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The plight of CCS in the EU

This week I attended the quarterly review meeting of the European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP), a coalition of stakeholders united in their support for CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) as a key technology for...

Posted June 15, 2012    

The case for an auction reserve price

There has been considerable discussion over recent months as to what action needs to be taken both in the short and long term to ensure that the EU ETS continues to provide the necessary investment signal for major investments such as carbon capture...

Posted June 7, 2012    

A new market mechanism from the UNFCCC

While much of the focus in the recent UNFCCC meeting in Bonn was on the protracted discussion around agenda and chair for the ADP (Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action), some progress was made in other meeting rooms. On...

Posted May 31, 2012    

Are Canada's oil sands to blame for rising atmospheric CO2?

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, NASA climate scientist James Hansen again puts forward his very compelling argument for strong action on limiting global CO2 emissions. Some observers have challenged his thinking, but the warnings he has...

Posted May 22, 2012    

Broadening the EU ETS debate

The ongoing debate in Europe about the current state of the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and the low carbon price outlook is gaining momentum and importantly gaining advocates for action. In response, Commissioner Hedegaard announced a much...

Posted May 3, 2012    

The Latest Publication from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development: 'The Energy Mix'

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) held its annual company delegate conference in Switzerland this week.  For the WBCSD Energy and Climate team the event marked the launch of the latest WBCSD publication “...

Posted April 28, 2012    

Is the first emissions reductions mechanism usually the strongest?

Energy policy development over the last decade has shown one thing for certain, governments the world over are persistent in their desire to alter the energy mix and/or at least begin to manage emissions. Whether this is purely for environmental...

Posted April 13, 2012    

Starting to Understand Extreme Weather

With a new report coming from the IPCC on managing the risks associated with extreme weather and continued weather phenomena attracting media attention, it is more important to attempt to get to grips with the science and statistics behind...

Posted April 5, 2012    

Five short stories from World Energy Outlook

The IEA’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) is an annual tradition, the result of much work, data analysis and presentation. A formative volume is produced for all to read and digest, but few of us have the time to do so in the detail required. As...

Posted March 28, 2012    

The Dash (for Gas) Isn't Over Yet

Over the weekend the UK Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, announced plans to secure a continuing role for natural gas in the UK power generation sector. Mr Davey noted;“Gas will continue to play a vital role in a low-carbon economy...

Posted March 21, 2012    

Data, more data and climate change

Climate change is one of those subjects that is awash with data, leading to an almost endless capacity for analysis and ultimately conclusion drawing. The same data can be used to create different analytical output and a single analysis can lead to...

Posted March 15, 2012    

Should we be techno-optimists about climate change?

One of the blogs I read from time to time is that of Paul Gilding, an independent writer on sustainability and former head of Greenpeace International. He spoke at TED last week with a talk called “The Earth is Full”. His blog post this week...

Posted March 9, 2012