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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Dutch EU Presidency: The stars aligned?

    The upcoming Dutch Council Presidency in the first half of 2016 will handle many important dossiers, ranging from the Circular Economy, to the reform of the Emission Trading System, the Copyright Directive, the Capital Markets Union and many more. In addition the Dutch are taking the helm of the Council while the EU faces tough…

  • 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…

  • CCS: A painful start for a promising technology

    Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is critical to achieve the reduction in CO2 emissions necessary to manage global warming and keep energy affordable. However uptake of CCS in the EU has been disappointing – despite political support – and not a single CCS facility in Europe is yet operational. Recent developments in the UK, where…

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