Consultation response: bio-based economy

Public consultation on the state of play and future potential of the “bio-based economy for Europe” by means of a vaguely defined term, indicates another Commission attempt to legitimize a concept without being clear on what it is, how realistic the scientific assumptions are, and an over-reliance on the uncritical promotion of technological “fixes”. This […]

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Consultation response: permit granting procedures for energy infrastructure projects

Europe has had a disjointed year in terms of energy policy, with three different roadmaps and an overabundance of ambitious rhetoric, none of which add up to a coherent plan for energy and climate security, and only piecemeal policies to show for it. Given the long life of energy infrastructure, the pipelines and power stations […]

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Consultation response: roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe

Resource efficiency plays a crucial role in sustainable energy security, and it is vital that policy-makers appreciate the importance of resource efficiency and savings as the starting point for an overall energy policy for Europe. Read the Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe consultation (PDF – 70 Kb) Read QCEA’s consultation response (PDF – 123 […]

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Consultation response: the external dimension of the EU energy strategy

The Directorate General for Energy within the European Commission launched a public consultation on the external dimension of the EU energy strategy. QCEA welcomed this consultation as a public acknowledgement of the connections between EU foreign/external policy and energy policy. This is a connection not made often enough either in EU public statements or in […]

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Consultation response: roadmap for a low carbon economy by 2050

The challenge is well identified, and business as usual will not get us there. We must act now to ensure that existing energy and climate commitments are interpreted in the strongest way possible. If the European Union is not careful, a coordinated response to Europe’s energy revolution will be impossible, and the consequences ungovernable. Given […]

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Report: Military Responses to Energy Security Problems

EU Member States have taken part in military missions with energy security components for many years, though NATO, in support of US-led actions and independently. EU militaries contributed to US interventions Operation Earnest Will at the tail-end of the Iran-Iraq war and the 1991 and 2003 Gulf Wars. Britain, the EU’s largest military power, has […]

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The impact of animal farming on people and planet

The World Bank estimates demand for meat and dairy products will grow by 85 per cent by 2030. This demand comes predominantly from the industrialised, developed world. Meat and dairy production can have severe consequences for climate change and resource depletion. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in their report Livestock’s Long Shadow¬†have estimated […]

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