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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • State of the Union – steadying the ship

    Brexit, economic sluggishness and the refugee crisis has dented the EU’s reputation over recent months both at home and abroad. These were the challenges confronting Jean-Claude Juncker – the President of the European Commission – as he contemplated his second annual ‘State of the Union’ speech, which he delivered today at the European Parliament in…

  • 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 trends in agriculture 2016

    Agriculture today must both mitigate and adapt to global challenges like water shortages, climate change and food insecurity. Industry and policymakers alike are coming up with potential solutions covering a wide breadth, from innovative breakthroughs resulting from digital technologies and industry consolidation, to new laws aimed at protecting farmers and consumers alike. The UN Sustainable…

  • COP21 – The EU’s second chance

    For the European Union (EU), the efforts towards a global climate agreement are more than just a political priority. Climate change is the guiding theme for many policies and early on the EU had the ambition to be the global leader in the fight against climate change. Consequently, the EU has introduced many far-reaching measures…

  • COP21 – What is in for business in Paris? #COP21

    With only 10 negotiation meetings left until COP21, the Council of the EU notes with concern the slow progress in the run-up to a global climate deal expected in December, in Paris. In our new Energy Flash FTI Consulting’s Energy team looks at some of the (un)official national commitments and how these will provide opportunities…

  • The EU Emission Trading System

    The Emission Trading System (ETS) is at the centre of the EU’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and EU leaders agreed to change the system to reach a stated 40% GHG emissions reduction target. However in the ten years since its launch it has become clear that the ETS is not functioning properly…

  • The Energy Union – A wiring scheme for Europe’s energy future

                      Energy Union is one of the main priorities of the Juncker Commission. The Communication adopted on 25 February outlines the strategy that evolves around five dimensions such as security of energy supply, internal energy market, decarbonisation and energy efficiency and lists the legislative and non-legislative initiatives…

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