Articles containing the tag ‘EU’

10 May 2010: Can the climate wait for democracy?

The world faces an urgent climate crisis. There is no time to lose. However, the UK general election has produced no winner and, at the time of writing, it is still not clear who will form the next government.

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14 November 2015: Trafalgar Square vigil for Paris victims

My thoughts on this vigil, terrorism, the EU and the Paris climate summit.

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14 October 2015: green reasons for Britain to stay in the EU

If Britain votes to stay in the EU, we should then take the lead in strengthening EU climate and energy policy. This would deliver a society in which Europeans would be healthier, happier and richer.

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15 December 2015: The Paris Agreement: good start – now let the real work begin

The fact that an agreement was reached is excellent. The agreement, signed up to by rich, poor and middle income countries alike, was indeed historic. But the agreement is only a set of political promises, and politicians have been known not to keep their promises. Attention must now shift to implementation: to policies and to money.

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16 April 2014: Britain can shape EU climate and energy policy

The Energy Union, which the Juncker Commission had identified as one of its top priorities, is an area in which the UK should take a lead.

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19 April 2016: EU membership delivers cleaner air

The air in London is cleaner than it was in the 1950s, the era of infamous smogs. But it is still not clean enough. Every year over nine thousand Londoners are killed by air pollution, primarily from road transport (see http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nearly-9500-people-die-early-in-a-single-year-in-london-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-study-finds-10390729.html) . British politicians of all parties have failed to tackle this problem adequately, for […]

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2015 Lancet Commission report on health and climate change

Key quotes from, and a few of my comments on, the excellent Lancet Commission report

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2026: Europe’s progressive climate policies

In less than two weeks’ time, the UK will vote on whether to stay in or leave the EU. I am doing all I can for the Stronger In campaign (http://www.strongerin.co.uk/#QkGoYymoqlkpWtIE.97). Opinion polls predict a very close result. Being Labour, I never believe opinion polls. Britain could well vote to leave. But I’m also an […]

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21 October 2011: What the EU should do at and after the Durban climate summit

Whatever the outcome of the Durban discussions, the EU should give priority to agreeing its draft energy efficiency directive, which will be good for human health and energy security as well as climate protection. It should also strengthen the Emissions Trading System by setting a floor price for the carbon permits.

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22 June 2016: What Brexit would mean for climate and environment policy

Video of Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research at Friends of the Earth, Fintan Hurley, Scientific Director at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, and me discussing this. http://www.agreenerlifeagreenerworld.net/2016/06/experts-warn-leaving-eu-would-be.html

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24 February 2014: Coalition subsidies to keep the coal fires burning

The Conservative Party is planning new subsidies for coal power stations. This is a striking historic reversal, because the Tories have traditionally been anti-coal.

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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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Brexit and Energy: cost, security and climate policy implications

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and the UCL European Institute have released a new paper on Brexit and the impact on UK climate and energy policy. This paper, written by Professor Michael Grubb, UCL ISR and Stephen Tindale, Director, Alvin Weinberg Foundation analyses the implications of Brexit for the UK’s energy sector. Despite significant uncertainties, the […]

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Climate action is more important than the single market

CER has now published my policy brief on ‘State aid and energy: climate action is more important than the single market’.

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Comments to European Commission on Hinkley and state aid

My comments to the European Commission, saying that it should approve the UK government’s application to sign a contract with EDF energy to build a new nuclear power station.

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Europe’s Energy Union ‘strategy’: A rebranded work programme

The European Commission’s Energy Union paper is too timid, too bureaucratic and lacking any focus.

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European integration after the Euro crisis

Political leaders must outline a vision of what European integration can add in a globalised world. Reforming Europe’s policies and performance is more important than changing its treaties.

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Good news for EU greenhouse gas emissions

With the Paris climate COP about to begin, encouraging figures showing EU greenhouse gas reductions indicate there may be some hope amongst all the fears.

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How to reduce dependence on Russian gas

My CER blog on how Europe should reduce its dependence on Russian gas

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October 2015: Committee on Climate Change report on electricity scenarios

The Committee on Climate Change sensibly calls for an ‘all of the above’ approach to decarbonisation.

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The EU budget: the Union risks having the wrong debate

The EU should spend less money on agriculture and more on improving the econommies of poorer member-states and on climate protection.

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The EU must support clean energy, not dirty coal

The European Commission has proposed that subsidies to hard coal should be phased out by 2014. This is good, but must be agreed by EU national governments, some of whom will almost certainly try to extend the deadline.

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The impact of Brexit on clean energy

What will be the impact of Brexit on clean energy in the UK? Answer: nobody knows, because nothing is remotely clear in British politics now. Who will be prime minister? Will there be an early general election? What will be the relationship between the UK and the remaining EU member-states? Will there even be a […]

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The UK and European energy co-operation post-Brexit

The UK should seek to remain part of the European Internal Energy Market (IEM). This would deliver economic benefits significantly greater than the cost of adherence to regulations and a membership fee.

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To protect the environment, the UK must stay in the EU

Outside the EU, the UK could theoretically become a new Norway, with very high environmental standards. Pigs could also fly.

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