A TOOLKIT OF ECONOMIC ARGUMENTS ON EUROPE'S

LOW-CARBON ECONOMY

A handful of economic myths focused on the negative effects of ambitious climate action currently dominate the public discourse. This toolkit addresses these myths with referenced arguments.

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Nuclear power: Energy for the future or a relic of the past?

By Richard Anderson, BBC – 27.02.15 Those living in Western Europe could be forgiven for thinking nuclear power is a spent force. Overwhelming public opposition has forced Italy to abandon any plans for reigniting its nuclear industry, while Germany is pressing ahead with its long-held policy of phasing out all reactors by 2022. Belgium is following […]

OpEd: Does diversification of supply routes really deliver energy security?

Luca Bergamaschi (OpEd), EurActiv – 26.02.15 Simply diversifying energy supply routes does not necessarily guarantee energy security, writes Luca Bergamaschi after the European Commission published its plans for Energy Union. Luca Bergamaschi is a researcher at leading environmental think tank E3G. Energy security is often understood as a matter of physical disruption. In response, policymakers tend to […]

Energy Union a green light for human rights abusers, warn NGOs

By James Crisp, EurActiv – 26.02.15 EXCLUSIVE: The European Union’s flagship energy project will prop up a rogue’s gallery of authoritarian governments responsible for a string of human rights abuses, while not improving gas supply security, civil society organisations have warned. Turkey, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and “other potential suppliers in the Middle East and Africa” were named in […]

Global warming likely to accelerate after “pause”, say scientists

Sophie Yeo, RTCC – 24.02.15 Once the current global warming “pause” comes to a close, there could be a period of even faster warming, say scientists, as heat stored in the ocean is released back into the atmosphere. The impact could be particularly pronounced in the Arctic, say the authors of a new paper published in Nature Climate Change this week, […]

EU “backtracks” on climate goals in UN pledge, say expert

By Ed King, RTCC – 24.02.15 Europe’s proposed new climate goals could be weaker than previously announced due to its method of accounting for changes in land use. Last October the bloc agreed to target greenhouse gas cuts of 40% on 1990 levels by 2030, a rise on its 20% goal for 2020. But in a leaked […]

UN climate head Rajendra Pachauri resigns

24 Feb 2015, BBC News Rajendra Pachauri stepped down with immediate effect after 13 years of heading up the IPCC The head of the UN climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mr Pachauri said he was unable to provide strong […]

The Juncker Commission: “A strong and experienced team standing for change”

President-elect Juncker unveiled his team and the new shape of the next European Commission. After the European Union has come through one of the most testing periods in its history, one of the biggest challenges will be to convince citizens that things will change. To deliver change, the Commission needs to be open to reform. […]

Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984

Matt McGrath BBC – 09.09.14 A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that it highlights the need for a global […]

Election of Donald Tusk puts EU climate position in doubt

Euractiv, 9-9-2014 The election of Donald Tusk as head of the European Council comes alongside pressure for Poland to improve its environmental record. The 2030 climate package is due to be adopted before the arrival of the new president, who is more concerned with the European Energy Union than with his climate change commitments. A […]

MPs agree on ‘blueprint’ for UN climate deal in 2015

RTCC-09.06.2014 Ed King MPs from 80 countries have agreed to push for tougher climate change legislation in their domestic parliaments. A three-day meeting of around 400 international lawmakers in Mexico City ended on Sunday with a ‘resolution’ to support UN efforts to develop a global greenhouse gas cutting deal in 2015. “Now is the time […]

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Nuclear power: Energy for the future or a relic of the past?

By Richard Anderson, BBC – 27.02.15 Those living in Western Europe could be forgiven for thinking nuclear power is a spent force. Overwhelming public opposition has forced Italy to abandon any plans for reigniting its nuclear industry, while Germany is pressing ahead with its long-held policy of phasing out all reactors by 2022. Belgium is following […]

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China’s coal use fell 2.9% in 2014

By Ed King, RTCC – 26.02.15 China’s coal consumption fell by 2.9% between 2013 and 2014, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics said today. Energy use rose 2.2% with gas use up 8.6% and crude oil up 5.9%. Energy consumption per 10,000 yuan (US $1,598) worth of GDP fell 4.8%. Over the same time period the […]

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Failure in Paris would be grave, warns US climate envoy

By Pilita Clark, Financial Times – 26.02.15 Failure to agree an international deal in Paris this year would have grave consequences for UN negotiations to counter global warming, the US special envoy for climate change has warned.“If the process were to fail then I think that that would be a serious thing for the UNFCCC as […]

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Obama vetoes bill pushing pipeline approval

By Michael D. Shear & Coral Davenport,  International New York Times – 24.02.15 President Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep aside one of the first major challenges to his authority by the new Republican Congress. With no fanfare and a 104-word letter […]

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Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK

By Fred Pearce, New Scientist – 24.02.15 A wind of change is blowing through the UK’s power stations. Renewable sources of energy like wind turbines could soon generate more electricity than nuclear power stations. The contribution of renewables towards keeping the lights on more than doubled from 6.8 per cent in 2010 to 14.9 per cent […]

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OpEd: Does diversification of supply routes really deliver energy security?

Luca Bergamaschi (OpEd), EurActiv – 26.02.15 Simply diversifying energy supply routes does not necessarily guarantee energy security, writes Luca Bergamaschi after the European Commission published its plans for Energy Union. Luca Bergamaschi is a researcher at leading environmental think tank E3G. Energy security is often understood as a matter of physical disruption. In response, policymakers tend to […]

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Energy Union a green light for human rights abusers, warn NGOs

By James Crisp, EurActiv – 26.02.15 EXCLUSIVE: The European Union’s flagship energy project will prop up a rogue’s gallery of authoritarian governments responsible for a string of human rights abuses, while not improving gas supply security, civil society organisations have warned. Turkey, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and “other potential suppliers in the Middle East and Africa” were named in […]

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France and Philippines call for “ambitious” climate deal

By Sophie Yeo, RTCC – 26.02.15 France and the Philippines have launched a joint call for a “universal, equitable and ambitious climate deal” this year in Paris. All countries, from the poorest to the wealthiest, will come together in Paris in December under the UN to sign a global binding climate agreement. As president of the proceedings, […]

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Global warming likely to accelerate after “pause”, say scientists

Sophie Yeo, RTCC – 24.02.15 Once the current global warming “pause” comes to a close, there could be a period of even faster warming, say scientists, as heat stored in the ocean is released back into the atmosphere. The impact could be particularly pronounced in the Arctic, say the authors of a new paper published in Nature Climate Change this week, […]

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Europe’s Energy Union needs carbon capture and storage

By Dr. Graeme Sweeney (OpEd), urActiv – 25.02.15 Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) should be an integral part of the European Commission’s Energy Union proposal, argues Graeme Sweeney, as it provides the only decarbonisation option for some energy-intensive industries. Dr. Graeme Sweeney is the chairman of the Zero Emissions Platform, a coalition of energy companies, governments and research […]

Importance of Low Carbon

A handful of arguments focused on the negative effects of increasing the EU's climate policy ambition - whether increasing Europe's emission reduction goal, tightening the Emissions Trading System, or introducing new policies to reduce emissions - currently dominate public discourse. These arguments build on the exaggerated concerns of a few industrial sectors and remain unchallenged by most policy makers, afraid of losing jobs and money in the current economic context. As a result, policy debates are biased by a few commonly accepted myths and misleadingly focused on minimising costs and protecting vested interests.