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Cancun: A tale of two cities

Irrespective of the final outcome in Cancun this week, one issue that has become glaringly apparent over the last 12 days, at least as far as the international negotiations go, is that the opportunity for dialogue and interaction between government...

Posted December 10, 2010    

Revisiting the science: Climate Change Exhibit at the London Science Museum

At about this time last year thousands of people were standing in the snow in long lines outside the convention centre in Copenhagen where COP 15 was underway. There was great expectation in the air, but equally concern that months of unrelenting...

Posted December 3, 2010    

Revisiting a carbon price

This week the new Australian Government will sit down again with various society representatives to restart the discussion on emissions policy, with a particular focus on the delivery of a carbon price signal into the economy.  These meetings...

Posted November 26, 2010    

Value for money in tough times? Wind and Gas in the United Kingdom

As the United Kingdom and many other economies contemplate the need for new power generation capacity, a range of options are clearly available. Much has been made in recent years of the potential for offshore wind in the UK and some believe that...

Posted November 19, 2010    

Short and long term strategies

I have been at the first Doha Carbon and Energy Forum this week, organized by Qatar Petroleum and the Qatar Foundation with support from ExxonMobil. The event focused on steps that could be taken in Qatar and the region to begin to address the issue...

Posted November 12, 2010    

No electric cars . . . . but something else instead!

So much is now written about electric car development and particularly the push in China for this mode of transport that I now have expectations of seeing something on the street, but the reality is different.Such is the story in Shanghai, where I...

Posted November 2, 2010    

The real issue

As CO2 levels in the atmosphere continue to rise (and given the current state of global action they could quite possibly go on rising for much of this century) we hear a great deal about storms and droughts but not a huge amount about the really...

Posted October 28, 2010    

The price may not be right!

Last year I argued in a post that the EU-ETS price was fine (at that time it had slipped to some €8 in the depths of the recession) in that it reflected the market circumstances of the day and needless to say the system would still deliver the...

Posted October 19, 2010    

What to do with sulphur?

I was fortunate to be invited to attend CIGI 10 just outside Toronto, Canada. The annual “deep dive” policy discussion is held by the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a policy think-tank founded by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research in...

Posted October 11, 2010    

Cancun and Beyond: Financing the Energy Future

Pick up almost any article on climate change today and it won’t be too long before your attention is turned towards the subject of financing. There are also many conferences, seminars and workshops on financing, not to mention the UN High Level...

Posted September 27, 2010    

The other side of energy efficiency

This week I attended the UK launch of the Roadmap to 2050, an initiative of the European Climate Foundation that charts a series of ambitious low emission pathways for the EU to follow over the next 40 years. I discussed the Roadmap in a previous...

Posted September 17, 2010    

Looking towards Cancun

The unusual end-point to the Copenhagen climate conference last December and the rounds of UNFCCC negotiations that have followed in 2010 could lead even the most optimistic observer to the view that the international climate process is struggling....

Posted September 10, 2010