Trinomics advises EU negotiators on the environmental impacts of an EU-AUS and an EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement

In a world of increased protectionist taunting, the EU remains committed to an open economy and  enabling ever freer trade across the globe. Hereby, the European Commission’s ‘Trade for all’ communication highlights the EU’s commitment to guarantee that increased trade does not compromise on sustainability.   Negotiations for potential Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Australia and New Zealand…

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Trinomics organized workshop at European Parliament to uncover the transformative potential of a just energy transition

On February 19th 2019, Trinomics organized a well-attended workshop at the European Parliament on the wider implications of the energy transition. Six speakers were invited to give nuanced perspectives on the subject matter, with ITRE Chair Jerzy Buzek providing opening and closing remarks.  The workshop’s presentations focused on: (i) the energy transition and opportunities for EU industries; (ii) the role of hydrogen as a decarbonization catalyst through its beneficial impact on energy flexibility, availability, and security; and, (Iii) the case of the energy transition…

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Findings of Trinomics’ study on European Energy Technology Dependence will be discussed at the high-level EU Energy Diplomacy meeting

The European External Action Service (EEAS) works closely with Member States and the European Commission to implement an effective and coherent EU foreign policy, such as the external dimension of the Energy Union. On February 6th, the EEAS will hold its 10th EU Energy Diplomacy Experts Group Meeting, a follow-up of the EU Energy Diplomacy…

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How did energy prices, costs and subsidies impact EU consumers in 2018?

The European Commission recently published their staff working document which drew heavily on the key findings from the study on European energy prices, costs and subsidies which was conducted by Trinomics. The report assesses the role of competition in the forming of wholesale & retail energy prices, analyses the impact of the energy bill on households’ budgets & industrial competitiveness and provides an overview of policy instruments such as energy taxation, subsidies and price regulation.  Among other findings, our study shows that while EU member states’ wholesale prices for electricity and natural gas are often close…

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How to achieve a more balanced use of Europe’s largest Environmental funding scheme: LIFE?

The LIFE Programme, the only funding programme exclusively dedicated to environment and climate action, is ending in 2020. The Commission has proposed a new (LIFE) financial programme for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework. In light of the results of the Impact Assessment accompanying Commission’s proposal for the new Programme, DG Environment wished to reinforce the…

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How do consumers engage in the Circular Economy?

The European Commission has recently published a behavioural study on consumers’ engagement in the circular economy, which provides policy-relevant insights to assist with the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. The study found that consumers were generally willing to engage in circular economy practices, but actual engagement was rather low. While a majority…

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Trinomics evaluation and country fiches published by DG CLIMA as it evaluates the EU’s strategy for adaptation to climate change

Report: adapt_strat_eval_report_en (3 MB) DG Climate Action published on 12th November 2018 its evaluation of the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change – see here. This evaluation was underpinned by work carried out by Trinomics (as part of a team led by Ricardo E&E and also including IEEP and Wageningen Environmental Research). The evaluation…

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Trans-European gas infrastructure in the light of the 2050 decarbonisation targets

Report: Final gas infrastructure (2 MB) The required sharp decrease in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 may drastically reduce the share of natural gas in the European energy mix. In 2018 Trinomics prepared a study for DG Energy on the role of trans-European gas infrastructure in the light of the 2050 decarbonisation…

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Quest for the ‘sweet spot’ – support to the MTE of the UK’s Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) 

The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) was set up by the United Kingdom government, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in December 2015 with a generous budget of £48 million and is set to run until 2020. In essence, the platform serves as a project preparation facility (PPF) seeking to get promising…

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