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Passenger cars account for up to 10 per cent of global C02 emissions. In view of the rapidly growing global stock of motor cars, especially in Asia, it is urgent to tackle this source of climate change. There are two complementary ways of addressing the issue: through gasoline taxation and fuel consumption/emission standards. The USA […]

The EU is the most advanced part of the world in terms of energy efficiency. But there remains a substantial potential for improving its record beyond past achievements. Following the guidelines established by the European Council in February 2011 and the Commission policy paper of March 2011 the Commission has submitted a draft directive on […]

After hydro power wind energy presently constitutes the biggest source of renewable energy on earth, ahead of PV electricity. The EU is the biggest producer of wind energy, China coming second. Both register extraordinary growth rates. Installed wind capacity accounts for 4 per cent of total power capacity in China and 5 per cent in the EU. […]

Guest post by CAN-Europe, EEB, FoE Europe, Greenpeace, WWF Dear Minister, The forthcoming Energy Council will consider the recently presented Energy Efficiency Plan2011. As the Plan itself makes clear, we are currently set to miss the EU’s 20% energysavings target by half – thereby missing out on substantial gains in terms of ‘enhancedcompetitiveness’, ‘security of […]

In a letter addressed to the four Congressional party leaders, April 26th, President Obama has urged them to adopt legislation abolishing the $ 4 billion worth of annual subsidies to the US oil and gas industry. This initiative is overdue. The US oil and gas industry has traditionally enjoyed a privileged status in the US […]

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” […]

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 […]

German readers should have a look at Karl-Olaf Lang’s study on Baltic Sea energy issues, that you can find on the following site: SWP, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. I would not sum up this accurate and particularly interesting study. Nevertheless, I will try to highlight a few points, either mentioned by the author or implied… » read more

ACEEE argues in a new report that Energy Efficiency must be more visible and it is easy to agree. Energy Efficiency is in most policy debates discussed as the counterbalance to more supply but in reality it is more difficult. Energy Efficiency is often foregone because of its invisibility. Which is a pity since energy […]

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