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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Does the global aviation emissions agreement sustain the momentum of the Paris agreement? Or does it detract from it?

  • Posted on 20th October 2016
Does the global aviation emissions agreement sustain the momentum of the Paris agreement? Or does it detract from it?

On 6 October, a new acronym was introduced to the world of aviation and climate change. CORSIA – the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – is the outcome of what many in the aviation industry have described as an “historic agreement” to tackle the burgeoning problem of aviation emissions.   This article considers whether it is as…

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Crowdfunding: Maturing with Regulation

  • Posted on 1st September 2016
Crowdfunding: Maturing with Regulation

In July, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – the body that regulates loan-based and investment-based crowdfunding in the UK – launched a ‘call for input’ on the current rules applied to crowdfunding in the UK. The review comes two years after the FCA first took over regulatory responsibilities for this burgeoning sector. In the FCA’s own words, they “want to…

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eSports gambling – regulators take a closer look

  • Posted on 24th August 2016
eSports gambling – regulators take a closer look

The prospect of video gamers becoming paid professionals, and people placing bets on the outcome of contests, would have seemed unthinkable a few years ago. However, what has become known as eSports has rapidly risen to prominence in recent years as a result of growing interest and participation from consumers, a succession of business deals and industry expansion, regulatory interventions,…

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Energy storage technologies – will they be able to flourish within current regulatory frameworks?

  • Posted on 3rd August 2016
Energy storage technologies – will they be able to flourish within current regulatory frameworks?

The concept of energy storage is not new. However, technology advancements and the increased sense of urgency in relation to decarbonisation have gradually drawn attention to the possibilities of storage. Many argue that energy storage technologies will become one of the defining features of the future energy landscape, as they will allow governments to integrate renewable energy into their grids…

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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 CMA Interim Report on Remedies: A more competitive UK retail banking sector or missed opportunity?

  • Posted on 27th May 2016
The CMA Interim Report on Remedies: A more competitive UK retail banking sector or missed opportunity?

Last week’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) set of interim recommendations on the UK retail banking sector represents the culmination of nearly two years work from the new competition regulator analysing plans for structural, market, and anti-trust reform of the industry. It is important to remember the political context which gave rise to the enquiry. Firstly, campaigns against high rates…

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Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

  • Posted on 21st April 2016
Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

The European Commission will soon publish a set of best practice guidelines for the regulation of the sharing economy. The purpose is to support the growth of this emerging sector and also to address any regulatory imbalances that have emerged across Europe in the context of the single market. The guidance will also outline how existing EU regulations should be…

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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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Regulatory Sandbox – a new form of policymaking

  • Posted on 7th December 2015
Regulatory Sandbox – a new form of policymaking

The ways and means in which regulation is developed and implemented in the internet age have changed. Regulation across the globe can only follow the rapid expansion of new innovation and business models in, for example, online short-term rentals or car-sharing platforms. There is a continuing trend towards companies developing an idea and going to the market with it fast,…

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