Opinion

Towards a climate neutral industrial strategy in Europe

Europe urgently needs an industrial strategy in line with international climate targets, backed by a smart policy framework to help heavy industry decarbonise and remain competitive, says Matilda Axelson from the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Real life vehicle-to-grid seeks market opportunities

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Modernising the grid without breaking the bank

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Data driven report on electricity in Europe

Reports & books

A presentation of conclusions drawn from vast quantities of data, Power Facts Europe 2019 is a dry read. But it is also refreshingly packed with real world evidence of how the transition of 500 million citizens to clean electricity is being actively and positively managed by grid operators. The report, from the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), bluntly tells us that failing to build out the grid as planned to integrate renewables will result in an extra system cost by 2040 of €43 billion a year.

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Ten years and ten tasks to rewire the economy

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Rewiring the Economy from Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership is described as a strategic compass bearing for business, government and finance leaders. The intention is to inspire collaboration between the three for fundamental change in the global economy. Inequality, conflict and insecurity are the author’s worries along with degradation of ecosystems, depletion of resources and rising greenhouse gas levels. Government and Finance are each allotted three tasks, while Business gets four. Decisions based on evidence, measuring the right things and “socially useful” action are among the most frequent admonishments.

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Case studies in how to fast track zero-carbon growth

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The best way for governments to accelerate action on clean electrification and environmental husbandry is to implement bold policies that provide clarity and confidence for bold business investment. For courageous policies that work, look to business leadership, is the key message from The Ambition Loop, a hard-hitting, how-to report. It documents successful business-policy feedback loops for a wide range of countries and technologies. A stimulating read that inspires action for public-private partnerships and provides step-by-step instructions on how to go about it.

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We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

Latest articles

Good policies will allow heavy industry to drive a European clean energy economy

FORESIGHT Editor in Chief Philippa Nuttall Jones speaks to Matilda Axelson about how policy makers in Europe can create an industrial strategy that supports heavy industry’s clean energy transition and ensures it remains competitive globally. 

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Ten steps to become a carbon neutral business

Sustainable business means taking responsibility for your impact. This is the definition of carbon neutrality: reducing your emissions as much as possible and compensating for the rest.

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Spanish utility Iberdrola is testing the use of blockchain to show customers exactly where their wind energy is produced. Francisco Hernanz, Head of Renewable Energy Management at the company, highlights the importance of innovation

Blockchain in energy

Spanish utility Iberdrola is testing the use of blockchain to show customers exactly where their wind energy is produced. Francisco Hernanz, Head of Renewable Energy Management at the company, highlights the importance of innovation

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The Netherlands faces an unprecedented transformation as it aims to switch off its natural gas supplies in favour of cleaner fuels in the next 30 years

The Dutch Energiewende: Goodbye to natural gas

The Netherlands faces an unprecedented transformation as it aims in the next 30 years to switch off its gas supplies in favour of cleaner fuels

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Set up at the end of the Cold War, the Energy Charter Treaty, without significant reform, is now largely irrelevant and doing more harm than good to the energy transition, argues Sarah Keay-Bright, independent consultant and previously expert at the Energy Charter Secretariat

Energy Charter Treaty and the energy transition: reform, then exit?

Set up at the end of the Cold War, the Energy Charter Treaty, without significant reform, is now largely irrelevant and doing more harm than good to the energy transition, argues Sarah Keay-Bright, independent consultant and previously expert at the Energy Charter Secretariat

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Schleswig-Holstein, Germany is testing how a 100% renewable power system can be achieved with internal low voltage distribution networks, flexible consumption and generation from local production points

Fail safe renewable energy power systems

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany is testing how a 100% renewable power system can be achieved with internal low voltage distribution networks, flexible consumption and generation from local production points

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Parked electric vehicles plugged into the electricity network with charged batteries could sell stored power back through the network. Nissan is the first to qualify a car battery system to sell its stored power into an existing market for primary regulation services to maintain grid frequency

Real life vehicle-to-grid seeks market opportunities

Parked electric vehicles plugged into the electricity network with charged batteries could sell stored power back through the network. Nissan is the first to qualify a car battery system to sell its stored power into an existing market for primary regulation services to maintain grid frequency

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Businesses should take full advantage of the EU’s place as an energy transition leader, write Sami Andoura and Philipp Offenberg from the European Political Strategy Centre, the European Commission’s think-tank

Accelerating the transformation to a climate neutral economy

Businesses should take full advantage of the EU’s place as an energy transition leader, write Sami Andoura and Philipp Offenberg from the European Political Strategy Centre, the European Commission’s think-tank

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Cities

Mission possible: Leuven’s strategy for carbon neutrality

Cooperation and social justice are at the heart of plans by the historic university city of Leuven, Belgium to become carbon neutral, as is the radical idea of giving owners no choice but to energy-renovate their homes

Modernising the grid without breaking the bank

Small is not always beautiful

Incapacitated markets

Working multilaterally for a successful smart city

Disruptive definitions

Multiple benefits

Mobilising money

Seagrass beats rainforests as carbon sink

A perfect match: Using carbon revenues to finance energy efficiency

Working together for economic and climate goals

The great potential of autonomous mobility

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