Whose carbon price is it anyway? Strengthening carbon markets in the European Union through Fit for 55

Carbon pricing has been the European Union’s cornerstone in the fight against climate change since the start of the Emissions Trading System (ETS) setup in 2005. The ETS functions by imposing a cap on the total emissions allowed in the EU and requiring polluters to submit emission allowances (EUAs) for each tonne of carbon produced during the span of a year. […]

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Hydrogen is what states make out of it

On 8 July 2020, the European Commission adopted its new Hydrogen Strategy. The strategy supports deploying 40 GW of electrolyser capacity by 2030, fostering the decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors such as international shipping or steel and cement production. In this sense, and due to its versatility, hydrogen could become a pillar of the European Green Deal (EGD). […]

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Extractive Diplomacy? EU Development Cooperation for the Green Deal

The industrial transformation and circular economy promised by the European Green Deal hinges on the EU’s ability to anchor the supply of strategic extractives and thus, finds itself needing to tap oversea resources. To do this sustainably and in a way that also benefits resource-rich countries, the EU’s development cooperation must step-up to lead extractive alliances responsibly and ethically. […]

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The Renovation Wave and A Cultural Phenomenon: What European Bauhaus Could Look Like for the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Goals

President Ursula von der Leyen’s September State of the Union Address (16 September 2020) was a call to arms for the Next Generation EU recovery package – so unsurprisingly, the European Green Deal was one of the core elements of her address. Along with proposed increases for the 2030 emission target reduction, President von der Leyen also included a statement regarding Europe’s ‘Renovation Wave’ that surprised and inspired comment […]

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To bee or not to bee? How the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies address pollinator decline

The 20th of May, 2020 was marked by several notable events: the global number of coronavirus cases hit 4,789, 205; the hashtag #hydroxychloroquine started trending after American President Donald Trump’s controversial admission that he was taking antimalarials as a prophylaxis for SARS-CoV-2; and Brazil became the pandemic’s third most affected country. […]

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