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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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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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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Climate and energy policy under the new Conservative Government: What do we know? What can we predict?

  • Posted on 3rd June 2015
Climate and energy policy under the new Conservative Government: What do we know? What can we predict?

The dominant media narrative on climate and energy policy under the Coalition Government had become something of a cliche. The Liberal Democrats were ‘the green heart’; the Tories were ‘arch-advocates of oil and gas’; the Lib Dems, led by Secretary of State Ed Davey, were the ‘champions of disruptive utilities companies’, taking on the power of the Big 6; and…

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From fracking to fuel switching: Where are the energy and climate political dividing lines in this election?

  • Posted on 30th March 2015
From fracking to fuel switching: Where are the energy and climate political dividing lines in this election?

Energy and environmental policies have been a regular talking-point during the period in office of this coalition government. Most of the public will have heard of David Cameron’s ambition that his should be the “greenest government ever”, while few speeches from Ed Miliband have grabbed the spotlight in the manner his “price freeze” party conference speech did in September 2013….

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The 2030 Climate and Energy Framework: The Regulatory Follow-Up

  • Posted on 4th November 2014
The 2030 Climate and Energy Framework: The Regulatory Follow-Up

This article follows up a recent piece I wrote on the importance of agreeing a 2030 climate and energy framework at last month’s European Council. Following that agreement in Brussels, this article analyses some of the interesting (and surprising) elements of the agreement, and looks ahead to how the agreement will be followed up over the next few months.  …

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European energy and climate: Brussels goes back to work

  • Posted on 1st September 2014
European energy and climate: Brussels goes back to work

The temperatures are falling; the mornings and nights are getting a little darker; it feels like autumn is just around the corner – it’s back to school time! This particularly applies to the politicians and civil servants who ply their trade in Brussels on EU policies and regulation. The new European Parliament barely had time to convene before it departed…

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The UK government reshuffle: the implications for energy and climate policy

  • Posted on 24th July 2014
The UK government reshuffle: the implications for energy and climate policy

Now that the dust has settled a little, it’s worth examining Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent reshuffle in more detail, and what it might mean for the coalition’s policies on climate change and energy between now and next May’s General Election.   Focusing on the personalities (for a moment)   Much has been made of the surprisingly sweeping changes which…

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