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The unclear future of EU-ETS: is there still a chance of success?

5 February 2016 | by

The EU-ETS has been a cornerstone tool for combating rising greenhouse gas emission levels since its inception. It began to embody the “polluter pays” principle, which pointed out that emissions create external costs (damage to air, water, soil etc.) that should be paid for by those who produce the emissions. This will make polluting a […]

#StopCañete: Why Cañete is not the mediator needed for the Energy and Climate portolio

3 October 2014 | by

Miguel Arias Cañete began his hearing at the European Parliament on the 1st October, apologising for his infamous masochist comment during the European electoral campaign in Spain, and by explaining that he has sold his shares in the fuel storage companies Ducor and Petrologis (where his brother-in-law remains a shareholder). This way, he jumped directly in […]

EU 2030 Objectives: emissions vs. renewables

30 January 2014 | by

Following the recent publication of the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies by the European Commission (EC), I was struck by the political struggle over what, to many people, would seem like a trivial choice of phrase: emissions or renewables. Behind the serene diplomatic curtain of these negotiations the key battleground has been whether […]