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Gregor Erbach

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Paris Agreement: United States withdrawal

Written by Gregor Erbach, On 1 June 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change and try to negotiate a deal that is more favourable to the USA. The withdrawal could come into effect in November 2020 at the earliest, coinciding with the next … Continue reading

Intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy [EU legislation in progress]

Written by Gregor Erbach (4th edition), The Commission has proposed a decision which would require Member States to submit draft intergovernmental agreements with non-EU countries in the field of energy to it before they are signed. The Commission would then check whether they are compliant with EU law, and Member States would have to take … Continue reading

Post-2020 reform of the EU Emissions Trading System [EU Legislation in Progress]

In July 2015, the European Commission proposed a reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the period 2021-2030, following the guidance set by the October 2014 European Council. Continue reading

Risk-preparedness in the electricity sector [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector. This proposal addresses shortcomings in the existing legislation, notably a lack of regional coordination, and differing national rules and procedures. It would replace the existing legislation, and establish common rules on crisis prevention and crisis management in the electricity sector. Continue reading

New rules for the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a regulation on the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), as part of the ‘clean energy for all Europeans’ legislative package. Continue reading

Towards a stronger EU emissions trading system [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Gregor Erbach, In July 2015, the European Commission proposed a reform of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) for the 2021-2030 period. The proposed directive introduces tighter limits on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to achieve the EU’s 2030 climate targets, while protecting energy-intensive industries from the risk of ‘carbon leakage’. The Parliament is … Continue reading

Common rules for the internal electricity market [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a recast directive on the internal market for electricity, as part of a comprehensive legislative package entitled ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’. The proposed directive would oblige Member States to ensure a more competitive, customer-centred, flexible and non-discriminatory EU electricity market with market-based supply prices. Continue reading

Internal market for electricity [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a regulation on the internal market for electricity, as part of a comprehensive legislative package on the energy union. The proposed regulation is aimed at making the electricity market fit for more flexibility, decarbonisation and innovation, by providing for undistorted market signals. Continue reading

COP 22 and the ratification of The Paris Agreement

Written by Gregor Erbach and Clare Ferguson with Jack Meredith, The agenda of the 22nd meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), due to take place between 7th and 18th November, is expected to revolve largely around the issues surrounding the implementation of the … Continue reading

EU ratifies Paris Agreement, enables entry into force

Today the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg voted in favour of the EU ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change that was agreed at COP 21 in December last year. The Paris Agreement is the first-ever climate treaty that requires action from all countries, not just the developed nations. It is the outcome of a long and arduous negotiation process in which the EU played a leading role. Continue reading

EU Sustainable Energy Week promoting sustainable energy across Europe

Written by Gregor Erbach, The highlight of the EU Sustainable Energy Week #EUSEW16 is a three day conference in Brussels and brings together some 2 300 experts, entrepreneurs and policymakers. It takes place at a time when the EU is busy with preparations for implementing its commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The … Continue reading

Promotion of renewable energy sources in the EU: EU policies and Member State approaches

Written by Gregor Erbach, The development of renewable energy sources (RES) is a priority for the EU. One of the goals of the Energy Union strategy is to make the EU the world leader in renewable energies. Renewable energy comprises a wide variety of energy sources. The most important RES in the EU are wood … Continue reading

Intergovernmental agreements with non-EU countries in the field of energy [Policy Podcast]

Written by Gregor Erbach, In February 2016, the Commission proposed a decision that would require Member States to submit draft intergovernmental agreements (IGA) with non-EU countries in the field of energy to it before they are signed. The Commission would then check whether they are compliant with EU law, and Member States would have to … Continue reading

Climate: High priority for low carbon

Written by Richard Freedman in cooperation with Gregor Erbach, Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. The European Union has been in the vanguard of those pushing to tackle climate change and worked towards an ambitious agreement at the Paris Summit. Indeed, The Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015 by the … Continue reading

European statistics on natural gas and electricity prices [EU legislation in progress]

Written by Gregor Erbach (3rd edition), Member States would have to collect statistics on the prices charged to industrial consumers and households for natural gas and electricity. Price data would be reported every six months for different consumption volumes, and cover energy prices, network charges, taxes and levies, and their sub-components. The proposed regulation would … Continue reading

The Paris Agreement: A new framework for global climate action

Written by Gregor Erbach, The Paris Agreement was adopted on 12 December 2015 by the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It provides a framework for global actions to address climate change in the period after 2020. The objective of the agreement is to … Continue reading

Negotiating a new UN climate agreement: Challenges for the Paris climate change conference

Written by Gregor Erbach A new international agreement to combat climate change is due to be adopted in December 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The current climate agreements commit developed countries to take climate action, but not developing countries, some of … Continue reading

Climate policies in the EU and USA: Different approaches, convergent outcomes?

Written by Gregor Erbach This briefing surveys the climate policies of the European Union and the United States and identifies both similarities and differences in their respective positions ahead of the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris. Both the EU and the USA have achieved emission reductions in recent years, although the policy frameworks … Continue reading

Climate negotiations in Paris: last chance for the climate, or the beginning of a long process?

Written by Gregor Erbach All eyes on Paris The world will be looking to Paris at the end of November, where the nations of the world aim to conclude a new agreement on climate change that would catalyse worldwide action towards a low-carbon economy. The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework … Continue reading

Public concern about climate change in the run up to the UN Conference on Climate Change

Pew Research Center carried out a 40-country public opinion survey about climate change ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris. Following the release of the results on 5 November 2015, the Members’ Research Service hosted a policy hub about Public concern about climate change in the run up to the UN Conference on … Continue reading

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