Energy & climate

State aid for energy: Climate action is more important than the single market

State aid for energy: Climate action is more important than the single market

Stephen Tindale
23 February 2015
The Commission has handled the issue of state aid for nuclear energy well, but should use its powers to end coal subsidies.
Annual report 2014

Annual report 2014

Charles Grant, Ian Bond, Simon Tilford
02 February 2015
Charles Grant discusses three challenges facing the EU in 2015: the combined problems of Russia and Ukraine; the continuing fragility of the eurozone; and the growing risk of Brexit.
Genetically modified crops: Time to move on from theological dispute

Genetically modified crops: Time to move on from theological dispute

Stephen Tindale
30 January 2015
GMOs should not be supported or opposed as a single technology. The compromise that the Juncker Commission has negotiated must now be implemented.
Energy and what it should be

What should an energy union cover?

Nick Butler
27 November 2014
Energy union should result in a connected European energy market, not a single buyer for imported gas.
International climate negotiations should focus on money, not targets

International climate negotiations should focus on money, not targets

Stephen Tindale
17 September 2014
The G20 should implement its 2009 pledge to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, and give the money instead to the Green Climate Fund.
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Russia's gas deal with China: Business is business

Ian Bond, Rem Korteweg
25 June 2014
Russia's gas deal with China helps Beijing more than Moscow. It should also encourage the EU to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.
The green benefits of Britain's EU membership

The green benefits of Britain's EU membership

Stephen Tindale
30 April 2014
European rules have delivered cleaner air and water in Britain, and protected wildlife. Outside the EU, Britain would again be 'the dirty man of Europe'.
The EU and Russia: Uncommon spaces

The EU and Russia: Uncommon spaces

16 April 2014
The House of Lords has published a report on the EU and Russia, incorporating recommendations from this 2014 policy brief - a good guide to a troubled relationship.
Russia is challenging the EU’s values and interests, above all in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. The Union has struggled...
How to reduce dependence on Russian gas

How to reduce dependence on Russian gas

Stephen Tindale
10 April 2014
Europe should improve energy efficiency, develop all alternative gas sources, and expand renewable, CCS and nuclear energy. The foreign policy advantages would justify the cost.
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.