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  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

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

Building the Energy Union, the European Commission pretends that all is well for renewables in Croatia and unnecessarily fixates on diversifying gas supply instead of managing demand. by Toni Vidan, Energy programme co-ordinator at Zelena Akcija, Croatia; cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are weighing in on the… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Hungary needs to transform its energy sector. But can the Energy Union kickstart such change? The vision presented by the European Commission’s Vice President Maroš Šefčovič includes a few promising nuggets, but overall risks reinforcing the status quo. by Alexa Botár, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Carlos Calvo Ambel, policy analyst at Transport & Environment The pilot plan of Spain’s Ministry of Transport would encourage trucks to use the tolled highways.  However, subsidising tolling companies that own the privatised roads in order to give trucks cheaper toll tariffs is an expensive and inefficient way of achieving a laudable objective: safer and… » read more

  Posted by Transport & Environment

European Energy Union

The union grows through crises – this phrase yields some 20 million search results about the European Union, even without clarifying what kind of union is meant, while searches related to the growth vision for the European Union, run in various configurations, return 500 thousand results at best. This is several times less than in… » read more

  Posted by Adam Czyzewski

by Bill Hemmings, aviation manager at Transport & Environment As the crowds admire all the new aircraft and high-tech displays at Paris Bourget this week, it’s important to remember that the aviation sector faces a serious and growing challenge if it is to adequately rise to the climate change challenge. International aviation emissions have grown 90… » read more

  Posted by Transport & Environment

Energetic pragmatism

Heads of six European oil and gas companies (BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil, and Total) have issued an appeal for more effective decarbonisation. They argued that the quickest way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (using today’s technologies) is by phasing out coal in favour of natural gas, particularly in energy generation. In… » read more

  Posted by Adam Czyzewski

EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the implementation of the Energy Union. Looking at what has been discussed so far, the strategy may not prioritise energy efficiency enough to help Europe become climate-friendly. by Petr Hlobil, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

In the Arab world Morocco is one the very few countries without oil or gas resources. To cover its fast rising energy consumption it has been totally dependent on imports. Fortunately it possesses a big potential of renewable energy, in particular wind and solar: more than 1000 km coast line with winds blowing almost continuously;… » read more

  Posted by Rhein on Energy and Climate

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