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As usual in December, the upcoming EU Presidency has presented its logo and preliminary website. Slovenia is taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from Portugal on 1st January 2008. What does the logo represent: The outline of the symbol for Slovenia’s Presidency of the European Union represents an oak leaf,… » read more

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One of the themes somehow neglected in the Lisbon strategy to date has been creativity. Indeed there has been much discussion about knowledge, r&d and innovation, but creativity is more than this. At some point I’d like to write a longer post about this, however, for now just let me share some slides. The deck… » read more

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No, I have not become a climate disbeliever but as most readers of this blog will know I am very skeptical about the UN’s diplomatic climate circus. There are several structural reasons for this skepticism: the difficulties of negotiating and ratifying with over 180 countries, the absurd horse-trading (tit-for-tat compromises), the historical lessons learned from… » read more

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A man in the audience who owns three cars asks the panel: Should I buy a new car or should I continue to run the old one? And gives the answer himself: Actually, I should run the old one, at least fo another 250,000 kilometres. Why? Because over that period it will pollute as much… » read more

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Iñigo Sabater from the Commission’s DG Energy and Transport answers a question by independent energy journalist and blogger Willy De Backer: I was shocked, when I read the SET plan, to see how badly we are doing as compared to Japan and the US. The US and Japan have also had cheap oil at their… » read more

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In the Question and Answer session following the Speak Up Europe conference, Italy’s decision to phase out nuclear energy came under attack: What do we have as a consequence? We have no more research in progressing that technology (…). We have no more engineers (…), so progress to avoid the dangers has stopped […] Original… » read more

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I was quite surprised this week when I attended a conference organised by the Greens in the European Parliament and saw them do the lobbying for a grand solar industrial project which I think still has a lot of uncertainties and even environmental dangers. The DESERTEC project aims at building huge concentrating solar thermal power… » read more

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Christian Egenhofer from Brussels think tank The Centre for European Policy Studies looks into what it will take to stabilise CO2 concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere at 550 ppm – a “modest scenario”, as he says, which would mean accepting a raise of around 35% from present CO2 levels and a “managable” level of climate… » read more

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Stephan Singer from the Brussles office of the World Wildlife Fund surprisingly backs European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in arguing that climate change protection is the most likely candidate for a European project that could actually create passion with citizens throughout the continent. Singer urges the EU to take radically decarbonize by bringing CO2… » read more

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Enel, the former Italian electricity monopolist, now has operations in eleven countries in Europe and the Americas. Andrea Valcalda, who is in charge of the company’s envirnonmental and innovation projects, strongly argues in favour of more environmental responsibility and more investment into advanced technologies from energy companies. Original post by alecelliott

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Monica Frassoni, the Co-President of the Green Group in the European Parliament ,rides an attack against the term “low-carbon technologies” which, she says, mixes up a range of “virtuous and less virtuous” approaches, which are “not the same in terms of their capacity to tackle climate change”. She urges the Commission to give priority to… » read more

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Monica Frassoni, the Co-President of the Green Group in the European Parliament ,rides an attack against the term “low-carbon technologies” which, she says, mixes up a range of “virtuous and less virtuous” approaches, which are “not the same in terms of their capacity to tackle climate change”. She urges the Commission to give priority to… » read more

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What’s the idea behind the Commission’s Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, which was adopted last Thursday and will be discussed? What are the targets and what role can technology play? Is it really a field for community action, and do European carbon markets need to be reformed? Iñigo Sabater from the Commission’s Energy and Transport… » read more

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EurActiv Managing Editor Frédéric Simon, who moderated the first in a series of three Speak Up Energy Events, confronted listeners with a series of Very Big Numbers. He set the scene for future climate change policies in Europe and elsewhere, but also for what was going to be a lively discussion on what the EU… » read more

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