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  • EUROPEAN CARBON MARKET : DO WE REALLY WANT TO REFORM IT ?

    While the world has a rendezvous in late November, at the COP21, to reach an agreement on climate change, the debate on the European carbon market - which is supposed to be the key instrument to boost investments in low-carbon technologies – begin this year 2015 with a disagreement on the essential question of the need to establish a market stability reserve, to improve the functioning of the ETS market…

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  • CARBON : A FAIR PRICE TO SAVE THE CLIMATE

    François Hollande clearly stated it last week : he wants to set up "innovative financing instruments, especially regarding carbon pricing, in the light of of the COP21 ". A salutary decision considering that the national law for energy transition doesn’t include, at this stage, any measure to ensure a strong CO2 price, to foster the adaptation of EU industries to low-carbon technologies. Nevertheless, if France wants to be exemplary in the fight against climate change, it must establish a consistent low carbon strategy, supported by an incentive CO2 price…

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  • ENERGY-CLIMATE : FRANCE ON TOP OF THE WORLD ENERGY PODIUM

    One reason, at least, to start 2015 with optimism : while Paris is hosting the COP21 at the end of this year, France won’t be ashamed of its energy performance. In fact, it appears in the third place of the ranking of "Global Energy Architecture Performance Index" (EAPI) *, conducted by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Accenture

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  • ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE : 2015 WILL BE « CLIMATIC »

    While the international climate conference (COP20) was launched this week in Lima, France just completed its 3rd Environmental Conference. Beyond the will, clearly stated by the President of the Republic and the government, to obtain a "historic agreement" in Paris in 2015, what does this mean for the next COP21 ?

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  • CLIMATE : AN URGENT NEED TO SAVE THE EUROPEAN CARBON MARKET !

    The climate, ousted by the economic crisis for a while, is now back on the forefront of the world’s stage, with the next COP21 in the radar. For the first time, the G20 has spoken, last week, in favor of a "resolute and effective" action for climate. On November 12, China and the United States announced their joint ambition to adopt a plan for reducing their GHG emissions. Last but not least, the European Union adopted last month its strategy for the energy and climate policy for 2030. But, some questions are still unsolved and, for Europe, the main problem is that its main instrument to promote the development of low-carbon technologies - the famous carbon market - is still in bad shape… and it becomes urgent to reform it deeply.

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  • Germany, time to choose !

    So far, the electricity supply/demand balance has always been ensured in Europe. But from this year, for some European countries, things might even become more complicated in case of a harsh winter... Many others should also face to the same situation starting from winter 2016, when the first effects of European directives forcing the closure of selected thermal power plants will be felt. In sum, in a European electricity system increasingly interconnected, the security of supply should be threatened in the medium term, at the European level. Hence, the debate currently ongoing in Germany on the means to improve the functioning and design of the energy market...

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  • ENERGY TRANSITION : IN THE UK TOO !

    The energy transition is a highly topical issue here in France, with the “energy Transition Law” underway. But it is also a process that has been undertaken by several other EU countries. If Germany is constantly quoted as an example - good for some, risky for others - it is however not the only state that initiated big reforms in this area. Thus, the UK approach is also interesting to analyze, as a country that resolutely decided to combine ecological ambitions and economic pragmatism...

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  • A HECKLED START FOR THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    Even before it actually started, the new European Commission proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker already has to pick up the pieces. The start of the hearings of the Designated-Commissioners shows that we are far from unanimity on the 27 portfolios dedicated to each commissioner.. Last Wednesday, Miguel Arias Canete had to fight hardly to try to convince he might be a good Commissioner for both energy, and climate issues. The "verdict" is expected tomorrow ... and the battle is far from being won !

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  • Security of supply : Risks exist also for electricity

    If for the moment, the concerns about security of supply in Europe are mostly focused on gas supplies, due to the Ukrainian crisis, they may unfortunately quickly arise also on electricity supplies. The UFE, aware of those concerns for a long time, engaged itself and its German Partners to work together, under an industrial approach and a strongly European perspective, on tools which could be used to complete the current organization of the electricity markets and contribute to a better security of supply...

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