Analysis  |  19 March 2015

Will the Market Stability Reserve do the trick?

In February 2015 the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted for reform of the European Union’s flagship Emission Trading System (ETS). To address the chronic problem of an oversupply of carbon allowances, and to signal that it is serious about fighting climate change, the committee approved a proposal to park millions of carbon allowances in a Market Stability Reserve (MSR), starting on 31 December 2018.

 

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Viewpoint  |  19 March 2015

Greek Energy: Now Is Not The Time To Waiver

By Constantine Levoyannis, Dr. Angelos Gkanoutas-Leventis and Marina Petroleka

The first address of the new Greek Minister for Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy, Panayiotis Lafazanis, to the industry and international stakeholders took place at the Athens Energy Forum on the 11th of March, prompted mixed reaction amongst the audience.

Analysis  |  19 March 2015

The 2014 Ukrainian crisis: Europe’s increased security position

By Miguel Martinez, Martin Paletar, Dr. Harald Hecking

For those following the evolution of the energy sector, 2014 has been a year of changes. Tensions have increased, dropped and moved from one segment to another with deals that had been in the air for the last decades being formalised in the midst of these ups and downs. At the core of these turns have been the tense relations between Russia and Ukraine that raised fears of an interruption such as the one in 2009 repeating in 2014 and later in 2015.

Expert contribution  |  19 March 2015

Energy: the beginning of a new era of transformation

By David Bernal

Only twelve months ago shale production was changing the energy industry in the US, from manufacturing competitiveness to traditional import/export flows and even established geopolitical arrangements. In Europe, many countries viewed shale gas as the only ticket out of Russian dependency. But things can change and fast and we are now in the middle of another major shift which is transforming everything again.

Expert contribution  |  19 March 2015

Enel’s SEPA migration: overcoming the barriers to European harmony

By Fernando Santini

The experience of Italian energy giant Enel provides a strong example of the SEPA-compliance process for companies needing to meet the new standard by October 2016, says Fernando Santini, vice-president of cash management sales at UniCredit in Italy.

Viewpoint  |  19 March 2015

Re-Affirming the Greek Energy Strategy on Energy Union

By Constantine Levoyannis and Dr. Angelos Gkanoutas-Leventis

Within the framework of the event organised by the Greek Energy Forum (GEF) in Brussels on “EU 2030: the Prospects of the South East Mediterranean”, Greece’s role as a key transit country for Europe’s energy security was highlighted.

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