Rhein on Energy and Climate

Archives for EU Priorities 2020

The recent revelations about complex financial transactions of some 300 major companies profiting from differentials between corporate income tax bases and rates among member states and specific tax deals reducing their tax bill raise questions about the compatibility of national company taxation regimes with an economic and monetary union. After several fruitless efforts during the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The division of Commission services into one dealing with energy policy and another one with climate change policy has always been an artificial one: to influence climate change policy makers have to rely on energy policy. It is therefore positive to recombine the two sides of the coin under a single command and put an… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

With the presentation on June 18th of a comprehensive energy transition programme the French energy minister has started to fulfil promises made during the 2012 Presidential election campaign. The programme is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion on European energy and climate policy beyond 2020 and the preparation for the decisive international climate conference… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After one year of intensive consultations with stakeholders the US Environmental Protection Agency has presented a 645 page (!) proposal containing the rules for C02 emissions that existing power plants will have to respect in the future. When adopted they will lead to a 30% fall of emissions from electricity generation until 2030, compared to… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Angel Gurria, the secretary general of the OECD, has most recently reminded the world that carbon emissions were increasing at a pace that might lead to a rise of global temperatures of four centigrade by the end of the century, twice the maximum temperature still considered acceptable by the international community. That is why he… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The five-year mandate of the present European Commission President expires October 31th 2014. Contrary to the restrictive provisions concerning the President of the European Council and the members of the Court of Justice the Treaty on the European Union is silent on the possibility for Commission presidents and members to be reconfirmed. During the last… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The decision by BP to sell off 4.6 GW capacity of wind power plants and projects in North America puts an end to an expensive dream to combine renewable with fossil energies that has cost BP some $ 6.5 billion since 2005. Through their investment in 16 wind farms across nine US States, BP had… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein