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Being competitive in a low-carbon world

UK industry pays more for its electricity than counterparts in France and Germany for various reasons. Delivering more competitive power prices will require the UK government to make some important decisions on the future of onshore wind, the structure of the power market and its desired outcome from the Brexit negotiations, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group.

How to limit global warming to 1.5°C

According to a draft of a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to be finalised and published by October 2018, there is a "very high risk" that the world will miss the target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by the 2040s. What actions need to be taken so that the world gets back on track to achieve the target?

How to reduce global warming: A roadmap

Greenhouse-gas emissions from human sources need to fall to net zero by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change. Can the combination of initiatives such as the Carbon Law, Project Drawdown and 100% Renewables and Electrification provide a viable roadmap to reduce global warming?

The Energy Summit 2017: Renewables or fossil fuels?

Financial costs associated with the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, getting to 100% renewables and electrification, and effective ways of reducing carbon emissions caused by fossil fuels were the top trending topics during The Economist Events’ Energy Summit 2017 in London in late November 2017. During the discussion two opposing climate change narratives emerged, focusing on financial risks borne by investors in fossil fuel companies.

Europe’s long road to Energy Union

The statement was a long-awaited step in integrating the EU economies, but also an ambitious one. The EU, and Europe in general, is home to a patchwork of national approaches to energy security and regulation. That difficulty is compounded by legacy systems that must be brought into harmony, as well as political mistrust among some of the states involved. A further complication is the different pace at which countries are impacted by trends in energy demand and power generation.

Clean Growth Strategy: an important milestone for the UK economy

By showing cross-government commitment to growing low-carbon investments and setting out measures to cut emissions across the UK economy, the Clean Growth Strategy sends a clear signal to the business community. Detailed policies in areas such as energy efficiency in buildings will now be essential to ensure private-sector investment is significantly increased and UK climate targets are met.

The environment and Brexit: to be handled with care

To have world class environmental legislation after Brexit, the UK government will have to preserve the effectiveness of EU-derived laws through its Repeal Bill whilst simultaneously pushing through a bold new environmental policy agenda, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group.

The era of the “clean car” is getting closer

Beyond the growth of renewable technologies in the power sector, significant technological and corporate changes are also afoot in the car industry. If accompanied by innovative and holistic policies, these could make an important dent in road transport emissions, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group.

Macron’s electoral success can re-energise the EU’s climate policy

Emmanuel Macron's success in the recent parliamentary election could result in a much bolder low carbon policy in France and the rest of the EU, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group.

A prosperous Britain needs to be low carbon

Supporting the continued growth and export potential of the UK’s low carbon economy will be essential to the Conservative Party’s pledge to build a prosperous Britain, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group

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