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Renewable deployment policies in the power sector in Italy

At the heart of the CDLINKS Project is to analyze the role of climate change within the broader sustainable development agendas of G20 countries. As part of this, empirical analyses of past and existing policies that have had a climate or broader development focus are conducted in support of evidence-based decision making. The methodological focus of these studies, which primarily analyze energy policies, is on policy effectiveness and the overlap and interaction of different objectives.

Renewable deployment policies in the power sector in France

At the heart of the CDLINKS Project is to analyze the role of climate change within the broader sustainable development agendas of G20 countries. As part of this, empirical analyses of past and existing policies that have had a climate or broader development focus are conducted in support of evidence-based decision making. The methodological focus of these studies, which primarily analyze energy policies, is on policy effectiveness and the overlap and interaction of different objectives.

German Renewable Energy Act (EEG)

At the heart of the CDLINKS Project is to analyze the role of climate change within the broader sustainable development agendas of G20 countries. As part of this, empirical analyses of past and existing policies that have had a climate or broader development focus are conducted in support of evidence-based decision making. The methodological focus of these studies, which primarily analyze energy policies, is on policy effectiveness and the overlap and interaction of different objectives.

Assessing future UK electricity sector transition under different governance pathways

Affordability and costs of an energy transition are often viewed as the most influential drivers. Conversely, multi-level transitions theory argues that governance and the choices of key actors, such as energy companies, government and civil society, drive the transition, not only on the basis of costs. This paper combines the two approaches and presents a cost appraisal of the UK transition to a low-carbon electricity system under alternate governance logics.

Interactions between the energy efficiency obligation and the EU ETS in Greece

This case study analyses potential interactions between the Energy Efficiency Obligation scheme (EEO) and the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) in Greece. Such interactions could work in both directions. On the one hand, energy efficiency measures may lead to lower electricity demand and thus reduce the demand of ETS power sector installation for allowances. On the other hand, the ETS market price can lead to a higher wholesale price for electricity which electricity distributors can pass on to consumers, so that they have an incentive to save energy.

Interactions between energy efficiency policies in the household sector in Austria

In Austria, overall final energy consumption has increased again after the sharp decline in 2009, which was due to the financial crisis and corresponding economic recession. In order to address this trend, Austria’s Energy Strategy, the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) and the Energy Efficiency Law have set a target value for primary energy consumption of 1050 PetaJoule in 2020 (compared to 1120 PJ in 2013).

Interactions between climate and energy policies in the French electricity sector

In France, interactions between climate and energy policies can potentially occur through the National Low-Carbon Strategy (NLCS), which aims at supporting the country’s transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon economy. The NLCS interacts with climate and environmental policy making at different levels. On the one hand, the strategy is designed within the context of EU climate policies, while on the other hand, it may have an impact on policy making at regional and local levels in France.

Som Energia: The first Spanish renewable energy consumers’ cooperative

Som Energia (We are Energy) is a renewable energy consumers’ cooperative founded in 2011 in Barcelona, Catalonia that has engaged 20,000 members in less than 5 years – in the State of Catalonia and throughout Spain. Even though the founders designed Som Energia as a local organization, many groups in Spain contacted them early on in order to learn about possible replication of the cooperative in their regions.

Foodsharing Germany

The beginnings of the initiative can be found in two German cities, Cologne and Berlin, in 2012. In Cologne the online-platform foodsharing.de was invented to allow private individuals to share still edible food which would otherwise be thrown away because they bought too much or because they are going on vacation. At the same time in Berlin, a similar initiative “lebensmittelretten” was founded by Raphael Fellmer, a motivated “dumpster diver”, who lives on food that would be thrown away by supermarkets. Several companies were contacted and asked to collaborate.

Tea Hunt: Recycling empty tea light cups

Pietarsaari is a small city located at the shore of the Ostrobothnian Gulf. The local waste company Ekorosk Oy wanted to create a new fun way to teach the local children about recycling and its importance. At the same time there was a problem with too much aluminum among the mixed waste. That is when one of the company’s workers came up with the idea of organizing a competition for the local elementary schools, where the aim would be to collect as many empty tealight cups as possible during a two-month period.

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