In a declaration published May 20th , the Governing Board of the “International Energy Agency”, which represents the 28 major energy consuming countries, has expressed serious concerns about rising oil prices affecting global recovery by reducing household incomes and putting pressure on inflation and interest rates. This declaration, which represents a call upon OPEC […]
The international community is once again preparing for an international climate conference, the 17th meeting of the contracting parties of the UNFCCC to take place in Durban (South Africa) in December. Like the two preceding ones in Cancun (2010) and Copenhagen (2009) it will hardly produce more than declarations. The preparatory meetings held so far […]
No other country on earth has reacted with a such hectic to the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe as Germany. It has shut off the seven oldest of its 17 reactors, for a three-months` moratorium. Nobody expects any of these to ever go back to the grid. In addition, the government has launched a comprehensive safety check […]
The third biggest European oil and gas company, TOTAL, has decided to buy a majority stake in Sun Power, the second US manufacturer of solar panels. This follows earlier engagements in solar ventures, including research, but it is the biggest investment so far ($ 1.4 billion). The acquisition reflects rising tensions in the energy markets […]
E3G’s Jesse Scott finds the Energy Efficiency Action Plan a relatively weak document. The reason, she says, is that we still do not know how to ‘do’ energy efficiency: lots of work is still needed to define the policy detail and build the political consensus needed to support the policies. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/-fJ45Bh4vJg” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” […]
Over the last 30 years, wind turbines have become the second most important source of renewable energy in Europe. Denmark, Germany and Spain have been the leading countries driving the development, despite considerable public opposition. The development has been marked by: a trend towards bigger turbines, from 0.3 MW in the early years to a […]
Der sogenannte Energie-Gipfel im Kanzleramt war der Startschuss für einen einmaligen Feldversuch im Industrieland Nummer 1 in Europa. Das Experiment darf schon deshalb nicht daneben gehen, weil sonst der in Deutschland erreichte Massenwohlstand und unsere ausdifferenzierten, teuren Sozialsysteme existentiell gefährdet wären. Man hat aber nicht den Eindruck, dass dies allen Wettläufern aus der Kernenergie wirklich… » read more
Floods, drought, torrential rains, climate change, hunger, poverty, prosperity, health, security are all phenomenon’s intimately linked with water. Welcome to our new blog on Blogactiv.eu. We are excited about engaging in debate about substantial issues that we feel requires a deeper understanding than is present at the EU level:
For decades European countries have taxed gasoline, diesel and heating fuels on the simple basis of volume; and tax rates varied substantially among EU member countries beyond commonly agreed minimal rates.
Out of all the countries rocked by revolts and revolutions, one group stands apart. Its members are rich in oil and gas reserves and derive most of their national income not from the taxes levied on their citizens, but from the proceeds obtained from oil and gas exports. This fiscal peculiarity is not restricted to… » read more
It is less than two years since the US Congress was in the middle of a heated debate on climate legislation, including a system for emission trading similar to that of the EU. When President Obama addressed students of the Georgetown University, on a “Blue Print for a secure Energy Future”, on 31 March, he… » read more
Last week’s European Council took the decision to undertake stress tests for all existing European nuclear power plants by the end of the year. After these tests, the decision will be taken as to whether the security is sufficient to run the different nuclear power plants! But all experiences show that such a policy decision… » read more
I recently attended the European Commission, DG Climate Action’s conference on their roadmap to a low carbon economy in 2050. After hearing the European officials saying one thing (long-term targets) and the stakeholders another (short-term needs for funding innovation), I can only conclude that even with the best roadmap, we are definitely lost. And as… » read more
Last week’s European Council took the decision to undertake stress tests for all existing European nuclear power plants by the end of the year. After these tests, the decision will be taken as to whether the security is sufficient to run the different nuclear power plants! But all experiences show that such a policy decision […]
Political leaders of oil-rich countries are far less likely to relinquish power or, in the case of kingdoms, to adopt much-needed constitutional changes.