Energy

The Electricity Market Design in a Period of High Energy Prices

Europe is experiencing very high energy prices, due to the global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the conflict in Ukraine. These high energy prices have widespread consequences for a variety of markets, including the gas and electricity markets. Throughout Europe, both of these markets are experiencing record high prices and instability, …

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The EU Taxonomy: Shaping the future of reporting

The EU Taxonomy marks a seismic shift towards mandatory sustainability reporting but offers an opportunity for companies to demonstrate genuine sustainability leadership. While the period up to 2018 was marked by an absence of ESG and sustainability focused regulatory pressure, in the period since, there have been efforts across the globe to ensure investors, financiers …

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Nuclear power generation and the urgency of fighting climate change

With the fight against climate change becoming more urgent than ever, nuclear energy is making a comeback in the discussions around the energy transition. The recent energy price crisis driven by fossil fuels and natural gas (sometimes also considered a necessary transition fuel) is also providing additional arguments in favour of nuclear. Although nuclear provides …

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The EU’s move to become a regulatory powerhouse will impact business around the world

Introducing the first in a series of Spotlight articles on the Brussels Effect, we provide an initial overview of the key drivers and the impact emerging policies will have in Europe and beyond. As the world seeks to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and tries to define a balance with the urgent …

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Energy Transition | European Battery Manufacturing: Charging Ahead

Europe is responsible for around 3% of the world’s lithium-ion battery production, and was a net importer in 2020. However, FTI Consulting estimates Europe is poised to increase its output tenfold over the next five years, and will have a surplus by 2023. We share perspectives on how this potential overcapacity, and other risks, could …

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New Chemical Strategy to set the European Agenda – now is the time to get involved

Tomorrow the European Commission will publish a Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS). While this document from October 14 is non-legally binding, it will lead to a host of new legislative proposals which will reverberate across European industry in the coming months. With the ambitious overall aim of achieving a ’toxic-free environment’, it will seek to …

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Climate Emergency: Europe is Prepared to Fight for Change, But is it Ready to Adapt?

While the world confronts the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, the climate emergency hasn’t gone away. Its consequences remain a firm fixture in global media headlines, from killer heat waves and floods to melting permafrost, often resulting in loss of life and property as well as disruptions to economic activity. Europe is at the forefront …

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Connected Cars: Data Processors in Motion

With vast amounts of (often sensitive) information constantly processed by increasingly more advanced models, connected cars and data handling are firmly on the radar of EU legislators. While GDPR already provides the foundation for the sharing of personal data, new provisions related to connected cars are likely to provide additional guidance for this rapidly-evolving sector. …

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Close up image of a man on an electric scooter.

E-Scooters: European Regulators Try to Address Insurance Uncertainty

Electric scooters have quickly become an urban mobility phenomenon on Europe’s streets. As a recent convert (as long as the weather in Belgium allows), I can see the real benefits: getting started easily by unlocking a scooter with a smartphone, they are not expensive, and they are available in more than 100 cities. Their popularity …

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Europe’s Circular Economy: A green light for the next chapter?

The European Union’s focus on the Circular Economy is stepping up a gear, matching the political rhetoric and the continued electoral success of the continent’s Green parties. At the same time, the regulatory and legislative focus is also set to expand to encircle new sectors and new areas of the economy. This will present a …

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Energy, Transport and Industrials Ones to Watch: Trends on the EU Agenda

Energy, transport and industrials covers a very broad range of debates that are all interconnected, some more, some to a lesser extent. The next five years will see the implementation of some of the flagship policies from the last Commission – think plastics and car standards – as well as new big projects: open data …

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