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Friends of Europe’s annual energy summit (held on 30 October) saw tough exchanges between CCS defenders and the renewable energy sector but kept dodging the real question: can we solve the climate/energy crisis without questioning our economic growth and development paradigm? Energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs, as expected, defended his commission resolve not to “deviate” from… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

One of the tragedies of our times is that countries which are lifting themselves out of poverty are doing this by making exactly the same mistakes Western economies made in the past. For all the talk in political circles of our current development not being sustainable, nobody really seems to give a shit. Like lemmings we… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

One of the tragedies of our times is that countries which are lifting themselves out of poverty are doing this by making exactly the same mistakes Western economies made in the past. For all the talk in political circles of our current development not being sustainable, nobody really seems to give a shit. Like lemmings we… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In a recent post, I questioned the rationale of starting from national greenhouse gas emission figures in international climate change negotiations. The reason for my scepticism is, of course, the fact that in a globalised trade-centered world, CO2 emissions from one country can be caused by export demands from other countries. The UK’s Tyndall Centre… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The Energy Bulletin ran an excellent blog post on Tuesday which raised my eyebrows. I hope that some of our EU China connaisseurs would react to it. The post written by David DuByne, who teaches business English in China, states that the Chinese government is preparing to shift from being an export-driven economy to becoming a… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Finland is the world’s greenest country and Swedisch capital Stockholm the best city to live in, according to a study by environmental economist Matthew Kahn published in Readers’ Digest. The study is based on data from two original sources: the UN 2006 Human Development Index and the 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index. Measuring welfare beyond GDP seems to… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I am a bit surprised today to see WWF taking the side of globalisation champion Peter Mandelson, as the European Commission decided to retain its duties on energy-efficient light bulbs imported from China for one more year. The Commission decided to give in to its Vice-President, Günther Verheugen, who had been defending the anti-dumping duties to… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

China’s reaction to the news that is has become the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter underlines that in a globalised world without borders it is a an absurdity to blame individual countries for their share of emissions. According to Associated Press, the Chinese government criticised developed countries for being “hypocritical” when they criticise China’s greenhouse… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

According to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China has become the world’s biggest CO2 emitter in 2006, overtaking the US. China is building not one but two coal power plants per day. Read also The Guardian. BBC News this morning asked the question all Western confused consumers are posing themselves: why should we turn off… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Danish Mogens Peter Carl, the boss of the Commission’s Environment Directorate-General is said to be an excellent manager and a tough negotiator. But there are two things which he is certainly not as we were able to see during the closing session of Green Week. First, he is not a good communicator. The way he… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer