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The following is Part 1 of a ten-part blog on governance to be serialised over the holidays. Today our personal decision-making process is strongly influenced by the latest social media applications yet EU and American government policy mechanisms, developed in the last century, have not been adapted to these communications tools. This discrepancy has created… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

A durable Energy Union?

  By Imke Lübbeke, Head of EU Climate and Energy Policy at WWF European Policy Office The European Commission is about to issue its ‘State of the Energy Union’. This is the latest step towards a policy framework that will oversee the vital 2020 to 2030 phase of Europe’s energy transition. As we look forward,… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

It’s no secret that Poland is not the biggest proponent of ambitious European climate and energy policies. Rather than give Poland the extra nudge it needs to transform its increasingly obsolete energy system, the Energy Union risks sustaining – and legitimising – the Polish addiction to fossil fuels.   by Julia Krzyszkowska, cross-posted from the… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Last Saturday, after a six-year deadlock and following a long series of negotiations, an internal burden-sharing agreement on Belgium’s climate obligations seemed to have been within reach. The four environment ministers representing Belgium’s three regions – Wallonia, Flanders and Brussels – and the Federal government announced that an agreement had been found on the division… » read more

  Posted by Charlotte Flechet

On Wednesday 18 November the European Commission will present the first so-called ‘State of the Energy Union‘. A draft of this document was leaked to me last week (28 October 2015). The draft has 14 pages (plus cover page). Its structure: Introduction (p 1) Decarbonisation of the economy – addressing climate change (p 1) Progress made…… » read more

  Posted by EU energy & climate blog by @StollmeyerEU

  By Jan Vandermosten     A quote from Goldman Sachs perfectly summarizes the structural decline in which the global coal market finds itself today: ‘just as a worker celebrating their 65th anniversary can settle into a more sedate lifestyle while they look back on past achievements, we argue that thermal coal has reached its… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

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

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

Similar to what we have seen in other countries, when it comes to concrete projects in Slovakia the Energy Union proposals are so far to a much larger extent aiming at security of (gas) supply than they are at decarbonisation. by Miroslav Mojzis, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

  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

Cuentos chinos

La serpiente informativa de verano de este año ha venido en forma de crisis bursátil china. Paradojas de la globalización que transmite temores a los mercados internacionales desde un parqué bursátil de una economía planificada comunista. Este mundo de contradicciones que convierte en segunda economía mundial a China, el capitalismo colectivizado que mientras trata de… » read more

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