Category: European Union

CCS in Poland and Germany

Both Poland and Germany could greatly reduce GHG emissions with the use of CCS technology. However,  political and financial barriers will inhibit the deployment of CCS. Keep reading if you’d like to find out what those barriers are, and recommendations

Why is the ETS in the dumps?

Source: The Guardian   Why is the world’s premiere market-based solution to greenhouse gas emissions not functioning properly? What policy solutions have the EU adopted to mitigate the problem? This blog post provides an introduction to the EU’s ETS. It

EU Emissions Reduction Success Stories

This blog post will examine some EU emissions reduction success stories that are often ignored because they aren’t occurring in the largest economies of the region. It will explore whether or not there is opportunity for the strategies of smaller

Energy Efficiency Carbon Mitigation Potential in the EU

Energy Efficiency[1] Background While Europe’s compact city design bodes well for transportation emissions mitigation, the aging buildings that comprise these cities poses a completely different set of challenges.  The buildings of the EU are responsible for 1.5 GtCO2e/year. This comes

What’s the deal with CCS in the UK?

  Source: The Guardian The UK began to shift away from coal in 1990.  This trend has continued to play out in recent years, to the point that in 2008 natural gas produced 45 percent of the UK’s electricity, while

Prospects for Nuclear Energy in the Post-Fukushima World

 Source: The Guardian A common argument you might hear about is that the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant disaster scared the world away from pursuing nuclear energy. The only problem is that argument is not particularly well-supported by the evidence.

Nuclear Power in Germany: No Return

The conventional wisdom holds that the nuclear phaseout in Germany is a reaction to the Fukushima disaster on March 11, 2011. The story goes something like this: Fukushima changed Germany’s views on nuclear energy by “scaring” German politicians and constituents

The Future of Coal: The Case for HELE Generation

High-efficiency and low-emission technology coal generation describes three tiers of carbon-intensity and coal-consumption intensity: supercritical, ultra-super critical, and advanced ultra-supercritical technology. According to the IEA, non-HELE technology, or sub-critical generation, is most common in coal-generated electricity today. Plants combust pulverized

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Energy Future of Europe

The issue of hydraulic fracturing is revealing deep divisions in the European Union. While many of the rich nations of Western Europe have all shunned the practice, the poorer countries of Eastern Europe are in favor of it. The debate

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International Transport Part 1: Territorial and Consumption Emissions and the Global Race to the Bottom

Maritime, aviation and land-based traffic due to trade and commerce and tourism compose the moving facade of international transport, one of the fastest growing sources for GHG emissions globally. In fact, though international transport describes the interaction of two or