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Business and Carbon Pricing

At the UN Climate Summit last September, the World Bank and others put the carbon pricing – or perhaps more correctly carbon valuation – discussion squarely back on the agenda, first with a Statement on Carbon Pricing signed by over 1000...

Posted March 2, 2015    

Preparing for Paris: Fifty Shades of Grey?

The tension was building throughout the week, but finally just before Valentine’s Day weekend the negotiators in Geneva completed the first draft of a Paris negotiating text and released it at the end of the eighth part of the second session of the...

Posted February 23, 2015    

What Can Really be Done by 2050?

The calls for action are becoming louder and bolder as the weeks continue to countdown towards COP21 in Paris. Perhaps none have been as bold as the recent call by The B Team for governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse gas...

Posted February 16, 2015    

Energy Access: The First Fridge in Town

The recent visit by President Obama to India and the resulting discussions on climate change between the President and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have once again thrown the spotlight on India’s development pathway and its energy needs.There...

Posted February 9, 2015    

Talking About Climate Change

From the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps to a small London theatre, there has been a lot said about climate change over the last couple of weeks.The World Economic Forum held its annual retreat at Davos, with climate change high on the agenda...

Posted January 30, 2015    

Emissions Policy: Ten Years of the EU ETS

This month the EU Emissions Trading System is ten years old – which in itself is quite an achievement as there were those at the start who said it wouldn’t last and any number of people over the years who have claimed that it doesn’t work, is broken...

Posted January 20, 2015    

Climate and Global Energy: The Answer Lies After 2050, Probably Not Before

The global energy system works on timescales of decades rather than years. When considering the changes required in managing the climate issue, the short-to-medium-term takes us to 2050 and the long term is 2100! As such, drawing long-term...

Posted January 15, 2015    

Carbon Pricing in 2014

While there was a great deal of focus throughout 2014 on the road to Paris and the UNFCCC process that is taking us all there, the real developments of the year were around carbon pricing. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.From my own perspective,...

Posted January 8, 2015    

Yes, Virginia, There is CCS

In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia, whether Santa Claus really existed. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City...

Posted December 26, 2014    

Finding the Way to Paris from Lima

With the choice of a high road and a low road from Lima to Paris, the Parties seem to have selected the dirt track off to the side, replete with rocks, obstacles, difficult terrain and an uncertain destination. However, the map they have crafted in...

Posted December 16, 2014    

COP 20: Reality and Distortions in Lima

Wandering the COP20 campus, listening to side events and hearing senior political, business and NGO representatives talk about the climate issue results in a mild reality distortion field impairing your judgement; you start to feel sure that we must...

Posted December 11, 2014    

Brazil is Back; But Are They a Decade Late?

COP20 in Lima ended its first full week on a mixed note, but with some positive signs for the ongoing process. The detailed discussions on the role of carbon markets under the SBSTA ended in disagreement and postponement which was disheartening, but...

Posted December 9, 2014