January 7, 2019
Our energy expert Thibault Jacobs shares the actions that the next European Commission could implement, in support of the path towards a decarbonised economy by 2050. Approved in December 2015, the Paris Agreement is the most ambitious agreement ever signed to tackle the effects of climate change. It plans on containing the rise of global temperatures to well below 2°C below pre-industrial times and to limit it to 1.5°C. To do so, signatory parties will have...
December 19, 2018
A landmark year for the EU energy and climate policy draws to a close. The European institutions are finalising complex agreements on new rules for the internal electricity market as part of the Clean Energy Package adopted by the European Commission in November 2016. Regulations aimed at cutting emissions of light and heavy vehicles are also reaching towards the final stage of negotiations between the Council and the Parliament. Over the past months, the European...
October 30, 2018
2019 represents the Year of Change in many sectors, including energy policy. Specialised in environmental and energy policy, Kaja Hengstenberg talks about the many priorities for the next Commission. She outlines the different discussions that will emerge regarding the Clean Energy Package, energy taxation, gas legislation and the Governance of the Energy Union. Unfortunately, we can't predict how these discussions will unfold. Yet, we can confirm that the EU will seek to maintain a global role...
#FHYearofChange: What’s the biggest gorilla in the room when it comes to talking about a long-term climate strategy?
September 24, 2018
With the European elections coming up in 2019, FleishmanHillard Advisory Board Member Chris Davies explains that finding a realistic solution to climate change remains a key priority. He believes that carbon capture and storage needs to be supported by governments in Europe so we can make sure that emissions going in the atmosphere are dramatically reduced. Similarly to renewable energy, this technology needs to be commercially justified in order to generate real results. https://vimeo.com/275084495/21755f7392 2019 represents the...
September 11, 2018
Last week, Mr. François de Rugy was appointed to the position of Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, in replacement of Nicolas Hulot. The latter’s resignation, a popular and high-profile new comer to politics, came as a surprise and a shock, whose wave has further weakened the government of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. This happened at a difficult time for President Emmanuel Macron and his government, facing feeble growth and several damaging polemics. François...
September 11, 2018
2019 represents the “Year of Change” for the European Union (a new European Parliament, a new political leadership for the European Commission, and the formal departure of the UK as a member of the EU). With the European elections coming up in 2019, FleishmanHillard Advisory Board Member, Chris Davies, encourages businesses to prepare now for the upcoming changes in the EU. For Davies, while a lot has been made in terms of developing renewable energy...
June 19, 2018
On 12 June 2018, FleishmanHillard hosted an EnergiseEurope roundtable to discuss perspectives for the EU’s long-term decarbonisation strategy due to be published by the European Commission by the end of the year. Megan Richards, Director Energy Policy at the European Commission's DG Energy, talked to us about the process for the drafting of the document, while Antje Fiehn, Senior Manager European Energy and Climate Policy at the Confederation of German Industry (BDI) presented the results...
Energise europe roundtable : Delivering the 2050 decarbonisation target – Perspectives from the European Commission and the German industry
May 23, 2018
At the March European Council, Heads of State and Government requested the European Commission to present by Q1 2019 an updated strategy for how Europe will deliver its 2050 decarbonisation target in line with the Paris Agreement, taking into account national plans. Member States will need to begin working on their integrated national energy and climate plans once the Energy Union Governance package is agreed, which will have to ensure consistency with the European Union’s...
March 8, 2018
The long term target set by the Paris Agreement of “zero net emissions by the end of the century” will impact all economic activities. It requires to be well understood and accompanied by measures to ensure that those negatively affected will also be able to adapt to the new situation. This is the case of sectors such as coal, which will go through substantial transformation. Utilities are already adapting to the transition challenges. Retraining employees...
EnergiseEurope roundtable – Report: “Delivering Paris – the difficult part: Decarbonising the EU industry”
February 16, 2018
On 13 February 2018, FleishmanHillard hosted its 2nd ‘Energise Europe’ roundtable, discussing the challenges of decarbonising EU industry by 2050 in accord with the Paris Agreement. Two projects were presented. Mark Driessen, from the Port of Rotterdam Authority, explained plans to create a CO2 collection hub at the Port from which the gas would be piped for deep storage in depleted gas fields beneath the North Sea. Tony Smith, from the UK’s Peel Group, described...