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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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 […]

Chinese official plays down emission cut expectations

Reuters-09.06.2014 David Stanway Any near-term regulation of China’s greenhouse gas emissions would likely allow for future emissions growth, a senior government official said on Monday, discounting any suggestion of imminent carbon cuts by the biggest-emitting nation. Sun Cuihua, deputy director of the climate change office at the National Development and Reform Commission, said it would […]

The beginnings of a common European energy policy

  Financial Times-08.06.2014 Nick Butler A 220-page document entitled “Commission Staff Working Document: In-depth study of European Energy Security” is hardly designed to be a best seller. Few outside Brussels will read the European Commission paper in full, which is a pity because it is an excellent piece of work. It also provides the basis […]

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-China plan to cap CO2 emissions seen turning point in climate talks

Reuters – 03.06.14 Joseph Radford (Changes attribution in paragraph 1 to government adviser, alters paragraph 3 to say adviser’s statement) * Government adviser says China to introduce absolute cap from 2016 * U.S. has announced plans to rein in emissions from its power sector * Climate negotiators heading to Germany for climate talks China will […]

China and Russia sign a mega gas deal (FR)

Xinhua News  21-05-2014 La Chine et la Russie ont signé mercredi à Shanghai un accord longtemps attendu qui met fin à plus d’une décennie de négociations sur l’approvisionnement en gaz naturel entre les deux pays voisins. Le président russe Vladimir Poutine, actuellement en visite d’Etat en Chine, avait déclaré hier que “des progrès significatifs” avaient […]

Polish plan on EU Russian gas buying gaining support

Reuters – 26.05.14 Barbara Lewis Poland’s call for European Union nations to work together in price negotiations with Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom is gaining support spurred by the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine. Following a tour of European capitals to drum up backing, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was invited to Brussels last week to […]

Anti-EU parties storm European election

The Financial Times – 26-05-2014 By James Fontanella-Khan in Brussels, Hugh Carnegy in Paris and Kiran Stacey  France’s far-right Front National stormed to victory in European elections on Sunday night, leading an unprecedented surge in support for anti-EU parties across Europe that was set to reverberate far beyond Brussels.The FN, led by Marine le Pen, claimed victory […]

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China sees big drop in carbon emissions: Premier

China Daily – 10.09.14  China’s carbon emissions saw the largest drop in years as the nation furthers structural readjustment to improve growth quality, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday. The country’s carbon intensity was cut by about 5 percent in the first half of the year, the largest drop in many years, the premier […]

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Poll suggests majority of Tory MPs reject climate science warnings

Business Green – 10.09.14  PRWeek commissioned survey reveals over half of MPs feel manmade climate change not conclusively proven and 18 per cent reckon it is ‘environmentalist propaganda’ As David Cameron prepares to travel to this month’s New York Climate Summit and reiterate his view that climate change is one of the most serious threats […]

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Juncker focuses energy portfolios on security

By Valerie Flynn ENDS Europe – 10.09.14 The incoming European Commission will be strongly focused on energy security, with the commissioner responsible for climate action reporting to a vice-president for ‘energy union’. Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed former Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratušek to the latter role, a new position with a geo-political focus. […]

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Which narrative will prevail at the UN’s climate summit?

By Saleemul Huq RTCC – 11.09.14  COMMENT: Debate over the costs of action versus the costs of inaction is likely to dominate Ban Ki-moon’s high level gathering The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki Moon has invited heads of government, business and civil society to a Climate Summit at the United Nations […]

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Research shows surprise global warming ‘hiatus’ could have been forecast

Melissa Davey The Guardian – 09.09.14 Australian and US climate experts say with new ocean-based modelling tools, the early 2000s warming slowdown was foreseeable Australian and US researchers have shown that the slowdown in the rate of global warming in the early 2000s, known as a so-called “global warming hiatus”, could have been predicted if […]

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China suggests cap on coal use, import curbs in draft air pollution law

Kathy Chen, Stian Reklev and David Stanway Point Carbon – 10.09.14 China is looking to impose a national cap on coal consumption and a ban on the import of low-quality coal with a new air pollution law, the draft version of which has been released, aimed at strengthening the country’s efforts to fight smog. The […]

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Juncker’s energy union vision shakes things up

By Anca Gurzu Europolitics – 10.09.14  The new structure of portfolios is largely welcomed, but questions remain about the importance climate will have Energy and climate issues received a significant facelift in Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Commission structure – a new architecture and strategically selected commissioners that highlight where the priorities will lie. But reviews […]

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Green Climate Fund lowers cash demands to $10bn

By Ed King RTCC – 10.09.14  Pressure rising on governments to back UN’s green bank ahead of Ban Ki-moon’s New York summit The UN’s flagship Green Climate Fund has scaled back plans to raise US$ 15 billion by the end of 2014, with a new goal of $10bn. Senior government officials from developed countries met in […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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.