climate change

February 2, 2021

The EU National Energy And Climate Plans

With the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, the European Union has committed to being carbon-neutral by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, the EU Commission and the Member States have agreed upon binding targets to be met by 2030: emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) shall be cut by at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels, renewable energies shall cover at least 32 per cent of final energy demand, and energy efficiency shall be improved by at least 32.5 per cent as compared to business-as-usual.
January 27, 2020

Climate Crises: the Myth of Eco Refugees

On 2nd December 2019, delegations from the United Nations convened in Madrid for COP25, the 25th annual Climate Change Conference. They gathered to discuss what is currently being done to counteract the effects of climate change.
December 11, 2019

Achieving a Carbon Neutral Economy by 2050

The new European Green Deal plans to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050 while opening up new possibilities for development and employment. The European Commission wants to send a strong message to the world on dealing with climate change, but a number of thorny issues will need to be tackled.
October 8, 2019

The Thunberg Phenomenon, Extinction Rebellion, and the Denial of Trade-offs

When it comes to environmental problems in general and global warming in particular, I empathise with those who take the issue seriously. I like nature and I am risk averse. However, I tend to disagree with most campaigners on their policy conclusions which are frequently dangerous, at best.
March 1, 2014

Ibl Memo: Policy Framework for Climate and Energy in the Period From 2020 to 2030

Current obligations by the EU to decrease GHG emissions by 20% by 2020 are the most ambitious among industrialised nations. Because of these obligations EU citizens and businesses are experiencing an increasing fnancial burden, EU businesses are losing competitiveness vis-à-vis other industrial or industrialising nations, and a huge bureaucracy has been created that shall perforce have an interest to perpetuate itself.
December 1, 2013

From Nationalisation to State Control – the Return of Centralised Energy Planning

For a short period, around the turn of the millennium, the UK energy market was highly competitive, offering choice to consumers and keeping prices in check.
November 1, 2013

Liberal Voices. A Response to the EC Public Consultation on the 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies

The EU has a clear framework to steer its energy and climate policies up to 2020.The 2030 framework should build on the experience and lessons from the current framework.