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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European energy market integration needs an action agenda

  • Posted on 25th June 2014
European energy market integration needs an action agenda

The EU needs to make the single European energy market a reality. But to achieve this, it will need to concentrate more on incentivising investment, infrastructure and technical issues rather than on grand political gestures.   On Thursday and Friday of this week, European heads of government will meet in Ypres and Brussels. Inevitably Iraq/ Syria and the European Commission Presidency…

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UK shale gas policy: A question of balance

  • Posted on 11th June 2014
UK shale gas policy: A question of balance

The Government would be advised to eschew a fracking at all costs approach in favour of a more carefully weighted public strategy.   One of the more eye-catching measures announced in the recent Queen’s Speech was the UK Government’s proposal to change the trespass laws and allow fracking companies to drill under people’s homes without their permission. Although the Government…

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IEA’s latest Technologies Report lays bare the tough climate and energy policy choices ahead

  • Posted on 23rd May 2014
IEA’s latest Technologies Report lays bare the tough climate and energy policy choices ahead

The International Energy Agency (IEA) invariably has something interesting to say on energy policy, on what is happening now and on future trends. Their latest report, Energy Technology Perspectives 2014, which lays out pathways to a sustainable energy system by 2050, is no different in this regard.   Much of what the report says provides food for thought – and some correctives…

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Carbon Tracker warns over oil companies’ spending in high cost areas

  • Posted on 12th May 2014
Carbon Tracker warns over oil companies’ spending in high cost areas

The analysis, written by Energy Transition Advisors (ETA), assists investors to continue their engagement with companies over carbon asset risk. It introduces the concept of a carbon supply cost curve to global oil projects – highlighting that many make neither financial or carbon sense when stress-tested against demand, price and emissions scenarios.   ETA intends to follow up this oil…

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