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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Nord Stream II – power struggle for more Russian gas in Europe

    Nord Stream II: delayed, not cancelled In late August, media outlets across Europe were electrified with news that Gazprom, along with five European companies, withdrew its merger application for a joint venture to build the controversial Nord Stream II (NS2) pipeline. The reason for that surprising move was the objection of Poland’s competition authority (UOKiK)…

  • Brexit’s Impact on the Energy Sector

    The implications of the United Kingdom’s (UK) decision to opt for Brexit continue to reverberate. While the UK has yet to invoke Article 50 and formally begin the process of exiting the European Union (EU), the EU will continue to regulate and formulate new policies in areas that impact business and affect investment decisions not…

  • 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…

  • Strasbourg Diary #2 – Christmas wonderland

    The city of Strasbourg turns into a Christmas wonderland for the final European Parliament plenary session of 2015 (minus real snow this year as parts of Europe experience incredibly mild festive weather….climate change anyone?) Famous for its Christmas market and buildings draped with festive decorations, there was a rare atmosphere of good cheer this week…

  • Energy Efficiency – Guiding light in EU’s building sector

    Energy efficiency is one of the five key dimensions of the European Commission’s Energy Union Strategy and is a strategic and indispensable component in addressing Europe’s energy challenges. The European Commission (EC) calculates that every additional 1% in energy savings will cut gas imports by 2.6%, thus boosting energy security while reducing overall import dependency,…

  • 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…

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