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As the United States and Europe dwell on the future of BP, possible new requirements for accident contingency funds, restrictions on deep-water drilling, and increased industry fees and regulations; China’s influence on world energy markets and the geopolitics of energy security continues to expand. On July 20th, the International Energy Agency announced that in 2009,… » read more

At the first European Regions Energy Day in Brussels, Blogactiv spoke to Anne Bliek, Deputy Queen’s Commissioner for the Province of Flevoland in the Netherlands. She explained some of the issues surrounding government policy when it relates to clean energy subsidies.

I was invited to speak in the Energy Security 2011 – Challenges of the Hungarian EU Presidency conference organized by International Centre for Democratic Transition on 7 May 2010. Although I had been involved in the international affairs of railways, I am an economist and talked in the second panel about the price of energy… » read more

The 2008 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) published today shows the EU is making progress in its innovation performance preceding the financial crisis. In parallel to the EIS, the 2008 Science, Technology and Competitiveness report also published today provides for the first time an overview of progress from 2000 to 2006 in both EU R&D investment… » read more

Selon plusieurs sondageset micro-trottoirsréalisés ces derniers mois auprès des citoyens européens, ces derniers expriment leur volonté de voir en leur futurs députés européens des femmes et des hommes connus à la fois pour leur implication dans la chose européenne et leur ancrage dans une ville ou une région. […]  

“Global Wind Energy Market Trends and Future Forecasts” ( http://www.bharatbook.com/Market-Research-Reports/Global-Wind-Energy-Market-Trends-and-Future-Forecasts.html ) report analyses the global wind industry. This report provides an extensive research on the growing wind industry at global as well as country level (28 countries have been covered in this report). Detailed data analysis will help potential investor to know the current market… » read more

Climate negotiators in Poznan are starting to question whether the 2009 deadline for Copenhagen is realistic. Maybe there are good reasons to take a step back and reconsider the global climate diplomacy process. This week, a few non-suspect climate experts have uttered doubts about the end-2009 deadline for a new global warming agreement. As reported… » read more

In the US, twenty-nine of the biggest NGOs published a 391-pages policy document with recommendations for the new Obama administration on how to start the transition to a green and clean economy. The impressive report includes detailed proposals on how to endorse legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% before 2020 and and 80%… » read more

EU climate lead in peril

For how long will the EU’s self-acclaimed “climate leadership” survive the Obama revolution? Could a “green” Obama administration pose a bigger challenge to the EU’s climate credentials than the temporary backlash of the financial crisis? Who will win the race for the new “eco-competitiveness”? These questions are hard to answer for the moment but there… » read more

Whoever wins the US Presidency today will be facing the ultimate challenge: steering a self-destructing Western-based economic growth model through a painful transition towards a new global sustainability. This is a task far beyond any past Apollo project. These are indeed historical elections and it is appropriate that the whole world is watching. Although the… » read more

Friends of Europe’s annual energy summit (held on 30 October) saw tough exchanges between CCS defenders and the renewable energy sector but kept dodging the real question: can we solve the climate/energy crisis without questioning our economic growth and development paradigm? Energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs, as expected, defended his commission resolve not to “deviate” from… » read more

Spending on “green infrastructure” will be the key to avoiding a severe recession according to a new study published by Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division. The report will scare the climate sceptics who are still hoping that the financial crisis will kill the world’s climate efforts and the EU’s climate/energy package. Necessity and opportunity should… » read more

The energy-and-climate-crisis deniers are having a hell of a party these days. The financial crash has raised their hopes that global warming, peak oil and all the other “humbug” will finally be kicked off the political agenda. One climate policy “monitor” even served us the ludicrous title: “EU: saving the economy or saving green dreams?”… » read more

Remember the biofuels fairy tales which in the span of one year turned into one big nightmare when more scientists started to look a little deeper and the media started reporting about its connection to the new food crisis? It looks like the energy industry’s new “wunderkind”, carbon capture and storage, might follow the same… » read more

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