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“The best way to deal with gas issues, is that these should be based on free-market conditions” was the non-answer an EU commission spokesperson provided when I asked clarification yesterday on new media stories that major gas producers are likely to set up an OPEC-like gas-cartel on 9 April in Doha, Qatar. It seems the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS), the center piece of the EU’s climate change strategy, is hailed by decision makers as the most cost-effective market-based solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But the ETS 1.0 has clearly shown its weaknesses and therefore the Commission is preparing ETS 2.0. But if it is true that climate… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Climate change Olympics?

Government representatives, parliamentarians and business leaders of more than 20 countries will be meeting in Washington from 14-15 February to debate climate change and energy security. Since the publication of the Stern report on the costs of climate change, the new majority in the American Congress and the recent IPCC report, climate fever has once… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

First sustainable energy week of the European Commission 31 Jan: Commission proposes new standars for transport fuels – read EurActiv 1 Febr 2007 31 Jan: Commission postpones once again a decision on CO2 emissions from cars, under heavy lobbying pressure from the German car industry IPCC present first part of fourth assessment report on climate… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The recent debate within the European Commission on the CO2 emissions from cars demonstrates that the Barroso commission gets cold feet when the real decisions have to be taken. Lots of declarations in the energy-climate change package presented on 10 January but then not having the guts to be consistent in its own decisionmaking.

Posted by Willy De Backer