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Energy and climate change

EU heads of state and governments broadly endorsed the Commission’s proposals at a landmark summit in March 2007, agreeing on a two-year action plan to launch a common European energy policy.Central to the summit agreement is a recognition that energy and climate-change policies should go hand in hand. It stressed the need for “decisive and… » read more

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In the Question and Answer session following the Speak Up Europe conference, Italy’s decision to phase out nuclear energy came under attack: What do we have as a consequence? We have no more research in progressing that technology (…). We have no more engineers (…), so progress to avoid the dangers that everybody knows has… » read more

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More inconvenient truths

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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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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