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Green Bonds and COP 21

22 Jan 2016

How can the world begin to shift private investment from brown to green? At a recent keynote address hosted by the IIEA, Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, focused on green bonds as an effective instrument for financing the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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What does the Volkswagen Scandal mean for EU Energy and Environment Policy?

06 Oct 2015

The Volkswagen scandal may ultimately result in better policy but questions have been raised over the enforcement of EU regulations and Germany’s reputation as a green leader.

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European Energy Union: Living up to its name?

27 Mar 2015

On Thursday, 19 March 2015, the European Council of Heads and State and Government met to discuss the European Commission’s proposals for an ‘Energy Union’. The President of the Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, has identified the reform and reorganisation of Europe’s energy policy as one of his major priorities. He even created a new position, that of Vice President for Energy Union, to make this reform a reality. In this new role, Maros Sefcovic has maintained a high-profile approach,announcing that Energy Union “is undoubtedly the most ambitious European project since the foundation of the coal and steel community”.

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Fibre to the Building (FTTB) - Power to the People

20 Nov 2014

The third and final animation in the IIEA’s/ESB ‘Power to the People’ series focuses on the arrival of end-to-end fibre optic broadband in Ireland. In July 2014, ESB and Vodafone announced a joint venture which would utilise the existing electricity infrastructure to deliver 100 per cent fibre broadband to up to 500,000 homes and businesses throughout Ireland. The delivery of fibre optic cables directly to the building (FTTB) means that many Irish users, particularly outside of Dublin, who had previously lacked high-speed connections will now have access to speeds from 200-1000 Mbps.

 

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IIEA Energy Policy Brief: October 2014

31 Oct 2014

As the new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, comes into office on 1 November 2014, energy policy has been identified as a priority area.

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Understanding the Smart Grid

21 Oct 2014

Smart grids are the topic of the second animation in the Institute’s ESB “Power to the People” series for 2014. This video explores what makes a grid smart and which benefits it brings to the consumer. While the smart grid constitutes a central part of national and EU-level energy policy, it remains an unclear concept for many. 

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Regional Electricity Markets – Seven Steps to a Single European Electricity Market

09 Oct 2014

Completing the internal energy market by 2014 remains a sizeable challenge. EU Member states still need to increase interconnections and further harmonise their market rules. This video explains the role regional electricity markets are playing in meeting this challenge and the benefits they are expected to bring.

 

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Transatlantic Cooperation and European Energy Security

09 May 2014

On 2 April 2014, the EU-US Energy Council noted that, ‘Developments in Ukraine have brought energy security concerns to the fore and prove the need to reinforce energy security in Europe’. A week earlier, at the post-summit press conference for President Obama’s first ever official visit to the EU institutions on 26 March, the majority of questions posed were related to energy and the possibility of US assistance to Europe. It seems that energy has become a central issue in the transatlantic relationship. What role might the US have to play in the process of strengthening European energy security? This blog considers this question in the aftermath of the EU-US summit, the EU-US Energy Council and the wider debate over the possibility of LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) exports from the US.

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