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ThinkGeoEnergy will be attending and speaking at the upcoming inaugural conference of the Mayors’ Geothermal Club. This event is an international geothermal district heating conference and matchmaking event. In preparation for the event we spoke with István Pári, of Geonardo Environmental Technologies who is organising the event as part the Geothermal Communities project. The project… » read more

  Posted by Europa Media

This Sunday, September 20, was Car-Free day in Brussels (as it was in 32 other European cities). Every year during the EU’s Mobility Week, the Brussels authorities close the city to traffic and its citizens have the chance to take their streets back. Bicycles, roller-blades, skateboards and people out for a pleasant stroll with their… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

A leaked document, published here for the first time, that outlines the Slovenian government’s priorities for the EU’s Energy Union reveals a potential conflict with what the European Commission has on offer. Yet, neither promises ambitious strides towards more renewables. by Markus Trilling, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. Tomislav Tkalec from Focus, Slovenia contributed to… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

  In my previous blog, I introduced 10 reasons why you should not feed your family organic food as a means to open up a rational debate. With these further 10 reasons, I want you to reconsider your position on the use of crop protection substances: Have you been manipulated by good story-tellers? Have the… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  Recently the Mommy-bloggers paid by the organic industry lobby have been hitting the scientific and corporate communities quite hard with fear campaigns and ‘if you love your children’ guilt trips. Money is pouring in from all angles and even Hollywood stars are reading from their prepared scripts: “Pesticides and GMOs = evil”, and “Organic… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  By Leia Achampong, Climate & Energy Assistant at WWF European Policy Office What’s #MyClimateAsk for COP21? It’s for governments to up-scale climate finance, and to recognise and affirm the need for inter and intra -generational equality. Mitigating climate change by transitioning to zero-carbon societies that rely on renewable energies, coupled with energy-efficiency initiatives, and… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

  By Jaco du Toit The UN Climate Convention (UNFCCC) is all about building bridges: Bridges between countries with very different circumstances, responsibilities and abilities; between our current fossil fuel intensive economies and future low carbon ones; between the proposed level of action to combat climate change and the steps that science tells us are… » read more

This is the third part of a series that looked at how emphasising the hazard-based approach to regulations has led to irrational decisions and the rise of the contrapreneur’s agenda to return to some pre-industrial ideal world where we lived risk-free with nature. I ended by questioning how  this incoherent policy agenda could succeed in Brussels.… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

This is the third in a series that looked at how the hazard-based regulatory approach has led to the contrapreneur pushing the precautionary principle to challenge the achievements of entrepreneurs. This irrationality is only possible in a world where …

  Let me start this follow-up blog with some definitions: Entrepreneur: One who takes risks, creates opportunities and seeks to innovate and solve problems Contrapreneur: One who is risk averse, creates fears and seeks to inhibit innovation (identified as the cause of problems) In yesterday’s blog, we considered how the strategy of pushing for hazard-based regulation… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

An expedient policy process relying on precaution and hazard-based regulations has allowed contrapreneurs to cement their anti-innovation strategy at the heart of Brussels

What is the difference between the risk-based regulatory approach and a hazard-based one? Why is it that hazard-based activists are so successful in pushing such an unrealistic approach?

Clear guidance is needed more than public assurances to make the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) be indeed a vehicle for energy efficiency. Counter to public statements, the current set-up does not promise to be effective. by Anna Roggenbuck, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. In a press release today, the European Commission expressed great… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

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