The EU‘s Green Deal and its increasingly ambitious transition policies cannot be limited to its member states, writes Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega at the IFRI Centre for Energy & Climate. For its emissions targets to be met in a meaningful way the EU needs to ensure its neighbours to the east and in North Africa follow. The danger is that carbon intensive industries simply shift to those neighbours, and their products get imported back in. … [Read more...]
Energy security v Transition in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey
Like most developing countries, the challenge of growing economies, increasing population and rapid urbanisation puts energy security above emissions reductions. So it is for Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Turkey, says Duygu Sever in her report for IFRI Centre for Energy & Climate. In this article she explains that all four countries nevertheless have high renewables deployment potential, and have already embraced wind and solar. To accelerate … [Read more...]
MEDREG’s support to energy regulatory reforms in the Southern Mediterranean: what have we achieved?
On Thursday 19 September 2019, 10:00 – 16:00, at the Hotel NH Brussels EU Berlaymont, MEDREG aims to share some of the successes achieved in the last two years, through the voice and testimonies of MEDREG’s regulatory members from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine. Presentations on the concrete achievements and improved regulatory capacity that resulted from MEDREG’s support activities will be complemented by specific case … [Read more...]
East Mediterranean gas finds: EU energy bonanza or geopolitical headache?
Some of the world’s largest natural gas reserves have been discovered off Cyprus. One of the questions being addressed at this year's CERA Week is, could these massive finds (totalling more than 70 trillion cubic feet!) be the answer to any perceived over-dependency on Russian gas imports to the EU? Maybe, maybe not. Geopolitical tussles could scupper the realisation of these much-needed resources for Europe. Whilst the potential is there, it may … [Read more...]
Desert solar – the race for the world’s biggest farm
When solar power was first conceived decades ago, the obvious locations for the farms were the world’s great deserts. Sure enough, the biggest farms are being built there reports Arasan Aruliah. … [Read more...]