Press Clippings


The End of the Lignite Cash Cow 



The Great Coal Collapse


Just Transition or Just Talk? – Examining EU Member State plans for coal in 2030



Brexit and the ETS


Halfway There: Existing policies put Europe on track for emissions cuts of at least 50% by 2030





Annual EU Power Sector Review 2018



The cash cow has stopped giving: Are Germany’s lignite plants now worthless?

Our new research finds German lignite gross profits collapsed 54% so far in 2019. With lignite now loss-making, the case for Gov. compensation has collapsed

The Great European Coal Collapse of 2019

Sandbag’s analysis of the first half of the year for the European power sector reveals coal generation has fallen an extraordinary 19%

UK carbon pricing after Brexit

After Brexit, the UK should aim to remain within the EU ETS. If that is not possible, the UK should implement a carbon tax rather than a standalone UK ETS.

How to optimise the EU ETS transition funds?

Member States have a choice about where to transfer their EU ETS allowances – this briefing shows the Modernisation Fund is best for the climate & Member States

Just Transition or Just Talk?

Draft National Energy and Climate Plans reveal the EU countries planning to stick with coal power beyond 2030

Archive 2018



Business Green – https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/opinion/3064857/the-chancellor-must-act-if-the-uk-is-to-avoid-a-coal-revival 

Platts – https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/electric-power/101518-uk-warns-co2-market-operators-of-risks-from-no-deal-brexit 

July 2018

Bloomberg – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-16/carbon-traders-bracing-for-u-k-s-possible-exit-from-eu-market 

Climate Home – http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/07/11/german-renewables-overtake-coal-power-generation-six-months/ 

Bloomberg – https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/trump-says-europe-to-buy-boatloads-of-u-s-lng-dont-bet-on-it/

BusinessGreen – https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3036192/ccus-taskforce-government-must-act-now-if-it-wants-affordable-carbon-capture 



May 2018: Launch of our Barriers to Industrial Decarbonisation report

Platts – https://www.platts.com/latest-news/electric-power/london/technology-held-back-by-eu-climate-policy-sandbag-26963025 

Ends Report – https://www.endsreport.com/article/59475/eu-ets-failing-to-cut-industrial-co2-emissions 

Carbon Pulse – https://carbon-pulse.com/52285/ 


May 2018: Launch of our Coal To Clean report

The Guardian – https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/may/13/from-coal-to-clean-uk-does-not-need-to-turn-to-gas-says-wwf 

Business Green – https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/opinion/3032179/is-it-time-to-follow-the-coal-phase-out-with-a-gas-phase-out-target 

Utility Week – https://utilityweek.co.uk/no-need-for-gas-bridge-to-go-from-coal-to-clean/ 

EnergyLive News – https://www.energylivenews.com/2018/05/14/uk-does-not-need-and-must-not-build-new-gas-plants/ 

Clean Energy News – https://www.cleanenergynews.co.uk/news/solar/uk-to-leapfrog-a-gas-bridge-as-clean-power-set-to-replace-coal 

Impact4All – https://impact4all.org/uk-does-need-turn-gas-says-wwf/ 

The Engineer – https://www.theengineer.co.uk/wwf-report-gas-bridge-2/ 

ReNew Economy – https://reneweconomy.com.au/uk-wont-need-new-gas-plants-2025-coal-phase-47891/ 

MyGreenPod – https://www.mygreenpod.com/articles/the-end-of-the-gas-era-is-near/ 

The Independent – https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/uk-renewable-energy-investment-targets-wind-solar-power-onshore-a8358511.html 

The Guardian – https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/may/20/drax-power-station-boss-warns-against-reliance-electricity-imports-interconnectors 


April 2018: Launch of our analysis: EU ETS emissions rise for first time in 7 years

CleanEnergyWire – https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/new-company-bets-old-wind-farms-top-10-ets-emitters-mainly-german/slight-rise-eu-ets-emissions-first-time-seven-years-most-top-10-emitters-germany 

Euractiv – https://www.euractiv.com/section/emissions-trading-scheme/news/eu-carbon-market-emissions-rise-for-first-time-in-7-years-in-2017/ 

EnergyNews.es – https://www.energynews.es/aumentan-emisiones-ets/ 

Coal Wire – https://endcoal.org/2018/04/coalwire-223-april-5-2018/ 

Greentech Media – https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/european-renewables-are-up-so-are-carbon-emissions#gs.Tp2tRzM 



March 2018

BusinessGreen – https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3029403/fantastic-uk-emissions-drop-in-2017-as-wind-and-solar-power-hit-record-highs 

Bloomberg – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-26/europe-s-38-billion-carbon-market-is-finally-starting-to-work 


February 2018

Edie.net – https://www.edie.net/news/11/Business-benefits-of-EU-ETS-reform-clouded-by-Brexit-uncertainty/ 

DesmogUK – https://www.desmog.uk/2018/02/07/insurance-companies-claim-they-ve-gone-clean-still-invest-billions-polish-coal 


30th January 2018: Launch of our report: The European Power Sector in 2017

New Scientist – https://www.newscientist.com/article/2159883-renewables-made-more-electricity-than-coal-in-europe-in-2017/

BusinessGreen – https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news-analysis/3025531/report-uk-and-germany-bolster-sharp-eu-renewables-growth-in-2017

Eco-Business – http://www.eco-business.com/news/the-eu-got-less-electricity-from-coal-than-renewables-in-2017/

Climate Action Programme – http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/renewables-overtake-coal-in-the-eu-for-the-first-time

The Guardian – https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/30/uk-electricity-use-falling-economy-weather

EnergyLive News – http://www.energylivenews.com/2018/01/30/uk-leads-as-europes-renewables-overtake-coal/

Windpower Monthly – https://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1455842/renewables-deployment-increasingly-uneven

CarbonPulse – https://carbon-pulse.com/46598/

CarbonBrief – https://www.carbonbrief.org/eu-got-less-electricity-from-coal-than-renewables-2017

Liberation – http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/01/30/les-energies-vertes-depassent-le-charbon-en-europe-pour-la-premiere-fois_1625977

The Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/30/uk-beating-eu-race-clean-energy-system/

Quartz – https://qz.com/1193603/two-countries-are-the-reason-the-eu-is-hitting-its-ambitious-renewable-energy-targets/

Edie.net – https://www.edie.net/news/10/Report–Britain-ahead-of-EU-pack-in-low-carbon-transition–/

Montel – https://www.montel.no/en/story/ets-emissions-rise-for-first-time-since-2010–sandbag/865553

Energia Rinnovabli – http://www.rinnovabili.it/energia/eolico/rinnovabili-europee-produzione-elettrica/

ETC – https://www.etc.se/klimat/fornybart-ger-mer-el-kolkraft

MeteoWeb – http://www.meteoweb.eu/foto/clima-ed-energia-la-rivoluzione-green-delleuropa-la-volta-le-energie-rinnovabili-superato-carbone-boom-italia-dati/id/1036967/#1

Sonnenseite – http://www.sonnenseite.com/de/energie/2017-erstmals-mehr-strom-aus-wind-sonne-und-biomasse-als-aus-kohle-in-der-europaeischen-union.html

ReNews – http://renews.biz/109996/green-power-tops-30-of-eu-output/

Clean Energy Wire – https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/outrage-over-carmakers-diesel-fume-tests-renewables-beat-coal-eu

Archive 2017

12th May 2017 UtilityWeek – Energy firms call for carbon price commitment 19th April 2017 Bloomberg – Europe’s coal power is disappearing faster than anyone thought 9th March 2017 EDIE.NET – ‘Difficult to see’ UK remaining in EU ETS 6th March 2017 The Energy Collective – Reform of the EUETS Has at Last Made Significant Progress 2nd March 2017 Bloomberg – EU Carbon Permits Jump After Ministers Agree on Market Overhaul Climate Central – European Climate Action Faces Crucial Moment Standard-Examiner – European Climate Action Faces Crucial Moment 1st March 2017 Bunkerworld – CO2 allowances jump 13% as EU ministers back ambitious reforms EurActiv.cz – Státy EU se shodly na reformě uhlíkového trhu. Jsou ambicióznější než europoslanci ActuEnviroment – L’Europe peine à corriger les dysfonctionnements de son marché carbone 27th Feb 2017 Energías Renovables – COMMENT: El mercado europeo del carbono, ¿un barco que se hunde? 24th Feb 2017 Carbon Pulse – COMMENT: European carbon market – cutting emissions or just counting allowances? EurActiv.cz – COMMENT: EU ETS: snižování emisí, nebo jen počítání povolenek? 23rd Feb 2017 EUbusiness – ETS reform vote will boost cement sector subsidy to EUR 3.5 billion by 2030 16th Feb 2017 Bond Beter Leefmilieu – ETS heeft groot onderhoud nodig. Hier is het recept 15th Feb 2017 Euractiv – European Parliament adopts draft reform of carbon market Climate Home – Market shrugs as EU lawmakers pass carbon trading reforms 13th Feb 2017 EurActiv France – Le marché du carbone à la recherche du juste prix Oikonomia.gr – Μεταρρύθμιση της αγοράς άνθρακα στην ΕΕ σε αναζήτηση μια νέας τιμής 12th Feb 2017 Euractiv – The price is right? Crunch time for EU carbon market reform 9th Feb 2017 CarbonBrief – Mapped: EU coal plants ‘should all close by 2030’ 7th Feb 2017 Politico – Europe fights to save broken climate fix Global cement – New EU border tariffs will boost low-carbon cement 26th Jan 2017 BusinessGreen – Shift from coal to gas prompts 4.5 per cent drop in EU power emissions EnergyLive News – Coal to gas switch led to 4.5% fall in EU emissions ENDS Europe – EU power emissions down as coal declines Montel – ETS emissions fall 2.7% Renewable Energy Magazine – European power became greener in 2016 Power Engineering International – UK played key part in EU emission reductions in 2016 CleanTechnica – European Shift From Coal To Gas Drops Power Emissions 4.5% 25th Jan 2017 CarbonBrief – ‘Huge’ coal-to-gas switch drives down EU power emissions CarbonPulse – EU ETS emissions fell in 2016 on more utility fuel-switching 24th Jan 2017 Business Insider – Electricity generation in Europe is becoming more climate friendly 23rd Jan 2017 The Energy Collective – Can Emissions Trading Produce Adequate Carbon Prices? 22nd Jan 2017 Germany needs to start coal phase-out by 2019 to honour Paris targets

Archive 2016 - 2008



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