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The European Commission will prepare an action plan for a “sustainable industrial policy” by early 2008. This is one of the promises in the mid-term review of the EU’s industrial policy presented on 4 July. This sustainable industry policy will be based on three basic principles: “Stimulate the development and commercialisation of low carbon and… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Two interesting reports I found today: A very good discussion paper of the Wuppertal Institute “Towards a sustainable biomass strategy“ A report by the Oxford Research Group “Too hot to handle? The future of civil nuclear power“. Read what the Guardian wrote about this report.

Posted by Willy De Backer

After the presentation of its Green Paper on 29 June, the European Commission organised a stakeholder conference on the issue of climate change adaptation on 3 July. The conference highlighted the input of different directorate-generals into the Green paper but lacked a horizontal view of the subject in terms of sustainable development. It says something… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The highly praised Shell-Statoil CCS (carbon capture and storage) project in the Norwegian Sea (Draugen) is not financially viable. That is the result of a joint feasibility study undertaken by both energy groups. The two energy companies have therefore decided to bury the project. This is the second setback in a few months for one… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Hot political issues come in cycles. One year, politicians think people worry most about jobs and therefore launch big jobs and growth programmes, one year later the media and surveys tell them to concentrate on climate change. So, the question is: will the current interest of politics in the global warming issue be a passing… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer