External Publication

Securing the Energy Union: five pillars and five regions – Southern Europe

As a part of a publication on energy security, Simone Tagliapietra looks at the countries of southern Europe: Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain.

By: and Date: March 30, 2017 Topic: Green economy

Chapter three of Securing the Energy Union: five pillars and five regions looks at the countries of southern Europe: Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain. This chapter highlights the diversity of the energy landscape, with, for example, Italy far more reliant on gas, and Greece far more reliant on coal, than the other countries of the region. Supply sources also vary, with Russia, Algeria, Norway and the international LNG market playing different roles.

Regional cooperation is not well advanced. Looking to the future, Simone Tagliapietra notes that the region is moving towards more renewables and improved energy efficiency, but is also excited about the potential for big new gas projects such as the Southern Corridor and the major gas finds in the eastern Mediterranean, which could both supply gas to southern Europe as well as transform it into a transit platform for supplying the rest of Europe.

He also describes a Euro-Mediterranean cooperation scheme through which Europe’s southern neighbours could pursue a sustainable energy transformation strategy with support from the EU, with southern Europe benefiting both as project partners and as importers of energy from a transforming southern neighbourhood. Tagliapietra sees the Energy Union as essential for providing a framework for decarbonisation and integration, while supporting major projects that can improve energy security for all of Europe.

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Blog Post

Can Europe survive painlessly without Russian gas?

If Russian gas stops flowing, measures to replace supply won’t be enough. The European Union will need to curb demand, implying difficult and costly decisions.

By: Ben McWilliams, Giovanni Sgaravatti, Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: January 27, 2022
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Past Event

Past Event

Where is Biden's climate policy?

A year after his inauguration, what has President Biden really achieved on climate?

Speakers: Samantha Gross, Dan Lashof, Michael Mehling and Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Green economy Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: January 25, 2022
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Policy Contribution

Decarbonisation of the energy system

Our analysis highlights that the current national energy and climate plans (NECPs) of EU countries are insufficient to achieve a cost-efficient pathway to EU-wide climate neutrality by 2050.

By: Georg Zachmann, Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert, Ben McWilliams, Frank Meissner, Alexander Roth and Robin Sogalla Topic: Green economy Date: January 13, 2022
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European governanceInclusive growth

12 Charts for 21

A selection of charts from Bruegel’s weekly newsletter, analysis of the year and what it meant for the economy in Europe and the world.

By: Hèctor Badenes, Henry Naylor, Giuseppe Porcaro and Yuyun Zhan Topic: Banking and capital markets, Digital economy and innovation, European governance, Global economy and trade, Green economy, Inclusive growth, Macroeconomic policy Date: December 21, 2021
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Blog Post

How serious is Europe’s natural gas storage shortfall?

Europe may not have enough natural gas in storage for the coming winter; close monitoring of the situation will be essential.

By: Georg Zachmann, Ben McWilliams and Giovanni Sgaravatti Topic: Green economy Date: December 21, 2021
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Opinion

Inflation ideology: camp permanent or camp temporary?

Policy focus should be on tackling uncertainties by being able to tackle as many scenarios as possible.

By: Maria Demertzis Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: December 9, 2021
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Blog Post

Rising energy prices: European Union countries’ views on medium-term policies

Alongside short-term measures to shield consumers from rising energy prices, EU countries have set out their positions on medium-term measures to prevent recurrence. Here we summarise those positions.

By: Giovanni Sgaravatti, Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: November 29, 2021
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Past Event

Role of innovation in decarbonisation

A fireside conversation with Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi on decarbonisation.

Speakers: Claudio Descalzi and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: Green economy Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: November 29, 2021
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External Publication

European Parliament

Decarbonisation of energy

Determining a robust mix of energy carriers for a carbon-neutral EU

By: Ben McWilliams, Georg Zachmann, Franziska Holz, Alexander Roth, Robin Sogalla, Frank Meissner and Claudia Kemfert Topic: European Parliament, Green economy, Testimonies Date: November 22, 2021
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Opinion

Keeping the energy policy triangle in balance is key to reach net-zero

Delivering policies that address energy security, competitiveness and sustainability is one of the most formidable challenges facing governments in the 21st century.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Green economy Date: November 9, 2021
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Blog Post

A new economic geography of decarbonisation?

Energy transitions manifest themselves across space and time. While necessary targets for decarbonisation are apparent, the accompanying shifts in spatial organisation of economic activity are perhaps not as well understood.

By: Ben McWilliams and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: November 8, 2021
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Opinion

The only quick-fix to Europe’s energy price crisis is saving energy

The only thing Europe can quickly do to prevent a potentially difficult winter is to actively promote energy conservation in both the residential and industrial sectors.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: October 7, 2021
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