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Guiding Europe Towards Faster and Deeper Decarbonisation: An Enhanced Role for Policy Monitoring?

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Greenhouse gas monitoring – and increasingly climate policy monitoring, meaning the continuous tracking of policies with indicators – has existed since the early 1990s – and is thus a long-standing practice. For a long time, most people thought it to be a very technical exercise of low politics, but our new work demonstrates that this […]

The EU’s challenge with renewable energy expansion: What is the way forward?

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The EU is facing a key challenge in climate and energy governance. It has agreed to address climate change under the Paris Agreement, and put forward increasingly ambitious policy targets for 2020, 2030 and 2050. However, it is increasingly struggling to fulfil them. The European Green Deal and the proposed European Climate Law reinforce the […]

Critique as an opportunity for legitimation: the case of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

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Criticisms directed at the European Union (EU) and its institutions over the past decade have often been interpreted as a sign of fundamental weakness. However, using the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as an example, Claire Godet argues that contestation should not be seen as a sign of failure, but rather as an opportunity for […]

Europe’s “oxygen vessel” TANAP

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Last November, the town of Ipsala on the Turkish-Greek border welcomed two leaders – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan. The handshake under the flashes of hundreds of cameramen symbolized the formal completion of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP). And, possibly, the beginning of a new era

UK clean energy authority needed after Brexit if country is to meet net zero carbon targets

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The UK government will have to ensure that clean energy and transport schemes in the British Isles continue to receive grant funding until they can stand on their own feet commercially. Once the UK leaves the EU, then the country will also no longer be a member of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking […]

The new Danish climate law – a small light in the climate darkness?

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The school strikes and new environmental social movements have raised awareness of climate change and pushed it higher up on the political agenda. In some countries, it has changed public opinion, for example in Denmark where climate change was the main topic in the Spring European and national parliamentary elections. Indeed, the elections are known […]

Better policy monitoring required to underpin decarbonisation

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The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) is currently underway. The success of the Paris Agreement depends on the effective monitoring of climate policy measures. Political scientists at TU Darmstadt explain in a new study what it takes to achieve this. The signatories of the 2015 Paris Agreement not only agreed to limit global […]

Germany to help India improve air quality in cities with green investments

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On 2nd November 2019 the German news website tagesschau.de reported a state visit by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to India. Mrs Merkel attended the annual general meeting of the Deutsch-Indischen Handelskammer (Indo-German Chamber of Commerce) in New Delhi, where she spoke of German economic investment in India for the modernization of infrastructure, such as […]

Critique as an Opportunity for Legitimation: The Case of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

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Criticisms directed at the European Union (EU) and its institutions over the past decade have often been interpreted as a sign of fundamental weakness. However, using the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as an example, Claire Godet argues that contestation should not be seen as a sign of failure, but rather as an opportunity for justification.

Could green hydrogen save jobs at Bridgend and Scunthorpe? Only if the UK rejoins the EU ETS.

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On 7th June 2019 the website WalesOnline reported that the Ford engine plant at Bridgend in Wales is due to close next year with a loss of 1,700 jobs. Many of the engineering jobs at the plant are highly skilled and well paid, so their loss will have a devastating effect on the local economy. […]

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