Energy

  • PARIS AGREEMENT – US COPING OUT

    The Paris Climate Agreement has been a diplomatic success story, giving rise to the hope that the world finally unites in the fight against climate change. In 2015, 196 countries signed the international compromise and formally committed to finding solutions in order to mitigate climate change. Trump’s announcement on 1 June to withdraw from the…

  • Estonian EU Council Presidency

    Estonia will take over the role of Presidency of the Council of the EU from Malta on 1 July 2017, their first since joining the EU alongside their Baltic neighbours in 2004. Their presidency’s slogan – “Unity through Balance” – shows Estonia intends to fully embrace its role to find agreement among very diverse national…

  • Will the grass be greener on the other side of 2017? Guide to this year’s EU agriculture policy

    2017 started with the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as policymakers seek to finalise a number of regulations affecting the environmental impact of agriculture. In addition to the big overhaul and greening of the CAP, the EU aims to curtail emissions from agriculture and land-use by concluding the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) and…

  • World leaders and Media stars – FTI Brussels Don’ts for planning a trip to the World Economic Forum

    The World Economic Forum annual meeting can seem a little overwhelming at first glance. The Brussels team was on-site in January and nothing can quite prepare you for the festival of people, parties, press, and ideas that Davos presents. Whilst the main meeting is limited to invitees and members of the Forum, for most attendees…

  • Winter Package is coming

    The 2016 Winter Package is the most important deliverable of the European Commission’s Energy Union project, contributing to all its dimensions: Energy security, integrated energy market, energy efficiency, decarbonisation and R&D and innovation. Its size (1000 pages of core text) is as impressive as its ambition. This package aims at nothing less than creating the…

  • Shale gas hasn’t gone away

    Europe still needs pragmatic solutions to its critical energy challenges. Europe’s Energy Union Strategy shapes the EU’s approach to climate and energy policy. Its intentions are clear:  to provide a framework to address an increasingly turbulent and rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape at a time when our own indigenous resources are declining.  In short, seeking to…

  • Data centers – emerging players in European energy landscape

    Data centers, facilities that store and process data, are the emerging players of European energy landscape and come at the crossroads of the European Commission’s upcoming Energy Efficiency Package and the Free Flow of Data initiative expected by late 2016. The vast increase in the generation of data and its central role in the digital…

  • EU Energy Security 2.0

    Taking its first step towards the delivery of the Energy Union, on Tuesday 16th February, the European Commission (EC) presented its Energy Security Package. With the aim of bolstering security of supply, the package sets out a wide range of measures to strengthen the European Union’s (EU’s) resilience to gas supply disruptions and takes yet…

  • 2016 Energy Outlook

    2016 will be a critical year for energy policy in the EU and beyond. Most of the initiatives to be adopted as part of the EU’s Energy Union Strategy will happen this year and, finally, the EU legislature will have proposals to work on. The successful COP21 and resulting Paris agreement are yet to be…

  • State of the Energy Union – the starting shot to the year of delivery

    “We have successfully decoupled growth from emissions, but 2016 will be the Energy Union Year of Delivery”, was one of the key messages of Vice President Šefčovič in his presentation of the first ever State of the Energy Union. From the volume and breadth of information published it is clear that the Commission means business…

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