Ukraine’s residential and district heating sectors epitomise a well-known set of problems faced in former Soviet countries: outworn infrastructure, heavily subsidised pricing structures and inefficient consumption. This paper seeks to ascertain the potential of reforms that have now begun, focused on bringing prices to import price parity. It provides estimates of the potential gas savings […]
The future of the transportation of Russian gas to Europe is wide open. The role of Ukraine, historically the main transit corridor, will change after the current transit contract between Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy expires on 31 December 2019. Gazprom has already substantially reduced the volumes of gas it transits across Ukraine, and expressed its […]
The European Commission initially encouraged regional groupings as the bottom-up building blocks of energy market integration, at a time when, in the mid-2000s, no further EU-wide energy legislation seemed possible. But, once the Third Package was passed in 2009, the Commission decided to rush the market integration process by means of top-down centralised harmonisation. This […]
The term ‘road map’ is proliferating in energy and climate policy to denote any policy or aspiration projected into the future. Connie Hedegaard, Europe’s environment commissioner, hailed the Durban conference agreement as a ‘road map’ to an eventual global climate deal. This contrasts with the far more detailed road maps that she and her European […]
New proposed rules to save energy are encroaching on the Emissions Trading Scheme. David Buchan examines the growing tension inherent in Europe’s belt and braces approach of trying to combine increasing regulation of energy efficiency and renewables with the market mechanism of the ETS. The simple solution would be to reduce the supply of ETS […]
The temptation for EU governments to be seen to “do something” about rolling back energy prices has increased, is increasing and ought to be resisted, argues David Buchan.
This presentation was given at OIES by Marianne Haug, Professor of Energy Policy and Sustainable Development, University of Hohenheim (Germany) and senior research advisor to the Institute.
The European Commission has proposed a very ambitious overhaul of its climate change policies. But the renewable energy target could prove a distracting sideshow to the main task of reducing emissions, argues David Buchan.
The European Commission has stuck to its guns in proposing ownership unbundling for energy networks. But David Buchan warns that if the Commission’s plans misfire on investment from inside and outside the EU, and create more of a two tier market structure, they would have been better kept in their holster.
The European Union faces a difficult autumn carrying forward its three pronged energy programme. The problem so far, argues David Buchan, is less the policies cutting across each other than the 27 member states, with their differing views on Russia, competition and green priorities.
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