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Christian Egenhofer from Brussels think tank The Centre for European Policy Studies looks into what it will take to stabilise CO2 concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere at 550 ppm – a “modest scenario”, as he says, which would mean accepting a raise of around 35% from present CO2 levels and a “managable” level of climate… » read more

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Stephan Singer from the Brussels office of the World Wildlife Fund surprisingly backs European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in arguing that climate change protection is the most likely candidate for a European project that could actually create passion with citizens throughout the continent. Singer urges the EU to take radically decarbonize by bringing CO2… » read more

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Enel, the former Italian electricity monopolist, now has operations in eleven countries in Europe and the Americas. Andrea Valcalda, who is in charge of the company’s envirnonmental and innovation projects, strongly argues in favour of more environmental responsibility and more investment into advanced technologies from energy companies. Andrea Valcalda’s speech (3.5 MB mp3) valcalda.mp3 Andrea… » read more

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Monica Frassoni, the Co-President of the Green Group in the European Parliament ,rides an attack against the term “low-carbon technologies” which, she says, mixes up a range of “virtuous and less virtuous” approaches, which are “not the same in terms of their capacity to tackle climate change”. She urges the Commission to give priority to… » read more

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EurActiv Managing Editor Frédéric Simon, who moderated the first in a series of three Speak Up Energy Events, confronted listeners with a series of Very Big Numbers. He set the scene for future climate change policies in Europe and elsewhere, but also for what was going to be a lively discussion on what the EU… » read more

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Invigorating energy reform in Kosovo and Serbia has the ability to partially override the current political impasses of the region. The roadmap towards energy security has been laid out in a series of international treaties and European Union (EU) standards obligations. Now invigorated domestic efforts are needed to make energy reform a priority, including the… » read more

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A global tax on wasted energy – especially the heat discarded by thermal, power-only generation plants – would be a powerful incentive for generators to begin to replace inefficient plant with CHP stations, says Aleksandar Kovacevic. Tax energy wastage

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Podcast: Monica Frassoni, MEP

Eight minute interview with Monica Frassoni, MEP and Co-President of the GREENS/EFA Group in the European Parliament. monica_frassoni44.mp3 Mrs Frassoni draws a clear distinction between different forms of ‘low carbon’ technology, taking issue with the term itself: “When you talk about nuclear and clean coal, you are not talking about renewables, and you are not… » read more

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12 minute interview with Roberto Zangrandi, Head of European Affairs at Enel, during the lead-up to the first “Speak Up Europe” energy debate. roberto_zangrandi44.mp3 “We are a former monopolist … operating in a country with no direct fuel resources. … The green MPs have very well argued views … The only disagreement with us currently… » read more

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