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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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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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Opinion

Letter: The lesson Europe should learn from the gas crisis

Europe’s gas supply security could more effectively be safeguarded by ensuring that unused alternatives are maintained.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: October 5, 2021
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Podcast

Exploding energy prices

Why the sudden spike in European electricity and gas prices?

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Green economy Date: September 23, 2021
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Blog Post

Is Europe’s gas and electricity price surge a one-off?

Surging natural gas prices in Europe, driven by rising demand and tight supply, are pushing up electricity prices; to prevent volatility, governments need to commit more clearly to a low-carbon future.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: September 13, 2021
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Opinion

EU climate plan should involve taxing pollution, not borders

Climate change and taxes may be some of the only true certainties in life. To protect ourselves better, we should make careful choices on how they interact.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Green economy Date: September 6, 2021
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Blog Post

Hydrogen development strategies: a global perspective

Despite different strategies, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, China and Japan all expect hydrogen to play a significant role in the decarbonisation of their economies by expanding its use in energy and transport systems.

By: Alicia García-Herrero, Simone Tagliapietra and Victor Vorsatz Topic: Green economy Date: August 30, 2021
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Blog Post

Making sure green household investment pays off

Policies are needed to support green fuel switching by households; support should be phased out as the carbon price rises.

By: Ben McWilliams and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: July 19, 2021
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Blog Post

How to extend carbon pricing beyond the comfort zone

Rapid emission cuts need a carbon price for the whole economy. This must be introduced in careful stages. 

By: Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: April 1, 2021
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Policy Contribution

Navigating through hydrogen

Policymakers must address the need to displace carbon-intensive hydrogen with low-carbon hydrogen, and incentivise the uptake of hydrogen as a means to decarbonise sectors with hard-to-reduce emissions.

By: Ben McWilliams and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: April 1, 2021
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A new carbon pricing paradigm for the path to net zero

Which role carbon pricing could and should play in the future policy mix?

Speakers: Ottmar Edenhofer, Peter Liese, Sam Van den Plas, Beatriz Yordi Aguirre and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: March 9, 2021
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Policy Contribution

A whole-economy carbon price for Europe and how to get there

Putting carbon pricing at the centre of the EU climate policy architecture would provide major benefits. Obtaining these benefits requires a uniform, credible and durable carbon price – the economic first-best solution, however, several preconditions required to attain this solution are not yet met. This paper proposes a sequenced approach to ensure convergence of the policy mix on the first-best in the long run.

By: Ottmar Edenhofer, Mirjam Kosch, Michael Pahle and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: March 9, 2021
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Paris Reinforce: Central Asia and Caspian region Stakeholder Discussion Series #2

Second edition of the Paris Reinforce workshop with focus on Central Asian and Caspian (CAC) region.

Speakers: Gabriele Cassetti, Haris Doukas, Rocco De Miglio and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: March 2, 2021
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