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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Report: EU Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan

Global challenges to sustainability – especially climate change and crises in energy, food and water supply – mean that European lifestyles must change. Governments have agreed to develop action plans for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) but their environmental, energy and food strategies are based mainly on finding new supplies rather than reducing consumption. The […]

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Car scrapping – sense and nonsense of a popular sceme

In September 2009 the British government decided to extend the funds of the car scrappage bonus to an additional 100,000 vehicles with the aim of mitigating the impacts of the financial crisis on the struggling car industry and to prevent possible lay-offs. This initiative rewards people who want to scrap their old car with a certain financial […]

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