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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04 June 2014

The 10 things we can learn from Europe about energy efficiency

The Guardian– 03.06.14 Steve Cole Across Europe a green building revolution is under way. Germany and Austria, the home of the Passive House standards, may be leading the charge but there is a reassuringly pan-European feel to Powerhouse Europe challenge – a project that aims to boost the number of “nearly zero energy” homes across […]

21 May 2014

Europe’s Solars Weigh Airbus-Style Factory to Beat China

Bloomberg – 20.05.14 Stefan Nicola A group of European solar companies may build one of the biggest solar-panel factories in an effort to beat Chinese competitors on cost in a plan reminiscent of the region’s creation of Airbus. The companies, backed by research institutes from Germany, France and Switzerland, are considering a multi-gigawatt-sized module plant, […]

09 May 2014

EU signals support for green free trade agreement

Business Green-09.05.2014 James Murray Ambitious plans for a new international free trade agreement designed to accelerate the rollout of clean technologies took an important step forward this week, as the EU signalled its support for the proposal. Earlier this year, 14 World Trade Organisation members, including the EU, the US, Japan and China, used the […]

22 April 2014

Google: Pioneering Residential Energy Efficiency

CleanTechnica, 22/04/2014 By Nathan Venos It’s time for America to get smart on residential energy use. The sector accounts for approximately 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it crucial to the United States’ efforts to preserve energy resources and curb climate change. And the impacts could be enormous; for every 1% reduction in the average America’s residential […]

17 April 2014

EU to host industry talks ahead of setting 2030 climate goals

Reuters – 16.04.14 By Ben Garside The European Commission will hold three meetings this summer on how to ensure the bloc’s industries can compete in global markets while meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it said on Wednesday. The meetings aim to gather views on rules determining if companies can continue to receive free carbon permits under […]

09 April 2014

EU could create 860,000 waste jobs by 2030 – EEB

ENDS Europe  07.04.14 By Francois Le Goff Ambitious EU waste policies focusing on waste reduction, recycling and re-use could create 860,000 jobs in Europe by 2030, according to environmental group EEB. The Brussels-based NGO has estimated the economic and environmental benefits of three policy scenarios. The findings were published on Monday as the European Commission […]

06 April 2014

Foreign Frackers Now Find Comfort in Water-Hungry Spain

Nick Leiber and Todd White Bloomberg – 03.04.2014   A few years ago, fracking in Spain seemed as likely as bullfighting in Britain. These days, energy companies from Texas, Canada and Ireland are going after exploration and drilling permits in hopes of capitalizing on geology that indicates Spain has a sizable chunk of the 883 […]

17 June 2012

17 June – Le Monde: Hollande propose un plan de 120 milliards pour la croissance

François Hollande a proposé cette semaine aux chefs d’Etat européens, en amont du sommet des 28 et 29 juin à Bruxelles, une série de mesures de croissance “à effet immédiat” nécessitant 120 milliards d’euros, affirme le Journal du dimanchedans son édition du 17 juin. L’hebdomadaire assure s’être procuré une copie d’un document de 11 pages transmis selon lui jeudi […]

14 June 2012

12 June – IMF Chief Calls for CO2 Taxes

The head of the International Monetary Fund called Tuesday for governments to tax carbon dioxide emissions to help limit human-generated greenhouse gases thought to contribute to a change in the Earth’s climate and to raise revenue in difficult budget times. “We need to get the green economy right,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in […]

12 June 2012

11 June – Gaurdian: Global investment in renewable energy at record high

Global investment in renewable energy surged to a new high last year, despite the widespread recession. But experts warned that the rate of growth was showing signs of slowing, and would need to speed up if the world’s economies are to be transformed on to a low-carbon footing. Last year, investment in renewable energy reached […]

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.