Around Europe 337 – November 2011

European Investment Bank Board of Directors Listen to Civil Society; New Briefing Papers on EU Responses to Terrorism: The implications for human rights, democratic governance and peace-building; We are victims of ourselves, yesterday, today, and tomorrow Click here to dowload (PDF – 1.2 Mb) Deutsche Ausgabe – November 2011 Neue Informationspapiere zu Antworten der EU […]

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Briefing paper: poverty, inequality and climate change

This briefing paper was created to create a discussion on the need for policy coherence between climate change, energy, external action (including conflict prevention), trade, economic policy, and international development as these all relate directly to a sustainable future for those within Europe and those in other areas. The paper considers the way in which […]

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Briefing paper: sustainable growth or growth versus sustainability

This is the second briefing paper – which is a discussion paper – in the Sustainable Energy Security series. It examines the relationships between resource use, climate emissions and economic growth. Read “Sustainable growth or growth versus sustainability: examining the relationships between resource use climate emissions and economic growth” (PDF – 3.4 MB)

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Briefing paper: energy efficiency and savings

The first briefing paper in the Sustainable Energy Security series. It considers the under-utilisation of Europe’s energy savings potential, and argues that the cheapest, fastest and most reliable way to de-carbonise our society is to invest in energy savings and behavioural change. Energy Efficiency and Savings: the under-utilisation of Europe’s energy savings potential Are we […]

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Consultation response: smart cities and communities initiative

In its Energy 2020 strategy, the European Commission identified the Smart Cities and Communities initiative as a project of European dimension for energy efficiency and for accelerating the large scale deployment of innovative, low-carbon technologies. QCEA believes that demand reduction via behavioural change is more crucial than technological innovation. SMART cities won’t work without efforts […]

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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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