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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Solar revenues to hit $5tr by 2030

Business Green – 05.03.15 The solar market is set to expand 10-fold by 2030 with the technology heading towards becoming the world’s dominant electricity source, Deutsche Bank analysts have said. In a new report seen by RenewEconomy, the company expects solar power to be generating $5tr in revenues in 15 years’ time, displacing large amounts of […]

Book: The Winning of the Carbon War

by Jeremy Leggett Humanity is in a race, a kind of civil war. Believers in a safe future fuelled by endless sunlight and related forms of clean energy combat defenders of finite carbon fuels often careless of the impact they have on the world by clinging to coal, oil, and gas. Jeremy Leggett fought for […]

Le démantèlement des centrales et la gestion des déchets corsent le coût du nucléaire (FR)

Par  Patrick Roger, LE MONDE –  27.05.2014  Désormais, l’arrêté du 7 février 2012 introduit le principe de démantèlement « dans un délai aussi court que possible » après l’arrêt définitif de l’installation nucléaire. La future loi de programmation sur la transition énergétique devrait contenir des dispositions confortant ce principe, dans le but de pouvoir commencer le démantèlement dès l’arrêt […]

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. […]

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Solar revenues to hit $5tr by 2030

Business Green – 05.03.15 The solar market is set to expand 10-fold by 2030 with the technology heading towards becoming the world’s dominant electricity source, Deutsche Bank analysts have said. In a new report seen by RenewEconomy, the company expects solar power to be generating $5tr in revenues in 15 years’ time, displacing large amounts of […]

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China set to tighten coal and carbon caps in next five year plan

Ed King, RTCC – 03.03.15  China is likely to adopt tougher coal and carbon dioxide caps in its next five-year plan, set to run from 2016-2020, according to a leading expert on Beijing’s climate strategy. “For CO2 emissions, I do expect there would be a serious cap to be put in place,” said Professor Qi Ye, […]

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Rio Tinto thermal coal mine in Australia cleared to expand

By James Regan, Reuters – 04.03.15 Australia’s Bengalla coal mine has been cleared to boost output by a third and operate for another two decades, majority owner Rio Tinto said on Wednesday. Rio Tinto subsidiary Coal & Allied and 40 percent partner Wesfarmers Ltd have been seeking the clearance by the New South Wales state government […]

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Book: The Winning of the Carbon War

by Jeremy Leggett Humanity is in a race, a kind of civil war. Believers in a safe future fuelled by endless sunlight and related forms of clean energy combat defenders of finite carbon fuels often careless of the impact they have on the world by clinging to coal, oil, and gas. Jeremy Leggett fought for […]

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Dans la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim, des incidents à répétition

Par  Pierre Le Hir, Le Monde.fr – 02.03.2015 Coup sur coup, les deux réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim (Haut-Rhin) ont été mis à l’arrêt. Pour des raisons bien différentes. Le réacteur 2 a été stoppé dans la nuit du vendredi 27 au samedi 28 février, indique EDF, dans le cadre d’un arrêt programmé destiné au remplacement d’un […]

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UK joins Romanian push for new EU nuclear aid package

By Arthur Neslen, The Guardian – 04.03.15 The UK and seven other countries last month called for a new package of nuclear aid funding and support, in a letter sent to the commission ahead of the EU’s energy union policy launch. The letter, seen by the Guardian, calls for new EU financing mechanisms for nuclear as […]

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Focus on green tech to tackle climate change, says UK’s climate adviser

By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian – 03.03.15 Green technology should be as much a focus of tackling climate change as the United Nations negotiations leading up to a crunch conference in Paris this December, the UK’s top foreign office adviser on climate said on Tuesday. Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government […]

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The riches and perils of the fossil-fuel age

By Martin Wolf, Financial Times – 04.03.15 If nations could agree a carbon tax, it would help create a more efficient, less polluting future Our ancestors lived in eras we call the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Ours is the “fossil-fuel age”. The energy we have extracted from the earth’s reserves of […]

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Le démantèlement des centrales et la gestion des déchets corsent le coût du nucléaire (FR)

Par  Patrick Roger, LE MONDE –  27.05.2014  Désormais, l’arrêté du 7 février 2012 introduit le principe de démantèlement « dans un délai aussi court que possible » après l’arrêt définitif de l’installation nucléaire. La future loi de programmation sur la transition énergétique devrait contenir des dispositions confortant ce principe, dans le but de pouvoir commencer le démantèlement dès l’arrêt […]

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Oil price fall keeps eurozone inflation in negative territory

By Claire Jones in Nicosia, Financial Times 2-03-2015 Consumer prices in the currency area fell 0.3 per cent in the year to February, Eurostat, the European Commission’s statistics bureau, said on Monday. That is marginally better than the January figure of 0.6 per cent, which was the lowest reading since the summer of 2009. While […]

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.