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karinfiner

karinfiner has written 7 posts for European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

EU 2030 climate and energy framework

The Commission adopted the Green paper “A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies” (procedure file in the EP Legislative Observatory) in March 2013. The key objectives are “reducing greenhouse gas emission, securing energy supply and supporting growth, competitiveness and jobs through a high technology, cost efficient approach”. It takes into account the longer-term perspectives to 2050 … Continue reading

What’s happening on energy in the EU?

The aims of the EU energy policy are set in article 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. They include reducing energy consumption, implementing the internal energy market, developing new and renewable forms of energy, promoting the interconnection of energy networks, improving technology, protecting consumers and reinforcing the external dimension. The … Continue reading

Geopolitical and financial consequences of the shale revolution: Europe, Russia and Asia

Global gas demand As an effect of the ongoing financial and economic crisis, global gas demand (p.1) has decreased in the past years. At the same time, unconventional gas production, mainly in the US, has, together with an increased global capacity in liquefied natural gas (LNG) altered the supply side. These developments have an impact … Continue reading

Completion of the EU internal energy market

Updated on 21 November 2012 In order to liberalise the EU internal energy market, three legislative packages were adopted from 1996 to 2009. As a consequence, new gas and electricity suppliers can enter markets across the EU while consumers are free to choose their energy supplier. The ‘third energy package‘ (directives 2009/72 (electricity) and 2009/73 (gas)) … Continue reading

EU Renewable Energy Strategy

 The use of renewable energy has many potential benefits, including contributing to CO2 emissions reduction and decreasing dependency on fossil fuels and energy imports. The Renewable Energy Directive, adopted in 2009, sets binding targets to achieve a 20% share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption by 2020. To reach this target, every EU … Continue reading

EU Energy Roadmap 2050

The Energy Roadmap 2050, published on the 15 December 2011, goes beyond the 2020 goals set out in the Energy 2020 communication and provides an analysis of the long term energy policy orientations. The Energy roadmap follows on the Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050, which is part of the EU2020 Resource … Continue reading

Industrial and energy aspects of shale gas extraction

The 2050 Energy Roadmap, published by the Commission in December 2011, recognises shale gas as an energy source that could potentially lessen the EU’s import dependence and play an important part in the EU’s energy mix in the future.  However, there is continuing uncertainty about the future role of unconventional gas resources, in particular shale … Continue reading

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