Simone Tagliapietra is a Senior fellow at Bruegel. He is also Adjunct professor of Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and at The Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe.
His research focuses on the European Union climate and energy policy and on the political economy of global decarbonisation. With a record of numerous policy and scientific publications, he is the author of Global Energy Fundamentals (Cambridge University Press, 2020), L’Energia del Mondo (Il Mulino, 2020) and Energy Relations in the Euro-Mediterranean (Palgrave, 2017).
His columns and policy work are published and cited in leading international media such as the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore and others.
Simone holds a PhD in Institutions and Policies from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Born in the Dolomites in 1988, he speaks Italian, English and French.
Disclaimer of external interests
The G7 Russian oil price cap is an ambitious but untested instrument. While pitfalls exist, the cap has the potential to be the most potent sanction.
Europe must move beyond blocking agreement on a coordinated solution and undermining EU unity in the face of Russian aggression.
An EU gas price cap would be counterproductive, but the reasons why it is supported widely must be acknowledged and addressed.
Testimony before the European Affairs Committee at the House of Lords, UK Parliament.
COP27 should create the basis of a global loss-and-damage fund to help vulnerable countries already suffering from climate disasters.
In this paper we assess both the immediate economic impact and the likely longer-term impact of sanctions on the Russian economy.
The European Union faces recession, but the way in which policymakers manage the energy crisis will determine its depth and duration.
Europe’s Quest for Energy Security and the Renewed Case for a Strong Mediterranean Green Energy Partnership
IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2022
An EU energy fund is justified, but for different reasons than commonly assumed, with implications for the fund’s design.
The €200 billion “defence shield” risks undermining European solidarity. This could be avoided by designing it well.
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Europe must increasingly deal with the harmful impacts of climate change, regardless of its success in reducing emissions.
The current crisis looks set to leave behind it a radically different system, but what that system will look like remains an open question
Why a “Go It Alone” Approach Will Leave Countries in the Cold This Winter
In the coming weeks and months, Europe must deploy all available options to counter Putin’s energy blackmail.
The bloc must urgently implement a compensation scheme to prevent Putin from dividing member countries.
A price cap on Russian oil might improve the current western sanctions regime, but effectiveness will depend on the west’s willingness
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A stronger adaptation governance framework would benefit adaptation efforts.
The platform could become an effective emergency tool to safeguard Europe’s gas supply, but policymakers need to address challenges to make it work.
The ban on most Russian oil significantly scales up the EU response to aggression against Ukraine, but the bloc should stand ready for retaliation.
This chapter discusses the key obstacles that have so far prevented 840 million people worldwide from gaining access to electricity.
By acting together, the European Union can optimise its response to the energy crisis in all scenarios but each country will have to make concessions.
Even at this late hour, the European Union should consider taking a different path.
A review on green growth and degrowth arguments.
Letter published in Science.
A punitive tariff on all energy imports from Russia would be a better choice than a gradually phased-in embargo on selected fuels.
As energy security risks increase, European governments must stop subsidising oil and gas, and ask people to consume less.
The 2 May meeting of EU energy ministers should deliver strong and common EU action. Failing to do so would undermine Europe’s unity, energy security
Infrastructure bottlenecks prevent Russia from selling all the oil it wants to bring to market, even at lower prices.
A new EU regulatory action in public procurement could unlock the potential of green public procurement and add an important element to the European G
While uncertain, studies suggest that climate change will cause significant internal and international migration over the next century.
Three ways Europe could limit Russian oil and gas revenues.
Testimony before the Economic Affairs Committee at the House of Lords, UK Parliament.
Book published by Gallimard and overseen by Groupe d’études géopolitiques (GEG)
A stop to Russian oil and coal supplies would push Europe into a short and painful adjustment period.
A trans-Atlantic pact between North America and Europe is essential if Europe is to free itself in the short term from its dependence on Russian energ
The European Union will have to bolster members most vulnerable to Russian blackmail and rethink the structure of European energy markets in order to
Russia's war in Ukraine has underscored the need for Europe finally to invest more in its own defence and security. Such an outrageous act of aggressi
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How Europe can protect itself from Russian blackmail.
This Blueprint includes some of the Group’s most prominent voices on the different aspects of the multidimensional issue of green recovery.
The taxonomy is unlikely to become the international “gold standard” in the field, which is a missed opportunity.
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An overview of the EU climate package to be negotiated in 2022.
Report of the results of work carried out at ETC/WMGE on Green economy transition: Macroeconomic analytical framework in 2020 and 2021.
Disappointment at the lack of fresh cash from European Union global connectivity strategy is short-sighted: Europe supports global development more th
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After COP26, and as the debate on whether Glasgow represents a success or a failure dies down, what next for global climate action?
Global climate action is visibly accelerating however the conference failed to deliver on the hard numbers.
Testimony before the Economic Affairs Committee of the French Senate.
Delivering policies that address energy security, competitiveness and sustainability is one of the most formidable challenges facing governments in th
A policy paper dissecting existing life cycle assessments of electric vehicles and identifying potential future trends in the different stages of the
China’s domestic installation of coal-fired power plants continues at great pace.
The only thing Europe can quickly do to prevent a potentially difficult winter is to actively promote energy conservation in both the residential and
Beijing shows signs of changing tactics ahead of the COP26 conference.
Europe’s gas supply security could more effectively be safeguarded by ensuring that unused alternatives are maintained.
The ultimate answer to the question on whether climate change can be tackled without ditching economic growth depends on our willingness to step up cl
The notion of degrowth to reduce greenhouse gas emissions appears unrealistic; decoupling of emissions from growth is in principle possible but requir
Surging natural gas prices in Europe, driven by rising demand and tight supply, are pushing up electricity prices; to prevent volatility, governments
The technical and political conditions are ideal for the creation of a climate club to catalyse tougher climate action worldwide.
Despite different strategies, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, China and Japan all expect hydrogen to play a significant rol
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Climate action should be designed in a way that improves social equality.
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How to protect workers hurt by the fight against climate change.
With Fit for 55, Europe is the global first mover in turning a long-term net-zero goal into real-world policies,
marking the entry of climate policy
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When Joe Biden visits Europe for the first time as US president, he should begin forging a transatlantic green deal.
An exit from coal in the Asia-Pacific region is a global decarbonisation priority.
Plans for spending European Union recovery funds submitted by the four largest EU countries reflect rather different priorities. So far, only Italy is
China’s new long-term targets, to reach peak emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, are yet to be matched with a consistent shor
The green transformation will have far-reaching socio-economic implications. Action is needed to ensure domestic and international social equity and f
Strategic autonomy should not be an illusionary search for independence, but rather a strategic management of interdependence, based on diversificatio
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How to make the European Green Deal succeed.
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