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  • Energy Unchained – Europe and New Energy Technologies

    November 30, 2017

    It can be incredibly interesting watching different sectors try to keep up with each other. Technological developments can outpace policy, politics can take unexpected turns because of popular opinion and businesses have to adapt to all of these changes and energy is no exception. Being at the forefront of the energy transition has been a key priority of the European Union for over a decade. Most recently, on 7 November,  President of the European Parliament...

  • The Emissions Trading System 4.0: Europe doing its homework under Paris Agreement

    November 17, 2017

    On 8 November European negotiators struck a final deal on the revision of the Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the period 2021-2030, proposed by the European Commission in July 2015. The agreement marks a major step forward in Europe’s efforts against climate change, as it is the main legislative act implementing the European Union’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 on the 1990 levels, alongside the non-ETS sector target being delivered...

  • Choosing the Right Tool

    October 26, 2017

    In the modern world, we are surrounded by technology. Everything we do – be it work, play, or ‘nothing at all’ when scrolling through Twitter – creates data. As our lives become even more intertwined with technology, there must still be an outlet for practical, real-life methodologies for situations benefitting from this approach. We must understand not just how to navigate or use technology, but also identify when digital is the right tool, versus when...

  • An FH Overview on the Future of EU Transport

    October 20, 2017

    The only certainty we have is that everything is uncertain. Of course, that applies to the EU transport sector as well. In times of confusion and lack of trust, it is important to plan ahead and try to minimise any risks. With dieselgate not being that far behind, manufacturers are trying to regain the trust of millions of EU citizens who are now sceptical towards other promises. Additionally, the industry is attempting to grasp the...

  • FH Brussels at the IAA2017: a politically charged edition

    October 3, 2017

    Last Monday 25 September, only two statistics mattered in Germany, an attendee at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2017 in Frankfurt told me: the outcome of the federal elections, which resulted in a substantial loss for the incumbent government, and the number of IAA visitors. The former may well bring Germany’s Greens into the government’s fold, a party that has pledged to ban combustion engines by 2030. The latter, if declining, would give a tacit...

  • 16 Months to Deliver and Build the Future of Europe: A Few Take Aways from President Juncker’s 2017 State of the Union Speech

    September 15, 2017

    During what is seen as a defining moment for European Commission President Junkers legacy, the ‘State of the Union’ speech on September 13, Juncker delivered a speech that was passionate and very personal and as expected very pro-European. Reflecting on the change of circumstances from the last speech like this in 2016 where there was a sense of existential risk for the EU following Brexit, and the upcoming elections in France and elsewhere, he sought...

  • European institutions back to work – A fully booked autumn energy & climate agenda

    September 8, 2017

    European institutions reconvene in September with a full agenda promising an autumn of intense political and technical negotiations across the Energy and Climate Agenda. Key legislative proposals will see important steps forward which will set the scene for final deals to be expected in the course of 2018. Revision of the Emissions Trading Scheme Directive. After three trilogues and several technical meetings, the negotiations on the key legislative act implementing the -40% emission reduction target...

  • FleishmanHillard’s Second Annual Back to School Briefing

    September 5, 2017

    FleishmanHillard Europe is proud to present its second annual 'Back to School' briefing. This cross-sector policy overview looks at the trends defining Europe's agenda, with sector specific overviews in Financial Services, Transport, Taxation, Environment & Chemicals, Technology, Energy, and Food & Agriculture We have also created useful sector specific timelines, forecasting policy developments for the coming year. Back to school - September 2017 Timelines Financial Services Transport Environment & Chemicals Tech Energy Food and Agriculture...

  • The EU’s Clean Energy Package – what progress after 6 months?

    August 2, 2017

    Prior to the release of what was then colloquially referred to as the ‘Winter Package’, the European Commission promised to deliver a legislative package that will have European energy consumers at its heart. After a little more than six months of work on the file, it is useful to see where the jumbo package stands. First, it is worth noting that the Council and the Parliament have embarked on divergent paths in terms of their...

  • In creative communications, NOBODY knows ANYTHING

    June 20, 2017

    What would I tell a 20-year old version of myself? Never back down, because NOBODY knows ANYTHING. I heard Casey Neistat say that yesterday in a panel at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and man did that strike a chord with me. And now my keyboard is taking a beating as I hack away to codify a few mantras I’ve learned to live by in my communications work but haven’t been able to express...