How to make the European Green Deal work Ursula von der Leyen has proposed a European Green Deal to make Europe climate neutral by 2050. Grégory Claeys, Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann consider how this initiative could be made to work Demystifying carbon border adjustment for Europe’s green deal The European Green Deal has many critics. Guntram Wolff says some adjustments to the deal could make domestic manufacturers more carbon efficient and foreign producers more friendly to the environment TCFD: strengthening the foundations of sustainable finance Mark Carney says the financial sector must help the transition to ‘net zero’ (a neutral carbon footprint). Businesses need to keep improving their disclosure of climate risks How much ‘global warming’ isn’t global? Vijay Jayaraj and E Calvin Beisner debate two aspects of climate change: what caused the increase from the 1970s to the 1990s, and why has there been a slowdown since then Border carbon tariffs: giving up on trade to save the climate? Ursula von der Leyen plans to introduce a border carbon tax to avoid forcing EU companies to move their activities abroad. Henrik Horn and André Sapir ask if trade and climate preservation can coexist? The European Union energy transition Simone Tagliapietra, Georg Zachmann, Ottmar Edenhofer, Jean-Michel Glachant, Pedro Linares and Andreas Loeschel believe that the EU could benefit from deep decarbonisation irrespective of what other economies around the world do EU urgently needs to reverse its climate neutrality failure Immediate action is necessary to ensure the EU can become carbon-neutral by 2050. Simone Tagliapietra suggests it is attainable, but the momentum must not be lost Elections must put Europe on a path to a green future 90% of Europeans consider the environment to be a key issue for the quality of their life. Simone Tagliapietra says the time to act is now Avoiding the storm: climate change and the financial system Climate change poses significant risks to the economy and to the financial system, Sarah Breeden asserts, and calls for action today Deceptive Canadian climate report in context Tim Ball and Tom Harris consider the misleading climate change report, and argue that the global warming scare must be killed before the credibility of science is gone A new horizon The building blocks for a transition to a low-carbon economy are being put in place. Mark Carney believes further progress will be driven by coherent government policies Climate reality reassures India and China There have been no signs of dangerous global warming for nearly two decades. Vijay Jayaraj finds that the developing world needs reliable energy and the coal preference continues Nature, not humankind, controls climate It is a myth that our planet’s climate was essentially constant until we started burning fossil fuels. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris say former UN bureaucrat Christiana Figueres should take a climate course Panel counters UN climate conference Switching away from fossil fuels not justified, experts say. Tom Harris and Jay Lehr review panel discussions that presented a more realistic view than COP24 Blame it on winter weather Dr Madhav Khandekar and Tom Harris consider the Ottawa tornadoes and say that we should better prepare for extreme weather events A long-term climate protection strategy Angela Merkel considers climate change and believes that lasting growth and prosperity cannot be achieved if the whole package is not sustainable Do calls for ‘enhancement’ of Paris Agreement commitments make sense? It depends G7 leaders should ignore calls to strengthen emission reduction pledges, argues Tom Harris, and instead focus on adapting to climate change The shared response to climate change: turning momentum into action Sarah Breeden says climate change is a core financial risk for companies. It is a shared challenge for the private sector and financial authorities. And they need to take action together to respond to it Addressing Europe’s failure to clean up the transport sector Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann write that Europe would benefit from greater EU action on road transport to cut greenhouse gas emissions and ensure European decarbonisation targets A transition in thinking and action Mark Carney takes stock of the progress made in addressing climate-related financial risks since the Paris Agreement of late 2015 Hydrogen: the missing link for the energy transition Nicolas Kraus discusses hydrogen technology and how it can contribute to meeting the climate goals set for Europe What level of ‘carbon’ tax is appropriate? Tracy Miller considers the social cost of carbon and finds that the government should not tax CO2 Can Industry 4.0 save the planet? The use of technologies, techniques and business models linked to industry 4.0 will be essential to achieve a low carbon transition, and the the public sector will play a key role, argue Tomas Wyns and Martin Porter The coming EVolution of road transport Aaron Cosbey examines the full impacts of a low-carbon future on the transport sector, where governments and carmakers are hastening the end of the internal combustion engine Have fewer kids to fight climate change? You don't need to weigh your children's contribution to global warming, argues Cal Beisner Emergence of the coal alliance Vijay Jayaraj writes about the concerns of the developing world about the carbon imperialism imposed on them by the Paris Agreement Al Gore’s claims to climate truth make no sense: no one knows Tom Harris argues that what are seen as science facts are merely the current opinions of some experts and should not be seen as absolute truth Promoting climate protection while preventing protectionism Susanne Dröge says it is time to talk openly about the options and the risks and to agree on protecting the climate without protectionism The carbon buyers’ club: international emissions trading beyond Paris Georg Zachmann proposes that the European Union should engage with other nations to determine a set of rules that can serve as a gold standard for emissions trading anywhere in the world DiCaprio climate change film error-strewn DiCaprio’s new film is based on the highly debatable hypothesis that carbon dioxide emissions from human activities are causing catastrophic climate change, write Tom Harris and Tim Ball Climate change and fossil fuels: the growing urgency to divest Global efforts to mitigate climate change must soon take a heavy toll on future fossil fuel demand, Jeff Rubin writes
Combatting climate change Matthias Kroll looks at financing the 1.5°C limit by matching new ‘green helicopter QE’ with private capital Methane regulations an expensive mistake Tim Ball and Tom Harris examine the costs to the oil and gas sector by the EPA’s misguided regulations Climate science, energy policy, poverty, and Christian faith: how do they connect? E Calvin Beisner finds that the campaign to fight global warming by reducing fossil fuel usage is in fact a campaign of anti-humanism, condemning the world’s poor to low incomes and high rates of disease and premature death
Developed countries must opt out of expensive climate mitigation commitments Risks of misguided climate change policy far outweigh the risks of man-made climate change, Tom Harris argues Examining the interplay between climate change and nuclear weapons Rob van Riet says conflicts induced or exacerbated by climate change could contribute to global insecurity, which, in turn, could enhance the chance of a nuclear weapon being used The Paris Agreement: built to last As the dust begins to settle following the COP 21 in December, the time has come for a reality check, Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun writes Sustainable development challenges Deepanshu Mohan and Arun Kumar Kaushik analyze some of the challenges that are likely to crop up from the designed path to sustainable development Climate change, conflict and the sustainable development goals In those fragile states most in need of development progress SDG 16 is central to achieving immediate and future wellbeing, Alec Crawford asserts 2030 Agenda: our legacy to future generations? The WFC Global Policy Action Plan presents a collection of well researched, holistic policy examples that offer a sustainable pathway, embracing a future-just perspective, bringing long lasting solutions, writes Catherine Pearce Climate change: putting a price on carbon Kurt Van Dender, Johanna Arlinghaus, Luisa Dressler, Florens Flues and Michelle Harding write that carbon taxes and emissions trading systems will play a more prominent role in the future in cutting emissions China's ETS: a vote of confidence in carbon markets Carbon markets have recently received a huge vote of confidence from China, Andrei Marcu writes An opportunity to meet further challenges 2015 offers the opportunity to end poverty, reduce inequality and to avert the destructive effects of a global temperature rise, Petros Fassoulas writes Innovation, decarbonisation, and Europe’s economic transformation Martin Porter writes that it is the time for Europe to lead – not just at COP21, but in its economic approach to the industrial innovation and the transition to a new economy Fuel subsidies in Nigeria Peter Wooders says there are better ways to help the poor (and the economy and the environment) European political preferences for decarbonisation The MSR vote is a litmus test for support from the European Parliament and the European Council for the ETS, Georg Zachmann writes 100% renewable energy: a tool for low-carbon development Anna Leidreiter writes about the pioneers in the renewable energy field On the road to Paris. A global deal is our business Emma Marcegaglia has 10 recommendations to ensure success in the COP21 international climate change negotiations The climate scare's 'useful idiots' Tom Harris writes that coal executives and conservatives are unwittingly promoting global warming concerns People, planet and prosperity With the countdown to UN Sustainable Development Goals well underway ICC lends a helping hand for businesses to foster their implementation The road to COP21 climate talks John Danilovich says business is ready and willing to play a central role in enhancing the effectiveness of climate policy Beyond greenwashing: when ‘business-as-usual’ means sustainability Fiona Bywaters says that with the right policies in place to facilitate innovation, business has a key role to play in securing a sustainable world for future generations Progressives should demand a reassessment of climate change concerns Adherence to global warming dogma violating causes held dear by the left, Tom Harris writes Reconsidering climate change Climate sceptics include many of the world’s most qualified scientists - ignoring them is causing disaster for the world’s most vulnerable people, Tom Harris argue Leadership for an ambitious climate agreement Only with determined and collective global action can we solve pressing global environmental, societal and economic issues, like climate change, asserts John Danilovich Four species of sustainability Paul Driessen writes that distinguishing the ‘real deal’ from agenda-driven varieties is key to business success
Getting the European energy policy back on track Without the implementation of a realistic climate policy, the goal of an affordable and reliable energy supply will soon be out of sight, Stephan de Vries argues American oil from American soil In a Q&A with World Commerce Review, Chris Faulkner, President & CEO of Breitling Energy Corporation, forecasts a golden era for oil and gas exploration and production in America Sustainable growth requires a long term focus from business For businesses to thrive in the long term requires both a focus on business opportunities and a broader consideration of corporate governance, Ian Goldin finds An end to support for renewables? The wrong battle to fight Support for renewables is here to stay. Would it not be better for conventional generators to explore new business models? Fabio Genoese asks Beyond 2015: integrating universal energy access in the new development framework Arno Behrens says today’s developing countries require access to secure, affordable, clean and sustainable energy services to fight poverty Building on success to tackle climate pollutants Long ago the effects of climate change began exerting significant economic impacts on core areas such as infrastructure, public safety, public health, farming, forestry and mining, finds Scott Vaughan IISD sees ways to increase private sector investment in climate change mitigation through NAMAs One of the fundamental challenges facing governments looking to develop effective climate change solutions is effectively leveraging private finance, say Jessica Boyle, Avet Khachatryan and Philip Gass Economic growth 2.0 Connie Hedegaard believes that only a sustainable growth model can ensure a decent life in the 21st century for the children born today Omissions in the energy strategy disturb the investment climate Is the Bulgarian government ‘for’ or ‘against’ green energy? Vladimir Penkov writes