Articles containing the tag ‘emission trading schemes’

1 April 2010: Poland and CCS

This week, I have been to Poland to talk at a Demos Europa conference on CCS in that country. Poland has the ninth largest global coal reserves, but does not have significant oil or gas reserves. In 2006, 93% of its electricity came from coal and 91% of its heat, so 58.5% of total energy was from coal. Its economy is growing, despite the recession, and a significant number of existing coal stations will have to close over the next 15 years.

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1 December 2009: Controlling fuel poverty during the transition

It will be cheaper to control climate change than not to control it, as the Stern Review memorably said. However, that does not mean that it will be cheap.

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10 June 2011: Strengthening the EU’s climate and energy package

This summarizes a seminar held by Climate Strategies and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations on why the EU should strengthen its climate and energy policies.

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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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16 December 2011: Was Durban a significant step forward?

Durban was better than Copenhagen and a bit better than Cancun. However, it was basically just an agreement to keep talking. Policy makers must not allow international negotiations to exclude progress on national and regional measures.

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18 November 2010: How to increase low-carbon investment

The Cancun climate summit should focus on how to get investment into low-carbon energy, rather than on legally-binding targets (which won’t be agreed anyway). The EU can take a lead here, as former Swedish Finance Minister Allan Larsson is arguing.

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19 March 2014: Setting standards

It’s time for energy policy wonks to move beyond the TLAs (three letter acronyms) and talk human.

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26 November 2009: UK Conservatives promise progress

Last night, I went to hear the UK’s shadow foreign secretary, William Hague, give a speech about what a UK Conservative government would do about diplomacy and climate change. This is one of a series of speeches on climate from the shadow cabinet this week, which is encouraging.

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27 December 2011: Commission’s energy roadmap is a missed opportunity

The European Commission should focus on proposing specific policies, rather than modelling different scenarios. It has done well with its energy efficiency proposal; now it should propose strengthening the ETS and setting a 2030 renewables target.

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4 February 2010: Substantial EU progress on CCS

On Tuesday 2 February 2010, European Union member states agreed to European Commission proposals on how to distribute billions of Euros collected under the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to CCS and renewable energy projects.

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4 January 2010: Europe must follow Germany and Spain

For the next six months, Spain holds the Presidency of the EU and, from the start of February, there will be a new European Commission. Spain and Germany lead the EU on wind and solar power, so there are good grounds to hope that the new leadership will result in a major speeding up of the low carbon transition.

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7 January 2014: Energiewende and schadenfreude

The German “Energiewende” is not doing as well as often claimed; but climate protection is too important for point-scoring or schadenfreude.

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7 October 2011: Has Europe given up fighting climate change?

The EU has long prided itself on leading international efforts to control climate change. Today, the issue is nowhere near the top of the EU’s agenda, having been eclipsed by the economic downturn and the eurozone debt crisis.

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8 November 2011: European Climate Foundation roadmap

Comment on the launch of the European Climate Foundation’s latest report, Power Perspectives 2030.

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Australian ETS chaos


So climate change has claimed a political victim in Australia and you don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

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Carbon and energy taxes in Europe

The demand to ‘make the polluter pay’ by putting a price on the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced has been a major point of discussion and debate across Europe since the mid-1980s. This article summarises carbon and energy taxes existing in European countries and how effective they have been.

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Climate Answers: Technology, policy and behaviour


Our website,, is broadly split up into three: technological answers, political answers and behavioural answers.

Why have we done this?

Well, this site is really about actions and not prohibitions – what we can do, rather than just what we shouldn’t. We do not wear hair shirts at Climate Answers and we are born optimists!

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Repowering communities

People power

I am writing a book, with Prashant Vaze and Peter Meyer on the role that local, regional and state governments should play in increasing energy efficiency and promoting low carbon energy. This will be published by Earthscan in 2011.

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The practical effect of Kyoto targets

Treaty signing

In 1992, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) was signed at the first World Summit on Sustainable Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro. The Convention did not set targets, but provided the framework for negotiations about targets. These were agreed in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

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