No deal in Copenhagen…but hey, energy consumption stops growing

As world leaders leave Copenhagen, where millions of people’s hopes about a fair, absolute and binding deal on climate change were shattered, I think we can all do with some good news to lift our morale.

The Joint Research Center of the European Commission has published a report on electricity consumption and efficiency trends in the European Union. Among the report’s most striking conclusions are that over the period 2004-2007 the final energy consumption in the EU-27 Member States decreased, while electricity end-use consumption in EU-27 continued to grow, but at a lower rate than the economic growth. The researchers directly attribute part of these positive developments to the effectiveness EU energy efficiency policies, although they stress there is still a lot to do.  Continue reading “No deal in Copenhagen…but hey, energy consumption stops growing”

The unsustainable nature of British Euroscepticism

I can highly recommend investing half an hour to listen to this video of a lecture by Lord Wallace – one of the clearest, most comprehensive overviews of British Euro–scepticism I’ve ever heard – outlining its historical origins and the challenges it poses to the UK government when it deals with the EU, and in particular the difficulties it will create for a likely future Conservative government.  Continue reading “The unsustainable nature of British Euroscepticism”

Recovery towards what?

Last week I attended the “Recovery Towards What?” conference in central London, organised by a group of trade unions and development organisations. The conference was about the role that global finance has in developed and developing countries, and the interplay between the current measures being taken to overcome the economic crisis and other major issues the world faces, from world poverty to climate change.  Continue reading “Recovery towards what?”