The Eleventh Five-Year Plan (between 2006 and 2010) is significant for China’s economic development, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions. In 2006, China surpassed the USA to become the world’s largest CO2 emitter, which led to widespread discussions about China’s role in climate change negotiations. The global financial crisis in 2008 resulted in the one and […]
This comment considers German energy policy, as set out in the Energiewende, as seen from the perspective of attempts to reduce CO2 emissions, and the ambitions of the EU to be considered global leaders on this issue. It argues that the nuclear moratorium is irrational and will significantly increase damaging emissions; and that policies of […]
The government has an ambitious renewables programme whose costs have been much discussed. Unfortunately, due to the polarised nature of the debate, it has not produced clarity and some basic points remain obscure – are renewables cheap or expensive? Are renewables costs rising or falling? This Comment, by Malcolm Keay, looks at two important aspects […]
This Comment looks at electricity interconnections in Europe. Historically, such interconnections have been mainly aimed at promoting energy security by allowing imports of power from neighbouring systems in an emergency. However, they are now taking on greater importance, both in relation to the goal of a single electricity market, and as a means of facilitating […]
This presentation by Malcolm Keay was delivered at a British Institute of Energy Economics seminar on 25 April 2012. It looks at the links between energy efficiency and sustainability and concludes that they are much more complex than they might appear at first sight.
In this Paper, Malcolm Keay looks at governments’ uncritical reliance on energy efficiency to achieve multiple energy policy objectives. He concludes that most existing programmes are ill-directed, badly monitored and probably ineffective in reducing energy demand and emissions – indeed they may be diverting attention from more effective measures. A more targeted approach is needed […]
US energy and climate change legislation will have a powerful influence on any global agreement replacing the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012. Dr. David Robinson analyzes draft US legislation (specifically the Waxman Markey Bill) and argues that it will fail to promote an early transition to a low carbon economy mainly due to […]
This paper looks at some long-term aspects of energy supply and use over the periods before and since the industrial revolution. It is intended to provide an overview and draw out some issues which deserve more sustained examination, not to give a definitive or comprehensive coverage of such a wide field. The rationale for the […]
Recent weeks have seen an outburst of target-setting on climate change, most recently in the UK Government’s new climate change strategy. But experience shows that governments’ track record of delivery in this area is very poor – nearly all climate change targets have been missed. In this Comment, Malcolm Keay suggests that to make targets […]
The ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in Russia ultimately lies in the hands of President Putin. Will he go down in history as the man who saved the Kyoto Protocol? Benito Muller and Alexander Golub comment on why he should. Click here to read the full article.
Current UK energy policy is adversely affecting investment decisions in the power generation sector. John Bower examines current policy and seeks a pragmatic solution. (published in Platts European Electricity Review 2004)
A review of a new OIES paper on oil market conditions and Saudi Arabia’ balancing act: The extent of dislocations i… https://t.co/n8EFPraNEj
Jonathan Stern on the latest Groningen earthquake: I think it is likely to accelerate even further the phase-out of… https://t.co/d1tGcAIAjp
About 43% of the industrial gas demand in Europe could, in theory, decline in the 2020s as a result of decarbonizat… https://t.co/0iMqP4dCsd