Shunning Nuclear Power Will Lead to a Warmer World

The phasing out and shutting down of the nuclear power industry has become a trend in many countries. This decision seems to be based on irrational fears as environmental and health damage caused by nuclear accidents and nuclear waste is … Continue reading

A set-aside for the EU ETS?

The EU ETS wants to stimulate the development of low-emission energy technologies. The logic behind it is that an auction of a fixed supply of emission allowances – determined by an ambition level – keeps the price of carbon high, … Continue reading

A clear and fair incentive to pollute less

All sectors will need to contribute. In the absence of a multilateral agreement on a legal framework for reducing emissions from the aviation sector thus far, the EU has brought the aviation sector into the emissions trading system. This is … Continue reading

That Crooked Carrot Is Also Food

Annual food waste worldwide: 1.3 billon tons. About one-third of all the food is wasted in industrialised countries like the UK and the USA. The problem is basically a lack of respect for food – at consumer level – partly … Continue reading

The European Public’s opinion about CCS

Public awareness: on average one out of ten knows what CCS is (survey result in 12 Member States of the EU). In the Netherlands over half of the people knew what CCS is, but no other country is anywhere near … Continue reading

CCS Policy: Is the balance right?

The clean energy market will not rise following normal economic rules of innovation – where the size of the existing market and expected price motivates innovation. Carbon is too cheap (so clean energy is not yet an attractive alternative) and … Continue reading

Sun shines on all sources, not just the power of one

Australia’s need for electricity could be met up entirely by renewable energy. A team at the University of New South Wales-Kensington explains which investments it would take. The reason for not conducting so – unfortunately – is of course: money. … Continue reading

Some say cows are killing the earth. So do we need to ban beef?

Animal agriculture is responsible for more than 30 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Bachelard discusses the opinions on whether to eat red meat or not (and the consequences) from a vegan’s point of view, a general manager at … Continue reading

Kyoto was built to fail. It is time the world abandoned it

The struggle to reach an agreement between countries in Durban can be solved otherwise. Since the agreements made in Kyoto to cut emissions of CO2 carbon pollution has risen by nearly half and governments are further than ever from agreeing … Continue reading

You can’t manage emissions until you can measure them, and it’s harder than you think

Carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes are intended to shift our preferences towards lower carbon use. But we don’t know exactly, or even approximately, whether our new choices do in fact mean we are reducing our carbon use.