Ensuring the sustainability of Sino-French third-country cooperation: the case of Morocco

March 9, 2017

During the Fourth High Level Dialogue on Finance and Economy between France and China (held in Paris on November 14, 2016), the Sino-French Fund for Third Country Cooperation was established, with a total amount of up to €2 billion being injected in the institution (CDC International Capital and China Investment Corporation each injected €150 million). Through this Fund, […]

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The “Winter Package” on Climate and Energy: does it live up the EU’s ambitions?

December 1, 2016

On Wednesday, November 30, the European Commission published its much anticipated “Winter Package”—a major set of legislative proposals and new policy initiatives on climate and energy. The purpose is to put in place the policies and measures that the EU needs to deliver on its climate and energy targets for 2030 and beyond. The proposed measures […]

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What should we make of Germany’s new 2050 Climate Protection Plan?

November 23, 2016

On November 11, the German Government finally adopted its long-awaited 2050 Climate Protection Plan (English summary here). The adoption of the plan is the fruit of a 2 year process of technical development, intensive public consultation and ministerial disagreement over sector targets in 2030. However, thanks to a last minute deal, Environment Minister, Barbara Hendricks, […]

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ESD proposal for GHG mitigation in Europe: An evaluation

August 31, 2016

The European Commission published on July 20, 2016, its proposal for the so-called Effort Sharing Decision (ESD), setting national GHG mitigation targets for sectors not covered by the bloc’s emission trading scheme. It applies to roughly 60% of GHG emissions in Europe mainly from the building, transport and agriculture sectors. Just out, the current proposal is based […]

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Energy transition strategies in high coal consuming countries

March 23, 2016

A case study for China and Poland – The EU member states are required to put in place a significant transformation towards a low-carbon economy in order to meet the 2030 EU emission targets. Poland faces specific challenges due to its high reliance on domestic coal. The efforts undertaken by other coal intensive economies—like China—to reduce […]

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