Spain's shift from laggard to front-runner

Spain’s long-awaited shift towards a more ambitious set of climate and energy policies seems to be taking shape after all. Teresa Ribera, the Spanish Minister for the Ecological Transition, announced today the Government’s decision to abolish the infamous “Sun Tax” implemented through the Royal Decree 900/2015 by the preceding Government, through which self-consumption in Spain got severely restricted by an economically regressive and socially unjust tax. The new regulation

An Energy Union for whom? Unbalanced share of burdens stemming from the low-carbon energy transition

The implementation of the EU’s 2020 Climate and Energy Package has allowed the EU to generate increasing amounts of electricity from domestically-harvested renewable energy sources (RES). This has led the renewable energy share in the gross final energy consumption to double, going from a 8.5% share in 2008 to a 17% share in 2016. GHG emission reduction efforts have benefited from this, achieving almost a 19% reduction of energy-related GHG emissions during the same time peri

The transition imperative

Climate change is here now, we are losing the war against it. Yes, we have seen that our planet is burning and biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate; it is increasingly acknowledged today that our current economic system of perpetual growth within finite planetary boundaries is the main driver of our overwhelming ecological crisis. Why is it then, that we still cling to a fossil fuel-dependant economic growth paradigm as an end in itself? Why do we still confuse