Simone Tagliapietra is a Senior fellow at Bruegel. He is also a Professor of Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy at the Catholic University of Milan 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, also in leading journals such as Nature and Science, he is the author of Global Energy Fundamentals (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
His columns and policy work are published and cited in leading international media such as the BBC, CNN, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Corriere della Sera, and others.
Simone also is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Clean Air Task Force (CATF). He 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.
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COP28 must convey the importance to governments of better integrating climate considerations into financial decision-making.
How should the EU manage its dependence on China for clean tech?
The conflict has already cut gas supplies to Israel and could start to have wider impacts by weighing on exports
Demand cuts, alternative supply and the green energy rollout mean the EU likely has enough gas for winter, even if Russian supplies are cut completely
Fears of Iranian involvement in the Hamas attack could destabilise the global oil market
The EU anti-subsidy investigation into EVs from China is a reminder of the need for a new EU green industrial policy strategy.
This policy brief sets out policy proposals to enhance governance in order to safeguard EU decarbonisation.
A symphony in progress: shaping a new agenda for Europe
EU has embarked on no less than an industrial revolution. A revolution that — unlike those of the past — is set against a tight deadline.
Policymakers must create the conditions for the public and private sectors to work together to manage a timely green transition.
On-line only launch event for Bruegel Blueprint: Sparking Europe's new industrial revolution: a policy for net zero, growth and resilience
This book assesses what must be done to implement industrial policy in a way that will achieve overarching goals while minimising distortions.
Testimony before the European Economic and Social Committee
How can the European Union achieve its target of eliminating all Russian fossil-fuel imports by 2027?
The proposal for a Net Zero Industry Act still needs work before it can realize its objectives, according to a new paper by Bruegel.
Invitation-only event where we discuss NZIA and clean-tech investments in Europe.
Briefing to the US Senate Climate Change Task Force.
Testimony before the S&D ITRE Working Group at the European Parliament.
As the European elections approach, the main policy choices are more existential than perhaps ever before.
In its industrial strategy response, the EU must ask if the energy-intensive parts of the value chain should be outsourced permanently.
A single European Union cleantech manufacturing capacity target should be based on an understanding of the situation in each cleantech sector
Testimony before the Committee on European Affairs at the French National Assembly.
As energy and climate economists, we propose that a European energy agency be set up to guide the continent’s transition to net-zero carbon by 2050.
The challenge now for policymakers and industry alike is to smoothly facilitate a transition toward structurally lower gas consumption.
How the EU might respond to clean tech subsidies, in the form of a leaked draft law entitled the Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA), is deeply worrisome.
A timely analysis on the notion of strategic autonomy in the EU's industrial policy.
Europe needs to move beyond emergency fiscal responses and focus on structural changes to allow the EU to accelerate its decoupling from fossil fuels.
Testimony before the Interparliamentary Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs at the European Parliament.
This policy brief explains what is in the IRA, the impact on the EU and other economies, and how the EU should react.
A new European Union embargo on Russian oil products should not affect EU diesel supplies and prices, but could encourage re-routing by Russia.
We explore in detail the two pillars of energy security: LNG supply and the nature and volume of natural-gas demand reductions.
This contribution explores how Europe can manage without the imports of Russian coal, crude oil, oil products and natural gas.
Here’s how researchers can help overcome the threats arising from market turmoil and geopolitical realignment after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The EU needs a grand bargain that reduces demand, increases supply, and keeps energy markets open.
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.
The EU countries’ priorities on climate and environmental spending, as reflected in the allocations of the Recovery and Resilience funds are assessed.
Europe must move beyond blocking agreement on a coordinated solution and undermining EU unity in the face of Russian aggression.
A special episode of the Sound of Economics Live exploring the key takeaways from COP27.
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
At this closed-door event we will discuss the realistic deployment prospects for SMRs and their future in Europe's energy systems.
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.
Action to intervene in the gas and electricity wholesale markets is also being taken at European Union level, which is what we analyse in this paper.
Europe must increasingly deal with the harmful impacts of climate change, regardless of its success in reducing emissions.
A stronger adaptation governance framework would benefit adaptation efforts.
The Annual Meetings are Bruegel's flagship event which gathers high-level speakers to discuss the economic topics that affect Europe and the world.
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
As global average temperatures continue to rise beyond the current 1.2°C above pre-industrial averages, Europe is likely to warm even faster.
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