Energy & climate

Annual report 2013

Annual report 2013

10 February 2014
Charles Grant discusses the challenges facing the EU in 2014, such as the European elections, Britain's slide towards the exit and the continuing travails of the eurozone.
Climate policies are more important than targets

Climate policies are more important than targets

Stephen Tindale
17 January 2014
The EU should set ambitious 2030 targets for carbon reduction and renewables. And it should adopt strong binding measures on energy efficiency.
Gas on troubled waters?

Gas on troubled waters?

Rem Korteweg
13 January 2014
Cyprus must find a way to export its natural gas. A grand bargain with Israel and Turkey would improve politics in the region and benefit Europe.
On target, off track: Europe’s failure to protect the climate

On target, off track: Europe’s failure to protect the climate

Stephen Tindale
29 November 2013
Europe likes to see itself as a leader in attempts to control climate change. But it is not. The EU's own greenhouse gas emissions are falling. However, that is due to de-industrialisation and the fact that so many of the goods Europeans consume are now manufactured in China or India.
Europe should regulate to promote carbon capture and storage

Europe should regulate to promote carbon capture and storage

Stephen Tindale
30 October 2013
The EU should give grants to coal and gas carbon capture and storage demonstration projects, and regulate to require coal plants to use this technology.
How to build a modern European Union

How to build a modern European Union

Charles Grant, Clara Marina O'Donnell, John Springford, Stephen Tindale, Katinka Barysch, Hugo Brady, David Buchan, Philip Whyte
10 October 2013
The CER proposes reforming the EU’s policies and institutions, to foster a more dynamic European economy and to make decision-making more accountable.
Can shale gas transform Europe's energy landscape?

Can shale gas transform Europe's energy landscape?

David Buchan
10 July 2013
Shale gas could slow the increase in Europe's dependence on imported gas. But it will not be the game changer it has been in the US.
Commission should move to structural reform of the ETS

Commission should move to structural reform of the ETS

Stephen Tindale
09 May 2013
The EU should set an ETS price floor, to attract investment to low-carbon options. The Commission should propose this without further delay.
EU energy: Decarbonisation and economic competitiveness

EU energy: Decarbonisation and economic competitiveness

Stephen Tindale
07 May 2013
House of Lords
Energy is central to climate change mitigation. Over three quarters of the EU-27’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the production and use of energy. Energy is also central to the economy, fuelling industry and providing substantial employment.
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Saving emissions trading from irrelevance

Stephen Tindale
02 May 2013
TGAE report
Uncontrolled climate change is the greatest risk that humanity faces. The main burden will fall on developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Why Europe should change its approach to Azerbaijan

Why Europe should change its approach to Azerbaijan

Rem Korteweg
25 March 2013
The EU has relied on oil and gas from Azerbaijan to reduce its dependence on Russian energy supplies since the beginning of the century.
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The EU and energy security

Katinka Barysch
15 March 2013
The EU’s target for 20 per cent reduction in energy demand is non-binding but it does provide incentives for member-states to increase energy efficiency and so lower their overall demand for energy.
The EU and climate change policy

The EU and climate change policy

Stephen Tindale
15 March 2013
The EU carries more weight in UNFCCC negotiations than the UK would acting alone.
Annual Report 2012

Annual report 2012

08 February 2013
Charles Grant analyses Britain's difficult relationship with the EU and looks back on what the CER did in 2012.
Time to stop the EIB's carbon subsidies

Time to stop the EIB's carbon subsidies

Stephen Tindale
20 December 2012
The European Investment Bank (EIB) lends half its annual energy pot to efficiency and renewables. But it is still lending to coal. This is inconsistent with climate policies.
How to expand renewable energy after 2020

How to expand renewable energy after 2020

Stephen Tindale
07 December 2012
The EU should set targets for renewable energy for 2030 and the end of each subsequent decade, to reach full reliance on renewables by 2060.
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How to confront the carbon crunch

Stephen Tindale
15 November 2012
To protect the global climate and European industry, the EU needs a stronger Emissions Trading System and border tax adjustments - as Dieter Helm proposes.
Connecting Europe's energy systems

Connecting Europe's energy systems

Stephen Tindale
01 October 2012
Europe’s energy infrastructure urgently needs to be modernised, to maximise renewable energy use. The Commission’s proposals on infrastructure should be adopted as soon as possible.
Saving emissions trading from irrelevance

Saving emissions trading from irrelevance

Stephen Tindale
29 June 2012
The Emissions Trading System must be overhauled. The cap should be lowered, and combined with a price floor and ceiling and border tax adjustments.