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Although initiatives and legislative measures have been introduced since 1993, a genuinely competitive and genuinely interconnected European market for gas and electricity is still not in place. This workshop at the European Business Summit will deal with this situation, which was recognised by the Energy Council and EU Heads of State in early […] Original… » read more

Europe is accountable for a large part of the world’s CO2 emissions (More than 15% stem from the EU-27). Action has to be taken to counter global warming. Thus the EU plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth by 2020. In order to achieve this aim, the EU Commission proposed in January 2008… » read more

A new EU Commission takes office on 1 November 2009. The Lisbon Treaty is expected to come into force officially on 1 January 2009 but this date may slip. There is talk of a postponement until 1 November, but this would be of doubtful validity. This gives rise to an intriguing situation relating to three… » read more

This Workshop at EBS 2008 will deal with the challenges to the transport sector in the EU, which ranges from urban transport to road transport and includes the rail sector, aviation and maritime transport. The transport sector is responsible for 31% of Community energy consumption and 26% of EU CO2 emissions. […] Original post by… » read more

With the title of this workshop at EBS 2008 we want to highlight the important links between climate change policies, international trade and competitiveness. There have also been calls to use measures at the border to compensate for the competitiveness effects of the EU’s climate change policies. There are concerns about the so-called carbon leakage… » read more

One week after it presented its new energy/climate change package (see my post of 23 Jan), the EU is holding its annual Sustainable Energy week. Just as in last week’s proposals, the use of renewable energy will be in the spotlight. Two sessions on Monday will be dealing with the role of renewables in respectively… » read more

Something strange has happened with the EU Climate and Energy package. On Monday January 21, when it was previewed in a presentation by no one less than Commissioner Barroso at a conference in London, he said that the goal was 20-20-20 by 2020. Reduction in GHG with 20%, Share of renewable fuels in energy mix… » read more

The game of ‘diplomatic whispers’is a reversal of ‘Chinese whispers’ (see endnote). Diplomatic whispers begin with a given country’s embassy in Ruritania routinely sending to its foreign ministry ‘telegrams’ on the political, economic and social happenings and analyses of their implications. These reports are often written by diplomats who are relatively new to Ruritania, have… » read more

In the Netherlands, on 23-01-2008 a convenant for the built environment has been signed between government (3 ministries: of environment, energy and housing) with energy sector, building sector, installation sector. Representatives of owners- and renters-associations have delivered to work towards the proposed target of 100 PJ reduction of energy use in all buildings. “More with… » read more

In the Netherlands, on 23-01-2008 a convenant for the built environment has been signed between government (3 ministries: of environment, energy and housing) with energy sector, building sector, installation sector. Representatives of owners- and renters-associations have delivered to work towards the proposed target of 100 PJ reduction of energy use in all buildings. “More with… » read more

In the Netherlands, on 23-01-2008 a convenant for the built environment has been signed between government (3 ministries: of environment, energy and housing) with energy sector, building sector, installation sector. Representatives of owners- and renters-associations have delivered to work towards the proposed target of 100 PJ reduction of energy use in all buildings. “More with… » read more

23-01-2008: Eu has set european targets for Sustainable Energy. This is again an important milestone for European energy policy. It shows the commitment to combatting climate change reduction. International agreement and national policies are ‘in place’. Nevertheless, the real world is local and ‘enforcement’. My daily experience with local climate policies is still far away… » read more

23-01-2008: Eu has set european targets for Sustainable Energy. This is again an important milestone for European energy policy implementation by the Commission. It shows their commitment to combatting climate change. International agreements for the post-Kyoto period hasn’t been set yet, national policies within old en new EU-member states are ‘divers’ in ambitions and quality.… » read more

23-01-2008: Eu has set european targets for Sustainable Energy. This is again an important milestone for European energy policy implementation by the Commission. It shows their commitment to combatting climate change. International agreements for the post-Kyoto period hasn’t been set yet, national policies within old en new EU-member states are ‘divers’ in ambitions and quality.… » read more

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