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November 18, 2013

ECN and Ecofys launch the 2013 Annual Status Report on NAMAs

At the international climate conference COP19, in Warsaw, ECN and Ecofys launch the 2013 Annual Status Report on NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions). NAMAs are the main international instrument for channeling climate mitigation support to developing countries. [more]

July 5, 2013

ECN supports EU Technology Platform

ECN has supported the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) – an EU Technology Platform consisting of a coalition of stakeholders working to promote CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS), in producing a new report which highlights the application of CCS in EU energy-intensive industries. The report, released on...[more]

April 25, 2013

A Policy Brief on “Renewable Energy: from marginal to mainstream”

Renewable energy is facing a new era, both globally and in the European context. Whilst renewable energy is foreseen to play a key role in all routes towards decarbonisation of our energy economy,  fundamental questions of how to bring renewable energy from marginal to mainstream remain to be...[more]

November 1, 2012

Dutch 16% renewable energy target requires additional offshore wind farms and additional deployment of biomass in coal-fired plants

The additional 2.4 billion budgeted for renewable energy by the new Dutch Rutte II cabinet should be sufficient to realise 16% renewable energy in 2020. This calls for a balanced development of renewable heat, green gas and renewable electricity. The previous cabinet focused on renewable heat as a...[more]

October 22, 2012

Unprecedented global partnership launched to champion green growth

The Green Growth Best Practice Initiative (GGBP) was launched last week. Designed to help governments strengthen the quality of green growth planning and implementation through analysis and peer-to-peer learning, the initiative is set to drive progressive green policy-making around the globe....[more]

October 3, 2012

European maritime spatial planning needed to facilitate large scale deployment of offshore renewables

Delivering power from offshore renewable energy - wind, wave and tidal - in European sea basins will require more integrated and cross-border maritime spatial planning (MSP). This could be achieved through a new directive on MSP. Such a directive could require legislation in Member States without...[more]

September 3, 2012

Growing share of renewable energy requires great investments in European electricity infrastructure

A significant increase in the share of renewable energy to 40-55 percent of the European energy mix by 2050 will place great demands on the European electricity infrastructure. Meeting these demands will require considerable investments in new infrastructure to make more efficient use of existing...[more]

August 24, 2012

Renewable energy: current Dutch policy is falling short of 2020 target despite strong growth

Under the current policy the share of renewable energy in the Netherlands is set to rise from 4% in 2010 to 7-10% in 2020. Although this is a strong increase, it is not enough to achieve the European target of 14% by 2020. Even with the measures proposed by the Rutte government and the agreements...[more]

July 25, 2012

Welfare benefits of ambitious climate policy

What are the economic benefits of far-reaching climate policy in the Netherlands? And which technological options are suitable? These are the two central questions examined in a study on costs and benefits of CO2 emission reduction measures conducted for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the...[more]

July 24, 2012

Worldwide collaboration to enhance sustainable development and renewable energy

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). By collaborating, both parties will strengthen their activities to more efficiency and higher quality, with the ultimate aim of enhancing sustainable...[more]

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