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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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 […]

29 May 2012

29 May – European Commission: Mission Growth

Europe at the lead of the new industrial revolution Venue TBC AGENDA 9:15 Opening Session: Helle Thorning-Schmidt (tbc): Prime Minister of Denmark José Manuel Barroso: President of the European Commission 9:50 Key-Note Speech Antonio Tajani Vice-President of the European Commission 10:40 Panel Discussion “Industry’s role in the new industrial revolution: Generating smart growth through Europe 2020″ 11:50 Panel Discussion […]

25 April 2012

18 April – European Commission report: Exploiting the employment potential of green growth

Key facts and arguments: The Staff Working Document informs and advances an on-going strategic reflection process on how to build a competitive, low carbon and resource efficient economy in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy. Overall employment in “eco-industries” is estimated at 1-2% of total European employment. Job creation in these industries has been positive throughout the […]

30 March 2012

29 March – Le Monde: La crise épargnerait-elle l’économie verte ?

Celle-ci a représenté 452 600 emplois en 2010, soit une hausse de 4,5 % par rapport à l’année précédente, selon des chiffres présentés par le ministère de l’écologie, mercredi 28 mars. Mais ce chiffre avancé par le Commissariat général au développement durable (CGDD) est à relativiser. Car il ne traduit pas nécessairement des créations de nouveaux emplois. “Aucun des […]

27 March 2012

27 March – Scottish Renewables: Landmark jobs study shows true impact of renewable energy in Scotland

The study ‘Delivering the Ambition: employment in renewable energy in Scotland’, which will be launched at the Scottish Renewables Annual Conference in Edinburgh (27 March), is the first comprehensive assessment of full-time equivalent posts in Scotland to date. Having surveyed more than 200 companies working across a variety of renewable technologies including wind, wave and […]

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.