Capital’s future in UK policy after Brexit and the Protocol

Natural capital — a term for the earth’s natural resources and support systems that benefit human society — is the underlying focus of our environmental laws and policies. The Clean Air and (Clean) Water Acts of the US and UK are two aptly-named examples of previous policies designed to protect natural resources. At present, in Europe, the EU Circular Economy…

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The UK Government energy policy in-tray: post-23 June

  • Posted on 15th June 2016
The UK Government energy policy in-tray: post-23 June

In the run-up to last Thursday’s EU referendum, policy direction, announcements and news flow dried up as the politicians became increasingly consumed with the debate. Following the tumultuous decision taken by the British people, this piece considers the in-tray that the Government – above all, DECC, but in addition other parts of Whitehall – needs to return to on energy…

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Does the EU ETS need reviving, again?

  • Posted on 12th April 2016
Does the EU ETS need reviving, again?

Boom and Bust   The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been up and down a rollercoaster over the last decade. Launched with considerable optimism in 2005 as one of the European Union’s prime policy instruments for tackling climate change by placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions, it has since gone through what can be most appropriately termed…

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16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

  • Posted on 7th January 2016
16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

2015 was a significant year for climate and energy policy and markets: from the momentous Paris agreement to Obama’s continuing push on the Clean Power Plan; from the new British Government’s fresh (and controversial) energy approach to, at last, some stability for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which may have real implications for the longer-term.   But it’s now…

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The Road to Paris

  • Posted on 22nd October 2015
The Road to Paris

Politicians have shown they are serious – to achieve a positive outcome, the negotiators need to do the same.   For those not acquainted with the international negotiations on climate change – perhaps even more so for those who have that first-hand experience – they are at best an irritant, at worst a pointless relevance. Since the UNFCCC[1] process began…

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Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

  • Posted on 7th August 2015
Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s flagship climate policy instrument aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at least economic cost and incentivising investment in the low-carbon economy, has been back in the news – for once in a positive sense.   A major structural reform, aimed at tackling the huge surplus of allowances built up in the ETS…

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Paving the way for a ‘circular economy’ in Europe

  • Posted on 10th July 2015

In a speech at the European Parliament plenary debate on Monday 6th July, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said that the Commission “remains strongly committed” to present a circular economy package towards the end of this year.  The reasons are quite simple: Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Vella, Commissioner Bienkowska, and others, essentially believe that the new circular economy…

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