Welcome to Climate Answers

Climate change is the most serious issue ever to have faced humanity. Rightly, it is now high on the public, political, media and business agendas. However, too much of the discussion is still about what we should not be doing or what we should be against. There is not enough discussion or information on solutions – what we can and should do to minimise dangerous climate change, and what should be done to make us not only safer and more secure, but also richer and happier.

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Saving the planet means changing your mind

Video of my TEDx talk about how I had to change my view on nuclear energy when I realised that it is necessary during the low-carbon transition.

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Saving the planet means changing your mind

This is a link to a youtube film of me talking about how I had to change my view on nuclear energy when I realised it is the way towards sustainable energy.

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17 June 2013: Priorities for EU development aid

CER has recently published my paper on priorities for EU development aid.

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11 December 2012: How to expand renewables after 2020

CER has now published my short policy brief ‘How to expand renewable energy after 2020′.

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The carbon crunch: how we’re getting climate change wrong – and how to fix it by Dieter Helm

Dieter Helm, professor of energy policy at Oxford University, is a leading voice in European energy policy. During 2011, he acted as a special adviser to energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger. Helm has now written a new book: The carbon crunch: how we’re getting climate change wrong – and how to fix it.

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3 October 2012: Europe’s energy infrastructure

The Centre for European Reform has published my policy brief Connecting Europe’s energy systems.  In this, I argue that Europe’s energy infrastructure urgently needs to be modernised, to maximise renewable energy use, so the Commission’s proposals on infrastructure should be adopted as soon as possible (see Centre for European Reform: Connecting Europe’s energy systems).

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2 July 2012: Saving emissions trading from irrelevance

The European Emissions Trading System must be overhauled. The cap should be lowered, and combined with a price floor and ceiling and border tax adjustments.

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25 May 2012: How to cut the cost of renewable energy

David Buchan has written a valuable paper on European electricity policy, in which he argues convincingly that harmonising the various national schemes would be more efficienct and so cut costs. The level of subsidy could continue to differ, but the design of the schemes should be made more consistent.

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26 April 2012: Germany planning several new fossil fuel plants

Germany is planning several new coal and gas power stations – without CCS – to replace its nuclear stations. This is bad for the climate and also a waste of money.

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13 April 2012: Energy efficiency – made in Denmark and exportable to the rest of the EU?

Denmark, the current president of the European Council of Ministers, should stand firmly behind the Commission’s proposals on energy efficiency and not give in to the demands of other member states.

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