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Moscow’s Oil Pipeline Diplomacy

Friday, August 17, 2018

Moscow’s Oil Pipeline Diplomacy

Following the collapse of the U.S.S.R., Russia responded to new oil market realities through the formation of substantial surplus pipeline capacity in the belief that this would enhance energy security, broaden its market share in Europe, and minimize transit risks over the long term


Building New Gas Transportation Infrastructure in the EU

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Building New Gas Transportation Infrastructure in the EU

The process of developing a legally binding regulatory framework for the creation of incremental pipeline capacity in the EU and hence for the construction of new gas pipelines has been uneven and slow. Eight years after the TEP was adopted in March 2009, and more than five years after it entered into force in September 2011, the CAM NC was finally established in March 2017

The Uphill Battle of Electric Vehicles

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Uphill Battle of Electric Vehicles

Penetration of electric vehicles (EVs) is on the increase all around the world and reflects a belief that this expansion on the road is a significant sign of greater sustainable mobility. The so-called coming revolution of EVs will greatly benefit the reduction in greenhouse gases with lower emissions and less air pollution. Nonetheless, the pace of change and the future prospect for EVs remains uncertain


Measures to Tackle Air Pollution Inefficient, Financing Inadequate

Friday, July 20, 2018

Measures to Tackle Air Pollution Inefficient, Financing Inadequate

An analysis of the National Audit Office (NAO) identifies the inefficiency of measures and the inadequacy of financing as key reasons for poor results in tackling air pollution in Bulgaria. The NAO analysis is part of a collective audit by 15 audit offices in the region and the EU, covering theperiod from 2014 to 2017

A Hard Balancing Act for Egypt’s Gas Market

Friday, July 13, 2018

A Hard Balancing Act for Egypt’s Gas Market

The new gas market law regulates the entire gas chain and targets liberalizing the gas market by 2022. The Egyptian government has struggled to manage and restructure its energy sector as a result of rapid domestic demand growth, particularly in natural gas


The Uphill Battle of Electric Vehicles

Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Uphill Battle of Electric Vehicles

Penetration of electric vehicles (EVs) is on the increase all around the world and reflects a belief that this expansion on the road is a significant sign of greater sustainable mobility. The so-called coming revolution of EVs will greatly benefit the reduction in greenhouse gases with lower emissions and less air pollution


Paris Meeting Offers Opportunity for Leadership on High-Seas Agreement

Friday, June 22, 2018

Paris Meeting Offers Opportunity for Leadership on High-Seas Agreement

The high seas make up nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean, but less than 1% is currently protected. All this could change this September, when governments come together at the United Nations for an intergovernmental conference to negotiate a new treaty that would create a mechanism for protecting these ocean areas, writes Liz Karan*

How do we Make a Net-Zero Carbon Economy the New Normal?

Friday, June 15, 2018

How do we Make a Net-Zero Carbon Economy the New Normal?

As the EU Talanoa Dialogue and the Petersburg Dialogue kicks off a busy month for EU climate action, Eliot Whittington* explains why now is the time for the EU to show its colours on legislation currently under consideration and make a net-zero carbon economy the new normal


The Battle for Low Carbon Cars: Round 2

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Battle for Low Carbon Cars: Round 2

The debate on CO2 targets for cars and vans in Europe by 2030 is shaping up to be another epic fight, write Greg Archer and JuliaPoliscanova*

The Impact of Energy Storage, Pumped Heat Storage on Global Energy

Friday, June 01, 2018

The Impact of Energy Storage, Pumped Heat Storage on Global Energy

With the percentage of renewables in the global energy mix increasing, and global energy demand projected to increase by 30% over the next two decades, energy storage is more important now than ever. But what are the main technologies for energy storage, and how will these technologies affect global energy? Gabriel Hurtado González, Energy Solutions Manager at Mitie, and Sasaenia Paul Oluwabunmi, Operations Officer at the OPEC Fund for International Development answer this pertinent question


Is Offshore Wind About to Hit Cost-Competitiveness in the U.S.?

Friday, May 25, 2018

Is Offshore Wind About to Hit Cost-Competitiveness in the U.S.?

by Mike O'Boyle*

Offshore wind may seem like a pricey option, but it’s actually an extremely valuable investment. A new analysis from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) shows that the market value of electricity generated by offshore wind will soon exceed its cost in New York and several New England states


Hydrogen, Don’t Give Up!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hydrogen, Don’t Give Up!

For decades, hydrogen has been sold to us as the energy carrier of the future. You might not want to hear it anymore, because the future never seems to start. But times will change as recent developments in Germany indicate, writes Berlin-based renewable energy consultant, Stephan Franz

Eight Geopolitical Risks That Could Send Oil Prices Surging

Friday, May 04, 2018

Eight Geopolitical Risks That Could Send Oil Prices Surging

by Tsvetana Paraskova*

The geopolitical risk premium has taken center stage as one of the key drivers of oil prices in recent months, often trumping fundamentals to send prices soaring on concerns about where the next sudden oil supply disruption would come from


Thunder Over the Eastern Mediterranean

Friday, April 20, 2018

Thunder Over the Eastern Mediterranean

by Ian Lesser*

The Eastern Mediterranean has entered a worrisome period. The strategic environment is more uncertain and conflict-prone than at any point since the Imia crisis in 1996 over the islets Turkey calls Kardak. Today, the sources of risk are, if anything, more profound and widespread than in previous decades

Shell Envisions Central Role for Solar in New Report

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Shell Envisions Central Role for Solar in New Report

by Christian Roselund*

Most oil and gas supermajors are not presenting future energy scenarios in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, where renewable energy plays a central role. But apparently Shell is not your typical oil and gas supermajor


How to Avoid a US-China Trade War

Monday, March 26, 2018

How to Avoid a US-China Trade War

by Shang-Jin Wei*

The announcement by the Trump administration that the United States will sanction China for intellectual-property theft is the latest salvo in a deepening trade dispute between the two countries


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