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A recent European Council vote on cutting carbon emissions showed that Czech Republic is not so eager to move towards further European integration. And that perhaps Visegrad Four is soon going to be Visegrad Three. An idea that different parts of the European Union (should) integrate at a different pace, also known as differentiated integration,… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Three EU-SysFlex demonstrators located in Germany, Italy and Finland enable flexibility provision from the distribution grid to the transmission grid and thereby improve the cooperation of distribution and transmission system operators. EU-SysFlex focuses on improving flexibility and system services to address technical challenges arising from the continuously increasing share of renewable energy resources in our… » read more

  Posted by Renewables at >50% in European grids

During the Global Energy Prize Summit, which took place at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany on 10 April 2019, international experts, including Nobel prize laureates, discussed possible scientific and technological solutions to avoid dangerous climate change in line with the commitments under Paris Agreement. The event was organised by the Global Energy Association,… » read more

  Posted by Dialogue for Europe

Developing the needed flexibility will require economic incentives provided by well-functioning electricity markets. The objective is to reward the right flavour of flexibility at the right time and on the right place. The 2030 power system will be very different and complex when integrating 50% of RES. The current European power generation accounts for around… » read more

  Posted by Renewables at >50% in European grids

The overall aim of the EU-SysFlex project is to provide a roadmap for Europe in meeting the challenge of integrating 50% renewables by 2030. Europe has ambitious plans to become greener and more decarbonized by increasing levels of renewable energy and implementing energy efficiency measures. Today, electrical energy accounts for approximately 20% of energy consumption… » read more

  Posted by Renewables at >50% in European grids

While Ukraine is wrapping up its New Year and Orthodox Christmas celebrations, there is one more thing worth celebrating. On 1.1.2019, Ukraine took a big leap towards liberalizing its retail electricity market towards European standards. As of this date, consumers are free to choose their electricity supplier. Well, almost all consumers. Households and the SME… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

“The UN’s latest climate meeting ends positively. But there is a lot more to do if global warming is to be stopped” says The Economist about the 24th UN Conference of Parties, the so-called COP24, which came to an end in Katowice on Saturday 15th December. “The agreement struck in Poland is not strong enough,… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

In its 60-year history, the European Union has often distinguished itself by the use of innovative tools. Two come immediately to mind: the quotas and mechanisms under the Lomé Convention that offer developing country exporters the internal EU price rather than the dumping price practised on world markets. The regulatory innovation that was the rule… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

by Alexander Scheibe, PhD student in the Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg   This blog is a summary of a working paper written while I was a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford, September to November 2018. The full paper is available for download here.   The… » read more

  Posted by RSIEAblog

Ukraine has sufficient natural gas reserves to meet own gas demand. According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, in 2017 Ukraine ranked second among the European countries by its proved gas reserves (1.1 trillion cubic meters), with only Norway surpassing (1.7 trillion cubic meters). However, it is only fourth by production volumes with… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

There is a sad joke in Slovakia that the country could become a museum for renewable energy sources (RES). Not because the Slovak physicist Aurel Stodola invented in 1928 the world’s oldest heat pump that still powers Geneva’s city hall, but because of its antiquated energy policy that lacks systematic support for renewables at the… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

On October 22, 2018, EuropaNova NGO with the support of the Ukrainian Embassy in France has organized in Paris a conference “New Generation Europe”. The event was aimed at enhancing perception of Ukraine as a good place for foreign investments. Ukraine undergoes reform of energy sector in accordance with the European Directives, the EU-Ukraine Association… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Every other year in September, the global truck industry meets in Hanover for the International Motor Show dedicated to commercial vehicles. Given that ACEA represents the EU’s seven major truck manufacturers, we were also present in Hanover to set out the industry’s joint position on the EU proposal for truck CO2 standards. Most notably, we… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

Representing interests (more commonly known as ‘lobbying’) is a complex profession founded on a simple choice: either you try to convince and build consensus via mediation, or you work to impose one side’s view upon the other. The European Union, so long a beacon of mediation, is slowly drifting towards the second option. This is… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

In a groundbreaking bill approved by Irish parliament on Thursday 12th of July, the Irish government is set to completely divest its Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) from companies with shares in the fossil fuel industry. The move makes the Irish government the first government in the world to divest from fossil fuels. The Fossil… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

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