Sign up | Login with →

Posts by David Hone Subscribe

Climate Change Policy: Should Ambition Always be First?

At an event in Brussels earlier this week the EU Commission shared some initial thinking with business and NGOs on the consultation they have launched with regards the EU international position on climate change as we head towards COP 21 in France...

Posted May 25, 2013    

Climate Change: Looking at 400 ppm and Beyond

The first full day of 400+ ppm CO2 as recorded at Mauna Loa in Hawaii last week produced an outpouring of sentiment and grief from many, but the news has seemingly passed. Unfortunately, the arrival of such a day had become inevitable. Since the...

Posted May 18, 2013    

Collecting and Spending Carbon Emissions Revenue

Whether it is via the auction of allowances or the taxation of carbon emissions, climate policy is increasingly being seen as a source of revenue into the national treasury. For example, the Australian carbon pricing mechanism will raise several...

Posted May 10, 2013    

Climate Change and the Carbon Bubble Reality Check

In recent months there has been a renewed look at the idea of a financial carbon bubble, or unburnable carbon reserves. Most recently, a report from The Carbon Tracker with a forward by Lord Stern of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate...

Posted May 3, 2013    

EU Parliament Voted No, So Now What for the Emissions Trading System?

As is well known by now, the EU MEPs voted against the specific backloading proposal that was put before the Parliament. However, the Parliament also voted against the outright rejection of the proposal, which means that the Parliament...

Posted April 20, 2013    

Top 10 Reasons to “Backload” EU Emissions Trading System

After a day in Brussels listening to European MEPs, it is clear that the Parliament vote next week on the Commission proposal to backload the auctioning timeline in Phase III of the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), is going to be...

Posted April 12, 2013    

On Energy and Climate Change Issues, Mixed Messages

The Easter break provided a good opportunity to catch up on some recent climate stories, but the current messages delivered by the various media and other outlets vary enormously with a bewildering array of assertions and counter claims.The...

Posted April 7, 2013    

Global Carbon Market Possible through Existing Climate Change Framework?

Back in the middle of last year, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres tweeted:Are you up to date with #climatechange acronyms? What is EASD? NMM? FVA? WEMA?The answer is Equitable Access to Sustainable Development, New Market Mechanisms,...

Posted March 30, 2013    

The Origins of Climate Change Science

We tend to think of climate change as a relatively modern issue, perhaps marked by the testimony before Congress of James Hansen in summer 1988.  The terms “climate change” and “global warming” hardly appear in literature before 1975 and didn’t...

Posted March 23, 2013    

The Case for EU Demonstration of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology

In recent months, particularly in the EU, the prospect of a major demonstration of CCS across various sectors and employing a variety of technologies has slipped badly. Perhaps the bottom was reached when in the EU not a single CCS project was...

Posted March 15, 2013    

"Fool's Gold" in the Climate Rush

Late last week saw the public release of the new Shell energy scenarios, under the heading “New Lens Scenarios”. This is always a much anticipated moment in Shell, a bit like the Olympics as it only happens every few years – the last ones were...

Posted March 7, 2013    

Mental Model for Managing CO2 Emissions

For regular readers, this may seem like a repeat of recent themes, but there is a point which will become clearer as the new Shell scenarios are released later this week.Over recent years, the focus for managing rising CO2 emissions has been a...

Posted February 26, 2013