Climate And Energy

European Green Deal: between ambition and feasibility

The Von der Leyen Commission displays unprecedented environmental policy ambitions and appears to be the greenest in EU history. However, it is also facing challenges of overwhelming magnitude, and it will work under societal pressure unseen in this policy area. Can its flagship European Green Deal deliver?  by Kacper Szulecki —16 January 2020 Image courtesy of Fridays […]

Unpacking the right-populist threat to climate action: Poland’s pro-governmental media on energy transition and climate change

Authors: Piotr Żuk and Kacper Szulecki Type: Journal Article Publised in: Energy Research and Social Science (2020), DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101485 Is populist politics a threat to ambitious climate action and decarbonisation of energy systems? With the coinciding challenges of an alleged global ‘populist wave,’ and the growing visibility of a planetary climate crisis, this issue has […]

Europe’s greenest Commission ever faces an unprecedented challenge as the clock ticks

Author: Kacper SzuleckiType: Blog post – Dahrendorf Forum The Von der Leyen Commission displays unprecedented environmental policy ambitions and appears to be the greenest in EU history. However, it is also facing challenges of overwhelming magnitude, and it will work under societal pressure unseen in this policy area. Can its flagship European Green Deal deliver?  […]

Towards a common EU energy policy? German and Polish debates

Authors: Andreas Heinrich, Julia Kusznir, Aleksandra Lis, Heiko Pleines, Karen Smith Stegen and Kacper Szulecki ESPRi Policy Brief no. 2, 2016 The recently proposed overarching concept of a European “Energy Union” stresses the importance of regional cooperation, as it has become clear that absent increased coordination and cross-border cooperation, more obstacles than synergies may emerge. […]

Energy democratization? Societal Aspects of De-Carbonization in the German and Polish Energy Sectors

Authors: Kacper Szulecki, Andrzej Ancygier and Dariusz Szwed ESPRi Working Paper no 5, 2015 Development of renewable sources of energy has not only a significant impact on the power system but also on society. It has the potential to replace the existing conventional sources of energy with never-ending renewable sources, while at the same time […]

A Common Renewable Energy Policy in Europe?Explaining the German-Polish Policy Non-Convergence

Authors: Andrzej Ancygier and Kacper Szulecki Espri Working paper no. 4, 2014 While the European Commission envisaged the creation of a ‘common European energy market’ by 2014, it is quite clear that the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty protecting national sovereignty over energy policies and mixes are here to stay. We have, however, seen some […]

“Politics and Governance” special issue on EU climate and energy policy

 ESPRI’s Kacper Szulecki has co-edited (with Dag Harald Claes) the special issue of Politics and Governance on “EU Energy Policy: Towards a Clean Energy Transition?”. The entire issue is available in open access on the journal’s website. For over a decade, the EU has displayed an interest and political motivation to integrate climate policy priorities into […]

Analyzing Poland’s carbon forestry initiatives: strengthening or replacing climate policy?

  On 18 February, Julia Szulecka and Kacper Szulecki presented a paper entitled “A Climate Skeptical Mitigation Policy? Explaining Poland’s Carbon Forestry Two-Level Game” at the international workshop “Anatomy of Disbelief – Analysing Climate Scepticism” hosted by the Jagiellonian University, Krakow. After 2015, Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, most notably the environment minister Jan […]

Energy Security in Europe: new edited book published by Palgrave!

The book, edited by Dr. Kacper Szulecki, is the final output of the project financed by the German-Polish Science Foundation (grant No. 2014-15) lead by Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, with ESPRi’s participation. This edited collection highlights the different meanings that have been attached to the notion of energy security and […]

Julia Szulecka’s guest column on carbon forestry in Poland’s popular watchdog daily

Poland is seen as a climate policy laggard and has recently been under a lot of international pressure due to the continued logging of the precious Bialowieza Forest. Meanwhile, the Minister of Environment boasts about the country’s uniquely sustainable forestry practices and introduces Forest Carbon Farms as an innovative tool for climate change mitigation. In […]

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