Articles containing the tag ‘carbon market’

10 September 2009: We have much to learn from Scandinavia

The Danish government has said that it will pay for poor nations, including the Maldives, to send people to the Copenhagen climate conference in December. This won’t be very expensive – €2.5 million. However, it has great symbolic significance.

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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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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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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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28 June 2010: Rudd’s downfall

It’s a melancholy irony that the right wing faction within the Australian Labor Party, which ended Kevin Rudd’s Prime Ministerial career, is the same faction that pressured him to drop his Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

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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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UK planning statements on energy, November 2009

Plot of land for sale

Yesterday (9 November 2008), the UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, published National Policy Statements (NPS) outlining the government policy on energy. They consist of guidance to the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), which, from next March, is due to grant or refuse planning permission on major energy and transport infrastructure projects. The statements are area a mixed bag – good on renewables, nuclear and electricity networks, but less good on coal.

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