CARISMA Blog

Course Correction: 2017 Amendments to the Austrian Electricity Act

The recent CARISMA discussion paper, Contextual factors affecting EU climate policies, discusses the institutional, economic, and social contexts which influence climate policy instruments, and the recent passage of the Green Electricity Act (GEA 2017) in Austria serves as a convenient example of how policymaking is influenced by such factors, and how they may help or hinder investment into low carbon policies requiring regular policy updates. Read more...

Power to Gas Indispensable for Reaching the 1.5 – 2 Degree Paris Targets: 3 mitigation policy biases

One of the main biases in international mitigation strategies is related to what I believe is a wrong perception of the role of electrons versus molecules in our energy system. Currently, some 80% of energy delivered worldwide to end-users is by way of molecules (mainly oils, gases and biomass) and only around 20% through electrons (power). Yet, most of the subsidies and innovation to make the system greener is focused on electrons (renewable power production), while the replacement of grey by green energy in the ‘world of energy molecules’ is proceeding much slower (mainly the slowly progressing green fuels/gases and co-firing). Read more...

Easier in theory than in practice: The nitty-gritty details of monitoring climate policies and emissions

Technology Stefan Bößner of the Stockholm Environment Institute participated in the EIONET (European Environment Information and Observation Network) workshop on the details of emissions reporting and the challenges of getting reliable data on climate change policies. For two days, Member State representatives, European Commission officials and research institutions discussed how to improve reporting on emissions and pondered the effectiveness of policies deemed to reduce them, offering important insights into the complex world of climate change mitigation data usage. Read more..

New Guidance to Support Climate Technology Implementation

Technology Needs Assessments (TNA) help developing countries map out their long-term development priorities and identify technologies to realise these with lower emissions and stronger climate resilience. Since the end of the 1990s, over 100 developing countries have conducted TNAs. Currently, another 25 countries are in a TNA process, thereby supported by the UNEP DTU Partnership, with funding from the Global Environment Facility. Read more...



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