Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

October 29, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

European Emissions Commitments

The EU has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their emissions domestically by more than forty percent by 2030.[read more]

Did the UN Summit Shift the Dial?

September 29, 2014 by David Hone

The UN Climate Summit has come and gone and leaders from many countries have made announcements, pledges or at least offered moral support. But are we any better off as a result? Reflecting on the last few days of meetings, events, panels and speeches in New York, I would have to argue “yes.”[read more]

Will Coal Exports Abroad Offset Hard-Won Carbon Reductions at Home?

July 29, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie

Coal Exports and Carbon Reduction

Many are hoping that the current U.S. commitment to reducing domestic emissions will provide the moral authority needed to negotiate international commitments next year in Paris. It is important to understand and account for the emissions implications of both our energy consumption and production.[read more]

Some More Pieces of the Paris Jigsaw?

July 14, 2014 by David Hone

Paris Prep

As we head towards COP21 in Paris at the end of 2015, various initiatives are coming to the fore to support the process. So far these are non-governmental in nature, for example the “We Mean Business” initiative backed by organisations such as WBCSD, CLG and The Climate Group.[read more]

Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

June 17, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a negotiation).[read more]

Steps Towards Paris 2015

June 12, 2014 by David Hone

National climate negotiators and a number of Energy/Environment Ministers are currently meeting in Bonn as the global climate deal process slowly edges forward. Whether the steps being taken are big or small remains to be seen, but there are at least steps, so that is a start.[read more]

EU Climate & Energy Policy: Europe "Must Get Ready for Paris," Argues Commissioner [VIDEO]

January 9, 2014 by David Thual

EU and Getting Ready for Paris

Sonja van Renssen, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, is joined by Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard for an exclusive interview on the outcomes of the COP19 talks, which took place in Warsaw late November 2013.[read more]

UN Climate Talks Go Into Overtime (Part I) (Updated)

November 24, 2013 by Michael Davidson

United Nations and Climate Change


Two weeks at the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw (COP19) have passed, and talks continued well into early Saturday. As I wrote earlier, this conference was an important step on the way to Paris in 2015, when an international treaty for action on climate change post-2020 will be sought.[read more]

Bringing Smart Grid Intelligence to Street Lights in Paris

May 16, 2013 by Jeff St. John

Paris, city of (smart) lights?

Silver Spring Networks, the smart grid networking company that wants to expand its reach to streetlights, traffic signals and other “smart city” devices, will get a chance to try it out in a city famous for its lights, Paris.[read more]