When we speak about Poland’s position in climate change policy negotiations, an image of huge coal power plants, massively pumping black smoke into the air, quickly pops up in our mind. As a country that is heavily reliant on coal-fuelled power generation, Poland often appears as a main opponent to ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission … More The Power of Coal in Poland
When the gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia occurred in January 2009, Slovakia was the only Member state of the European Union to declare a state of emergency. The country was not prepared for such a crisis: at that time, 100% of its gas supplies were coming from Russia and the gas strategic reserves to … More ‘It’s the Gas, Stupid.’ or Slovakia in-between the Ukraine-Russia Conflict
Indeed, winter gas has come to Europe. Meteorologists speak of an expected “cooler trend” on the continent. Similarly, the most strategic energy resource, gas, has been decorating media headlines and press statements. After several gas disputes between top suppliers to the EU, Russia, and transit country Ukraine, it was proven once again that not only … More Winter gas is coming
“It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.” Le constat … More N’attendons pas 2025 pour commencer la transition énergétique !
Former member of the European Parliament and Minister of the French government, Pascal Canfin was among the happy few who convinced president hollande to host the 21st Conference of the parties (COP21) of the United Nations framework Convention on climate change. During the conference, he negotiated on behalf of the most influential think tank … More Pascal Canfin : « L’Accord de Paris insuffle une nouvelle dynamique qu’il faut consolider »
Guest of the IRD department for a lecture on “Europe’s 2050 environment and climate ambitions: reinventing the economy of the 21st century”, the European Environment Agency executive director is also professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, researcher in environmental policies, former policy advisor and president of a NGO. He accepted to give us an interview … More Hans Bruyninckx : « The window we have to really turn things around is closing »
It’s been almost a year since the Energy Union Package (EUP) was launched by the European Commission and almost a month after the Paris Agreement on climate change. But, what is the current state of play? What is the way forward? Here, we will look at the progress made over the last months and the … More Energy Union: state of play and way forward
Germany’s energy transition has had a tangible impact on European energy markets. Reactions to the German nuclear exit have varied considerably, reflecting the diversity of EU member states’ energy mix preferences. However, in order to reach a sustainable and durable solution in order to realize the EU’s climate goals, a European energy transition towards an … More Atomkraft? Nein Danke!
Homme politique franco-allemand, Daniel Cohn-Bendit a marqué plusieurs générations par son rôle dans la ‘révolution’ de mai 1968 en France et son engagement politique postérieur. Eurodéputé de 1994 à 2014, célèbre pour ses talents oratoires, il a co-présidé le groupe parlementaire Verts/ALE pendant dix ans, ainsi que l’intergroupe fédéraliste Spinelli. Avec l’Accord de Paris, les … More Daniel Cohn-Bendit : « Les problèmes écologiques ne sont pas traités à leur juste mesure »